Graph of the Day for November 4, 2009

Graph of the Day for November 4, 2009

Randall Hoven

“The oil and natural gas that we rely on for 75 percent of our energy are simply running out. In spite of increased effort, domestic production has been dropping steadily at about 6 percent a year. Imports have doubled in the last 5 years. Our Nation’s economic and political independence is becoming increasingly vulnerable. Unless profound changes are made to lower oil consumption, we now believe that early in the 1980′s the world will be demanding more oil than it can produce.”
President Jimmy Carter, 1977. 
Source:  Human Events, based on Congressional Research Service report. 
Hoven’s Index for November 4, 2009
Total fossil fuels (oil, coal, natural gas) reserves of the US, in Barrels of Oil Equivalent:  1,321.3 billion BOE.
US consumption of fossil fuels in 2008:  14.8 billion BOE.

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ACORN at the White House

ACORN at the White House

November 4th, 2009

By Matthew Vadum, American Spectator

 The Obama Acorn connection runs deep

The newly released list of visitors to the Obama White House makes the president’s claim he’s clueless about his former employer ACORN — and its election fraud trials and tribulations — especially difficult to believe.

Of particular significance is the visit by ACORN spokesman Scott Levenson who met with White House political director Patrick Gaspard in March. The purpose of the meeting with Gaspard, a former ACORN employee himself, was not disclosed.

Levenson, who is also a registered lobbyist for New York ACORN, is the charming fellow whom Glenn Beck threw off his set May 6 for calling the TV host a racist. He’s been helping to coordinate ACORN’s public disinformation strategy which relies heavily on lies and misdirection.

It is worth noting that Levenson’s visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue wouldn’t in itself be untoward except that Obama claims — unconvincingly — to be out of the loop regarding ACORN.

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We the People to come knocking on Congress door

Insurgency in Congress

We the People to come knocking on Congress door

 
 
 
 

 By Judi McLeod  Tuesday, November 3, 2009

“We the People” will come knocking on Congress’ door noon hour, Thursday.

In another era, it was Paul Revere red flagging patriots with the immortal words, “The British are coming!”.

Until patriots arrive on Congress steps Thursday at noon,  it’s “We the People are coming!”  The courageous, Paul Revere like call to action is from bottom liner Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who wouldn’t let Democrats—who changed the locks on doors against the opposition—keep her from turning the tide on the countdown to Obamacare.

Waiting on the Congress steps will be radio talk-show giant, bestselling Liberty & Tyranny author and beloved American folk hero Mark Levin along with “Midnight Cowboy”, “Obama-is-the-false-prophet” crusader Jon Voight.

Being blacked out and bypassed by the mainstream media has only made Bachmann all the more determined to flood Congress with patriots.

Within mere hours of her rally call, the Tea Party Express together with the doctors of Take Back America and the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, the patriots of Tea Party Patriots Live and Resistnet vowed to “Stand together, speak from the heart and remind Washington we will stand together to protect this country.”

“For months we have all been working feverishly to make sure that government run health care legislation is not passed.  We have done it all,” writes Amy Kremer of Tea Party Express.

“We’ve yelled.
“We’ve called.
“We’ve emailed.
“We’ve written.
“We’ve rallied.
“We’ve even marched on the Capitol.

“Still our cries and concerns have not been heard.

“We have cried tears of despair and shouted in frustration, but still many are not listening.”

Michele Bachmann heard, and what started out as the lone voice of a single representative will be joined across the nation by patriots who could not make it to DC on the the notice allowed singing “God Bless America” across the fruited plains.

“Insurgency in Congress” was the subject line of an email the Minnesota representative sent to Rush Limbaugh yesterday.  “We’re asking the American people to make an emergency house call on Congress at noon on the capitol steps Thursday to remind Congress what the people said at town hall and tea parties last August.  If real freedom-loving Americans come to Washington and walk up and down the halls of the office buildings and the capitol tracking down congressman, looking them in the whites of their eyes and getting them on videotape, then I think we can kill this thing.” (RushLimbaugh.com, Nov. 2, 2009).  “If we can kill health care this week in the House, I think we will kill it for the next ten years.  We have Jon Voight and Mark Levin confirmed, also Betsy McCaughey.”

Bachmann could add that “We the People have the silent but powerful presence of the Founding Fathers, fallen soldiers who gave their lives for the freedom of others and patriots from America’s glorious history who would not believe what is happening in America today.

This Paul Revere fully understands that it will be a monumental task turning back the tide: “We’ll have a meet-up at the Capitol steps and then the insurgency begins.  It’s a big task, but it’s the best way to really kill the bill, which is our goal.  Your support in any manner could make all the difference.”

