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Editorial: Would the real ‘flat-earth’ candidate please stand up?




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Last week, Vice President Joe Biden addressed an exclusive group of super- rich Democrats in the home of super-rich Democratic Sen. John Kerry, telling them that Republicans don’t have a sense of the “average folks out there.”

The audacity of this administration is endless. These are the same people who are trying their best to besmirch the candidacy of Joe the Plumber. Come on, Dems. You can’t get any more middle class than Joseph Wurzelbacher. He is middle class personified, yet the administration wants us to believe they understand “average folks.”

Now President Barack Obama wants to release oil from our strategic reserves, not because he wants average Joes to pay less at the pump, but because he is getting worried about votes in November. At the same time, though, he wants to tax U.S. oil companies. If you understand how the free market works, that doesn’t make sense, but no one has ever accused this president of understanding the free market.

Any tax, such as that proposed on oil companies, is passed on to the consumer. The cost at the pump would be increased accordingly. Yet, so intent is Obama on punishing “big oil,” that he is willing to jeopardize the entire U.S. economy to prove his point. He sends money to Brazil and promises them that we will buy their oil, while he taxes U.S. oil companies.

Obama claims that drilling is at an all-time high in the United States, but that is from private drilling that he can do nothing about. He has put a halt to any drilling offshore or on public lands and even blocked the Keystone XL pipeline. That pipeline not only would add jobs, but would bring oil, which is already drilled, from Canada to our own refineries.

Obama won over the Democrats in the Senate on the Keystone vote, saying that “it would take years” before consumers would see any relief at the pump. This is the same tired argument that has been around since the days of Jimmy Carter and consumers still are paying through the nose.

Instead, Obama performs like the standup comedian that he is by ridiculing Republicans for wanting to drill. He said in 2008: “We could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling; if everybody was just inflating their tires and getting regular tune-ups, you can actually save just as much.” If you don’t believe he said that, check it out on YouTube.

This is from The One who tells us to paint our roofs white and quit driving so much. He’s getting that wish; with more people unemployed, we are driving less.

Instead of taking us forward, he is hampering our progress and making life more difficult for Americans. That seems to be his vision for the future: Make life for Americans as difficult as possible, like a brash dictator who enjoys punishing his subjects.

Yet this man has the audacity to call Republicans “flat-earthers,” because they want to drill for oil while pursuing alternative sources of energy.

We are supposed to believe that windmills are the future? I believe windmills have been around for as long as have any flat-earther.

The real flat-earthers want to start harvesting algae for energy, as the president has espoused. That is technology that really is years down the road -- much farther than would be the Keystone pipeline, so who are the real flat-earthers?
 

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