Chemical tests from new oil near DeepWater Horizon site matches last year’s BP oil spill samples. (Pictures and fly over video inside)


As reported on August 20, 2011 (read previous blog, New sub sea oil plumes found near the Deepwater Horizon oil platform) the oil sheen sitting nearly on top of the Deepwater Horizon rig (the location of the last year’s catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico) is quickly expanding.

On Wings of Care, California nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wildlife, wild habitat, and natural ecosystems, flew over the reported oil sheen and the pilot Bonny Shumaker stated that the oil “stretched for miles with one continuous sheen stretching for nearly 10 miles.” (Pictured above.  Credit: Press-Register/Jeff Dute).

To view the August 30, 2011 fly over of the oil spill (Credit: On Wings of Care) click below:

Robert Bea, an internationally prominent petroleum engineer and professor emeritus at the Berkeley campus of the University of California indicates that he feels that the primary source of the oil with the highest probability is the Macondo well/Deep Water Horizon rig.

“(It) looks suspicious. The point of surfacing about 1 mile from the well is about the point that the oil should show up, given the seafloor at 5,000 feet – natural circulation currents would cause the drift,” Bea said. “A Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) could be used to ‘back track’ the oil that is rising to the surface to determine the source. This should be a first order of business to confirm the source.”

On August 26, 2011- BP, the US Coast Guard, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, representatives from the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida as well as the GCIMT (Gulf Coast Incident Management Team) came together in New Orleans, LA to participate in a standard visual wellhead inspection via Remote Operated Vehicles of the Macondo Well (MC 252) and the relief well.

In the video- there were small, intermittent bubbles rising from cement ports at the base of the wellheads. These bubbles were determined to be nitrogen bubbles, a residual byproduct of the nitrifed foam used in setting the wells but no oil or hydrocarbons were found indicating a breach of the cement plug and/or the areas of the Macondo Well.

Yet samples of the sheen were  analyzed by Louisiana State University researchers and tests showed it was a chemical match to the 4 million+ barrels of sweet Louisiana crude that gushed from BP’s exploding well.

Scientists suggest that perhaps it was trapped within the riser pipe or the rig itself which is still sitting at the bottom of the Gulf which could result in trapped oil floating out of the wreckage.

Another option is that the bacteria degraded the oil on the seafloor and the lighter fractions were released and floated to the surface although that oil would be considerably more weathered.

Now the questions are directed towards BP once again- how much oil is trapped, why has the wreckage not been salvaged  and why has there not been a concentrated efforts on ways to clean up the ocean floor (and subsequently; add oxygen back into the dead zones?)

Copyright (c) August 31, 2011. All rights reserved.

Florida Judge who declared Obamacare unconstitutional sends msg to White House with second ruling


Roger Vinson, the U.S. federal judge who ruled Obamacare unconstitutional in its entirety, has ruled again on the health-care law.

On Thursday, Judge Vinson issued a stay on his earlier ruling that the law could not be enforced.

In doing so, he sent a clear message to the Obama administration: Appeal my decision to a higher court or stop implementing the law.

When Judge Vinson ruled on Jan. 31 that the health-care law was unconstitutional, the administration followed up by filing a motion for clarification rather than filing an official appeal.

Vinson’s ruling criticized the administration for that action.

“During the four-plus weeks since entry of my order, the defendants have seemingly continued to move forward and implement the act,” Vinson wrote. “While I believe that my order was as clear and unambiguous as it could be, it is possible that the defendants may have perhaps been confused or misunderstood its import.”

Now, Vinson has given the Obama administration an ultimatum to either stop implementing the law, or appeal it – presumably to the Supreme Court.

Following Vinson’s initial ruling, Florida and Alaska stopped implementing the law. Several other states have lawsuits pending challenging its constitutionality.

Meanwhile, President Obama continues on-  completely disregarding the ruling of Florida’s District Court.

Copyright (c) March 3, 2011. All rights reserved.