Obama, whose helicopter flew over more than a million American patriots on the 9/12 gathering in DC on his was to Minnesota, and who is now boasting, “I may be skinny but I’m tough”, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be working overtime to put the rubber-stamp on Obamacare by Friday, Nov. 6th.

Tweets will keep patriots together beginning 12:15 p.m. Thursday before patriots at the Capitol and across the nation sing “God Bless America”.  Patriots can update their location and progress throughout the day using Twitter hashtag #killbill.

Freedom lovers the world over count on America as the leader of the Free World.  Their hopes and dreams are riding on the America Patriots working to save America.

Their cheer, growing louder by the day is: “Go, Patriots, go!”

 

We the People to come knocking on Congress door

 

Counter-Revolution

Counter-Revolution

November 4th, 2009 Posted By Pat Dollard.

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Fox News:

WASHINGTON — Republican gubernatorial wins in New Jersey and Virginia mark a troubling turn for President Obama, whose personal efforts couldn’t stop the fall of Democrats facing a voter backlash over the economy and a notable uptick in the government’s would-be role in people’s lives.

Obama’s 2008 victory in Old Dominion had marked an historic breakthrough for Democrats who hadn’t won Virginia’s electoral votes since 1964. The fight in the Garden State was more grueling than usually accompanies Democratic campaigns in the reliably blue state of New Jersey.

So the setbacks demonstrate the difficulty of presidential leadership following a campaign built on promises of unity followed by divisive policies and a relentless campaign approach toward big legislative issues like the stimulus and health care bills.

“What this is tonight, this victory here tonight, is a warning shot, and it says to the moderate Democrats in the House that they ought to think twice about continuing to pursue the policies of this White House and (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi,” said Virginia Republican Rep. Eric Cantor.

In Virginia, Republican Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell roundly defeated Democrat R. Creigh Deeds while GOP Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling won a second term and Republican Ken Cuccinelli was elected attorney general. It was the first time the GOP took the top three spots since 1997.

“We have really had a run of wins and we got used to winning and that makes it tough,” said outgoing Virginia Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine. “We have to give credit where credit is do they ran a great campaign.”

“You guys are making this tougher than this has to be,” a resigned Deeds told the still chanting audience at his “victory party.”

In New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie pulled off a stunning upset over incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine, who was facing a backlash over property taxes and other economic issues. Independent Chris Daggett also pulled about 6 percent of the vote.

In New York’s 23rd Congressional District, an unexpected turn of events put Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in direct competition with Democrat Bill Owens for the seat held by former Republican congressman and current Obama Army Secretary John McHugh. Owens was winning the vote tally but Hoffman’s upstart showing demonstrated that voter anger is not resigned to one party or another.

As if hoping to avoid the outcome, the White House issued a statement after the GOP win in Virginia saying the president was not watching election returns and would not be making any remarks on the results.

Nonetheless, the outcomes were sure to feed discussion about the state of the electorate, the status of the diverse coalition that sent Obama to the White House and the limits of the president’s influence — on the party’s base of support and on moderate current lawmakers he needs to advance his legislative priorities.

“I think what this night does is it completely explodes the mythology of the meaning of the 2008 election,” said syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer.

“You will remember after the 2008 election people talked … about a new era, about the Republicans becoming a rump party of the south, even losing parts of the south, how this was the death of conservatism. … Here we are a year later and we can see how ephemeral and one-shot 2008 was,” he added.

The president had personally campaigned for Deeds and Corzine, raising the stakes in low-energy off-year elections. Thus, even one Democratic loss, much less two, was a blot on Obama’s political standing to a certain degree and signaled potential problems ahead as he seeks to achieve his policy goals, protect Democratic majorities in Congress and expand his party’s grip on governors’ seats next fall.

However, Tuesday’s impact on Obama’s standing and on the 2010 elections could easily be overstated and over-analyzed.

Only two of the 50 U.S. states were holding gubernatorial elections. Voters often were focused on local issues and local personalities. Indeed, most people in Virginia and New Jersey said they were not casting ballots because of their feelings about Obama.

Yet national issues, such as the recession were a factor, with voter attitudes shaped to some degree by how people felt about the state of their nation.

It also was difficult to separate Obama from the outcomes after he devoted much time working to persuade voters to elect Deeds and re-elect Corzine. Obama campaigned in person for both and was featured in their advertisements. He characterized the two as necessary allies in the White House’s effort to advance his plans.

He also deployed his political campaign arm, Organizing for America, to try to ensure the swarms of party loyalists and new voters he attracted in 2008 would turn out.

But according to exit polls, among voters who made up their minds in the last few days, a majority of them broke for Corzine. That suggests Obama’s aggressive campaigning paid off in the state.

