Obama’s campaign blueprint 2008, and my responses (old Townhall blog parts 5-8)

The Swamp proudly presents Part 5 of our series on Barack Obama’s “The Blueprint For Change.”  This time, the subject is Senior Citizens and Retirement Security.  Our intrepid reporter, The Crawfish, takes him to task.

BARACK OBAMA’S PLAN TO STRENGTHEN RETIREMENT SECURITY

AT A GLANCE

Commitment

As someone who was largely raised by his grandparents, Obama has first-hand knowledge of how hard America’s seniors have worked to defend our country, teach our children and grow our economy. He will honor their lifetime of work.
He’s gonna honor them by destroying the America that they defended?  THEY opposed socialism!

Protect Social Security

Obama will preserve Social Security by stopping any efforts to privatize it and working in a bipartisan way to preserve it for future generations.

Why not give the people their own money back and let THEM invest it.  Surely they can get a return on their investment above the 1% that they get from Social Insecurity’s Ponzi Scheme.

Secure Hard-Earned Pensions

Obama will fight to ensure that companies don’t dump their pension obligations.

If they made a contract with their employees, then they must follow through.  On the surface, The Swamp agrees with this, but we’ll see what the details are.

Help Americans Save More

Obama will make retirement savings automatic.

And where does he get the power to make that mandate?  What if someone doesn’t WANT automatic retirement savings deductions?

THE PROBLEM

Insecure Retirement Savings

Retirement savings are near a historic low and 75 million working Americans lack employer-based retirement plans. Too many companies have dumped their pension obligations, leaving workers in the cold.

The savings aspect is a personal responsibility matter.  Companies are not required by the Constitution to have retirement plans for their employees, so the federal government cannot mandate it.  Companies that have had pension plans MUST honor their obligations to employees who signed on and were promised pension plans.

Income Security

With skyrocketing health care, energy and housing costs, and the risk of being defrauded by insurance companies, too many seniors do not have the resources to live comfortably.

And there’s nothing the federal government can legally do about that (well, except getting out of the health care, energy, and housing businesses so those costs can come down!).  It’s called personal responsibility.

BARACK OBAMA’S PLAN

Protect Social Security

Obama is committed to ensuring Social Security is solvent and viable for the American people, now and in the future. Obama will be honest with the American people about the long-term solvency of Social Security and the ways we can address the shortfall. Obama will protect Social Security benefits for current and future beneficiaries alike. And he does not believe it is necessary or fair to hardworking seniors to raise the retirement age. Obama is strongly opposed to privatizing Social Security.

Obama believes that the first place to look for ways to strengthen Social Security is the payroll tax system. OF COURSE!  He’s a liberal, so his first option to fix something is to RAISE TAXES!  Imagine that!  Currently, the Social Security payroll tax applies to only the first $97,500 a worker makes. Obama supports increasing the maximum amount of earnings covered by Social Security and he will work with Congress and the American people to choose a payroll tax reform package that will keep Social Security solvent for at least the next half century.
The Swamp has a better idea.  Either let folks go with the Galveston Plan, which was outlawed by Congress after Galveston proved it would work, or go with the plan outlines in the American Tradition Party Platform 2008:

“End Social InSecurity Fairly: There is absolutely no reason for the government to be running a Ponzi scheme as a mandatory governmental retirement program. A 1% return on that kind of investment is horrid. The people of America should be in charge of their own money. They can do better for themselves. Our plan would end this fiasco, but in a way that is fair to all who have put in their money over the years. Anybody who is currently receiving benefits would have the choice of staying in the program or getting the remainder of what they paid in to the system returned to them. In Year One, American citizens who are aged 57 and above would receive refunds for every penny they have ever put in, with interest from the time it got put in. Year Two would see refunds for folks 49 and up. Year Three would have citizens 40 and above investing their own money. Year Four has the 30 and older citizens rejoicing. Year Five has all remaining citizens getting their money back. These ages could be adjusted after more studies to make the impact on our budget even across the years. Note that non-citizens don’t get anything. Oh well, that’s another bonus for being a real American.”

Strengthen Retirement Savings

Reform Corporate Bankruptcy Laws to Protect Workers and Retirees: Current bankruptcy laws protect banks before workers. Obama will protect pensions by putting promises to workers higher on the list of debts that companies cannot shed; ensuring that the bankruptcy courts do not demand more sacrifice from workers than executives; telling companies that they cannot issue executive bonuses while cutting worker pensions; increasing the amount of unpaid wages and benefits workers can claim in court; and limiting thecircumstances under which retiree benefits can be reduced.
If that paragraph can be implemented in a Constitutional manner, The Swamp would endorse it.

Require Full Disclosure of Company Pension Investments

Obama will ensure that all employees who have company pensions receive detailed annual disclosures about their pension fund’s investments. This will provide retirees important resources to make their pension fund more secure.
Won’t this cause most of those workers to oppose your attempts to tax away all of the profits from the oil companies?  When the workers find that their retirement accounts are in mutual funds that have oil stock in them…..(as most union plans do)….

Eliminate Income Taxes for Seniors Making Less Than $50,000

Obama will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year. This will provide an immediate tax cut averaging $1,400 to 7 million seniors and relieve millions from the burden of filing tax returns.

Now you are in opposition to all of the discrimintaion laws that YOUR PARTY has worked so hard to get passed.  That would be AGE DISCRIMINATION!