CBO Confirms Health Care Law Destroys Jobs by 800,000.


Throwing the BS flag on Obama’s Superbowl Interview.


In an interview on Super Bowl Sunday, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly asked President Barack Obama to react to a Wall Street Journal editorial that accused Obama of being “a determined man of the left whose goal is to redistribute much larger levels of income across society.”

“Do you deny that you are a man who wants to redistribute wealth?” O’Reilly asked.

Obama first noted the conservatism of the Wall Street Journal‘s editorial page, then denied the charge “absolutely.”

“I didn’t raise taxes once. I lowered taxes over the last two years,” Obama said.

Whoa; Pump the breaks. Obama straight out lied.

Obama signed legislation raising taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products in 2009 as well as 14 other taxes that were incorporated into his pet child, the health care law.

To find out more about the taxes incorporated into the the new health care law, please visit: https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/read-my-lips-no-new-taxes/

It is true that Obama did not raise income taxes. However, if he would have had his way- he would have eliminated Bush’s tax cuts when they were set to expire last year.

If the tax breaks would have expired, then we would have been required to pay on those additional taxes which would essentially be a  tax increase.

Not to mention that with Obama’s proposed 2011 budget- he proposes broader unemployment taxes from businesses.

Obama’s proposal would attempt to replenish strained state unemployment-insurance trust funds by raising the amount of wages on which companies must pay unemployment taxes to $15,000, more than double the $7,000 in place since 1983.

The plan, which would take effect in 2014, could increase payroll taxes by as much as $100 billion over a decade, according to a person involved in its construction.

The plan is expected to be included in Mr. Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal 2012, to be released Monday.

While I understand and appreciate Obama’s attempt to help raise States provide jobless benefits, the fact still remains that this is yet another tax that Obama is pushing forth.

So, how can Obama state that he “never raised taxes?” Plain and simple, he cant. Anything mentioned to that sort is a flat out lie.

Unfortunately for President Obama, citizens are engaged in politics now a days and cross reference notes on recent undertakings of the Obama Administration and are not afraid to call him out for lying directly to the American People.

Dont worry, Mr. President-  We will remember all of your shenanigans and your pathetic attempt at insulting our intelligence come November 2012 and respond accordingly.

Copyright (c) February 9, 2011. All rights reserved.

Senate Democrats- Finally Expressing the Unconstitutionality of the Health Care Law.


To much relief of concerned Republicans, A group of Senate Democrats are discussing ways to take aim at part of the Unconstitutional controversy of the new health care law- the individual mandate.

“We’re looking at everything humanly possible. I’ve always had a concern and a problem with the mandate, that we were forcing it, basically saying by the law of the land you have to buy the product,” Senator Joe Manchin.

Manchin is one of the moderate Democrats trying to figure out how to repeal the individual mandate. While talks are still in the early stages, Manchin hopes the push will take shape sooner rather than later.

Joining him in these efforts could be a handful of other Democrats who are also up for re-election in 2012: Nebraska’s Ben Nelson, Missouri’s Claire McCaskill, and Montana’s Jon Tester.

Nelson, for one, has been exploring alternatives to the individual mandate since even before the bill was signed into law.

A former insurance commissioner, he has written to both the Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Budget Office asking them to analyze various alternatives.

If the GAO and CBO eventually provide him with alternatives that would be improvements on the individual mandate, then he could propose legislation to replace the current law.

In addition, Nelson and Manchin have similar profiles and could end up leading this charge, possibly even unveiling a plan within weeks.

Meanwhile, Tester and McCaskill have indicated that they are willing to look at any proposal that improves the law.

Ultimately, the four senators appear interested in improving the bill if a better alternative exists.

Trust me, there is definitely a better bill. So their support is a welcomed addition.

Copyright (c) February 8, 2011. All rights reserved.

GOP Rep. Paul Ryan Tears Down the CBO & ObamaCare Fiscal House of Cards


Checking the list for Senators who would repeal healthcare.


