Who are the real "Fat-Cats"?

SUA Staff – The mantra is constant from this White House, and throughout the Democratic Party talking points – Republicans are ‘fat-cats’ who just support get-rich millionaires and billionaires. The Democrats are for the ‘working families’.

Everyday it echos throughout the internet and in the media. No speech of late goes without some statement about ‘fair share’ or similar leftist slogans. Even the Occupy Wall Street people echo this, and now they are preparing for a May Day event.

There is one major problem with their mantra – its the left who is in bed with “Big”-this, and “Big”-that, and so on.

When you look at the names that have the most access to the Washington elites and power, including the White House, it’s a far different story. We all know both parties do this, or so that too is part of the mantra, but why, because to a great many of them, its not about ‘public service’, it was always about power and riches. Serve a post in DC, reap the benefits later.

Recently, SUA was shown a set of pictorials called Venn-Diagrams, compiled and posted in January of 2011, but most were updated as late as last December. These are diagrams that show a name, their government association, and also where they came from in industry. Some of the names have changed, but in large measure, it totally de-bunks the mantra, the myth, that the Democrats are for the little guy, and Republicans are for the ‘fat-cats’.

SUA is re-posting them so you can talk with your peers about the truth during this campaign season. Obama and the left paint Romney as that Bain-Capital ‘fat-cat’, but by our count, in these 18 diagrams, 249 people are listed. That is a lot of powerful positions, right up to the White House and the halls of Congress. That is not a surprise, the real surprise is that of the total, 230 are working for, or were appointed by a Democrat after leaving their old posts in one of the 18 categories. Only 19 are on the other side of the aisle.

These 18 industries are common names in politics and include, Big Tobacco, Motion Picture Association of America, Social Network sites, Planned Parenthood, the AFL-CIO union, Disney, Fannie Mae, Green Energy, the Defense Contractors, Enron, Keystone Pipeline, Comcast, Big Media, Big Oil, Big Pharma, General Electric (GE), Monsanto and Goldman-Sachs.

Another set of surprises: the folks at Enron, erroneously associated with former President Bush’s cronies, has more former employees in DC working for or with Democrats. Then there is Goldman-Sachs, where Jon Corzine of MF Global infamy came from.

Madison Ruppert at End the Lies wrote:

This phenomenal series of Venn diagrams shows in painstaking detail just how corrupted our political system in the United States has become.

When I look at the the connections of Goldman Sachs, it makes me wonder how anyone thought that people actually had the brazenness to claim that those pointing out the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington conspiracy theorists.

Thankfully, as is often the case, the so-called “Government Sachs” conspiracy theorists were right all along, and when it is laid out as it is above it makes it obvious why this is the case. These are perfect visual representations of how what should be our government has become a government that serves corporate interests to the detriment of the American people.

Take the White House’s move to block the release of a Monsanto-linked lobbyist’s e-mail, for instance. This is hardly shocking when one considers the numerous connections the global corporation enjoys on Capitol Hill shown above. Even when the products they are hawking are linked to birth defects and necrosis, these individuals seem to have no problem with actively circumventing everything democracy is supposed to be in order to pursue their corporate interests.

Just like the thoroughly reprehensible activities of the war profiteers who knowingly profit off of death, destruction and suffering, those who lobby for corporations like Monsanto are actively contributing to the problems of the many for the benefit of the few. It’s truly disturbing to see all of this laid out in such an easily comprehensible manner, especially when one observes the high level positions many of these individuals either once held or currently hold.

Of course, this is only a small portion of the individuals involved in the widespread corporatist corruption that has infected so much of the United States.

Obama: 'wet finger in the wind' decision maker

Editor’s Note – When China and Brazil drill in areas the current administration considers too fragile, yet supports their enterprises, then pushes the decision to allow the Keystone pipeline to a point after the elections, its about politics. Everything about this administration is about politics, yet they accuse everyone else of the same thing.

To believe anything the current President says is to believe in fairy tales. Obama castigated his predecessor for using ‘signing statements’ then does it himself, or makes myriad promises to his base, yet Gitmo lays open, one can only conclude that Obama will say and do anything to save his hide and ideology.

Latin oil supplies for U.S. start to dry up

Canadian pipeline can fill gap

By Patrice Hill at the Washington Times

The political and environmental debates swirling around the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas miss a crucial point, energy analysts say: The Canadian oil is needed to replace fast-dwindling production from two other major suppliers of oil — Mexico and Venezuela.

