Monday, May 9, 2011

Obama's Tramples U.S. Constitution - #2884 - Free the Federal Lands for States to Develop (2) Obama's Attack on Private Industry - Heritage Foundation (3) Is Obama a Serial Liar? - American Thinker (4) White House Puts Out Feelers on the Transportation Act - Redstate

When the United States was formed the Congress owned no lands. It is time to establish the right of land ownership for every state in the union. Heavy handedness by the White House restricting drilling in the Gulf and Alaska, combined with the day-by-day rise in gasoline prices, have focused public attention as never before on the enervation of local economies by federal bureaucrats and the emasculation of the power of states to create opportunity for their citizens. Most Americans do not grasp how much land the Federal Government controls. The numbers are staggering. Much of the lands west of a line drawn from the Dakotas to Texas is controlled by the Federal Government. Here are data of federal ownership and control, as a percentage of each state's land area: Nevada 84.5, Alaska 69.1, Utah 57.4, Oregon 53.1, Idaho 50.2, Arizona 48.1, California 45.3, Wyoming 42.3, New Mexico 41.8, Colorado 36.6, Washington 30.3, Hawaii 19.4. East of that north/south line only Michigan, North Carolina, and New Hampshire exceed 10%. The rest are well below 10%, and most are below 5%. Major oil producing states are free to develop their resources: Texas, 1.9; North Dakota, 2.7; Oklahoma, 3.6; Louisiana, 5.1.  Read more.......

Obama's Attack on Private Industry - Heritage Foundation -  You might think that a U.S. company’s decision to expand its manufacturing facilities and create 1,000 new jobs here at home — rather than overseas — would be hailed by the Obama Administration as a step in the right direction, especially with nine percent unemployment. You’d be wrong. Instead, President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is doing all it can to throw a wrench in the machinery of private industry.  The story begins with Boeing Corporation’s decision to build a new assembly plant in Charleston, South Carolina, in order to produce the 787 Dreamliner, the company’s fastest selling airliner. (To date, Boeing has 800 planes on order.) The NLRB, which is charged with remedying unfair labor practices, got wind of the decision and last month filed a complaint against Boeing, alleging that the company decided to build the plant in South Carolina out of retaliation for union strikes at its Washington state facilities.  Read more........

Is Obama a Serial Liar? - American Thinker - Accusing someone of lying is a serious matter. Especially when that someone is the President of the United States. Charges of that nature should be leveled based only on absolute proof of a deliberate statement, intentionally made, whose sole purpose is to deceive. Based on this criterion, President Obama is a liar. Demonstrably so. And a disturbing pattern is emerging that allows for the possibility that our president is a serial liar. Consider: In just the last month, Obama has made several statements that are just not so. Statements made to the American public that were in direct conflict with known facts. In April, Obama flatly stated that implementing ObamaCare will reduce the deficit by $1 trillion. A day later, the Congressional Budget Office reported that statement was 'incorrect,' pegging the "deficit savings" at $210 billion over 10 years.  Read more........

White House Put Out Feelers on the Transportation Act - Redstate - The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive. It’s called the Transportation Opportunities Act, which is very ironic because I’m not sure of one opportunity that this would provide for the middle class Obama seems to keen on assisting. If you think for half a second you’ll quickly realize that we pay gas taxes every time we fill up our cars. For example, this chart.Yes, Connecticut, you’re already spending over $.70/gallon on taxes. In a 16 gallon tank, that’s $11.20 going to the government every time you fill up. This already serves the purpose of taxing people on how much they drive. No, it’s not as accurate as, say, monitoring the mileage of every vehicle and taxing them based on how much they actually drive.  Read more, see larger version of this chart.

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