Words, words, words! I’m so sick of Obama’s words.

For someone who is supposedly the most adept president at speechifying since FDR, Obama is a bombastic blowhard, whose occasional forays into real speech reveal ugly things about his thinking.  Mark Steyn describes Obama’s linguistic approach:

Like those of many great “thinkers,” words for Barack Obama and his coterie seem to exist mostly in the realm of metaphor rather than as descriptors of actual action actually occurring in anything so humdrum as reality.

And so it is that, even as his bungling administration flounders in the turbulent waters of the Gulf, on the speaker’s podium the president still confidently sails forth deftly steering the ship through the narrow ribbon of sludge between the Scylla of sonorous banality and the Charybdis of gaseous uplift.

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  1. SADIE says

    Not nearly as eloquent as Book’s post and links, but I did come across a parting gift from our beloved representatives before they went home to raise the flag, light the bar-b-cue while hoping we didn’t catch them at a local airport with a few questions.
     
    I will be taking bets shortly that the added taxes will not be used to offset the spill, but to offset the costs of: a) National Health Care, b) continued unemployment, c) pension funds, d) states in the hole for billions.
     
    What you say, no taxes on anyone earning less than $250,000. unless they buy a car, need a appliance, a computer, tires …gee, what are the chances that any of us needing such luxuries in the next 10 years.
     
    the media went on the Memorial Day holiday about a half-hour ago. About ten minutes later, ‘guess who’ passed a tax increase on the per-barrel rate for oil – from 8 cents to 34 cents.
    The House vote was 215 to 204.
    Everything is about to go up in cost….. EVERYTHING.
    Your income, if you’re lucky enough to still be employed or still in business, stays the same (actually decreases due to the additional expenses for everything is about to go up in cost.”
    They are robbing us blind. And Obama is blaming ……………Bush for the spill. Got that?

    US oil tax quadrupled to pay for spills
    May 29, 2010
    The US House of Representatives has voted to more than quadruple a per-barrel oil tax that fills a special trust fund to pay for damages from major spills such as the Gulf of Mexico disaster. The measure called for raising the eight-cent-per-barrel tax to 34 cents, raising nearly $US12 billion ($14.1 billion) dollars over 10 years for the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which currently holds about $US1.5 billion. The legislation, which passed by a 215-204 margin, also aimed to raise the cap on per-incident trust fund expenditures from $US1 billion to $US5 billion.
    Some analysts have warned that the price tag for the catastrophic oil spill that resulted from the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling platform run by BP could top $US14 billion.
    BP is legally responsible for all cleanup costs, but is only liable for up to $US75 million in economic damages – a cap that vanishes if the British energy giant is found to have been negligent or engaged in wilfull misconduct. To the extent that costs above that are not covered by BP – which has vowed to pay all ‘‘legitimate’’ claims – up to $US1 billion of the additional damages could come about of the trust fund. The legislation approved on Friday would raise that ceiling to $US5 billion. The Senate was expected to pass a different version of the bill when it returns from next week’s break, meaning the two chambers would have to agree on a compromise version to send to President Barack Obama. The House-passed measure’s main goal was to extend a series of provisions aimed at battling stubbornly high US unemployment and extend jobless benefits to late November.

  2. suek says

    You know…I could live with the tax if it had two conditions: a limit to the fund reserve (you know…”we need to have $50 billion in reserve to clean up spill damage) and then the tax was eliminated or reduced to simply maintain the fund, and secondly if there was any way to keep the dxxxm congress critters from raiding the fund like they’ve done with SS.
     
    How many gallons of gas are produced from one barrel of oil?
    Who counts the oil?  and is it oil produced, sold, imported, exported?  Does it mean the cost of the oil sold from the US is now unmarketable due to cost?

  3. Oldflyer says

    I seriously believe that any rational American, or world citizen for that matter, will become sick of Obama’s hectoring, sooner rather than later.
    I don’t recall ever having a grade school teacher talk down to me in such a belittling and annoying manner.  It is my wish that I can get through his tenure without damaging my TV set.  Being quick with the remote is my only hope.

  4. Mike Devx says

    Oldflyer said,
    > I don’t recall ever having a grade school teacher talk down to me in such a belittling and annoying manner.  It is my wish that I can get through his tenure without damaging my TV set.  Being quick with the remote is my only hope.

    I have been reduced intellectually to the level of, not just a high school freshman, but a moronic high school freshman.  My most common descriptive phrase when hearing Obama on the radio (because I don’t watch TV any more), is spoken to myself while driving down the road listening to the radio, and all I am able to muster is:  “It’s the f$ck-f%ck!  Hey, everyone, listen to the f$ck-f%ck!  How’s Mr. F$ck-F%ck going to screw me over today?”

