Fact-checking Obama's State of the Union energy lies

There’s a gulf of facts between what Barack Obama said last night, and what the truth really is.  And like any gulf of resources, Obama doesn’t want you exploring it.

American Tradition Partnership drills down to the truth for you.  Obama’s claims on energy are in bold, and they are all false.  The truth follows his statements.

“Over the last three years, we’ve opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration, and tonight, I’m directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources.”

Classic Obama sleight of hand.  Like his radical Gang Green campaign bankrollers, Obama opposes energy development.  But he knows that position will kill his campaign.  His solution?  Open land to permission to develop so he looks pro-jobs, but refuse to grant the permits so he shuts down jobs.

“…last year, we relied less on foreign oil than in any of the past sixteen years.”

As even the reliably liberal Washington Post notes, “The Energy Department cited a host of reasons why foreign oil imports have declined, noting the main reason was “a significant contraction in consumption” because of the poor economy and changes in efficiency that began “two years before the 2008 crisis” — i.e., before Obama took office.”

“But with only 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves, oil isn’t enough.”

A lie.  Many experts say the U.S. has around 10 percent of the world’s reserves, and American oil is often of a higher quality and easier to develop than other countries.  The U.S. has enough oil to last over a century.

“This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy – a strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs.”

Through shutting down granting of permits on land, a moratorium on deep-sea development followed by a virtual moratorium by not approving permits and now attempting to kill the Keystone energy pipeline, Obama has consistently opposed oil and gas development, our most efficient source of energy and a key driver of new jobs and prosperity.

“We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years, and my Administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy.”

Obama has worked to stop the permitting of gas wells, and his EPA cronies are working to outlaw the 60-year-old safe practice of “clean water extraction,” known as “fracking.”

“And by the way, it was public research dollars, over the course of thirty years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock…”

Clean water extraction, or “fracking” is a 60-year-old technology.  It is not a product of Jimmy Carter-era government spending.

“Because of federal investments, renewable energy use has nearly doubled. And thousands of Americans have jobs because of it.”

So-called “renewable” energy relies almost solely on “federal investments” (spending of taxpayer money) because it is too inefficient and expensive to be a practical source of power.  Being forced to double wasteful spending to keep it alive and enrich his campaign donors is noting to brag about.

And research has shown so-called “green power,” backed only by government mandates and spending, destroys more jobs than it creates.

“We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That’s long enough. It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits and create these jobs.”

The so-called “oil subsidy” he refers to is the business equipment depreciation deduction that ALL businesses get.  What he proposes is to monkey with federal tax law to target just oil companies for a tax hike, then redistribute their money to his campaign bankrollers in the “green” energy racket.

“Of course, the easiest way to save money is to waste less energy. So here’s another proposal: Help manufacturers eliminate energy waste in their factories and give businesses incentives to upgrade their buildings.”

Like many of Obama’s failed proposals, he assumes private businesses do not know how to create profits, but his government planners do.  In reality, this is just a scheme to transfer taxpayers’ money to his campaign supporters who have invested heavily in failed green businesses.

That's the truth.  Help me hold Obama accountable for his job-killing campaign of lies.


Donald Ferguson
Executive Director
American Tradition Partnership

P.S.  Help me hold Obama accountable to voters.  Go here to chip in $10 to stop Obama’s campaign of job-killing radicalism.

NCAA Baseball Preseason Rankings (A&M #7)

Texas A&M baseball will start the season ranked #7, according to Baseball America.

The Aggies start the season Feb. 17 against Illinois-Chicago at a renovated Olsen Field.  They start their final season in the Big 12 as the conference's top-ranked preseason team.

Baseball America's 2012 NCAA Baseball Preseason Rankings

1.     Florida
2.     Stanford
3.     South Carolina
4.     Arkansas
5.     Arizona
6.     Rice
7.     Texas A&M
8.     Louisiana State
9.     North Carolina
10.     Vanderbilt
11.     Georgia
12.     Georgia Tech
13.     Texas
14.     UCLA
15.     Texas Christian
16.     Clemson
17.     Arizona State
18.     Miami
19.     Oklahoma
20.     Florida State
21.     Central Florida
22.     Mississippi
23.     Oregon State
24.     Louisville
25.     Cal State Fullerton

Bruins goalie skips Obama event, blasts GOP, Dems for violating freedom

Stanley Cup-winning goalkeeper Tim Thomas caused a stir Monday evening when he refused to join his Boston Bruins teammates at a White House event honoring the champions.

In a statement on his Facebook page Thomas blasted both the Republican and Democrat parties for violating individual liberty, writing:
I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.  
“This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.
“Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL. 

“This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT”
Thomas, who wears a goalkeeper’s mask emblazoned with “Don’t Tread On Me” is a native of Michigan and represents the United States in the Olympics.

