Posts Tagged ‘politics’

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Flashback: Romney’s No Apology

November 4, 2012

Mitt Romney touched on several issues involving jihad and the necessity for energy independence from the Middle East in his book, No Apology.  Some of the governor’s comments—which suggest that he has a far clearer understanding of global threats, foreign affairs, and national security than his opponent—are worth revisiting today.  Romney wrote:

  • Radical Sunni & Shia “endeavor to cause the collapse of all competing economies and systems of government.”
  • “In all forms of energy, Russia already is the largest exporter in the world, actually outpacing Saudi Arabia.”
  • “Our dependence on foreign oil rose from 42% of our total consumption in 1990 to 58% today.”
  • “Massive Saudi investment in Islamic study centers in Western universities is designed” to lull the West into inaction.
  • “The [Ottoman] empire’s wealth was amassed from pillage and taxes.”

A presidential candidate who actually defends America and who is critical of aggressive rivals?  Very refreshing.

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Freedom from Middle East oil

November 2, 2012

Sheldon Adelson has launched a new political action committee, the New American Energy Opportunity Foundation, and an advertising blitz in support of domestic drilling and energy production leading up to the Nov. 6 presidential election.  Take a look at this excellent ad in particular.  The audio of it has been running on conservative talk radio stations, too:

The opening of the spot says it all.  “When will America be free from Middle East oil?”  We’re getting there, despite Pres. Obama’s best efforts to retard domestic energy production and deny the fact that we have more energy resources than Saudi Arabia or Iran.  Barack Obama has reduced permits for drilling on federal lands and waters, he has obstructed the Keystone pipeline, and his EPA has delayed efforts to expand hydraulic fracturing—a technique which enables producers to drill for previously inaccessible oil and natural gas deposits.

Despite the president’s crummy record, oil companies have managed to boost domestic output on privately owned land and shift the balance of energy power away from OPEC back to the Americas.  Romney would strengthen this trend by supporting the initiatives that Obama has blocked.

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Obama’s proposal gets cold shoulder from key Democrat

October 8, 2010

Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-Massachusetts), a staunch ally of the Treasury Department’s anti-terrorist financing policies, has come out against the Obama administration’s proposal to force U.S. banks to report on all international transactions of their customers.  After asking witness David Caruso about the workability of the policy for the banking industry, Rep. Lynch openly questioned the Obama proposal.  Here’s the video:

The comments were made during the same Financial Services hearing covered here.

When a key Democrat ally like Lynch has to read about the newly proposed regulation in the newspaper and immediately comes out against it, one has to wonder whether Congress is being consulted sufficiently by the White House on CFT measures.