Exit polls showed that nearly a third of voters in Virginia Tuesday described themselves as independents, and they preferred the Republican to the Democrat by almost a 2-1 margin.

The outcome showed that “the Obama movement, the coalition, isn’t transferable,” said Democratic strategist Kirsten Powers, a Fox News contributor. “There was a decline in minority voters, a decline in young voters. You weren’t seeing these people who turned out in huge force for Obama turning out for other Democrats. And so they’re now going to have to step back and say, ‘Wait a minute, I’m going to have to take care of myself.’”

But the Democratic losses in Virginia and New Jersey could also be a blot on Obama’s political standing to some degree.

Obama needs all the lawmakers he can get to pass his legislative priorities of health care and climate change. Defeats Tuesday could make it harder for him to persuade moderate Democrats from conservative areas to get on board. They have been hearing from voters worried about his expansion of government at a time of rising deficits.

As if on cue, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid also indicated Tuesday that Congress may not complete health care legislation this year, missing Obama’s deadline on his signature issue and pushing debate into a congressional election year.

The vote is “more about the policies of the president more than the personalities,” said Washington Times columnist Tony Blankely. “The public is getting really scared of his policies and I think that’s what we’re seeing in all of these elections. … Obama has moved the policy so far to the left that now you’re seeing this big movement back and I think we’re only seeing the beginning of it.”

Defeats could point to future problems for Democrats, particularly in moderate districts and in swing states like Ohio, Colorado and Nevada. In 2010, most governors, a third of the Senate and all members of the House of Representatives will be on ballots.

Still, Democrats suggest the Tuesday night wins are anything but helpful to the Republican Party.

“They’re in a civil war over the definition of their party,” said Paul Blank, a Democratic consultant. “And the extremists have won.”

Top Dems: Obama Won’t Get Health Care Bill in 2009

Top Dems: Obama Won’t Get Health Care Bill in 2009

November 4th, 2009

By JONATHAN KARL, ABC News

Obamacare will make healthcare more expensive, not less

Senior Congressional Democrats told ABC News today it is highly unlikely that a health care reform bill will be completed this year, just a week after President Barack Obama declared he was “absolutely confident” he’ll be able to sign one by then.

“Getting this done by the by the end of the year is a no-go,” a senior Democratic leadership aide told ABC News. Two other key Congressional Democrats also told ABC News the same thing.

This may come as an unwelcome surprise for the White House, where officials from the president on down have repeatedly said the health care bill would be signed into law by the end of the year.

“I am absolutely confident that we are going to get health care done by the end of this year, and Nancy Pelosi is just as confident,” Obama said Oct. 27 at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi may still be confident — and her spokesman Brendan Daly said today, “We are going to get our part done” — but the reason for the delay can be found in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has yet to release the bill he eventually plans to bring to the Senate floor. Reid is still waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to come up with an estimated cost of several possible variations of his bill before deciding which one to introduce in the Senate.

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Forget the 2-1 spin; it was a rout