Create Automatic Workplace Pensions

Obama’s retirement security plan will automatically enroll workers in a workplace pension plan. Under his plan, employers who do not currently offer a retirement plan, will be required to enroll their employees in a direct-deposit IRA account that is compatible to existing direct-deposit payroll systems. Employees may opt-out if they choose. Experts estimate that this program will increase the savings participation rate for low and middle-income workers from its current 15 percent level to around 80 percent.

Where in the wide, wide world of sports did he find THIS in the powers authorized to the federal gummint by the Constitution???

Expand Retirement Savings Incentives for Working Families

Obama will ensure savings incentives are fair to all workers by creating a generous savings match for low and middle-income Americans. His plan will match 50 percent of the first $1,000 of savings for families that earn less than $75,000. The savings match will be automatically deposited into designated personal accounts. Over 80 percent of these savings incentives will go to new savers.

We can’t find this in The Swamp’s copy of the Consitution, either.  Where does he plan on coming up with the BILLIONS of $$$$$$ that this boondoggle of an entitlement program will cost?

Prevent Age Discrimination

Obama will fight job discrimination for aging employees by strengthening the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and empowering the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to prevent all forms of discrimination.

WAIT A SECOND!  You just proposed a program that was based on age discrimination, but now you want to fight age discrimination?

Affordable Health Care

Provide Cheaper Prescription Drugs: Our seniors pay the highest prices in the world for brand-name drugs. To lower drug costs, Obama will allow the federal government to negotiate for lower drug prices for the Medicare program, just as it does to lower prices for our veterans. He also supports allowing seniors to import safe prescription drugs from overseas, and will prevent pharmaceutical companies from blocking cheap and safe generic drugs from the market.
So you are going to force the pharmaceutical companies to give up on their patent rights?  How do you expect them to keep paying for all of the research to develop new medications?  Most Americans probably don’t need some of the medications they are on currently.  They see advertisements for medications and magically (psychosomatically, actually) develop symptoms that can be helped by those drugs.  We are the most overmedicated society there is, and one of the few that allows drug companies to advertise prescription medications on radio and TV.

Protect and Strengthen Medicare: 
Obama is committed to the long-term strength of the Medicare program. He will reduce waste in the Medicare system (by getting rid of unionized federal bureaucratic workers???), including eliminating subsidies to the private insurance Medicare Advantage program, and tackle fundamental health care reform to improve the quality and efficiency of our healthcare system. Obama supports closing the “doughnut hole” in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

How about simply getting the federal gummint OUT of the healthcare business, since it is not something the gummint is authorized to be into, according to….well, according to that document that you are trying to turn into Charmin.


Provide Transparency to Medicare Prescription Drug Plans: 
Many seniors are enrolled in Medicare prescription drug plans that are actually more expensive for them than other available plans. Obama will require companies to send Medicare beneficiaries a full list of the drugs and fees they paid the previous year to help seniors determine which plans can better reduce their out-of-pocket costs and improve their health.
How about just reminding them of the plan that Montel Williams advertises for.  The one run by the pharmaceutical companies.  That would help many seniors out, as would Wal-Mart’s $4/month program.  The free market will ALWAYS do the job better than the gummint.

Strengthen Long-Term Care Options: 
As president (try capitalizing the first letter of that word, you anti-American moron), Obama will work to give seniors choices about theircare, consistent with their needs, and not biased towards institutional care. He will work to reform the financing of long term care to protect seniors and families. He will work to improve the quality of elder care, including by training more nurses and health care workers.

That’s what the FREE market does…it gives people FREE choice and develops competition for the business.  A facility that gives crappy care will not stay in business, unless it is propped up by the gummint.

Protect and Honor Seniors

Ensure Heating Assistance: Obama will increase funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) which helps low-income citizens – many of them seniors – pay their winter heating and summer cooling bills.

His heart’s in the right place here, but that’s not the job of the federal gummint, and he has no Constitutional authority to give people taxpayer money to help them keep their lifestyles.


Support Senior Volunteer Efforts: 
Retired Americans have a wide range of skills and knowledge to contribute to local and national public service efforts. Obama will engage more interested seniors into public service opportunities by expanding and improving programs like Senior Corps to connect seniors with quality volunteer opportunities.
There are PUH-LENTY of volunteer opportunities available.  They don’t need a gummint program and bureaucracy to get them!

OBAMA RECORD

Social Security and Pensions

In the midst of the 2005 debate over Social Security privatization, Obama gave a major speech at the National Press Club forcefully arguing against privatization. He also repeatedly voted against Republican amendments that aimed to privatize Social Security or cut benefits. Obama has also voted to force companies to properly fund their pension plans so taxpayers don’t end up footing the bill.

Privatizing or going with the American Tradition Party Plan are the only ways to make Social Insecurity work.  Only Dim-ocrats could consider this Ponzi scheme that only gives a 1% return on investment to be anything but a failure.

Medicare

Obama has supported a number of efforts to strengthen Medicare, including voting for legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate for cheaper prescription drug prices and to extend the enrollment period for low income beneficiaries.

The whole program is unConstitutional, so it is time to end it.

Protecting Seniors

After reports that lobbyists, but not the American people, received information about the most unsafe nursing homes in the country, Barack Obama demanded the Department of Health and Human Services release that information. Following Obama’s letter, the names of the four Iowa care facilities cited for unsafe care were released to the public. Obama’s efforts follow his successful efforts in Illinois to make nursing home information public and strengthen elder abuse laws.

The elder abuse laws are a state matter.  All reports on health care facility safety should be public, so The Swamp agrees with Obama on that point.