Status State Name Party Phone Email
AK Murkowski, Lisa R (202) 224-6665 Link →
AK Begich, Mark D (202) 224-3004 Link →
AL Sessions, Jeff R (202) 224-4124 Link →
AL Shelby, Richard C. R (202) 224-5744 Link →
AR Pryor, Mark L. D (202) 224-2353 Link →
AR Boozman, John R (202) 224-4843
AZ McCain, John R (202) 224-2235 Link →
AZ Kyl, Jon R (202) 224-4521 Link →
CA Feinstein, Dianne D (202) 224-3841 Link →
CA Boxer, Barbara D (202) 224-3553 Link →
CO Udall, Mark D (202) 224-5941 Link →
CO Bennet, Michael F. D (202) 224-5852 Link →
CT Lieberman, Joseph I. ID (202) 224-4041 Link →
CT Blumenthal, Richard D (202) 224-2823
DE Coons, Christopher A. D
DE Carper, Thomas R. D (202) 224-2441 Link →
FL Nelson, Bill D (202) 224-5274 Link →
FL Rubio, Marco R (202) 224-3041 Link →
GA Chambliss, Saxby R (202) 224-3521 Link →
GA Isakson, Johnny R (202) 224-3643 Link →
HI Akaka, Daniel K. D (202) 224-5042
HI Inouye, Daniel K. D (202) 224-3934 Link →
IA Grassley, Chuck R (202) 224-3744 Link →
IA Harkin, Tom D (202) 224-3254 Link →
ID Crapo, Mike R (202) 224-6142 Link →
ID Risch, James E. R (202) 224-2752 Link →
IL Kirk, Mark R (202) 224-2854 Link →
IL Durbin, Richard J. D (202) 224-2152 Link →
IN Lugar, Richard G. R (202) 224-4814 Link →
IN Coats, Daniel R (202) 224-5623
KS Roberts, Pat R (202) 224-4774 Link →
KS Moran, Jerry R (202) 224-6521 Link →
KY Paul, Rand R (202) 224-4343
KY McConnell, Mitch R (202) 224-2541 Link →
LA Vitter, David R (202) 224-4623 Link →
LA Landrieu, Mary L. D (202) 224-5824 Link →
MA Kerry, John F. D (202) 224-2742 Link →
MA Brown, Scott P. R (202) 224-4543 Link →
MD Cardin, Benjamin L. D (202) 224-4524 Link →
MD Mikulski, Barbara A. D (202) 224-4654 Link →
ME Snowe, Olympia J. R (202) 224-5344 Link →
ME Collins, Susan M. R (202) 224-2523 Link →
MI Levin, Carl D (202) 224-6221 Link →
MI Stabenow, Debbie D (202) 224-4822 Link →
MN Klobuchar, Amy D (202) 224-3244 Link →
MN Franken, Al D (202) 224-5641 Link →
MO McCaskill, Claire D (202) 224-6154 Link →
MO Blunt, Roy R (202) 224-5721 Link →
MS Cochran, Thad R (202) 224-5054 Link →
MS Wicker, Roger F. R (202) 224-6253 Link →
MT Tester, Jon D (202) 224-2644 Link →
MT Baucus, Max D (202) 224-2651 Link →
NC Hagan, Kay R. D (202) 224-6342 Link →
NC Burr, Richard R (202) 224-3154 Link →
ND Conrad, Kent D (202) 224-2043 Link →
ND Hoeven, John R (202) 224-2551 Link →
NE Nelson, Ben D (202) 224-6551 Link →
NE Johanns, Mike R (202) 224-4224 Link →
NH Shaheen, Jeanne D (202) 224-2841 Link →
NH Ayotte, Kelly R (202) 224-3324
NJ Menendez, Robert D (202) 224-4744 Link →
NJ Lautenberg, Frank R. D (202) 224-3224 Link →
NM Bingaman, Jeff D (202) 224-5521 Link →
NM Udall, Tom D (202) 224-6621 Link →
NV Reid, Harry D (202) 224-3542 Link →
NV Ensign, John R (202) 224-6244 Link →
NY Schumer, Charles E. D (202) 224-6542 Link →
NY Gillibrand, Kirsten E. D (202) 224-4451 Link →
OH Portman, Rob R (202) 224-3353 Link →
OH Brown, Sherrod D (202) 224-2315 Link →
OK Coburn, Tom R (202) 224-5754 Link →
OK Inhofe, James M. R Link →
OR Merkley, Jeff D (202) 224-3753 Link →
OR Wyden, Ron D (202) 224-5244 Link →
PA Toomey, Patrick J. R (202) 224-4254 Link →
PA Casey, Robert P., Jr. D (202) 224-6324 Link →
RI Reed, Jack D (202) 224-4642 Link →
RI Whitehouse, Sheldon D (202) 224-2921 Link →
SC DeMint, Jim R (202) 224-6121 Link →
SC Graham, Lindsey R (202) 224-5972 Link →
SD Johnson, Tim D (202) 224-5842 Link →
SD Thune, John R (202) 224-2321 Link →
TN Alexander, Lamar R (202) 224-4944 Link →
TN Corker, Bob R (202) 224-3344 Link →
TX Hutchison, Kay Bailey R (202) 224-5922 Link →
TX Cornyn, John R (202) 224-2934 Link →
UT Hatch, Orrin G. R (202) 224-5251 Link →
UT Lee, Mike R (202) 224-5444
VA Warner, Mark R. D (202) 224-2023 Link →
VA Webb, Jim D (202) 224-4024 Link →
VT Sanders, Bernard I (202) 224-5141 Link →
VT Leahy, Patrick J. D (202) 224-4242 Link →
WA Murray, Patty D (202) 224-2621 Link →
WA Cantwell, Maria D (202) 224-3441 Link →
WI Johnson, Ron R (202) 224-5323 Link →
WI Kohl, Herb D (202) 224-5653 Link →
WV Rockefeller, John D., IV D (202) 224-6472 Link →
WV Manchin, Joe, III D (202) 224-3954 Link →
WY Barrasso, John R (202) 224-6441 Link →
WY Enzi, Michael B. R  

