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Observations: The Qando Podcast for 22 Aug 10

In this podcast, Bruce, Michael, and Dale discuss ICE and Illegal immigration, The end of OIF in Iraq, and the upcoming election.

The direct link to the podcast can be found here.

Observations

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BlogTalk Radio – Tonight 8pm (EST)

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Yes, friends, it is a call-in show, so do call in.

 Subject(s):

A nation of laws?   ICE is circulating a memo which will essentially direct law enforcement not to apprehend illegal immigrants during traffic stops.  Sine when do law enforcement agencies get to decide what laws they will or won’t enforce?

Is OIF over?  The last US combat unit has left Iraq, but you wouldn’t know it by this administration or the media’s coverage of the event.  What, no “Mission Accomplished” banner?

Health Care law – OK, say the Democrats, we lied about saving money.  But we have a new message and we promise, it’s true.

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BlogTalk Radio – Tonight 8pm (EST)

Call in number: (718) 664-9614

Yes, friends, it is a call-in show, so do call in.

 Subject(s):

A nation of laws?   ICE is circulating a memo which will essentially direct law enforcement not to apprehend illegal immigrants during traffic stops.  Sine when do law enforcement agencies get to decide what laws they will or won’t enforce?

Is OIF over?  The last US combat unit has left Iraq, but you wouldn’t know it by this administration or the media’s coverage of the event.  What, no “Mission Accomplished” banner?

Health Care law – OK, say the Democrats, we lied about saving money.  But we have a new message and we promise, it’s true.

 

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Administration knew drilling moratorium would cost 23,000 jobs

In the middle of a recession, with joblessness hovering around the 10% mark, the Obama administration made a deliberate decision to impose a drilling moratorium knowing it would cost at least 23,000 jobs. Why?

Senior Obama administration officials concluded the federal moratorium on deepwater oil drilling would cost roughly 23,000 jobs, but went ahead with the ban because they didn’t trust the industry’s safety equipment and the government’s own inspection process, according to previously undisclosed documents.

Never mind the fact that an event like this had never happened before in deep water.   Never mind there were hundreds of deepwater wells functioning properly and well.  Never mind that those jobs were well paying jobs  and that through their elimination would cause ripple-effect unemployment down the supply chain.

Instead, deliberately trash the lives of 23,000 workers – and their families – because of unfounded fears.

Yeah, that’s leadership, isn’t it?

Asked to comment, a White House spokesman said the administration "well understood, and understands, the enormous importance of oil and gas to the region’s economy," but the potential economic risks from another spill to other elements of the Gulf economy—such as fishing and tourism—also informed the administration’s deliberations, "especially as spill-response resources were fully engaged to address the BP Deepwater Horizon spill."

What “potential economic risk”?  What was the “potential” for another such freakish accident?  Well the history of deepwater drilling says not very high at all.  And while I have some sympathy with the “our spill-response resources were fully engaged”, there were certainly ways to ensure that other operations were safe and following approved drilling procedures.

You know, like put freakin’ inspectors on the deepwater drilling rigs full time to ensure those procedures were followed to the letter.  Yeah, a bit of an imposition on the inspectors, but it would have saved 23,000 jobs.  So you tell them to suck it up or you’ll find someone who will.

Wondering: do these jobs go in the negative column of the jobs “created and saved” the Obama administration?

~McQ

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