    How sad for me.  But this incompetent weasel is worth even less effort than I’m putting forward, actually, in inventive cursing.

  5. SADIE says

    suek, the only ready answer I have for you is 42 gallons = barrel.
     
    Put aside for a moment that the spill fund was inadequate and once again thank our representatives for having no vision other than to screw the tax payer. Let’s agree to  the $50 billion reserve. The initial funds should be paid by the oil companies and maintaining the reserve could be off set by taxes equal to cost of living index or full replacement value, sorta what we do with our home owners policy.
    Of course, this would deny DC their annual pantie raid tactics – so it won’t happen.
     
    Oldflyer and Mike, I am with ya guys. If nothing else, my reflexes have improved with age, once he’s on TV my thumb hits the remote and you can call me Speedy Sadie for a second and the same goes for the radio in the car. Recalling the scene from Network, the film, I am mad as hell and I am not gonna take it anymore - no heavy lifting anyone unless you can aim ;

  6. suek says

    >>suek, the only ready answer I have for you is 42 gallons = barrel.>>
     
    I didn’t know that…but that’s not the question…  The question is how many gallons of _gasoline_ are produced by 1 barrel of oil.  Our tax on gasoline is either 15 or 17 cents per gallon to the federal government.  If the tax on oil is raised by a factor of 4, was is going to be the increase on a gallon of gas? I don’t think it’s going to be quadrupled – there are lots of things oil is used for – but I think we’re going to feel it.
     
     

  7. BrianE says

    Gasoline – 45.4%
     
    Fuel Oil-diesel – 21.9%
     
    Jet Fuel – 9.8%
     
    Heavy Oils- Liquids – 14.5%
     
    Coke, Lubricants – 9.8%
     
    Petrochemicals – 2.9%
     
    From a 42 gallon barrel of oil, about 19 gallons of gasoline. I think it varies depending on the type of oil.
     

  8. Mike Devx says

    There’s something that is confusing me.  It is confusing me because NO ONE is talking about it.
     
    Sadie in comment #2 highlights an article that contains these sentences, widely separated:
     
    First part:
    The US House of Representatives has voted to more than quadruple a per-barrel oil tax that fills a special trust fund to pay for damages from major spills such as the Gulf of Mexico disaster. The measure called for raising the eight-cent-per-barrel tax to 34 cents, raising nearly $US12 billion ($14.1 billion) dollars over 10 years for the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund[...]

    Second part:
    The House-passed measure’s main goal was to extend a series of provisions aimed at battling stubbornly high US unemployment and extend jobless benefits to late November.

    So, what I’m reading is that the House bill’s main purpose is to ensure that the pain of unemployment is hidden until after the 2010 elections.  They absolutely do not want those people running out of government-funded unemployment relief until 2011.  Those people would become furiously angry at Democrats.  Their unemployment benefits were supposed to run out LAST YEAR, and now they’ve been extended to December 2010.   Tax dollars at work, supposedly for the Oil Spill, but in reality, purely delivered as a gift, or  a bribe, to voters by the Democrats.

    Is this true?  It reads that way.  Why isn’t anyone saying anything?  Is the article’s author barking up the wrong tree?

  9. says

    “The US House of Representatives has voted to more than quadruple a per-barrel oil tax that fills a special trust fund to pay for damages from major spills such as the Gulf of Mexico disaster. The measure called for raising the eight-cent-per-barrel tax to 34 cents, raising nearly $US12 billion”
     
     
    It’ll probably be spent on lobbyists and special interests that promise to clean up the spill, but only got the contract from favors and backroom deals.

  10. SADIE says

    Is the article’s author barking up the wrong tree?

    If you noticed the article is from Australia. I have yet to hear or read anything from the locals. The subtle comment [not in my mind's eye] was clear enough to me and the very reasons I would be taking bets a) through d). I’d even be willing to add e) IMF to bailout PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain).
     
    Clearly, this is more than a short term hike in taxes to cover unemployment to 2012. I’d call it a red flag for the next 10 years of weak economic recovery, which puts it past the 2016 election as well. Notice the vote count – 215 to 204. How many conservatives voted in favor of the bill? Probably after Memorial Day and the continuing disaster in the Gulf the news will begin to cover this. Stay tuned and hopefully, I’ll remember to check how they voted next week. I could not find anything as of this post.

