In a reversal of a long-standing ban on most offshore drilling, President Barack Obama is allowing oil drilling 50 miles off Virginia's shorelines. At the same time, he is rejecting some new drilling sites that had been planned in Alaska.
Obama's plan offers few concessions to environmentalists, who have been strident in their opposition to more oil platforms off the nation's shores. Hinted at for months, the plan modifies a ban that for more than 20 years has limited drilling along coastal areas other than the Gulf of Mexico.
Shocked that he says one thing, yet does another? Really?! Time to stop sorting the recyclables and start paying attention. PAY ATTENTION! Your dude is a dud.
ALERT: Really bad segue to the healthcare debacle ahead...
What's a little healthcare "fix" that doesn't include unrelated health items? Hello, Pell Grants!
MSNBC: The White House said the change would save taxpayers $68 billion over the next decade. The money saved will help expand and strengthen the federal Pell Grant program for students. The change will cap college graduates' annual student loan repayments at 10 percent of their income, spends more at community colleges and awards $2.55 billion to historically black colleges and universities.
That's what I'm talking about. Push through an URGENT healthcare bill and then stick a lil' sum'in sum'in in it for good measure. Pay close attention to the wording: ...will cap...annual student loan repayments at 10% of their income. Gosh darn it, that Barry is the bomb diggity. He is soooo concerned about new grad's ability to pay back these loans that he's gonna go all nice guy and cap them at 10% of income.
He fails to mention that the government stands to gain more than the usual bucket-loads of interest money off these same already overburdened students because when you cap payments at 10% of income, the time it takes to pay off the loans is increased. Small detail.
Students who lurv Barry and voted for him because your mommy did, allow me to introduce you to my environmental bed-wetting friends. You can commiserate over cake...until Barry decides that he needs that too.
Lastly, in my efforts to keep you pissed on all sides of the aisle:Top Republicans are increasingly worried that GOP candidates this fall might be burned by a fire that's roaring through the conservative base: demand for the repeal of President Barack Obama's new health care law.
It's fine to criticize the health law and the way Democrats pushed it through Congress without a single GOP vote, these party leaders say. But focusing on its outright repeal carries two big risks. Repeal is politically and legally unlikely, and grass-roots activists may feel disillusioned by a failed crusade. More important, say strategists from both parties, a fiercely repeal-the-bill stance might prove far less popular in a general election than in a conservative-dominated GOP primary, especially in states such as Illinois and California.
Democrats are counting on that scenario. They say more Americans will learn of the new law's benefits over time and anger over its messy legislative pedigree will fade. For months, Democrats have eagerly catalogued Republican congressional candidates who pledge to repeal the health care law, vowing to make them pay in November.
Who are these "worried" Republican leaders, cowering in the shadow of Barry's "Go For It!"? Why, my very own Senator, John Cornyn. A man I feel certain wants the presidency, as every move he's made is calculated and careful towards that end. This particular move is way too careful for my tastes.
Hey John, yes those of us shouting for repeal know it's a risky endeavor, and we feel with a big risk comes a big reward. We feel we MUST REPEAL this law. If you can't support that, I suggest you get the hell out of our way.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who chairs the committee responsible for electing GOP senators this fall, said in an interview, "The focus really should be on the misplaced priorities of the administration" and Congress' Democratic leaders.
Dude, you are such a disappointment. The Dem leadership has to be clapping their hands at this story. WE BEAT THEM AT TOP LEVELS! Seriously. You may be from Texas, but I think the honorable thing for you to do would be to hand over your boots. You've forgotten how to use them. (unless the plan is to lull the dems into thinking they've beaten us, then BRILLIANT!, keep the boots! but, somehow i don't think you are that good at this game...)
Stay pissed, mah babies!