The United States remains the largest consumer of oil in the world, requiring more than 8 million barrels a day of fuel imports to feed its appetite, with nearly half of that coming from oil-rich neighbors in Latin America as recently as 2005.

But oil production south of the border has fallen off dramatically, and Canadian crude in recent years quietly overtook imports from Mexico, Venezuela and even Saudi Arabia to become the most important outside source of oil for the U.S.

The trend toward replacing unstable sources of oil in Latin America and the Middle East with reliable and friendly sources in Canada was heartily welcomed in political circles until the pipeline controversy broke out last year. After trying to delay a decision until after the presidential election, the White House agreed in a compromise with congressional Republicans to determine within the next two months whether to proceed with the pipeline.

Because nearly all of Canada’s production will come from the Alberta tar sands served by the Keystone pipeline, energy analysts say, the pipeline extension will be needed to ensure that promising trend continues and that the U.S. does not go back to relying inordinately on unstable and hostile suppliers.

“As traditional supplies of heavy crude from countries such as Mexico and Venezuela decline, Canadian oil sands become more important,” said Lucian Pugliaresi, an analyst with the Energy Policy Research Foundation Inc. Canada ships about 2.5 million barrels a day of crude to the U.S., more than twice as much as Mexico and Venezuela combined.

Growing impatient

He said environmentalists have a false idea that killing the pipeline will ensure the Canadian oil stays in the ground while forcing increased U.S. reliance on alternative fuels and conservation. Canada, he said, would continue to develop its vast oil reserves, but would sell it to another customer — most likely China.

Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, said it is little wonder that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper threatened to open routes to Asia after the Obama administration delayed a decision on approving the Keystone pipeline in November.

“Canada cannot be wholly dependent on the vagaries of U.S. politics,” he said. Rising tensions and instability around the world should “give new urgency to assuring that North America’s oil resources are developed to what is now their much greater potential,” and that will require construction of the XL pipeline, he said.

Expansion of the vast pipeline network between the U.S. and Canada is the most efficient way to funnel the tar sands oil to consumers — generating fewer environmental pollutants than an overseas route to Asia, analysts say. They add that it seems a natural fit, given the historically friendly and beneficial economic ties between the countries.

U.S. refineries along the Gulf Coast, where Canadian oil would be sent in the Keystone plan, are geared up to turn the heavy tar sands crude into gasoline and other essential fuels because of their experience refining heavy crudes from Mexico and Venezuela. The processing of heavy crudes requires costly equipment upgrades not available at all refineries.

Because oil production from Mexico and Venezuela fell drastically in the past decade, the Gulf Coast refineries now have the capacity to process an additional 500,000 barrels per day of Canadian crude that would come through the pipeline. Refineries closer to Canada — in Chicago, for example — are operating at full production and do not have the capacity to handle more crude.

Jobs versus environment

Mr. Obama’s decision on the pipeline often has been portrayed as one pitting jobs versus the environment. Construction of the pipeline would create thousands of construction jobs, at least temporarily. Meanwhile, powerful environmental groups remain fiercely opposed to development of the tar sands because the extraction process releases more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases than conventional drilling.

Patrick Moore, a former leader of Greenpeace who dropped out of the environmental movement because he disagreed with its almost single-minded focus on global warming, said Canada has one of the best records of any country on protecting the environment.

Environmental activists “live in a dream world,” he said, where they believe exotic, expensive and intermittent energy sources like wind and solar power will soon replace proven fuels like oil and coal — even though those conventional fuels provide an overwhelming share of the world’s energy and will continue to do so for decades.

“We need oil now and we’ll need it for the foreseeable future, so it matters greatly where the oil comes from,” he said. “Canadian producers must meet some of the toughest environmental and social standards on the planet” — far above the world’s other top oil producers.

Energy analysts say the decision goes far beyond the tension between jobs and the environment. The battle over the pipeline may determine whether the U.S. is able to cultivate reliable sources of oil in its own backyard or will continue to be whipsawed by the vagaries of politics and foreign suppliers.

Beyond the border

Oil production in Venezuela has been on the decline since President Hugo Chavez — who is openly hostile to the U.S. — nationalized the country’s resources in the past decade, making what was once a top source of imported fuel now among the most iffy for U.S. consumers.

Meanwhile, production in Mexico’s huge oil fields — the largest of which was once as prolific and extensive as Saudi Arabia’s — has peaked and is rapidly falling. Mexico lacks the technological expertise to maintain output in its aging wells, and its constitution prohibits teaming with Western oil companies to do so.

