American Elephants

Obama Wants to Change the Subject — To Climate Change. by The Elephant's Child

The U.S Government has released its National Climate Assessment, 840 pages summarizing a wide variety of normal climate occurrences which are causing everything awful. Droughts, floods, severe weather, heat waves, hurricanes tornadoes, more snow, lakes frozen over, less snow— it is all due to climate change.

“The report is an alarmist document designed to scare people and build political support for unpopular policies such as carbon taxes, cap-and-trade, and EPA regulatory mandates.”

Climate is a statistic of worldwide temperatures. Weather is what Mother Nature does outside. Floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes and snow are weather.

Obama has a steadily declining approval rating, a sick economy, a disastrous foreign policy, and investigations digging into the multitude of administration scandals, and new ones pop up every day. No wonder he wants to change the subject.

Here’s Marlo Lewis from CEI, on Fox News: “Alarmists offer untrue, unrelenting doom and gloom.”

Anthony Watts from “Houston, we have a dumbass problem’

Marc Morano at Climate Depot: “Global Temperature Update: No global warming at all for 17 years 9 months.”

Climate Scientists from Cato Institute: “The Missing Science from the Draft National Assessment on Climate Change”

Climate scientist Dr. Roy Spencer: “Climate Change Mass hysteria Grips the U.S.” Also see: “Top Ten Good Skeptical Arguments.”

From Juliet Eilperin, the Washington Post: “For Obama, a renewed focus on climate.”

Jobs Are Not Obama’s Number One Priority. by The Elephant's Child

President Obama says his “number one priority as President is doing whatever I can to create more jobs and opportunity for hardworking families.” He always says “hardworking families” and then brags about the 273,000 new jobs, while ignoring the 806,000 who dropped out of the labor force — no longer “hardworking” though they would like to be. So that is a falsehood. He also said that “whenever I can act on my own to create good jobs and expand opportunity for more Americans, I will. Another falsehood. He doesn’t.

But so far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked or voted down every serious idea to create jobs and strengthen the middle class.  They’ve said “no” to raising the minimum wage, “no” to equal pay for equal work, and “no” to restoring the unemployment insurance they let expire for more than two million Americans looking for a new job.

Raising the minimum wage is estimated to cost about 500,000 jobs, by the CBO. The Washington Post says the American economy is less entrepreneurial now than at any time in the last thirty years. Businesses are being destroyed faster than they are being created. During the most recent three years of the study, 2009, 2010, and 2011 businesses were collapsing faster that they were being formed.

The Keystone XL pipeline which Obama could have approved yesterday offers a detailed 13,000 union construction jobs plus 7,000 manufacturing jobs—and something in the realm of 250,000 spin-off jobs — supplies, restaurants, stores, groceries and so on. The only downside is the objections of enviro-nut Tom Steyer who has promised $100,000 for the midterm election—$50,000 of his own money and $50,000 raised from his friends. The election cash trumps jobs every time. Republicans said no, not to equal pay for equal work which has been the law since 1963, what Republicans objected to was the payoff to wealthy trial lawyers.

The president keeps talking about building jobs from the bottom up, or the middle class out. This is discredited Keynesian nonsense. Nancy Pelosi claimed that restoring unemployment insurance would create jobs. And they believe that raising the minimum wage will create jobs. Multiplier confusion.

We didn’t need to be in the fifth year of a disastrous downturn. For each person who is no longer in the labor force, only 1.3 people are actually working. It didn’t have to be this way.

Liberals do not see failed policies as failed. They are not concerned with consequences, they are concerned with intent. Their intent was correct, therefore it was a good thing. They simply do not see the catastrophic consequences of their policies. President Obama brags about 273,000 new jobs and pays no attention to the 806,000 who dropped out of the work force. There are programs for them.  And if you don’t agree with that, you are a racist. Republicans who do not agree with the president’s policies are not only racist, but put party over country.  Un-American. Critics should just shut up.

Solid Evidence of a Cover-up, And More to Come… by The Elephant's Child

Speaker John Boehner has agreed to a select committee on Benghazi with the revelations of Ben Rhodes e-mails, and he has named Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) as chairman. As Boehner said:

With four of our countrymen killed at the hands of terrorists, the American people want answers, accountability, and justice. Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come. His background as a federal prosecutor and his zeal for the truth make him the ideal person to lead this panel. I know he shares my commitment to get to the bottom of this tragedy and will not tolerate any stonewalling from the Obama administration. I plan to ensure he and his committee have the strongest authority possible to root all the facts.”

Democrats reacted with a primal scream. Nobody’s interested in this. Nobody cares. A political witch hunt. A kangaroo court to discredit President Obama. Grossly unfair. Republicans just want to attack Hillary. Dude, that was two years ago. Old tired past history. Stop looking at this. You’re just playing politics with something nobody cares about.

Democrats may boycott the hearings as a tactic—risky though. They can cite their boycott as a way to discredit the effort— which is the whole ballgame for them.

At the very least, this is a vast government cover-up, something last seen in the Watergate scandal. But Watergate was only about covering up illegal acts by aides, that were not unusual by D.C. standards. Democrats had a wonderful time making it the crime of the century. But nobody died in the whole Watergate episode. In Benghazi, an ambassador was killed, and brave Seals who saved some thirty lives, fought on for seven hours, calling, begging for help—from a government that refused to respond.

Here’s Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) with the party line:

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