The Tone Deaf Political Class

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Should organizations who are given tax-payer money be allowed to hire lobbyists and beg for said money?  Should they be allowed to contribute to campaign funds, or should they be stripped of all tax payer money?

Americans are facing an uphill battle with their money.  The dollar is worth something like 14% less than it was when Obama became POTUS.  Oil prices are soaring.  (The Pink Flamingo paid $3.77 a gallon on Thursday).   When 40% of the corn grown in the US goes to bio-fuel, and food prices are going sky high, just who is to blame?  The average person in the US is paying about 50 cents per gallon for gas taxes.

For The Pink Flamingo’s Durango, that’s nearly eleven bucks every time I fell my vehicle.  I average about 2 tanks a month, so we’re talking about $22 a month – or about $264 a year.  I don’t mind gas taxes because they are equitable.  It is a consumption tax.

What sort of people ignore the facts that a pet project (ethanol) is causing starvation in other parts of the world?  This is just plain wrong.  It is immoral.

“…Each year, an ever larger portion of the world’s crops — cassava and corn, sugar and palm oil — is being diverted for biofuels as developed countries pass laws mandating greater use of nonfossil fuels and as emerging powerhouses like China seek new sources of energy to keep their cars and industries running. Cassava is a relatively new entrant in the biofuel stream.

But with food prices rising sharply in recent months, many experts are calling on countries to scale back their headlong rush into green fuel development, arguing that the combination of ambitious biofuel targets and mediocre harvests of some crucial crops is contributing to high prices, hunger and political instability.

This year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported that its index of food prices was the highest in its more than 20 years of existence. Prices rose 15 percent from October to January alone, potentially “throwing an additional 44 million people in low- and middle-income countries into poverty,” the World Bank said.

Soaring food prices have caused riots or contributed to political turmoil in a host of poor countries in recent months, including Algeria, Egypt and Bangladesh, where palm oil, a common biofuel ingredient, provides crucial nutrition to a desperately poor populace. During the second half of 2010, the price of corn rose steeply — 73 percent in the United States — an increase that the United Nations World Food Program attributed in part to the greater use of American corn for bioethanol.

“The fact that cassava is being used for biofuel in China, rapeseed is being used in Europe, and sugar cane elsewhere is definitely creating a shift in demand curves,” said Timothy D. Searchinger, a research scholar at Princeton University who studies the topic. “Biofuels are contributing to higher prices and tighter markets.”

In the United States, Congress has mandated that biofuel use must reach 36 billion gallons annually by 2022. The European Union stipulates that 10 percent of transportation fuel must come from renewable sources like biofuel or wind power by 2020. Countries like China, India, Indonesia and Thailand have adopted biofuel targets as well….”

Then there is Planned Parenthood.  You want to know what really makes me mad?  The have spent a tremendous amount of money lobbying Democrats.  Why the H – E – Double-Toothpick should they be allowed to get any taxpayer money if they spend anything on lobbying?

Open Secrets

Why should any organization that gets tax payer money be allowed to lobby?

Britannica.Com

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that the bio-fuels are one of the reasons inflation is on the rise.  Another reason is Obama’s clueless handling of the Middle East and drilling in this country. The man is completely out of touch with the reality of life.  So are most of the people inside the Beltway.

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