(202-224-3424

Courtesy of: Senate Conservatives Fund

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Florida to rule on constitutionality of the healthcare bill.


A Florida district court judge could rule today on whether the healthcare reform law is constitutional.

Judge Roger Vinson is expected to hand down his decision on the suit brought by 26 states.

This ruling is following a Virginia federal district judge who ruled the requirement that Americans buy health insurance or pay a penalty beginning in 2014 invited a “unbridled exercise of federal police powers.”

Vinson has made suggestions that he will follow the Virginia court.

In an October opinion he wrote the individual mandate is without precedent.

Last month he said it would be a giant leap for courts to encroach on the freedom of citizens to buy or not buy a product.

Heart of America’s CEO was giddy with excitement as this verdict reaches a conclusion, “Im glad to be a part of the history of striking down this inflated and unconstitutional garbled filled 2000+ page bill that nobody read and progressive attempt at controlling people via their healthcare options. Go Pensacola Go! Strike that baby down.”

The ultimate ruling will be held in the Supreme Court although the State Judiciary could impose a significant leaning on the validity of the issue at hand.

Copyright (c) January 31, 2011. All rights reserved.

SotU- The Good, The Bad, The Ugly [My response]


Clips of Obama’s transcribed State of the Union speech highlighted in bold. Personal comments underneath. Issues alphabetically categorized.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY/JOB CREATION

They’re investing in research and new technologies. Just recently, China became home to the world’s largest private solar research facility, and the world’s fastest computer.”

Great job China! Now the US should follow their lead and invest more time and “energy” into alternative means so we can reduce our foreign dependency on oil.

