Abercrombie signed Act 55, creating an appointed five-member Public Land Development Corporation that will decide the fate of development -- by circumventing county zoning laws -- on roughly 1.8 million acres of public lands. And the Founders thought the States would be a bulwark against governmental over-reach - obviously didn't contemplate the Democratic Party.
Q: Did the Energy Department give a loan to an energy company connected to Nancy Pelosi's brother-in-law?
A: Yes. The loan was awarded to Tonopah Solar Energy for a project in Nevada. Ron Pelosi was then a board member with a subsidiary of Pacific Corporate Group, an investment partner in Tonopah's parent company.
There are a lot of companies involved with this: Solar Reserve and ACS Cobra are two on the finance end. Those companies are, in turn partly owned by various holding companies, hedge funds, legacy asset corporations, etc. The construction is being done by mainline companies. The company got an essentially free easement from the Dept of Interior to use federal land for the site (although there was some cost to prepare the environmental documents and much of that was borne by the solar finance companies).
The project is a big step up from one completed back in the late 90s. That one was a 10MW (peak) plant which demonstrated the technical feasibility of using molten salt to store solar (from mirrors) energy. There have been no scaling problems reported yet but off course the project will not be complete until 2013. The Tonapah plant scales that up to 110 MW (peak). Nevada Energy has agreed (actually been coerced via various renewable/green laws)to buy the electricity from the plant. Although the peak electricity generated will be 110MW, the average will be about 30 MW. The electricity will cost about double or triple what a similar output coal or gas plant would cost depending on assumptions of discount rate, fuel, labor, etc.
Posted by: lord garth ||
Will these Democrats ever stop the "Tax and Spend" train they are on ?
Yes. If they are voted out. The next big problem in Chicago is that the teacher's union pension fund is dry--nada dinero. Someone has been dipping in the till or the pensions are unsustainable or both. Public unions should never have become a way of life in the U.S. They are killing us.
Actually, making EVERYONE pay taxes is a good idea, even if it is a token half percent.
My take is that God is absolutely fair and just, so a flat rate tax of 10% on EVERYBODY would be manageable. Heck, Egypt was a world power for centuries, and had a flat tax of a fifth (20%). Problem is, such a simple scheme would do away with 80 to 90% of the IRS, and that simply won't do for some people.
The Obama You Don't Know will not be a surprise to R-Burgers but it is a decent summary of some of the background of Barack Hussein Obama. For people who are not R-Burgers and don't follow politics, much of this might come as a surprise.
Mark Tapscott of The Washington Examiner has done a good job. What the MSM should have done prior to 2008.
The entire series of ten chapters is at the website.
Few if any of his predecessors took the oath of office with higher public hopes for his success than President Obama on Jan. 20, 2009.
Millions of Americans hailed his election as an end to partisanship, a renewal of the spirit of compromise and a reinvigoration of the nation's highest ideals at home and abroad.
Above all, as America's first black chief executive, Obama symbolized the healing of long-festering wounds that were the terrible national legacy of slavery, the Reconstruction Era and Jim Crow. We would be, finally, one nation.
But after nearly four years in office, Obama has become a sharply polarizing figure.
His admirers believe he deserves a special place alongside Wilson, the Roosevelts and LBJ as one of the architects of benevolent government.
His critics believe he is trying to remake America in the image of Europe's social democracies, replacing America's ethos of independence and individual enterprise with a welfare state inflamed by class divisions.
In an effort to get a clearer picture of Obama -- his shaping influences, his core beliefs, his political ambitions and his accomplishments -- The Washington Examiner conducted a four-month inquiry, interviewing dozens of his supporters and detractors in Chicago and elsewhere, and studying countless court transcripts, government reports and other official documents.
Over the years and in two autobiographies, Obama has presented himself to the world as many things, including radical community organizer, idealistic civil rights lawyer, dynamic reformer in the Illinois and U.S. senates, and, finally, the cool presidential voice of postpartisan hope and change.
With his air of reasonableness and moderation, he has projected a remarkably likable persona. Even in the midst of a historically dirty campaign for re-election, his likability numbers remain impressive, as seen in a recent AP-GFK Poll that found 53 percent of adults have a favorable view of him.
But beyond the spin and the polls, a starkly different picture emerges. It is a portrait of a man quite unlike his image, not a visionary reformer but rather a classic Chicago machine pol who thrives on rewarding himself and his friends with the spoils of public office, and who uses his position to punish his enemies.
Peter Schweizer captures this other Obama with a bracing statistic in his book "Throw Them All Out," published last year. In the Obama economic stimulus program's Department of Energy loans, companies owned and run by Obama contributors and friends, like Solyndra's George Kaiser, received $16.4 billion. Those not linked to the president got only $4.1 billion. The Energy Department is far from the only federal program in which favoritism has heavily influenced federal grants.
To paraphrase Tammany Hall's George Washington Plunkitt, Obama has seen his opportunities and taken them, over and over.
George Kaiser, Obama bundler and Solyndra official, Harvard guy.
Chairman, BOK Financial
Source of Wealth: Oil & gas, banking
Residence: Tulsa, OK
Country of Citizenship: United States
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Harvard University; Master of Business Administration, Harvard University
#33 Forbes 400
#88 Forbes Billionaires
#34 in United States So, the left is all bent out of shape about Romney's money?
Yes R-Burgers and others did. However, I think there are many people who go to work everyday, try to raise their families, go to church, go to ball game with their kids, etc. that really didn't have the time to delve into Obama's background. The media certainly wasn't forthcoming. I think there are some Independents and some Democrats who would not support Obama and what he and his administration stands for if they were aware of him and the people surrounding him. They are not nice well-intentioned people.
For example, in Chapter 3, the following excerpt describes Obama's and the people around him Marxist notions:
. It encompassed a cradle-to-grave vision of providing for the material needs of the low-income families residing in the new housing, including their schools, child care, job training, medical coverage, clothing and food.
In turn, the residents would campaign and vote for the officials advocating the partnerships, adding significantly to their political power.
Left unstated was the underlying reality that politically connected developers who built the housing would profit handsomely and could be expected to gratefully give millions of dollars in campaign contributions to politicians like Obama who made it all possible.
Chicago thus became the proving ground for Obama's vision, which, according to LISC spokesman Joel Bookman, "really changed the direction of community development in Chicago and ultimately nationally."
It was an irresistible combination of money, politics and idealism that also offered endless opportunities for greed and tragic abuse of the poor.
I suspect many who are not Rantburgers would not vote for Obama if they read this Examiner story! This bunch was exploiting the poor for political power and money. All the BS about Moochelle and Barack being poor and driving an old car with rusted out floorboards was so much cow-pucky. Him being a man of the people who lived in the community was a perpetrated myth; Obama lived in luxury up in Hyde Park and commuted to the little people's neighborhood.
Its why the title community organizer was never defined by the media. To say the job is to secure a bloc of votes and in turn sell that bloc as a commodity does not really ring up as considered classic American vocation.
Great Ad. Any connection to www.nationalblackrepublicans.com ?
Posted by: Au Auric ||
My concern is election corruption. Why would the Hussein's DOJ intimdate Gallop Pole unless they want to use "Barack and Mitt are in a close race" as "evidence" that elections were fair in a "close" actual election count.
The polls are over sampling Democrats to avoicd DOJ intimidation. I think an election fix is in as well.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.