No Drilling Just Digging

When, you may ask, was the last time the President was at a -26% strongly approve v. strongly disapprove? (Rasmussen) Never, if you don’t count Tuesday! Monday, the record was set at -24% only to be broken on Tuesday. Overall approval is at -12%. (Rasmussen polls likely versus registered voters or adults.) Compared to Inauguration Day the change in strong approval is -54%, with only 19% currently expressing strong approval. As noted in prior posts 19% does not even cover the committed Left; the reason for the gap, however, cannot be found on the left, strongly approve numbers have hovered in the low to mid 20’s in recent weeks.

The rest of the numbers are problematic for the President as well with key initiatives being either rejected or showing majority opposition. Regarding Health Care; 55% favor repeal. Border control over amnesty by two to one, 20% support actions in Libya, only 15% expect the situation in Afghanistan to improve in the short term with 59% saying they want the troops out. 65% rate the economy as “poor”, 55% say their homes are underwater and remain pessimistic over prospects in the coming year. 71% say there are too many people on Welfare who should not be. 79% of those responding to Gallup polling say the economic outlook is getting worse.

Hispanic approval is at 44%, independent voter approval continues its long slide. Most critically, only 14% say the U.S. is heading in the right direction. These are, collectively, strong points of opposition and represent a direct rejection of Presidential positions and attitudes on social justice, economics, energy policy, foreign policy, health care and by extension, leadership and philosophical grounding. The President continues to get positive ratings related to the War on Terror but that’s about it. Perhaps the most frightening number for the President is that in a head to head poll he’s even with………wait for it…..….Ron Paul!

The President’s in a hole but no one in the administration seems to be prepared to stop digging; Energy is one of many examples. Approval of nuclear power expansion is limited to additional reactors at existing plants; however, the approvals must come with licensing guarantees that are not being issued. Threshold approvals are stifled by second level regulatory road blocks. EPA still plans to shut down a considerable percentage of coal production and to do so within the next 18 months. Ezra Kline reports that up to 20% of coal fired plants could disappear off the grid to be replaced by; what? 10 deep water rigs have left the Gulf, with several more likely to leave; as predicted by critics or the Gulf moratorium. Where do the rigs go? They go to Brazil following the $10 billion loan to Petrobas by the Obama Administration. Brazilian oil, good; U.S. Oil bad!

The administration is battling Exxon over a 1 billion barrel discovery in the Gulf. Approvals for certified discoveries of natural gas in New Your, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland have gone begging short of necessary approvals and licensing. These aren’t even the high profile finds that we all know about. The much beloved solar and wind industries are failing financially in the U.S. despite heavy government support; government support in Europe is being abandoned as non-economic and job killing.

In the interest of us all, please stop digging!

  • Bill Hedges

    The Big Bad Tea…

    1. Have heard, why no TEA during Bush years. True, no TEA, we had Nancy Pelosi:

    “When Pelosi became speaker in January 2007 she was emphatic that there would be no new deficit spending.”

    “After years of historic deficits, this 110th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: Pay as you go, no new deficit spending,” she said in her inaugural address from the speaker’s podium. “Our new America will provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt.”

    “[…]When Pelosi was sworn in on Jan. 4, 2007, the national debt stood at $8,670,596,242,973.04. At the close of business on Jan. 4, 2011, her last full day in the speakership, it stood at 14,014,049,043,294.41–an increase of $5,343,452,800,321.37.”

    Now TEA is called every dirty name in the book for following in Nancy Pelosi’s high heel shoes, what she spoke “January 2007”.

    2. Hear recession Bush fault.

    a. Pelosi:

    “During her weekly press conference on April 15, a reporter asked Pelosi a seemingly innocuous question about taxes. Pelosi prefaced her response with a fairly standard litany: explaining the dire state of the U.S. economy inherited by President Obama and setting the blame at the foot of the Bush administration. But she also added this: “When [then-Senator Obama] accepted the nomination in Colorado, the [Bush] Administration had kept from the public the idea that, in a matter of weeks, the financial community would be in crisis, and we would need to pass the TARP legislation.”

