Ken Salazar Got One Thing Right

November 25, 2009
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SalazarAndObamaSnuggleIn another example of how liberals get their panties in a wad when they are challenged for the decisions they make, Ken Salazar resorted to name-calling and innuendo as he tried to defend the Obama Administration’s extremist energy policies. 

In a story published by the Denver Post, Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, criticized the oil and gas industry for accusing the Obama Administration of stifling energy development in the West and offshore.

He also left little doubt that he felt that the industry is nothing less than an arm of the Republican party.

Calling the charges “poison and deceptive,” Salazar said at a news conference in Washington, D.C., that the industry has to understand “they do not own the nation’s public lands; taxpayers do.”

The industry trade groups are behaving like “the arm of a political party,” Salazar said.

I always find it amusing when liberals resort to this type of attack. No facts to counter the concern, only the typical “divisive” politics they claim to abhor – the same divisiveness that the chosen one claimed he would change.

Ah yes. . . . change. How’s that working for ya, America?

In the story, we learn that in fiscal 2009, the total of 127 lease purchases in Colorado represented a 40 percent decline from 2008 and a 62 percent drop from 2007. The Interior Department also blocked development on 60 Utah leases issued by the Bush administration just before it left office because they claimed they were too close to national parks and monuments.

However, I still agree with Secretary Salazar concerning how these leases should be handled. To quote him again:

“The industry has to understand (that) they do not own the nation’s public lands, (the) taxpayers do.”

Right on, Kenny! But your explanation was incomplete. You see, not only does the oil and gas industry “not own the nation’s public lands,” but neither does the Obama Administration. In fact, since it belongs to the taxpayers, it should be handled the way the taxpayers want it to be handled.

Can you guess what the taxpayers want?

Well, when gas and energy prices reached record levels last summer just prior to the elections, voters overwhelmingly favored increased energy development. So, if the land belongs to the taxpayers and the taxpayers favor increased exploration, how does Comrade Obama justify the actions of Señor Salazar?

Could it be that it’s really Salazar and Obama who are operating as “the arm of a political party” (i.e. environmental extremists in the Democrat party)? Could it be that Obama, with his socialist/Marxist domestic policies, is more interested in seeing another big business go down in the name of “spreading the wealth?”

Anyway you look at it, at least Salazar got one thing right –  the land belongs to the taxpayers. Now, if we could just get them to do what the taxpayers want done.

 

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