  11. Mike Devx says

    I didn’t ask part of my question: Is the tax on barrels of oil DEDICATED to the spill cleanup (and what do they do with the tax revenue after the cleanup?), or do the Dems simply plan to divert the money to unemployment benefits, etc?  Or is it that additional money (probably not by tax, but by debt) is also specified in their bill, to support unemployment benefits?
     
    Either way, this is one of the huge warning signs.  When one party, the Democrats, is in control AND has 50%-plus of the population relying on government handouts, they MUST continue the government handouts one way or another, or lose control.  The loss of these supposedly temporary, short-term assistance monies would trigger rage by the dole-ists, who believe they are entitled to the handouts and actually DESERVE them.  That is what the future looks like, except *everyone* on “every sort* of government handout would be demanding the handout continue forever.   The Dems will have already raised taxes everywhere they can possibly think of; debt will be sky-high; and the Dems will have no choice but to find that so-called money somewhere.  Where?
     
    So, what’s happening with unemployment benefits being extended more than twice as long as they were ever planned to extend – ALREADY! – this is just a warning sign of what’s to come.
    ———-
    SueK’s #14 link is interesting in a Soviet propaganda “Pravda comes to the USA sort of way”.  It also reminds me of the Statists in Atlas Shrugged.  The first two paragraphs:
     
    Writing at Business Insider, Jeff Jarvis describes the next stage of the administration’s systematic obliteration of the Constitution:federalizing newspapers and killing blogs. The Federal Trade Commission has posted its “potential policy recommendations to support the reinvention of journalism“, which is not only an unprecedented federal overreach, but truly a repudiation of the First Amendment itself.

    Consider what Jarvis calls ‘the iPad tax’ — a 5% fee on all consumer electronics — which is intended to raise $4 billion a year. That money would be spent on government-funded news.
    ———
    potential policy recommendations to support the reinvention of journalism” INDEED!  Talk about playing nasty games with the meanings of words in the English language!

     

  12. SADIE says

    Everything is on the table this time around  – Everything. I heard Gov. Ed Rendell responding to the Sestak story by admitting that he did the same thing and that ‘it’ wasn’t unusual in politics. REALLY! Mind you, Ed will be out of office soon enough, Clinton is not in office and you get to see the pattern develop.
     
    The over reach of the FTC is nothing short of killing free speech. It’s not whether or not it succeeds, it’s the mere fact that it crossed their radar and is on an agenda. Of course, they’ll supplement our intellectual needs with ….
    http://www.barack-obama.tv/
     
     

  13. Tonestaple says

    With deepest apologies to Lerner & Lowe:
    Words, words, words
    I’m so sick of words
    I get words all day through,
    First from Gibbs, now from you!
    Is that all you wankers can do?
     
    Don’t talk of oil filling the Gulf
    We’ve heard enough, show me!
    Tell me no tales of how you’re enraged
    It won’t assuage.  Show me!
     
    Don’t you ever want to be the one who says exact-
    ly what you mean? Speak only facts.
    No one really cares how you are feeling ‘bout the spill;
    Just that you won’t let them drill.
     
    Don’t you know now is not the time
    For you to whine.  Show me!  Show me!
    Don’t talk about anger and rage
    You are not Oprah on stage.
    Show me now!
     
    None of us care how you’re feeling
    We want results.  Show me!
    Don’t talk of boots on someone’s neck.
    Don’t talk at all!  Show me!
     
    Don’t you know that OPA 90 says you should have had a plan?
    It should be there right in your hands.
    Everywhere the oil is one big spreading sheen
    Say one more word and we’ll scream!
     
    Don’t you think now is a good time
    To get off the dime?  Show me!  Show me!
    Don’t wait until wrinkles and lines pop out all over my brow!
    Show me now!
     

  14. Mike Devx says

    Tonestaple in #18, Nice, very nice!  I enjoyed that a lot.
     
    Speaking of having a plan, and Sadie’s link to Obama TV, their headline video is “Obama responds to the oil spill”.   Does anyone understand why BP would bus in 600 of their own people to serve as backdrop pretense for the cameras?  To present the illusion of all kinds of busy activity?   You know these people had to be cleared and managed by White House Security; it all was coordinated by BP with the White House.
     
    Why would you cooperate with a White House that is actively seeking to make YOU the fall guy?  I guess it’s just like leftist Jews who climb into bed with this White House, only to be shocked – shocked! – when Obama continues to betray Israel.  Toady lickspittles, licking the boot that kicks them.  How sad.  I guess it’s all part of the same dynamic that causes hostages to identify so closely with their kidnappers.
     

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