The cost to fill up a tank of gas has gone up 83% since President Obama took office. This was not due to oil speculators or to events beyond Obama’s control. Much of the increase can be attributed directly to Obama’s energy policy to clamp down on domestic oil exploration, production and transport in favor of his pie-in-the-sky green energy initiatives and taxpayer-funded benefits to his green energy cronies. Through an out of control Environmental Protection Agency and other overly intrusive regulation bodies, extended drilling moratoriums and outright refusal to permit the Keystone pipeline project to move forward, Obama is fulfilling his campaign promise in January 2008 that, if he were elected, “energy prices would necessarily skyrocket.” Before his nomination, Energy Secretary Steven Chu told the Wall Street Journal, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” They are on their way to achieving their objective. While American consumers are digging deeper into their pockets to pay the skyrocketing price of gas at the pump, American taxpayers are picking up the bill for Obama’s political patrons in the green energy business. A case in point is Solyndra, the failed green energy company into which the Obama administration poured more than half-a-billion dollars of taxpayer money through its guarantee of a loan to the company at a time when its business was shaky. To add insult to injury, in an outrageous deal to try and keep the sinking ship afloat, the Obama administration arranged for private investors to be paid back before the taxpayers get back a dollar of their handout to Solyndra. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 states that all government loan guarantees “shall be subject to the condition that the obligation is not subordinate to other financing.” Nevertheless, with a straight face, Energy Secretary Chu – who, let’s not forget, wants to artificially boost the price of gasoline at the pump we all pay – defended the Solyndra loan in his congressional testimony. He said that the loan guarantee had nothing to do with politics and was made entirely on the merits. The primary Solyndra investor just happened to be Obama’s campaign donation bundler George Kaiser, who just happened to meet multiple times with one of Obama’s closest aides, Valerie Jarrett. The Obama administration preaches that everyone should play by the same set of rules, while devising all sorts of shortcuts and special favors for its cronies that hurt the rest of us. President Obama’s latest proposed budget punishes the oil and gas industries while lavishing subsidies on green energy industries. One of his proposals is to raise the tax credit for purchase of an electric vehicle from its current level of $7,500 to $10,000. One of those electric vehicles is the $46,000 Chevy Volt. Some celebrities have flocked to this car, such as Jay Leno who was quoted as saying “I just like its environmental technology and it is American technology.” The wealthy celebrities in the 1 percent club who want to display their support for a fossil fuel-free environment can spend whatever they want on their left-wing cause du jour. However, it is unfair for the rest of us who pay taxes to effectively subsidize their electric car hobby horse via the special $10,000 tax credit they receive for a car that many of us cannot afford. Obama’s Justice Department is also violating Obama’s call for “fairness” and “everybody playing by the same rules.” Perhaps the most glaring example is the free pass the Obama Justice Department gave to the New Black Panther Party when it decided to drop a voter intimidation case against the thugs who were dressed in uniform in front of a polling place, waving night sticks. Career attorneys at the Justice Department thought the case should continue, but they were overruled. But Attorney General Holder had no qualms deciding to block South Carolina’s new photo ID requirement intended to prevent voter fraud. President Obama’s idea of fairness is little more than what benefits his cronies and his constituent base.
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