Predictably, the mainstream media are attacking Thomas for speaking out in defense of his fellow citizens.  You can let him know you support him on his Facebook page.

This segment brought to you by slap-in-the-face irony

Today's hilarious moment:Ed Schultz dedicates an entire segment of his show to ranting that Romney's Bain Capital threw people out of work and didn't create jobs.

Cut to commercial.


Schultz owes his own paycheck to a Bain-rescued company.

Rand Paul detained by TSA after refusing invasive body search

United States Senator Rand Paul (R-Kent.) was detained by Transportation Security Administration personnel in Nashville this morning after refusing an invasive body search following a body scan.

Paul communications director Moira Bagley tweeted around 10 a.m., ET, “Just got a call from @senrandpaul. He’s currently being detained by TSA in Nashville.”

According to TSA personnel, they noticed an “anamoly” during a body scan of Paul as he attempted to meet his flight.  He refused an invasive body search.  After a standoff, Paul was forced to book a later flight and possibly miss 4:30 p.m. votes.

Libertarian National Campaign Committee Chairman Wayne Root wrote about the TSA in Nov. 2010, suggesting it be privatized to avoid violations of civil liberties such as Paul’s:
There are two simple solutions to this TSA mess. First and most importantly, hand airline security over to the private sector. Let airlines manage their own security, with their own private security forces. Get government out of the way. Government isn’t the solution, they are the problem.
We must put Delta, American, U.S. Air, Southwest and all the other airlines in charge of their own security — just like all other private sector companies. That puts incompetent bumbling order-takers, creeps and perverts, some of whom could be TSA agents, on the sidelines. By the way, I’m sure most TSA agents are good people. They are being placed in a bad position by government. They are forced to follow idiotic rules, or lose their jobs in the middle of a depression. If the truth be told, I actually feel sorry for many of these people placed in such a no-win situation.
Putting airline security in the hands of the airlines themselves, also ensures the usual private sector positive results. American business usually gets it right. Businesses will weigh the right amount of security versus customer privacy, civil rights, and satisfaction. And if they fail we as consumers can simply stop using that airline and choose another. The ones who get it right will succeed. The ones who don’t will fail. That’s called the power of free markets. Capitalism works. Perhaps the U.S. government should allow for it sometime.

Ferguson statement on ethics violations by Commissioner David Gallik

American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson released the following statement Monday morning in response to The Great Falls Tribune report on Montana Office of Political
Practices personnel exposing unethical behavior by Commissioner David Gallik:

“As citizen-powered activists committed to holding public officials accountable, we are disturbed by the allegations of Office of Political Practices (OPP) personnel that Commissioner David Gallik has been using the office for personal benefit.

“We’ve long been concerned about the practices of OPP commissioners and other Montana officials, some of which are described in our lawsuits.

“ATP has been required to sue OPP over its efforts to limit and punish ATP for political speech protected by the First Amendment.  This latest information is just one more sign of an out-of-control agency that needs to be made accountable to the public.

“As such, we and our many grassroots supporters across Montana encourage Commissioner Gallik, Attorney General Bullock and Governor Schweitzer to cooperate with a full, fair and impartial investigation of these documented allegations of wrongdoing made by nonpartisan public servants, no matter how serious the criminal implications.”

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Ferguson blasts Obama Keystone decision

Decision to kill Keystone “victory for terrorist regimes, Communist aggressors and Obama’s wealthy left-wing activist base” but “not a permanent one”

WASHINGTON – American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

“Barack Obama decided long ago to side with his radical liberal base and the Gang Green billionaires who fund his campaign by killing the Keystone jobs pipeline.

He thought he could avoid responsibility by hiding his views until after the election.  Voters have a right to know where he stands on jobs and energy.  Today he showed voters where he stood – in the pocket of the multi-billion dollar Gang Green environmentalist lobby.

This decision was anything but rushed or arbitrary.  Our Canadian allies and hundreds of thousands of American workers have waited patiently for three years for a decision that could have been made long ago.  Obama simply sat on it because he didn’t want to face an pre-election choice between creating jobs to please union members, or slaughtering hundreds of thousands of jobs to please his Gang Green campaign bankrollers.  In the end, he chose campaign cash over the jobs of Americans.

There was no reason for Obama to kill the jobs pipeline, other than blind adherence to a radical liberal ideology that has already killed millions of jobs and thwarted economic renewal for nearly four years now.

Obama’s decision to kill the jobs pipeline is a punch in the teeth to the unemployed, working families and Americans who need clean, reliable and affordable energy.

At the expense of working Americans Obama just handed a victory to anti-American regimes in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.  His decision to kill the Keystone jobs pipeline makes us more dependent on foreign oil.