For More Information about Barack’s Plan

Read the Speech

http://www.barackobama.com/2007/11/07/remarks_of_senator_barack_obam_31.php

Read the Plan

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/seniors/

In Part 6 of The Swamp’s expose on Barack Obama’s campaign policy document, “The Blueprint For Change,” the topic is another of the liberal mainstays…For the CHIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLDRRRRRRREEEEEENNNNNN!!!!!!!”  Here we go with his ed-yew-kay-shunn plan:

PLAN TO GIVE EVERY AMERICAN CHILD A World Class Education

“I don’t want to send another generation of American children to failing schools. I don’t want that future for my daughters. I don’t want that future for your sons. I do not want that future for America.”

– Barack Obama
Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Des Moines, Iowa

November 10, 2007

Well…the best way to get the schools to improve is to get the federal gummint OUT of the schools.

At a Glance

High-Quality Zero to Five Early Education

Obama will launch a Children’s First Agenda that provides care, learning and support to families with children from birth up to five years old.

a) How much is THIS boondoggle gonna cost?
b) Who’s gonna pay for it?
c) Where did you find this in the Constitution?

Reform No Child Left Behind

Obama believes that the goal of No Child Left Behind was the right one, but that it was written and implemented poorly and it has demoralized our educators and broken its promise to our children. Obama will fund No Child Left Behind and improve its assessments and accountability systems.

The federal gummint is not authorized to be involved in the LOCAL and STATE public schools.  What part of the is so hard to comprehend?

Improve K-12

Obama will improve our schools by recruiting well-qualified teachers to every classroom in America. Obama will improve teacher compensation by rewarding expert, accomplished teachers for taking on challenging assignments and helping teachers succeed. Obama also will reduce the high school dropout rate and close the achievement gap by investing in proven intervention strategies in the middle grades and in summer learning and afterschool opportunities.

How about giving the school districts the ability to FIRE CRAPPY TEACHERS?  Oh, that’s right…your corrupt UNION friends won’t allow that, unless the teacher is convicted of a felony.  How about listening to the parents of public school kids around the country, who overwhelmingly support SCHOOL CHOICE?  Oh…your UNION schmucks oppose that as well.

Make Community College and College Education Affordable

Obama will create a new American Opportunity Tax Credit that will make tuition at the nation’s community colleges completely free and will cover up to two-thirds the cost of tuition at the nation’s public colleges and universities. This $4,000 tax credit will be fully refundable and available at the time of enrollment in college – when families need the money.

$4000 isn’t going to cover 2/3 at many of the universities these days.  By “fully refundable”, do you mean that you’re going to make it a GRANT to people who don’t pay taxes?  That’s discrimination and also a government expenditure that isn’t Constitutionally authorized.

THE PROBLEM

No Child Left Behind Left the Money Behind

The goal of the law was the right one, but unfulfilled funding promises, inadequate implementation by the Education Department and shortcomings in the design of the law itself have limited its effectiveness and undercut its support. As a result, the law has failed to provide high-quality teachers in every classroom and failed to adequately support and pay those teachers.
Well, let’s take a look at this paragraph…
The goal of the law was to pander to the left, since they have no knowledge of the Constitution and want the gummint to pay for everything in their lives.  If it was going to be effective, it would have gutted all of the power of the teachers unions.  They protect the LOW quality teachers and make sure that high quality ones go to the private schools.  Give ALL power over schools to the states and municipalities, where that power belongs (according to the Constitution).

Students Left Behind

Six million middle and high school students read significantly below their grade level. A full third of high school graduates do not immediately go on to college. American 15 year olds rank 28th out of 40 countries in mathematics and 19th out of 40 countries in science. Almost 30 percent of students in their first year of college are forced to take remedial science and math classes because they are not prepared.
But you and your party still oppose school choice.  Those horrid stats are the result of liberal policies and intervention by the federal government.  The Department of Education was founded in 1980, under the direction of Jimmuh Cahtuh and a Dim-ocrat House and Senate.  Was any other result expected?  Anyone who thought that would work should get the Bill Engvall treatment: “Here’s your sign!”

High Dropout Rate

America has one of the highest dropout rates in the industrialized world. Only 70 percent of U.S. high school students graduate with a diploma. African American and Latino students are significantly less likely to graduate than white students.
Here’s more results of liberal policies.  The LBJ “Great Society” and “War on Poverty” programs have led to the disintigration of the family and family values, especially among the black community.  Achievement is now considered “trying to be white” among the “urban” (when did that stop meaning ‘of or from the city’ and start meaning ‘black’?) youth.  Professions that are to be emulated are: P1mp, whoe, drug dealer, gang banger, and rapper.  For the Latino students, well….if you discount the illegals and children of illegals that dropout number drops WAY down.

Teacher Retention is a Problem

Thirty percent of new teachers leave within their first five years in the profession.

You would too if you were being forced to adhere to the union mentality!

Soaring College Costs

College costs have grown nearly 40 percent in the past five years. The average graduate leaves college with over $19,000 in debt. And between 2001 and 2010, 2 million academically qualified students will not go to college because they cannot afford it. Finally, our complicated maze of tax credits and applications leaves too many students unaware of financial aid available to them.

Colleges are now paying their professors salaries that put them in the top 5% of wage earners, while the professors require less classroom time so they can write books (usually textbooks that they require their students to buy, and they change a sentence every two years so the students have to buy the new version instead of buying from a used book exchange), so the schools have to hire MORE professors.  They give tenure to professors, so they can’t fire them no matter how fraudulent they are (Ward Churchill claiming to be a Native American in order to get hired, then being found out years later to be 100% IMPORTED American).  College Presidents and Deans are paid almost like Fortune 500 CEOs.  Welcome to liberal academia!

