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Obama fiddles while the nation burns

Harry C. Alford | 7/25/2012, 5 p.m.


The American Dream is starting to fade away, and that is very scary. The saddest thing about this is the recent behavior or attitude of President Barack Obama. He has abandoned leading us and has gone on full campaign mode with more than four months to go before the national election. He seems to be delirious in his character attacks against candidate Mitt Romney. It is like Nero sitting down with his fiddle while Rome was burning away.

Is Obama our Nero? Let's take a look at some of the examples.

God has blessed our country with natural energy resources such as oil, natural gas and coal.

Maybe that's why he is mad about it--God has blessed us. He is attacking the lifeblood of our energy needs. He wants us to stop using these products, but has no clear solution or even a hint about how we can do without them. Our tariff-free trading partner Canada has immense reserves of oil and would love to ship vast amounts via the Keystone Pipeline. Everyone but environmental extremists are cheering for this to happen.

What's the big problem? Our president is one of those environmental extremists. He wants to decrease oil quantities regardless of the negative effect it has on our economy (prices, jobs, business growth, etc.). Let us suffer; he has a "fiddle" to play.

The process of fracturing, aka fracking, has opened vast new reserves of natural gas for our nation. We now have more natural gas than any other nation on earth. That makes us happy, but it depresses our president. He has his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) trying to find ways to slow down the process and, at times, to shut it down. We need more natural gas in a desperate way, but he would rather play that fiddle.

Then there is our abundant quantity of coal. This is the cheapest form of energy and many of our utility companies rely on it. The harvesting of coal is a serious job creator in states like Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, etc. Our president doesn't want to slow this down; he wants to kill it! His henchman, the EPA, has issued the Utility MACT Rule, which requires new mercury air standards that most utility plants cannot possibly meet. The result will be about 32 utility facilities shutting down. That is a tremendous number of jobs (in this recession) and utility prices will skyrocket as supplies dwindle. Play that fiddle.

Remember when our beloved President John F. Kennedy said we will put a man on the moon and lead the world in space exploration? Well, the guy we have now just closed down NASA (JFK is rolling in his grave). Our nation is now No. 3 in space behind Russia and China. If we want to go into space we have to buy a seat from them. Many thousands of engineers are still unemployed as a result of this capitulation. Stop fiddling!

"America, the strongest nation on earth"--that saying is becoming passé. Our president has the crazy idea of slashing our military all the way back to 1940 levels. Hmmm, isn't that the year Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan considered us punks and later attacked? It is quite clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin considers Barack Obama a punk. He has a look of disgust when they are together. No one respects weakness, especially when it comes with a fiddle.