Interestingly, Obama failed to mention in addition to China being the world’s largest private solar research facility, they are also nearing to the top of wind energy- thanks to Obama’s sending $1.5 billion of US jobs over to China in an attempt to please them.

I wonder why Obama didnt mention that he sold our jobs to China; with only 300 jobs going to Americans in wind power production- those of which mostly consist of temporary construction jobs. With only approximately 30% of permanent positions being rewarded to Americans or that $450 million of the financing for wind energy is coming out of US stimulus funds? Selective emphasis?

“At the California Institute of Technology, they’re developing a way to turn sunlight and water into fuel for our cars. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, they’re using supercomputers to get a lot more power out of our nuclear facilities. With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.”

This is great news! I would love to see this materialize; although, I think the goal to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 is a little optimistic. Is the Obama administration willing to offer a tax right off for owning electric vehicles or incentives for turning in gas hogs like the Cash for Clunkers program that was instituted in 2010 but is now currently disabled? That might help make this dream a reality but without those two components- I unfortunately doubt that we will reach this milestone. I hope Im wrong.

Now, clean energy breakthroughs will only translate into clean energy jobs if businesses know there will be a market for what they’re selling. So tonight, I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal: by 2035, 80% of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources. Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas.

Another great idea alebit a little unrealistic. I am a major supporter of alternative energy but until we start actively engaging wind, solar, clean coal, natural gas and geothermal exploration- we will not reach that goal. Funny how Obama mentions these broad challenges yet does not outline how he intends to lead or “challenge” us in that direction.

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY, BUDGET

“I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they’re doing just fine on their own. So instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s.”

I think this is a great idea! There is NO reason why big oil needs our tax dollars in subsides.  We need to start there to cut spending and give a portion to alternative energy research and use the rest of the money spent to pay down our debt of approximately $14,079 trillion (Up to date and detailed debt clock can be found here: http://www.usdebtclock.org)

BUDGET/ DISCRETIONARY SPENDING/SPENDING/DEFENSE

So tonight, I am proposing that starting this year, we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years. This would reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, and will bring discretionary spending to the lowest share of our economy since Dwight Eisenhower was president.

This freeze will require painful cuts. Already, we have frozen the salaries of hardworking federal employees for the next two years. I’ve proposed cuts to things I care deeply about, like community action programs. The Secretary of Defense has also agreed to cut tens of billions of dollars in spending that he and his generals believe our military can do without.

First, note how Obama does not state the “tens of billions of dollars” that the Secretary of Defense has supposedly suggested to cut. That should raise a red flag to any concerned citizen. Second, does Obama not hear the American people? We are not wanting to FREEZE spending, we are wanting to CUT spending. Last year, he offered the same ‘freeze’ that would maintain increased spending levels and produce an estimated $10 trillion in deficits by the end of the decade. We cannot continue in that direction.

“Most of the cuts and savings I’ve proposed only address annual domestic spending, which represents a little more than 12% of our budget. To make further progress, we have to stop pretending that cutting this kind of spending alone will be enough. It won’t.

Of course this type of cutting wont solve the problem but I urge Obama and the rest of his colleagues from denouncing small cuts because they are not “big” enough.  Smaller amounts can add up to very large savings. We should welcome all spending cuts, regardless of their size.

BUDGET/EXPORTS

“There are twelve different agencies that deal with exports. There are at least five different entities that deal with housing policy. Then there’s my favorite example: the Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them in when they’re in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked.”

Sounds like reorganization has to be done, no exceptions.  The criss cross of responsibilities is causing our tax payer money to be redirected and we could be making things for much less which would result in high profits within our exports.

BUDGET/SOCIAL SECURITY

To put us on solid ground, we should also find a bipartisan solution to strengthen Social Security for future generations. And we must do it without putting at risk current retirees, the most vulnerable, or people with disabilities; without slashing benefits for future generations; and without subjecting Americans’ guaranteed retirement income to the whims of the stock market.

