The Bamboozler-in-Chief Takes Credit He Doesn’t Deserve
Real shocker, eh? The essence of a good con, or so I’m told, is to include an element of truth, something the mark can identify as true, so that you build credibility for when you start lying through your teeth. So, in the Obama ad pictured above, the statement being made is entirely factual, and perhaps one of the biggest lies you’ll hear all year.
The graphic says that US oil production is at an eight year high. The question they hope you do not ask, is “Was Obama responsible for any part of it?” I think I can answer that with an illustration: Oprah Winfrey and I have a combined net worth of over three billion dollars, the highest it’s ever been. And, even though I suspect that my contribution to that is a mere rounding error in Ms. Winfrey’s assets, it is similar to Mr. Obama’s oil claims.
The bulk of the production on federal lands, where Mr. Obama had control, has actually decreased. The federal leases producing oil were developed under George Bush and even Bill Clinton. Obama’s policies did not result in the “eight year high”, but rather production on state and private lands that are not under Obama’s control.
And even though production is at an eight year high, worldwide demand for oil has increased even faster. Had Obama not obstructed oil drilling in the Gulf, the extension of the Keystone pipeline, and continued the bans in ANWR, the nation would have been able to supply even more, which, according to the laws of supply and demand, would have helped to bring energy prices down.
Graphic via Roger Kimball
And the renewable energy Obama touts in his ad? Heard this on the radio today:
A Canadian firm will receive up to $50 million in Obama Stimulus cash for a Nevada solar plant that hires two people. And, the energy produced at the plant costs three times as much as energy from natural gas.
Is Obama really the guy you want in control of the nation’s finances for the next four years? He spends $50 Million on a project that creates energy at three times the cost of natural gas and creates two (2) whole jobs. Had Obama simply signed the papers for the Keystone XL pipeline, the initial estimate of 20,000 jobs would be created. The cost to the taxpayer? A 39 cent Bic pen.
If you ran your household the way Obama runs the country, exactly how long do you think it would last?
Cross posted at Proof PositiveTags: Barack Obama, Domestic Issues, Economy, election 2012, Politics