Last summer, when Texas was on fire, President Obama slammed Governor Rick Perry for denying climate change. The president has a long history of global warming advocacy, what with his Cap and Trade bill (thankfully defeated in the Senate) and tendencies to use disasters (like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill) for his own political advantage.
Back in 2008, he even threatened to bankrupt coal-burning power plants so that they could no longer spew their evil carbon emissions upon the people that rely upon them for silly things like energy. Thanks for the clean air, Obama, but boy do we miss our air conditioner!
Having principles is a good thing, and I applaud anyone that wants to make the world a better place, even if I completely disagree with them on how to do it. I don’t believe that humans control weather patterns. I think it’s been thoroughly proven that all of the global warming hype is pure propaganda. But I can respect the opinion of people who believe otherwise, and live their life according to those beliefs.
After all, if the world is ending because we humans are producing too much carbon, shouldn’t we take the greatest of care to produce as little as possible? Why, then, does the First Family travel separately to vacation destinations?
Last summer, Michelle and the girls traveled to Martha’s Vineyard mere hours before Barack and Bo the dog joined them. What was so incredibly important that Michelle couldn’t wait a couple of hours for her husband, the leader of the free world, to tie up some loose ends before beginning his vacation? After all, isn’t she endangering the polar bears by not limiting her carbon footprint?
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid revealed that President Obama told Senate Democratic leaders that he would delay his Hawaiian Christmas vacation until Congress agreed to extend the payroll tax break.
I’ll paraphrase it, but I’m pretty close. He said, "Michelle and the girls are going to have a great time in Hawaii. They don’t need me there."
In addition to (as Senator Barbara Boxer recently said) endangering humankind with nasty jet fuel fumes, the extra trip will cost the taxpayers around 100 grand.
So much for shared sacrifice. It's hard to take someone seriously about climate change or fiscal sanity when they spend money and carbon credits like there's no tomorrow.
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