BARACK OBAMA’s Plan

Early Childhood Education

Zero to Five Plan: Obama’s comprehensive “Zero to Five” plan will provide critical support to young children and their parents. Unlike other early childhood education plans, Obama’s plan places key emphasis at early care and education for infants, which is essential for children to be ready to enter kindergarten.
WHERE’S THE BEEF?
Obama will create Early Learning Challenge Grants to promote state “zero to five” efforts and help states move toward voluntary, universal pre-school.
Who is going to pay for it?  You aren’t authorized to use TAXPAYER money for it!

Expand Early Head Start and Head Start: 
Obama will quadruple Early Head Start, increase Head Start funding and improve quality for both.
As if THAT gummint-funded program has really worked in the first place….but let’s throw even MORE money after it, like a good liberal!

Affordable, High-Quality Child Care: 
Obama will also provide affordable and high-quality child care to ease the burden on working families.
And just how does he plan to do that in a Constitutional manner?  How many BILLIONS of $$$ will that cost?  Kid care provided by the FEDS?  How cruddy will that be?

EDUCATION

K-12

Reform No Child Left Behind: Obama will reform NCLB, which starts by funding the law. Obama believes teachers should not be forced to spend the academic year preparing students to fill in bubbles on standardized tests. He will improve the assessments used to track student progress to measure readiness for college and the workplace and improve student learning in a timely, individualized manner. Obama will also improve NCLB’s accountability system so that we are supporting schools that need improvement, rather than punishing them.
If a school is crappy, CLOSE IT!  Give the parents the choice of what school to send their kids to!

Recruit, Prepare, Retain, and Reward America’s Teachers

• Recruit Teachers: Obama will create new Teacher Service Scholarships that will cover four years of undergraduate or two years of graduate teacher education, including high-quality alternative programs for mid-career recruits in exchange for teaching for at least four years in a high-need field or location.

And once again…where are you getting the money for that?

• Obama will require all schools of education to be accredited. He will also create a voluntary 
national performance assessment so we can be sure that every new educator is trained and ready to walk into the classroom and start teaching effectively. Obama will also create Teacher Residency Programs that will supply 30,000 exceptionally well-prepared recruits to high-need schools.
More unConstitutional spending?  The idea has merit, but should be done by the states.  There already is a program along these lines that has a bit of federal funding, with most of the $$ and administration/direction coming from the states.  It’s called “Troops to Teachers” and is for military folks who are looking to become teachers after they leave the military.

• 
Retain Teachers: To support our teachers, Obama’s plan will expand mentoring programs that pair experienced teachers with new recruits. He will also provide incentives to give teachers paid common planning time so they can collaborate to share best practices.
One of the current problems is that the crappy teachers ARE retained!

• Reward Teachers: 
Obama will promote new and innovative ways to increase teacher pay that are developed with teachers, not imposed on them. Districts will be able to design programs that reward accomplished educators who serve as a mentor to new teachers with a salary increase.
Let the DISTRICTS do it.  Obama needs to have ZERO input!
Districts can reward teachers who work in underserved places like rural areas and inner cities. And if teachers consistently excel in the classroom, that work can be valued and rewarded as well.
Okay….so what does the FED gummint have to do with this?

Make Math and Science Education a National Priority: 
Obama will recruit math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession and will support efforts to help these teachers learn from professionals in the field. He will also work to ensure that all children have access to a strong science curriculum at all grade levels.
Somehow, I don’t see him going out and recruiting people to do anything.  Again, the idea is good, but it is not the job of the federal gummint.

Address the Dropout Crisis: 
Obama will address the dropout crisis by passing his legislation legislation to provide funding to school districts to invest in intervention strategies in middle school – strategies such as personal academic plans, teaching teams, parent involvement, mentoring, intensive reading and math instruction, and extended learning time.
“legislation legislation”???  Whazzat?  The way to end the drop out problem is to end the Great Society and New Deal entitlement programs and rebuild family values and a culture of excellence in America again.  Get rid of our GIMME society.  There’s nothing else that the federal gummint can really do for the state and local problem of dropouts.

Expand High-Quality Afterschool Opportunities: 
Obama will double funding for the main federal support for afterschool programs, the 21st Century Learning Centers program, to serve one million more children.
Where is public education for the nation found in this new “living, breathing” Constitution you’re using??

Expand Summer Learning Opportunities: 
Obama’s “STEP UP” plan addresses the achievement gap by supporting summer learning opportunities for disadvantaged children through partnerships between local schools and community organizations.
a) UnConstitutional, as per usual.
b) What do you mean by “disadvantaged”???  Do you mean poor because of Mom & Dad’s choices in life?

Support College Outreach Programs: 
Obama supports outreach programs like GEAR UP, TRIO and Upward Bound to encourage more young people from low-income families to consider and prepare for college.
Supporting with your personal words and deeds is well and good.  Doing it with federal dollars ain’t authorized.

Support English Language Learners: Obama supports transitional bilingual education and will help Limited English Proficient students get ahead by holding schools accountable for making sure these students complete school.

There’s nothing the federal government can do to hold hold local and state schools “accountable.”  They wouldn’t need as much for those programs if the federal government would ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAWS!

Higher Education

Create the American Opportunity Tax Credit: Obama will make college affordable for all Americans by creating a new American Opportunity Tax Credit. This universal and fully refundable credit will ensure that the first $4,000 of a college education is completely free for most Americans, and will cover two-thirds the cost of tuition at the average public college or university and make community college tuition completely free for most students. Obama will also ensure that the tax credit is available to families at the time ofenrollment by using prior year’s tax data to deliver the credit when tuition is due.
There he goes again with the refundable tax credits, which STILL mean that they are just grants available to those who do NOT pay taxes.  It’s another unConstitutional giveaway of taxpayer $$$.

