Sometimes You Have To Laugh…

Stories As We Head To The Weekend

Listening to Senator John Kennedy talk about the hearing with the oil executives was hilarious.
Basically he put it all in perspective with this:
We have the oil in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, North Dakota, and Alaska. The problem is:
“Our Dip Sticks are in Washington DC.”
Doesn’t that say it all?

This is from an article by Nate Jackson on the hearings and Democratic lawmakers pounding the oil executives back in October and now:
Oil company CEOs likely have a pretty serious case of whiplash. During House hearings last October, Democrats hoping to score political points told oil bosses to reduce production. During House hearings yesterday, Democrats hoping to score political points told oil bosses to increase production. With gas prices soaring, Democrats are tilting at political windmills.
“Are you embarrassed as an American company that your production is going up while the European counterparts are going down?” California Democrat Ro Khanna asked Chevron CEO Michael Wirth in October. Of Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods, Khanna demanded, “Would you commit to matching your European counterparts to reducing the production of oil?”
Wednesday, it was just the opposite.“We have the capacity right now” to increase production, huffed Colorado Democrat Diana DeGette. “The reason why your companies aren’t doing it, as you freely and honestly admitted, is because you’re looking at your shareholder profits.” Other Democrats joined in the fray, drilling executives over daring to earn profits.

Imagine if we had a fair and balanced media to actually report this to the public. The hearing was just the latest congressional embarrassment.

The attack on Hershel Walker for his spousal issues was just underway and experts (like me) were saying he can’t win with those issues. I still don’t think he can, but to the rescue comes his Democratic opponents ex wife. She filed a complaint yesterday in Georgia, the story:
U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock’s ex-wife is seeking changes to their child custody arrangement in court documents that claim he’s in “willful contempt” of the agreement. The 11-page filing by Ouluye Ndoye wants a judge to grant her additional custody of their two young children so she can complete a Harvard University program, citing an agreement she struck with Warnock while he was campaigning for the U.S. Senate in early 2020.
This is on top of her earlier complaint that he ran over her foot with his car during a heated argument outside her townhouse. He denied that it happened.
So maybe the Georgia senate race will be decided by who mistreated his spouse less.
Maybe its not over before it begins.

Get ready for the noise about denying people the right to vote. It was announced yesterday that the State of Texas rejected nearly 25,000 mail-in ballots in its March primary election. That was 12 times higher than the last election. Now the noise starts.
The question I would have is the opposite. Why wasn’t it right for 2020?
Do we really think a record 81 million came out to vote for Joe Biden? I know there was an anti Trump vote, but a record vote amid the Covid?
What was the issue with the new law? Well, it requires voters to provide a partial Social Security number or driver’s license number on their mail ballot application. The numbers have to match those in voter registration records, to assure it’s you voting.
Really hard chore, right?

I was thinking after watching the Biden and Obama celebration of the Affordable Care Act how much craziness we’ve had with it. The good news, more people are covered. The not so good, we still have millions with no coverage. The Republicans promised a better plan, but as long term readers know, we said you can’t cover more people for free and reduce costs. It’s just not possible. Which is the final point I want to make. In selling it the Obama/Biden team told us yes, you can keep your doctor, but no, you couldn’t, but also that each family would save $2,500.00 a year. Well, here’s the results of that in case you are awaiting your money:
The average price paid for health insurance (“premiums”) jumped by 143 percent between 2013 and 2019.
At the same time premiums more than doubled in the individual market, deductibles for ACA-compliant coverage also increased by an average of 35% — over $1,700 for individuals and $3,600 for families.
Over 10 years, spending on health care per person increased by 29%.

If you were to ask them today about this, here’s what they would say, I think:
If we didn’t do this the rates you are paying would be $2,500 higher for every family. We kept them down.
And you know what? Some would believe them. After all you can fool some of the people all the time.

We took a look at the government’s revenue from taxes and who pays the bill. As you read these numbers think about the extra spending they keep asking for.
In 2019 we took in $1.6 trillion. Yesterday in this blog you heard AOC say we should forgive student debt for all – $1.6 trillion. The original Build Back Better was $3 trillion of spending.
Next, remember that fair share thing you keep hearing about – well, 50% of us paid 97% of all the taxes.
So the President next whispers are you paying your fair share; think about these numbers.
Do you think you’re paying your fair share?

Finally, if you want a thought provoking story on the Hunter Biden laptop and the coverage here’s a link to a column John Stossel wrote. It’s informative, thought provoking, funny and accurate.

Hope your weekend is special. We’re off to spring break. Stay well.

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