Within the last week, the Administration’s Interior Department designated nearly all of Alaska’s 19.6 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as untouchable wilderness lands, making it off limits to oil and natural gas exploration. And if that wasn’t enough, the administration has put in place oil and gas restrictions, reducing Alaska’s Arctic Ocean presence to one exploration site each in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. The United States is now left with the lowest number of prospects in the history of the Outer Continental Shelf leasing program.
Republicans, including Alaska’s two U.S. Senators and its Representative, have vowed to fight the President’s offshore decision. Yes, Alaska has been screwed by the current President and his administration. Alaska’s not the only one screwed, though. I think all Americans are screwed by these moves.
I hear over and again how Republicans/conservatives hate the poor and are racist bigots. I have a liberal friend who used to talk about nothing but “rich Republicans.” That stopped when it was finally determined that Democrats are richer than Republicans. I haven’t heard her say “rich Republicans” in years. I have another friend who is an Obama zombie and anything anyone says against the current President is racist. You can say that’s not true until you’re blue in the face and liberals will not believe you. Yes, liberals, who are supposed to be so tolerant and open minded, will not believe a person when that person says that the reason they do not support the current President is because they don’t support his policies.
The current President of the United States along with his liberal henchmen are not only anti-middle class, they are anti-American. They hate the United States of America and they hate you and me. Furthermore, their purpose is to destroy this country. When the current President, during his campaign, said that he wanted to fundamentally change the United States of America, my blood ran cold. And while my blood was running cold, the liberals/Democrats were worshipfully slobbering all over themselves. The goals of this President are to turn this country into a socialist, Islamic leaning nanny state.
The current administration’s actions toward Alaska should signal to any reasonable and prudent person that this was a direct hit on the good people of Alaska, especially the middle/working class residents of that state. Jobs will be lost and people are sure to suffer. Furthermore, it is most likely going to be a hit on everyone else.
The current administration, along with the extremist environmentalists, claims that the ANWR is one of this country’s treasures and shouldn’t be damaged. Furthermore, oil and gas exploration is this area would only exacerbate global warming or climate change, depending on what the liberals want to call it on any given day. From my research, the arctic ice sheet is thickening. Also, I’ve read that the caribou population has increased. In fact, I also read that they like the drilling rigs. It’s warmer there.
We’ve all seen pictures of the rigs and they are not unsightly. Furthermore, protecting the environment has been a major factor in oil and gas exploration for decades. Oil companies and various other corporations do strive to develop safe and effective ways to extract oil and natural gas from beneath the earth’s surface.
The ANWR is not exactly in the same category as the Grand Canyon or Yellow Stone National Park. It’s not a big tourist draw. Visiting there is not on my bucket list. It makes perfect sense to use the vast resources present in the ANWR and on the Outer Continental Shelf to continue to lessen our dependence on foreign oil.
If the current President was really a champion of the middle class, he would examine both sides of the coin. Instead, he is against fossil fuels of any kind and continues to take steps to destroy our way of life by eliminating our usage of these vast resources which God has provided for us. Sure, there’s going to be an accident every now and then because we’re human. When there is an accident, we clean up our messes. Also, planet earth is a living organic thing. Just like our bodies do when we’re injured or sick, the planet has built in mechanisms that enable it to heal itself. God created the earth and he created crude oil and natural gas that is beneath its surface. I believe that he created the crude oil and natural gas for us to use. Do you think that our God was so short-sited that he didn’t anticipate that humans would err?
As a Christian, I believe that God put these substances in the ground for us to extract, refine, and use for the enhancement of our lives. Obviously, this President doesn’t agree.
The above is just another reason why this administration, when it says that it’s a champion of the middle class is lying. Again, they want to destroy the United States of America.
Earlier this week, there was an article on al.com, a website that is a compendium of several newspapers across the state of Alabama. In this article, it was indicated that contributions made to a college or University for the purpose of then being able to order game tickets after the contribution was made, would no longer be tax deductible.
For those that may be a bit confused, I’ll use my school, the University of Alabama, as an example. Other schools such as Auburn, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan, Texas, Southern California, Oregon, etc. do have similar programs. In order to be able to purchase season tickets for football games at my school, you first have to make a contribution to a foundation called Tide Pride. The amount of your contribution depends upon how many seats you have and the location of those seats within the stadium. After making the contribution, you are then entitled to purchase season tickets for the home games and perhaps for certain away games. Generally 75% of that initial contribution is tax deductible. This is what the current President wants to do away with in his 2016 budget. This is an important deduction for me. I got news for you, current President; it’s not all rich people who attend major college football games. I certainly consider this an assault on the middle class.
Why do liberals continue to be liberal? Why do they incorrectly think that this administration and the Democrat party are champions of the middle class and the poor? Why do they think that just because someone works hard and creates wealth, that person doesn’t deserve to enjoy his or her wealth and doesn’t have the right to do with it as he or she pleases? Why do they think that big government is the answer to all problems? When the top 1% of wage/salary earners pay almost 40% of all income taxes and the bottom 50% of all wage/salary earners pay 1% of all taxes, why do they think that everything that this administration wants to do can be paid for by further taxing the rich? WHY? WHY? WHY?
How many times have our parents, our teachers, our aunts and uncles, our ministers told us to think things through, don’t accept anything at face value, don’t believe everything you hear, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, etc. The current president is going to further tax the rich to pay for all of the things he wants to do for the middle class. We’re going to give you two free years of college tuition, we’re going to give you access to health care, we’re going to make it possible for you to have a house, we’re going to provide you with free birth control, we’re going to give you forty (or was it twenty?) acres and a mule. And do you know why? Because we’re your friends. Yea, right!