Simplify the Application Process for Financial Aid: 
Obama will streamline the financial aid process by eliminating the current federal financial aid application and enabling families to apply simply by checking a box on their tax form, authorizing their tax information to be used, and eliminating the need for a separate application.
We realize that federal grants and loans have been around for a long time, but that still doesn’t make them Constitutional.

OBAMA’S RECORD

Record of Advocacy

Obama has been a leader on educational issues throughout his career. In the Illinois State Senate, Obama was a leader on early childhood education, helping create the state’s Early Learning Council. In the U.S. Senate, Obama has been a leader in working to make college more affordable. His very first bill sought to increase the maximum Pell Grant award to $5,100. As a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee, Obama helped pass legislation to achieve that goal in the recent improvements to the Higher Education Act. Obama has also introduced legislation to create Teacher Residency Programs and to increase federal support for summer learning opportunities.
This issue is one where it is hard to determine the motives of Dim-ocrats.  Are their hearts in the right place, even though the reality is that their plans are not Constitutional, or are they in it for the power?

for more information

For more on Barack Obama’s Education Plan:

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/education/

Speech on Pre-K to 12 Education:

http://www.barackobama.com/2007/11/20/remarks_of_senator_barack_obam_34.php

Speech on College Affordability:

http://www.barackobama.com/2007/11/07/remarks_of_senator_barack_obam_31.php

The Swamp’s ongoing series on Barack Obama’s main campaign document, “The Blueprint For Change”, which our intrepid reporter, The Crawfish, covertly acquired from the Obama campaign (okay….he downloaded it from their Pennsylvania campaign website), continues with Obamessiah’s plan for energy.  The Crawfish was shaking his head before he even started reading this section of “The Blueprint.”
BARACK OBAMA’S PLAN FOR A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE

AT A GLANCE

“Well, I don’t believe that climate change is just an issue that’s convenient to bring up during a campaign. I believe it’s one of the greatest moral challenges of our generation. That’s why I’ve fought successfully in the Senate to increase our investment in renewable fuels. That’s why I reached across the aisle to come up with a plan to raise our fuel standards. … And I didn’t just give a speech about it in front of some environmental audience in California. I went to Detroit, I stood in front of a group of automakers, and I told them that when I am president, there will be no more excuses – we will help them retool their factories, but they will have to make cars that use less oil.”

–Barack Obama

Speech in Des Moines,

And just where do you get the almighty power to MAKE companies produce products according to YOUR standards?  The companies will make whatever products THE CONSUMERS want, and you don’t have the Constitutional authority to do anything about it!

Tackle Climate Change

Obama will implement a cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the level recommended by top scientists.

So he’s going to listen to a few crackpots and use their pseudo-science to wreck our economy.  Earth to Obama, the global temps have been on the decline since 1998.  Glo-Bull Warming is a MYTH!  The Swamp supports being environmentally responsible, but not using envirowackoism to make Americans miserable!

Create Millions of Green Jobs

Obama will invest $150 billion over ten years to deploy clean technologies, protect our existing manufacturing base and create millions of new jobs.

And just where is that money going to come from?  YOUR pockets?

Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil

Obama will reduce oil consumption overall by at least 35 percent, or 10 million barrels of oil, by 2030.

Sorry, but we don’t believe that he uses that much, so he cannot reduce that much.  Consumption is going to go up until alternative energy sources are made viable, economic, reliable, and are put to use on a large scale.

THE PROBLEM

Foreign Oil

America’s 20-million-barrel-a-day oil habit costs our economy $1.4 billion a day, and $500 billion in 2006 alone. Every single hour, we spend $41 million on foreign oil.

It wouldn’t be that way if YOUR party would allow us to go after the oil we have in the Dakotas, off the coast of Florida (where the Chinese are drilling just outside of our territorial waters with an agreement from Cuba), off the coast of California, and in ANWR.  We could also get oil from the oil sands and shale formations of the American West.  If YOUR party would allow new efficient power plants to be built (replacing older, less efficient, and more polluting ones), we could drop consumption that much more.  If we harkened back to the 70s and followed through with the plans to build a large number of nuclear power plants, that would give us MUCH more power with NO atmospheric pollution!  Too bad that you and your party oppose this!

Climate Change

As a result of climate change, glaciers are melting faster; the polar ice caps are shrinking; trees are blooming earlier; more people are dying in heat waves; species are migrating, and eventually many will become extinct.

Welcome to Planet Earth, where the temperatures are controlled by that big, bright, hot thing we call THE SUN!  Global temperatures run in cycles, as has been documented for a few thousand years.  Man has almost ZERO impact on global temperatures.  There were times when wine grapes were grown as far north as southern Scotland, and that was WAY before the advent of SUVs.

BARACK OBAMA’S PLAN

Reduce Carbon Emissions 80 Percent by 2050

Cap and Trade: Obama supports implementation of a market-based cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions by the amount scientists say is necessary: 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Obama’s cap-and-trade system will require all pollution credits to be auctioned. A 100 percent auction ensures that all polluters pay for every ton of emissions they release, rather than giving these emission rights away to coal and oil companies. Some of the revenue generated by auctioning allowances will be used to support thedevelopment of clean energy, to invest in energy efficiency improvements, and to address transition costs, including helping American workers affected by this economic transition.
a) What scientists?  The only ones who advocate that nonsense are on the payroll of the wacko left and The Goracle (but we repeat ourselves).
b) This is just the kind of left wing government boondoggle that we’d expect of someone who wants to destroy our nation.  More government, more taxes, higher costs for everything.  This would completely wreck our economy.  Is he going to make China, India, and the rest of the developing world adhere to the same standards?  Of course not, as that would stifle their growth and they would never agree to it.

