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- 12 F this morning. Global warming at it's best!
Without a plan on how he is going to enforce the border on illegals or deportation of illegals his action will do nothing but encourage more illegals into our country. Funny how he could now do something he said before was not constitutionally legal. Looks like if you don't like a law you just ignore it. He's elevated himself to a level that one has to wonder why we need a congress.
I felt when Obama was elected we would see an improvement in race relations. Things have definitely gotten worse. I do not think cops behavior is any worse today than it was 10 years ago. Is it possible that Obama thrives on racial tensions? In almost all these cases his reactions seem to elevate tensions. Siding up with Al Sharpton seems to point the direction he wants to take this. I totally side with the people that hope for a day when we all look to each other as brothers and skin color makes no difference. We need leaders that represent the best for everyone and try to create a nation of peace we can all be proud of.
Can a president have a motive to create racial division? Is possible he garners more political votes due the division? Instead of being a leader and calm tensions till the facts can get out he actuall adds to the tension with comments he makes. Instead of calling off protesters he allows hard core protesters to get invovled. Almost all these incidents end up having facts that prove these decissions weren't racially motivated.
Does a government mandate qualify as a subsidy? Ethanol mandate currently drives the price of corn. EPA was set to lower the mandate rather than increase it. The outcry from farmers had them rethinking their strategy. Now EPA is looking to increase it. The main reason being is to help increase corn prices. This ultimately will force mandated levels increased in gasoline from 10% to 15% since the 10% blenders wall has been met. In 2015 Minnesota is mandating 20%. Car manufactures are threatening voiding vehicle warranties. Previous high corn prices have driven livestock producers out of business. Livestock levels are the lowest they have been since 1950. Ethanol replaces very little gasoline, makes food more expensive, and is dirtier than gasoline. Recent events in Ohio can be related to land runoffs from land used to produce corn. This whole program is propped up on political agenda. If this program was ended the environmental impact would be the same as taking over 5 million cars off the road. With this administration stance on climate change the right thing to do is to shut it down. Rather than prop up farmers in a program like this we would be better off if they shut this down but helped subsidize farmers in making an abundance of food at affordable pricing. From the fuel side of things this program does very little to cut our oil dependency. A lot of land has been taken out of set aside ultimately hurting the environment.
Monocle what you are doing is amazing. I know I need to do more. I have a hard time watching people driving SUV's and 4-wheel drive pickups when they hardly use them in 4-wheel drive. In our area this happens a lot. Watching a show recently that one the commentators felt in his opinion the pipeline will be approved before 2014 elections when Democrats can capture as much momentum as possible going into 2014 elections. I think he's right since their people basically are approving it.
Melman your right about the fact we as a country have done very little to lower our consumption of energy. How many people do we know driving vehicles getting 20mpg or less when most of us should be driving vehicles that get 30mpg or more? Hopefully this decision does have to wait till we have a huge disaster with a train derailment. People in the path of these trains are at a greater risk than most are aware of. It's easy for someone not in the path to try and shut it down, but if they care for other people we should be getting behind the pipeline. The tar sands is a Canadian issue that's pretty much out of our control.
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