At the expense of working Americans Obama just handed a victory to Communist China.  With the United States pipeline killed by his hand, the oil will be sold to China. Their Communist regime will make billions that could have been paid to American workers.  Instead, Barack Obama has told Communist China to reap massive profits refining our own North American oil and selling it back to us.

But this victory for terrorist regimes, Communist aggressors and Obama’s wealthy left-wing activist base is not a permanent one.  The fight to build the Keystone jobs pipeline has just begun.
American Tradition Partnership’s large and growing grassroots army will spent 2012 engaging millions of voters, informing them of Obama’s destructive Gang Green-led policies.  Together ATP and millions of voters will change American jobs and energy policy in Congress and in the White House.  Americans deserve the good jobs and clean, affordable energy the Keystone jobs pipeline will deliver.

The Keystone pipeline will be approved by the next administration, whether it be a humbled Barack Obama or a new president.

Tomorrow morning I will leave D.C. for Southeast Texas, where much of the Keystone pipeline’s safe, clean North American energy will be delivered.  There I will begin ATP’s national effort to engage voters and change policy.

Obama slapped voters in the face today by carrying out a job-slaughtering decision he made long ago.  However, he will learn that voters will strike back even more forcefully.”

ATP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Supported by grassroots members, ATP is a fast-growing, grassroots-supported non-profit organization dedicated to fighting environmental extremism and promoting responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.  The citizens’ group educates the public and lobbies legislators on issues of environmental extremism and promoting responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.

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Yet another Montana ‘Political Practices’ commissioner caught in ethics snare

“The state’s top campaign ethics officer has resigned. Helena attorney Dave Gallik stepped down from his position as the Commissioner of Political Practices effective immediately,” Missoula’s KPAX Channel 8 reports.

“Staff in his office issued a statement Wednesday saying they have concerns over what appears to be unethical conduct violations by Gallik.”

It’s the latest in a long string of ethics and legal failures by the Office of Political Practices, which has been condemned by federal courts for the “petty bureaucratic harassment” of citizens opposed to the policies and practices of Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Attorney General Steve Bullock.  ATP has long called for a reform of the corrupt agency.

‘How fracking lies triumphed.’ Clean energy ‘unjustly maligned’

Robert Bryce, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, exposes the lies of Gang Green in this guest editorial in the New York Daily News.

'Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them.'

"The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers -- and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system." - Floyd Ferris, "Atlas Shrugged"

John Stossel finds Republican-run Florida has no sense of irony.

The Florida Department of Revenue has a law on the books requiring the owners of vending machines to post a notice that said law exists, or face a $250 fine. 

That's the only thing the law requires, a notice that the owner is required by law to put up a notice he's required to post this notice.  Even if he is in compliance with all other laws and regulations, failing to post the "this notice required by law" notice required by law means a $250 fine.

Citizens who report vending machine owners who fail to post the "this notice is required" notice can get cash rewards from the government.

So why enact a completely meaningless regulation?

Spokeswoman Renee Watters tells Stossel: "A vending machine operator that does not place the notice on the machine presumably is not in compliance with the other requirements such as registration and payment of the tax."

In other words, Florida lawmakers made up a completely meaningless law just to catch peaceful citizens breaking it so they can shake them down for cash.

Magazine that lectured you on civility asks why GOP is 'so dumb?'

This is not a joke or a Photoshop job.  This is the actual cover of the next issue of Newsweek.

Not to be outdone, TIME will launch an investigative report as to whether John Boehner is a doo-doo head booger eater.

#OWS thugs break into, steal home of single, struggling dad

The Occupy Wall Street crime spree keeps growing.  Add breaking and entering, trespassing and grand larceny to the list, and the victim is a single dad who now has nowhere to live.

Yes, it's Occupy Wall Street, not banks, now coldly and cruelly throwing families into the streets.

OWS decided to stage a publicity stunt by "occupying" a "vacant home and "donating" it to a "homeless" family. 

But there are several problems with their latest crime:

1) Instead of occupying a vacant home, they targeted the home of a single dad struggling to negotiate his mortgage, knowing he was an easy target who couldn't fight back.  They broke into the house, then staged a publicity stunt where they called out the media to witness them "giving" the home to a "homeless family."

2) The "homeless family" is actually the family of a OWS activist.

3) The "homeless family" the house was supposedly given to don't live there.  They say it isn't big enough for them.  Instead, OWS broke into someone else's house just so they could keep it for themselves.

So what you have is a group of violent criminals stealing a house out from underneath a single, struggling father for the purposes of a fake publicity stunt, then keeping the stolen property for themselves.  This is what I'm talking about when I refer to OWS as violent, subhuman animals.

Rick Santorum & Hillary Clinton, Political Soulmates

"That there is no such society that I am aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture." - Rick Santorum

"We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society." - Hillary Clinton

David Boaz, Cato Institute: Rick Santorum v. Limited Government