Confront Deforestation and Promote Carbon Sequestration: 
Obama will develop domestic incentives that reward forest owners, farmers, and ranchers when they plant trees, restore grasslands, or undertake farming practices that capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
This moron, or whoever wrote this claptrap for him, doesn’t seem to understand that there are more trees growing in America today than there were when Columbus arrived.  Lumber companies routinely plant 3 or more trees for every one that they cut down.  The rest is just more government handouts that have no basis in the Constitution.

Invest in a Clean Energy Future

Invest $150 Billion over 10 Years in Clean Energy: Obama will invest $150 billion over 10 years to advance the next generation of biofuels and fuel infrastructure, accelerate the commercialization of plug-in hybrids, promote development of commercial-scale renewable energy, invest in low-emissions coal plants, and begin the transition to a new digital electricity grid. A principal focus of this fund will be to ensure that technologies that are developed in the U.S. are rapidly commercialized in the U.S. and deployed around the globe.
He has $150 billion in his bank account to invest like this?  Of course not.  He’s planning on stealing MORE money from the taxpayers.  He wants new low-emission coal plants?  HIS party has not allowed them to be built!  Nuclear plants have LESS emissions, and the US Navy has been using them since the 50s and our unintelligent (according to liberals) sailors have had….ZERO accidents!

Double Energy Research and Development Funding: 
Obama will double science and research funding for clean energy projects including those that make use of our biomass, solar and wind resources.

Is it just our imagination, or does he plan to throw huge amounts of money at EVERYTHING throughout this whole “Blueprint”?  We are getting tired of asking where he plans to get these sums of money, how it is to be spent in a Constitutional manner, and….WHERE’S THE BEEF?

Invest in a Skilled Clean Technologies Workforce

Obama will use proceeds from the cap-and-trade auction program to invest in job training and transition programs to help workers and industries adapt to clean technology development and production. Obama will also create an energy-focused Green Jobs Corps to connect disconnected and disadvantaged youth with job skills for a high-growth industry.

MORE loads of unConstitutional bovine excrement!  Job training is the responsibility of the industries, not the gummint.

Convert our Manufacturing Centers into Clean Technology Leaders

Obama will establish a federal investment program to help manufacturing centers modernize and Americans learn the new skills they need to produce green products.

More unConstitutional platitudes that beg…WHERE’S THE BEEF?  Considering his economic plans (and what his party has been doing for the past couple of decades), there should be plenty of vacant manufacturing centers available!

Clean Technologies Deployment Venture Capital Fund

Obama will create a Clean Technologies Venture Capital Fund to fill a critical gap in U.S. technology development. Obama will invest $10 billion per year into this fund for five years. The fund will partner with existing investment funds and our National Laboratories to ensure that promising technologies move beyond the lab and are commercialized in the U.S.

Oh, puh-leeeze.  Throwing more gummint money at a problem that can be taken care of by simply getting the gummint out of the way of the private sector.

Require 25 Percent of Renewable Electricity by 2025

Obama will establish a 25 percent federal Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to require that 25 percent of electricity consumed in the U.S. is derived from clean, sustainable energy sources, like solar, wind and geothermal by 2025.

Who died and made this idiot King?  First of all, those energy sources must become viable, reliable, economical, and be implemented on a large scale, which ain’t gonna happen by 2025 unless he really is Barack The Magic Negro.  Second, there’s no place in the Constitution that allows him to make that kind of requirement.

Develop and Deploy Clean Coal Technology

Obama will significantly increase the resources devoted to the commercialization and deployment of lowcarbon coal technologies. Obama will consider whatever policy tools are necessary, including standards that ban new traditional coal facilities, to ensure that we move quickly to commercialize and deploy low carbon coal technology.

Just tell your party and the envirowackos to get out of the way!  The energy companies would gladly build efficient power plants and get rid of the old innefficient ones that are heavy polluters.

Support Next Generation Biofuels

Deploy Cellulosic Ethanol: Obama will invest federal resources, including tax incentives, cash prizes and government contracts into developing the most promising technologies with the goal of getting the first two billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol into the system by 2013.
Yes, there is a food problem in the world, but he demands that we turn more food into ethanol.  That’s really smart, especially since it takes more energy than a gallon of ethanol produces to make a gallon.

Expand Locally-Owned Biofuel Refineries: 
Less than 10 percent of new ethanol production today is from farmer-owned refineries. New ethanol refineries help jumpstart rural economies. Obama will create a number of incentives for local communities to invest in their biofuels refineries.
Ethanol production is causing food prices to go way up.  Thanks for helping out those who your party relies on for votes!

Establish a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard: 
Barack Obama will establish a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard to speed the introduction of low-carbon non-petroleum fuels. The standard requires fuel suppliers to reduce the carbon their fuel emits by 10 percent by 2020.
Is Obama going to establish new laws of physics to make this happen?  We’re still trying to figure out where he’s going to get his regal powers.

Increase Renewable Fuel Standard: 
Obama will require 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be included in the fuel supply by 2022 and will increase that to at least 60 billion gallons of advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol by 2030.
Go ahead and “require” all you want.  It ain’t gonna happen!