Anybody else love the generality of Obama’s statements? While I agree with this, the question still remains- how can we make this a reality?  From what I understand, raising the retirement age is not going to make a huge difference in the amount owed to Social Security. Perhaps we need to allow a smaller percentage of our taxes being taken out and give the public the option to investment in their own retirement.

BUDGET/TAX CODE

In fact, the best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code. This will be a tough job, but members of both parties have expressed interest in doing this, and I am prepared to join them.

Much easier said than done although I would rather have the Fair Tax with no talk of a Value Added Tax (VAT).

BUDGET/LACK OF TRANSPARENCY

Because you deserve to know exactly how and where your tax dollars are being spent, you will be able to go to a website and get that information for the very first time in history. Because you deserve to know when your elected officials are meeting with lobbyists, I ask Congress to do what the White House has already done: put that information online.

Obama you already broke that promise. Whatever happened to CSPAN cameras in back rooms and putting a bill online 72 hours before a bill is debated?!

BUDGET/EARMARKS

And because the American people deserve to know that special interests aren’t larding up legislation with pet projects, both parties in Congress should know this: if a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, I will veto it.

Im throwing the BS flag right now. Mark my words- Obama will sign legislation with earmarks or with an “innovation” hashtag.

Reducing the Deficit:

  • Freezing federal spending for five years;
  • Vetoing any legislation that comes from Congress with earmarks’;
  • Simplifying the corporate and individual tax codes.

BAIL OUT,  HEALTH CARE

“What’s more, we are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea – the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our own destiny.”

How are American citizens given the chance to shape our own destiny with Obama’s attempt at global take over? We will not have the chance to shape on our financial destiny- after all the auto and wall street bailouts that Obama pushed upon us nor will we have the chance to shape our own medical destiny- after Obama pushed through an insurance mandate and control over our choice of preferred provider. These chances are being taken away from us and put in the hands of big government.

EDUCATION

“Meanwhile, nations like China and India realized that with some changes of their own, they could compete in this new world. And so they started educating their children earlier and longer, with greater emphasis on math and science.

Math and Science are fundamental to ensuring future success and long term growth; however, where is the emphasis on English and History? Without learning how to communicate and comprehend our past mistakes- we are destined to run ourselves in circle reworking old issues. A balance of all subjects Math/Science – English/History – Technology/Computers is an ideal “equation”. I applaud the decision to hire 100,000 new science, math and technology teachers over 10 years. Hoping the English/History teachers will step up a notch and remain competitive.

That’s why instead of just pouring money into a system that’s not working, we launched a competition called Race to the Top. To all fifty states, we said, “If you show us the most innovative plans to improve teacher quality and student achievement, we’ll show you the money.  Race to the Top should be the approach we follow this year as we replace No Child Left Behind with a law that is more flexible and focused on what’s best for our kids.”

Race to the Top is a program by the U.S. Department of Education funded through federal stimulus dollars (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—ARRA). At $4.35 billion, it represents the largest investment in school reform ever. It will be divided among 6-12 states in a competitive application process.  6-12 states? What about the remaining states not in the competition? What was the deciding factor on letting states participate? I have yet to find the answer to this question.

And over the next ten years, with so many Baby Boomers retiring from our classrooms, we want to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

I fully support this idea but also in the areas of English and History.  However, our goal should be to recruit quality teachers, not focus on the quantity of them.

This year, I ask Congress to go further, and make permanent our tuition tax credit – worth $10,000 for four years of college.

I fully support this idea. College is expensive- even if tuition is being reimbursed, more than likely books are not covered and they can run anywhere from $60-$200 per book per class. Any sort of tax credit to help offset this financial burden would be a welcomed help.

EXPORTS, FOREIGN TRADE, JOB CREATION

To help businesses sell more products abroad, we set a goal of doubling our exports by 2014. Recently, we signed agreements with India and China that will support more than 250,000 jobs in the United States. And last month, we finalized a trade agreement with South Korea that will support at least 70,000 American jobs.