Forget the 2-1 spin; it was a rout

By C. Edmund Wright

The Democrats did not lose a 2-1 squeaker last night. They lost two huge races, saw an overall evaporation of 25 basis points of support — and lost by nearly 500 thousand votes cumulatively in the three high profile elections.  
Or put another way, Republicans won two races decided by millions of voters — and Democrats won a small race dominated by party operatives. In addition, the GOP made some historic gains in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Washington state special elections to boot. 
In the context of Bob McDonnell’s huge win in Virginia and Chris Christie’s surprisingly comfortable win in of all places New Jersey, the fact that Bill Owens scraped up enough votes to win NY 23 is a testament to the superior political insider maneuvering of the Democrats over the Republicans.  So you mean the GOP party apparatus stinks? Well yes, but I think we knew that already.  
What we did not know was just how overwhelming the anti-Democrat tide would be among voters.  In the three talked about races, it was a blow out of something like 55-42% overall in precincts that voted for Obama 56-44 just a year ago.  The raw totals will end up a tad under 2.4 million GOP votes to 1.9 million for the Democrats in round numbers.  
So don’t buy into any 2-1 split decision analysis.  It was a stunning reversal of a full quarter of the electorate in one year’s time. 
For the record, Barack Obama “voted present” by not even watching the election returns — let alone commenting — as his party suffered the massive 25% reversal.  (Ok, I don’t believe White House reports that he didn’t watch, but who could blame him a little fib considering the magnitude of the actual loss.) 
The stunning stat of the night might be this: that McDonnell beat Creigh Deeds by 1000 times the margin he did in 2005. Or it might be that Christie overcame a 700 thousand party voter disadvantage to win a race with about two million total voters. Or it may be that all this happened with zero references about “reaching across the aisle” or mavericks. So what does this mean?
It means Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and “big tent” politics just suffered a huge electoral defeat. Likely the same can be said of whatever this week’s Obama-Baucus-Bogus-Consumer-Ponzi-Care bill is being called these days.  To quote CNBC’s politically minded financial analyst Jerry Bowyer, the 1900 page health care bill is “now pulp.” He made that call before 8 p.m. eastern.  
None of this will be the White House spin of course — but at the risk of offending the sensibilities of the suddenly decorum focused Pelosi — any attempt by the Democrats to candy coat or minimize what happened last night is nothing less than Hitler-esque bunker mentality fantasy.  
Here is the breakdown race by race:
VIRGINIA: result could be named a Star Wars Droid: R 60 D 40.
This was almost like an actual generic ballot election.  Populous Northern Virginia is heavily dominated by the Washington media and national news and voters responded to that.  Virginians voted loud and clear to reject Obama and his party as McDonnell routed Deeds almost 19 points.  For those scoring at home, that’s a 26 point swing towards Republicans — or away from Democrats — in precisely one year.  The last time McDonnell ran against Deeds, in 2005 for Attorney General, McDonnell won by only 323 votes statewide.  That was the closest race in Virginia history. Last night he won by over 320 thousand votes. 
And there is much evidence that the party symbol, not the candidate’s name, is what mattered.  Actually, the symbol that mattered was the D — and Virginians voted against the D. Some are saying that the key was a very disciplined and down the middle campaign by McDonnell against a poor Deeds campaign. Maybe.  But that does not explain why all the down ballot races almost exactly mirrored that of the Governor’s race.  
Even a Frank Luntz focus group — not known for attracting conservatives or particularly knowledgeable voters — said it was about national issues and the Obama agenda by an overwhelming majority.  In short, this was D versus R, or at least D versus anything else.  
And you can bet that three so-called “blue dog” Democrats in Congress are taking a look at the tallies.  According to Michael Barone, McDonnell won the three districts where freshman blue dog Democrats live by 62-38, 61-39 and 55-45.  I think ObamaCare might have just lost 3 blue dogs in the Commonwealth.
NEW JERSEY: This win carries a lot of weight!
In Democrat stronghold New Jersey, the revulsion and rejection factor of Democrats continued in a major way.  While Christie was given a decent chance in recent polling, in historical context this is a stunner.  In a state where Obama carried 59 per cent of the vote in 2008, incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine struggled to reach 44%.  Corzine publicly hitched his wagon to the Obama White House, and whether or not the White House likes it, they are in the mire of this incredible defeat.
Corzine had twice as much money, a lot more Democrats to mobilze, the multiple appearances of Obama and a third party candidate hand-picked to mess up Christie — and yet he still lost. Even Juan Williams admitted this loss “was big” for the Democrats.  Sure Corzine is wealthy, corrupt and a tax raiser, but that never stopped Democrats from winning in New Jersey before. Almost all of them are all of those things in the Garden State.
NEW YORK 23: The Obama White House machine was far superior here to an awful local Republican Party. 
Without a doubt, Hoffman’s loss takes a bit of sheen off the night. Having said that, a single race involving roughly a hundred thousand voters in odd circumstances is not the equal of a multi-million vote governors’ races. Don’t let the Obama spin fool you with all the talk about the GOP losing a district they had held since the Civil War.  Obama carried that district by 5 points in 2008.  Moreover, he tapped the Republican House Member from this district for a minor cabinet post for the express purpose of hoping the Dems could win an open seat. That was good tactical politics. 
When local Republicans anointed the extremely liberal Dede Scozzafava without a primary, they were asking for trouble. You can call that awful tactical politics. Scozzafava’s endorsement of Owens validated conservative activists and those like Sarah Palin and Fred Thompson in backing Hoffman.  That an inexperienced candidate — with much of the official local GOP machinery pouting on the sidelines — lost to a suddenly very well funded Obama machine candidate is really no surprise.  For all the national hoopla about Hoffman, the on-the-ground reality is that the Obama hacks beat the GOP hacks in the game of turn out and tactics. Is anyone surprised that the local Republican operatives would be outplayed?
In short, the night showed that the tea party movement and the palpable bubbling up of a conservative ascendency is no joke.  It would seem to indicate that a repeat of 93-94 fueled by Hillary Care is at least possible in 2009-2010 fueled by Obama Care and all other types of malignant government.  Certainly this night was superior to the night in 1993 when the GOP swept Democrats out of state houses in Jersey and Virginia by any statistical measure.
And it needs to be.  Our Republic is in more danger than we were in during 1993 – by any statistical measure.  We won bigger, but it was absolutely necessary that we did.  And that’s the proper spin of election night 2009.

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