Set America on Path to Oil Independence: 
Obama’s plan will reduce oil consumption by at least 35 percent, or 10 million barrels per day, by 2030. This will more than offset the equivalent of the oil we would import from OPEC nations by 2030.
Here’s the typical liberal Dim-ocrat way to deal with energy shortages.  Make Americans endure unnecessary discomforts.  Back in the 70s, Jimmuh Cahtuh told America to just turn down the thermostat and wear more sweaters and use more blankets.  The solution would be to go after our own energy sources!  Why aren’t we doing that?  Oh…that’s right…we can’t because the Dim-ocrat Party has prevented it!  We will NOT reduce our consumption!  Since our nation is still growing, we will consume MORE!  He says his “plan will reduce oil consumption by at least 35 percent” but doesn’t tell us what his plan is.  How does he plan to reduce consumption?  It’s all platitudes and liberal big government.

Increase Fuel Economy Standards: 
Obama will double fuel economy standards within 18 years. His plan will provide retooling tax credits and loan guarantees for domestic auto plants and parts manufacturers, so that they can build new fuel-efficient cars rather than overseas companies. Obama will also invest in advanced vehicle technology such as advanced lightweight materials and new engines.

There’s no way that city fuel economy will double without the cars being lightweight, tiny Yugo-like contraptions that the American consumer doesn’t want.  How about reducing the number of signal lights around the country?  How much fuel is wasted by cars sitting at red lights every day?  The Crawfish has 21 signal lights on his 12.5 mile commute.  That’s balony!

Improve Energy Efficiency by 50 Percent by 2030

Set National Building Efficiency Goals: Barack Obama will establish a goal of making all new buildings carbon neutral (that is, producing zero emissions) by 2030. He’ll also establish a national goal of improving new building efficiency by 50 percent and existing building efficiency by 25 percent over the next decade to help us meet the 2030 goal.
Once again, he’s going to need to change the laws of physics (and the Constitution) to make that happen.

Establish a Grant Program for Early Adopters: 
Obama will create a competitive grant program to award those states and localities that take the first steps to implement new building codes that prioritize energy efficiency.
Ah…more liberal federal giveaways.

Invest in a Digital Smart Grid: 
Obama will pursue a major investment in our utility grid to enable a tremendous increase in renewable generation and accommodate modern energy requirements, such as reliability, smart metering, and distributed storage.
WHERE’S THE BEEF?  (and the funding…and the authority…)

Restore U.S. Leadership on Climate Change

Create New Forum of Largest Greenhouse Gas Emitters: Obama will create a Global Energy Forum that includes all G-8 members plus Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa –the largest energy consuming nations from both the developed and developing world. The forum would focus exclusively on global energy and environmental issues.
Ah…another version of the Useless Nations?  This one based on pseudo-science!

Re-Engage with the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change: The UNFCCC process is the main international forum dedicated to addressing the climate problem and an Obama administration will work constructively within it.

Hey, Dumbo!  Wrap your ears around this fact.  The one thing that controls climate change is THE SUN!  Unless you can come up with a way to control THE SUN, you’ll never be able to do anything about climate change.

OBAMA RECORD

Renewable Fuels

Obama has worked on numerous efforts in the Senate to increase access to and use of renewable fuels. Obama passed legislation with Senator Jim Talent (R-MO) to give gas stations a tax credit for installing E85 ethanol refueling pumps. The tax credit covers 30 percent of the costs of switching one or more traditional petroleum pumps to E85, which is an 85 percent ethanol/15 percent gasoline blend. Obama also sponsored an amendment that became law providing $40 million for commercialization of a combined flexible fuelvehicle/hybrid car within five years.

So he’s admitting to being part of the rise in food costs resulting from corn being used for fuel instead of for food!  That $40 million is an unConstitutional expenditure!

CAFE

Obama introduced a bold new plan that brought Republicans and Democrats, CAFÉ supporters and longtime opponents together in support of legislation that will gradually increase fuel economy standards and offer what the New York Times editorial page called “real as opposed to hypothetical results.”

Fuel standards are up to the CONSUMER, not gummint!

For More Information about Barack’s Plan

Read the Speech

http://www.barackobama.com/2007/10/08/remarks_of_senator_barack_obam_28.php

Read the Plan

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/energy/

ENERGY

The Swamp’s series on Barack Obama’s campaign policy document “The Blueprint For Change” continues.  Our intrepid reporter, The Crawfish, broke out in uncontrolled laughter when we told him what the subject was for this part of the series.  We THINK he’s settled down enough to slice and dice his way through it.

Barack Obama’s Plan for Restoring Fiscal Discipline

“The cost of our debt is one of the fastest growing expenses in the federal budget. This rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy, robbing our cities and states of critical investments in infrastructure like bridges, ports, and levees; robbing our families and our children of critical investments in education and health care reform; robbing our seniors of the retirement and health security they have counted on. … If Washington were serious about honest tax relief in this country, we’d see an effort to reduce our national debt by returning to responsible fiscal policies.”

– Barack Obama, Speech in the U.S. Senate, March 13, 2006

Well now.  Education, health care, retirement funds, and health security aren’t among the things Congress has the Constitutional authority to spend money on anyway, so………

At a Glance

Restore Fiscal Discipline in Congress

Obama will reinstate pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) budget rules, so that new spending or tax cuts are paid for by spending cuts or new revenue elsewhere.
Tax cuts INCREASE revenue!  This has been proven by JFK, Ronald Reagan, and W Bush.

Cut Pork Barrel Spending

Obama will cut skyrocketing pork barrel spending projects by forcing more transparency about who is requesting projects and what the projects would accomplish before Congress votes to approve them.
That’s really funny.  Neither party will allow that, as they have proven over the past few years when REPUBLICANS have tried to force transparency.  How about simply not allowing any unConstitutional spending?  95% of the pork is unConstitutional, so that would go a lot further than anything you’re going to propose!