EXPORTS/BUDGET/JOB CREATION

“There are twelve different agencies that deal with exports. There are at least five different entities that deal with housing policy. Then there’s my favorite example: the Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them in when they’re in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked.”

Sounds like reorganization has to be done, no exceptions.  The criss cross of responsibilities is causing our tax payer money to be redirected.

FOREIGN POLICY, JOB CREATION,EXPORTS

It is argued that a stronger currency would increase the purchasing power of Chinese consumers and decrease the relative cost of American goods in China, spurring more Chinese to buy more American products which would result in more job creation.

Additionally, a stronger currency increases the relative cost of Chinese goods in third markets, like Europe or Latin America. Therefore,  if the yuan appreciates, consumers in other countries will shy away from Chinese products in favor of American products.

Further, a stronger currency would increase labor costs in China, making it less attractive for American companies to outsource jobs to China and thus keeping more people employed in the US.

If we want to double our exports within the next 3 years, we need to take a harder stance with China as they are pushing us out of the market. For more information on China- US currency relations, please visit my blog: https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/us-china-debate-on-chinas-undervalued-currency-rate/.

That’s what we did with Korea, and that’s what I intend to do as we pursue agreements with Panama and Colombia, and continue our Asia Pacific and global trade talks.

I remain optimistic.

FOREIGN POLICY/PURCHASING POWER/CHINA WATCH

“This March, I will travel to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador to forge new alliances for progress in the Americas. Around the globe, we are standing with those who take responsibility – helping farmers grow more food; supporting doctors who care for the sick; and combating the corruption that can rot a society and rob people of opportunity.”

Stay tuned to the Heart of America for visitation analysis.

We saw that same desire to be free in Tunisia, where the will of the people proved more powerful than the writ of a dictator. And tonight, let us be clear: the United States of America stands with the people of Tunisia, and supports the democratic aspirations of all people.

So, by association- Obama is claiming allegiance to the Egyptian government despite tens of thousands Egyptians uprising against Mulbarak’s position and his cabinet. Read about the civil war currently happening despite Egypt’s cabinet resigning by visiting: https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/fifth-day-of-fighting-in-egypt-despite-cabinet-resignation/

HEALTH CARE, BUDGET

“What’s more, we are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea – the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our own destiny.”

How are American citizens given the chance to shape our own destiny with Obama’s attempt at global take over? We will not have the chance to shape on our financial destiny- after all the auto and wall street bailouts that Obama pushed upon us nor will we have the chance to shape our own medical destiny- after Obama pushed through an insurance mandate and control over our choice of preferred provider. These chances are being taken away from us and put in the hands of big government.

HIGH SPEED RAIL, JOB CREATION

We will put more Americans to work repairing crumbling roads and bridges. We will make sure this is fully paid for, attract private investment, and pick projects based on what’s best for the economy, not politicians.

While I initially support this idea, I hope that Obama does not include this in his permanent job equation as road and construction work tend to be seasonal and temporary and it is important to note it as such.

Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail, which could allow you go places in half the time it takes to travel by car. For some trips, it will be faster than flying – without the pat-down. As we speak, routes in California and the Midwest are already underway.

I know I will differ with my Republican colleagues on this matter but I support this endeavor. Living in Central Fla, I have seen how bad traffic congestion can get and we even name one of  the more impacted areas, “Malfunction Junction”. While I dont agree with the current cost of the Sunrail- Florida’s high speed rail- I feel that a high speed rail would not only reduce car accidents but it would also reduce the amount of emissions is released into our environment. In addition, a high speed rail would create temporary and permanent jobs- which is much needed and would be greatly appreciated.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Now, I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration. I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows. I know that debate will be difficult and take time. But tonight, let’s agree to make that effort. And let’s stop expelling talented, responsible young people who can staff our research labs, start new businesses, and further enrich this nation.