    Here’s proof Bush warnings began Year Bush was elected:

    b. “Video: Democrats insist “nothing wrong” at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac in 2004”

    3. TEA about “social issues”

    Democrats, with help of PORK, passed obamacare. Last needed Democrat votes, required no federal funding for abortion. obama so signed a Executive Order .

    “Obama Signs Executive Order Reaffirming Laws on Federal Funding of Abortion”

    So tell me how TEA is ANY DIFFERENT than PELOSI’S OWN words ? EXCEPT, we want the cuts TO HAPPEN. There is good reason why TEA must win:

    “Federal Budget 101 – Eye opening analysis! ”

    “The U.S. Congress sets a federal budget every year”_ (democrats did not Oct. 2010_ had control, NO NERVE) _”in the trillions of dollars. Few people know how much money that is so we created a breakdown of federal spending in simple terms. Let’s put the 2011 federal budget into perspective”:

    “U.S. income: $2,170,000,000,000

    Federal budget: $3,820,000,000,000

    New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000

    National debt: $14,271,000,000,000

    Recent budget cut: $ 38,500,000,000 (about 1 percent of the budget)”

    “It helps to think about these numbers in terms that we can relate to. Let’s remove eight zeros from these numbers and pretend this is the household budget for the fictitious Jones family.”

    “Total annual income for the Jones family: $21,700

    Amount of money the Jones family spent: $38,200

    Amount of new debt added to the credit card: $16,500

    Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710

    Amount cut from the budget: $385”

    “So in effect last month Congress, or in this example the Jones family, sat down at the kitchen table and agreed to cut $385 from its annual budget. What family would cut $385 of spending in order to solve $16,500 in deficit spending?”

    “It is a start, although hardly a solution.”

    THE BIG BAD TEA was unhappy with recent agreement. We sabotage, caused AA, racist, etc..

    How did WE cause Nov. 2, 2010 ?

  • landreaux


    I offer you Niccolo Machiavelli;

    “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the indroduction of a new order of things.


    “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.'”

  • Bill Hedges

    landreaux _ Mid Summer Night Dream…

    I can dream this horrible REALITY will end. obama learned his Bill Clinton lesson (under Newt). Was Newt’s 2 years that had surplus and balanced budget. Newt’s slowing down government spending. Newt shoring up entitlements. Last civil rights bill. LIBERALS NO HEAR THIS. NO SPEAK TEA.

    In college I had the meanest, toughest, teacher. He was denied tenor. He gave no “A”. I got “A”. I earned it to. He taught religions of the world. I know Ghandi. Most of my knowledge is long gone. I got my “A” with sheer, sheer ROTE memory. But I admired Ghandi style.

    If obama is ever to step into the shoes of “The President of The United State”, becoming Obama the President in my TEA eyes, let it be in September when he announces his job plan.

    Open America to carbon exploration. obama spoke the words that if EPA regulations got in the way of jobs, tell him. AHHHHHHH. Let our energy source SERVE AMERICA, as your article so eloquently points out. Let next month unemployment number drop, followed by the next and the next and so on. May obama be truly our BEST of the BEST, learned from his mistakes. Win by larger margin than first time out. Make OBAMA a honorary TEA member.

    Will this happen ? Or we must endure more ? I feel the rumbling.

    ” I hear a train a coming, a coming around the bend”

    Johnny Cash…

  • landreaux


    I hear a train as well, it’s the train of abject rejection!!

  • Ohio may have to go to a public employee tax or even a public benifits tax . Ohio could raise their income tax and maybe loose more high income people , Generally states just raise their fees and tax the poor a little more . Ohio and Wisconsin were said to be at war with the midlle class , This was all dependant how you define the middle class , If you devide the people in three equal groupes than the public workers are in the highest class . I suppose a public employee tax might be unconstitutional but than again a lot of the Unions rules don’t look to constitutional either .