Cut Down on Tax Haven and Tax Shelter Abuse

Obama will build on his bipartisan work to penalize companies that abuse the tax code and stop the use of tax havens.
The Swamp’s management can solve this problem in 3 words…..THE FAIR TAX!

Repeal Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

Obama is committed to repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

It didn’t take long for him to pull the class-warfare card out.  He’s proving that he STILL doesn’t understand basic economics and tax reality.

THE PROBLEM

Increasing Debt

Under President Bush, the federal debt has increased from $5.7 trillion to $8.8 trillion, an increase of more than 50 percent.

The Swamp agrees that W has let Congress get completely out of control with their spending.

Irresponsible Tax Cuts

President Bush’s policies of giving tax breaks for the wealthy will cost the nation over $2.3 trillion by the time they expire in 2009.

No.  They won’t.  Under the W tax cuts, the wealthiest 5% have seen their percentage of the overall tax burden go UP.  They have paid MORE taxes than in the Clinton years.

BARACK OBAMA’s Plan

Restore Fiscal Discipline to Washington

Reinstate PAYGO Rules: Obama believes that a critical step in restoring fiscal discipline is enforcing payas-you-go (PAYGO) budgeting rules which require new spending commitments or tax changes to be paid for by cuts to other programs or new revenue.
But at the same time, Obama is proposing huge new federal programs, huge increases in federal spending, and universal health care.  Thou art speaking out of both sides of thine anal orafice!  When this series is over, we might go back and tally up how much new spending he’s proposing, but that will require information that’s not publicly available from his campaign (notice how he doesn’t put any spending numbers anywhere in here).

How about simply having all spending bills be referenced, spending line by spending line, as to which part of the Constitution authorizes that bit of spending.  Anything that cannot be verified or referenced shall get REEEEEEEE-JECTED!


Reverse Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy: 
Obama will protect tax cuts for poor and middle class families, but he will reverse most of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest taxpayers.
Make them pay more, so they pump less into the economy and create fewer jobs.  Now THAT is genius.

Cut Pork Barrel Spending: 
Obama introduced and passed bipartisan legislation that would require more disclosure and transparency for special-interest earmarks. Obama believes that spending that cannot withstand public scrutiny cannot be justified. Obama will slash earmarks to no greater than what they were in 2001 and ensure all spending decisions are open to the public.
That’s funny….The Swamp’s research team went to the listing of all roll-call votes in the Senate since he was sworn in and only found ONE vote on anything to do with transparency/disclosure on earmarks that passed (96-1), and it was Senate Amendment 4848, by Senator COBURN (R-OK), requiring notice to Congress and the public on earmarks dealing with Department of Defense funds.  In other words, The Swamp has caught you in another LIE!

The Swamp and the American Tradition Party have come out in favor of rejecting ALL bills that have earmarks.  Our proposal, found in the ATP Party Platform 2008, says that all bills coming from Congress shall be CLEAN, with any riders and amendments being completely germaine to the main point of the bill, otherwise that bill is to be taken out with the rest of the garbage.

Make Government Spending More Accountable and Efficient: 
Obama will ensure that federal contracts over $25,000 are competitively bid. Obama will also increase the efficiency of government programs through better use of technology, stronger management that demands accountability and by leveraging the government’s high-volume purchasing power to get lower prices.
Some contracts are on short notice or are of such a nature that there is no real competition for bids.  The Dim-ocrats scream about Halliburton, Brown, & Root getting all sorts of no-bid contracts over in Iraq, but the reality is that there are only about 3 or so companies in the WORLD that can do the jobs these contracts call for, and HB&R is the only American company in that bunch, so there’s no need for competitive bids.  Let’s have some reality checks in here.  Otherwise, The Swamp is in complete agreement with that paragraph.

End Wasteful Government Spending: 
Obama will stop funding wasteful, obsolete federal government programs that make no financial sense. Obama has called for an end to subsidies for oil and gas companies that are enjoying record profits, as well as the elimination of subsidies to the private student loan industry which has repeatedly used unethical business practices. Obama will also tackle wasteful spending in the Medicare program.
So he’s calling for an end to Welfare, Social Insecurity, public housing, and all of the other entitlement programs from FDR and LBJ?

Make the Tax System More Fair and Efficient

End Tax Haven Abuse: Building on his bipartisan work in the Senate, Obama will give the Treasury Department the tools it needs to stop the abuse of tax shelters and offshore tax havens and help close the $350 billion tax gap between taxes owed and taxes paid.
As long as the tax structure is what it is, The Swamp will agree to this, but we still say that The Fair Tax is the way to go.

Close Special Interest Corporate Loopholes: 
Obama will level the playing field for all businesses by eliminating special-interest loopholes and deductions, such as those for the oil and gas industry.
But that is how your party has built and maintained their power base over the decades!

OBAMA’S RECORD

PAYGO

Obama voted in 2005, 2006, and 2007 to reinstate PAYGO federal budget rules.

No-Bid Contracts

Obama has introduced and helped pass bipartisan legislation to limit the abuse of no-bid federal contracts.

Using common sense on no-bid deals is proper.  The Swamp just realizes that they are sometimes necessary.

Against Raising the Federal Debt Limit

In 2006, Obama voted against misguided Republican efforts to raise the statutory debt limit at the same time the Republicans were pushing through massive debt-financed tax cuts for the wealthy.

And he ends this section with another dose of class-warfare that is void of reality.

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