I am thankful that the DREAM Act was not approved as illegal aliens should not be rewarded for bad behavior. The DREAM Act allowed illegal aliens from 17-35 to apply for citizenship if they were enrolled in the US military or attend school.  What a slap in the face to the people entering our country legally as well as to the degree seeking US citizens. To avoid going off on a tangent about illegal immigration, please visit my immigration blog at: https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2010/12/26/dream-act-turned-into-a-nightmare

MILITARY MATTERS

Fewer Afghans are under the control of the insurgency. There will be tough fighting ahead, and the Afghan government will need to deliver better governance. But we are strengthening the capacity of the Afghan people and building an enduring partnership with them. This year, we will work with nearly 50 countries to begin a transition to an Afghan lead. And this July, we will begin to bring our troops home.

Didnt Obama say that troops would be withdrawn a couple years ago? I caution bringing our troops home without accomplishing our mission. Dont forget the Iraq problems that Bush Sr stirred and how resentment grew while we were reloading.

We have sent a message from the Afghan border to the Arabian Peninsula to all parts of the globe: we will not relent, we will not waver, and we will defeat you.

Excellent.

With our European allies, we revitalized NATO, and increased our cooperation on everything from counter-terrorism to missile defense.

How is that true when we threw together a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty which limited our missile defense in Russia? Those were needed to counter terrorism. Read more about Obama’s enthusiasm of  the START treaty by visiting: https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/russia-to-ratify-start-treaty-with-a-few-minor-changes/

NASA RESEARCH

“Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik¸ we had no idea how we’d beat them to the moon. The science wasn’t there yet. NASA didn’t even exist. But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.”

Excuse me, Obama but you are exempt from claiming ownership of NASA as you depleted the majority of the Space programs financial backing.  If Obama is so supportive of this “wave of innovation”- why was he so quick to slash funding? Isn’t that a contradictory step to his goal of innovation and job growth?

NET NEUTRALITY, TECHNOLOGY

Within the next five years, we will make it possible for business to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98% of all Americans. This isn’t just about a faster internet and fewer dropped calls. It’s about connecting every part of America to the digital age. It’s about a rural community in Iowa or Alabama where farmers and small business owners will be able to sell their products all over the world. It’s about a firefighter who can download the design of a burning building onto a handheld device; a student who can take classes with a digital textbook; or a patient who can have face-to-face video chats with her doctor.

Again, Obama offers much generalities with little to no substance behind it. How would this happen? Who would pay for the cost? Not I said the US tax payer.

VETERANS, ENVIRONMENT

Veterans can now download their electronic medical records with a click of the mouse.

Welcome to 2011, Obama.  What other paper can you electronically transmit? I applaud the Republican Party for getting all bills online. For more information on Congress getting electronic, please visit: https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/republicans-hold-true-to-their-promise-of-cutting-spending/

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26 (potentially 28) states have filed a lawsuit against Obamacare.


Six more states joined a lawsuit in Florida against President Obama’s health care overhaul this week, bringing the total to 26 states who consider the health care law unconstitutional in an attempt to force people to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties and are willing to fight out the legalities in court which is in defiance of the 10th amendment, which grants the enumerated powers to the State- not the Federal Government.

In Florida,  the states also argue the federal government is violating the Constitution by forcing a mandate on the states without providing money to pay for it.

They say the new law gives the state’s the impossible choice of accepting the new costs or forfeiting federal social security and medicaid funding.

Florida U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson could rule later this month whether he will grant a summary judgment in favor of the states or the Obama administration without a trial.

Florida’s former Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum filed the lawsuit just minutes after President Obama signed the 10-year, $938 billion health care bill into law in March in a Pensacola court.

States joining the coalition in the Florida case are Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Ohio, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The other states that have already entered the alliance are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Add Virginia and Michigan who are debating suing over the healthcare law,  there would be 28 states suing the federal government. Over half of the United States of America, that’s a significant movement.

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