As many of you already know, President Barack Obama came to the great state of Oklahoma yesterday. I realize he can’t visit every state every year, but he noted himself that this was his first visit to Oklahoma since the campaign in 2008. Speaking personally, as an Oklahoman and considering the attitude Obama has and showed in full view yesterday, I wouldn’t mind if he never came back to the Sooner state. I’m not sure if I have ever seen such a blatant and dishonest attempt by any politician to spin the facts and weave a web of lies around the truth. It was, and is, only an all-out effort to help Barack Obama win a second term in the White House.
I was unable to cover the events yesterday, but Maggie’s Notebook has some of the reports, as well as her own commentary on how this all went down. She aptly calls it a Keystone Stunt and at The McCarville Report, she points out that it was nothing but a photo opportunity.
After Obama nixed the Keystone XL Project, (of which only 50′ over the Canada-U.S. border needed his approval) which would have laid pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast, the project became the Gulf Coast Project, designed to begin with a hook-up at the Cushing facility. The project did not need Obama’s approval, but he’s stopping by for a photo-op, nevertheless. The man is shameless. Get ready America. He will try to tell you he supports this project. Keep in mind, his support begins at Cushing, only because he cannot stop it.
I can not express how much I agree with Maggie’s assessment of what took place in Cushing, Oklahoma. What’s even worse, the dishonesty began earlier in the week, at his stop at Copper Mountain Solar, who’s parent company, Sempra, has received about $42 million of our money to subsidize their efforts to build a solar energy company. The dishonesty is palpable when you read the transcript of his remarks at Copper Mountain. In them, he continually raves about how big oil companies are more profitable than ever and are making money every time we fill our vehicles with gasoline. He is also sticking with his rhetoric of calling out some members of Congress who raise questions about his clean energy agenda. He has even went as far as to say they are members of the Flat Earth Society.
I am fully aware that most of this is political rhetoric, designed to draw attention to his reelection campaign, but I can not help but marvel at the dishonesty contained therein. If we are to believe President Obama, the oil companies are receiving millions of dollars of subsidies that they don’t need. He would like to convince us that oil is the “old stuff” and we should stop subsidizing them and start giving money to the “new stuff”, which would be anything to do with clean energy. What he continually fails to be honest about is the fact that the money he is talking about is the tax credits given to every corporation for new equipment, losses, etc. These tax credits go to every corporation that applies for them, not just oil companies. Again, the dishonesty is palpable.
Let’s recap. Barack Obama went to Copper Mountain Solar earlier in the week and reading the transcript of his remarks, we find he used the opportunity to slam big oil and the product they provide to the citizens of this country. Yesterday, Barack Obama came to Cushing, Oklahoma and used that opportunity as a photo shoot and to sing the praises of solar energy. He also used it to proclaim his support for the pipeline from Cushing to Texas. Never mind the fact that he has been opposed to the pipeline before, but after he found out he can’t stop it, he joined the party. Never mind that he has continually hindered the application to build the Keystone Pipeline from Canada to Cushing.
Are we supposed to just forget the past actions of Barack Obama and sing his praises because he used his visit to Oklahoma as an opportunity to push his agenda against big oil companies? I think not. After seeing the stunts he has pulled this past week, it will be a good thing if he stays in Washington and away from Oklahoma. No matter if he is the President of the United States, that’s how much disrespect I have for Barack Obama.
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