The question goes beyond replacing one source of foreign oil with another, energy specialists say. Enormous reserves of oil that are trapped in shale rock have been discovered in the U.S.

Technological advances such as “fracking,” which fractures the rock to release oil, have started to produce significant amounts of fuel.

The biggest shale oil producer, North Dakota, pumps more than 450,000 barrels a day. About 100,000 barrels of North Dakota’s output were slated to be funneled into the Keystone pipeline, a move that would have encouraged further development of such domestic oil reserves.

“The project is an essential piece of new petroleum infrastructure as the midcontinent region of the United States no longer has any water-borne imports,” Mr. Pugliaresi said.

He noted that Ohio may be the next to start producing oil from the shale rock underlying the state.

In Canada, leaders are patiently awaiting Mr. Obama’s decision and remain hopeful, but they have made clear they will continue to exploit their oil resources with or without the U.S. Ottawa has the option of building a pipeline to its west coast, where the oil could be loaded onto tankers and shipped to Asian markets.

China appears to be waiting eagerly. Three of its state-owned oil companies have established stakes and spent $10 billion developing the Canadian tar sands. One has shown interest in helping to build a west coast pipeline.

“It’s a bit naive to think the tar sands would not be developed if they don’t build that pipeline,” Austan Goolsbee, Mr. Obama’s former top economic adviser, told the Economic Club of Canada last month. “Eventually, it’s going to be built. It may go to the Pacific, it may go through Nebraska, but it’s going be built somewhere.”

Electioneering – Drinking the bilge water of Poli-Speak

Editor’s Note – Regardless of political stripe, all Americans by now should be scratching their heads. Its just too much bilge to swallow.

When the Majority Leader of the Senate, Harry Reid, tells America that Republicans “were embarrassed or ashamed” about the bill the House passed that was “dead on arrival in the Senate” threatening a shut down of government.

Yet, he is the very same man who has lead the Democrat Party controlled Senate, having not passed a budget in over 1,000 days.

Mitch McConnell, the Minority Leader in the Senate correctly responded: “Speaking of embarrassment,” McConnell said, tucking a hand in his pants pocket. “In three years this Democrat Senate hasn’t passed a budget.”

Electioneering at its worst. Blatantly so, and the economy continues to suffer, the debt clock spins, and the political spin from the left tastes more and more like bilge water every day.

Every move the Democrats make is geared toward the re-election of themselves and Obama, yet they accuse the Republicans of “obstructionism” and placing party ahead of the country. The constant call for “compromise”, a veiled, re-defined word, that now means “do it our way or you are not co-operating, you are obstructing”.

Then, in stark contrast, we have “Mr. Shovel Ready Jobs” stopping a “shovel-ready” project in a clear attempt to gain votes from his extreme-leftist base. Who is actually placing party over people now? The pot is calling the kettle a very dark color. (PC compliance, don’t want to be called a racist for using the actual name of the color!)

One of the most prosperous and promising projects, job-creation-wise, in ages has been stalled for “environmental” reasons, awaiting a “Presidential Permit” to okay the work. In a bold move, the House of Representatives took the extraordinary step to include a provision for the project in their bill to extend the ‘payroll tax cut’ which passed. Clearly, electioneering is more important than budgets and jobs.

Take a look at the exhaustive process that has been underway since the end of 2008 at the Department of State all while Obama has been in the Oval Office.

House Passes Payroll Tax Cut Extension With Keystone Pipeline Provision

From Fox News

WASHINGTON – Defiant Republicans pushed legislation through the House Tuesday night that would keep alive Social Security payroll tax cuts for some 160 million Americans at President Barack Obama’s request — but also would require construction of a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline that has sparked a White House veto threat.

Passage, on a largely party-line vote of 234-193, sent the measure toward its certain demise in the Democratic-controlled Senate, triggering the final partisan showdown of a remarkably quarrelsome year of divided government.

The legislation “extends the payroll tax relief, extends and reforms unemployment insurance and protects Social Security — without job-killing tax hikes,” Republican House Speaker John Boehner declared after the measure had cleared.

Referring to the controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline, he added, “Our bill includes sensible, bipartisan measures to help the private sector create jobs.”

On a long day of finger pointing, however, House Democrats accused Republicans of protecting “millionaires and billionaires, `’ and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., derided the GOP-backed pipeline provision as “ideological candy” for the tea party-set.

After the House vote, the White House urged Congress on in finishing work on extending the tax cuts and jobless aid. Press Secretary Jay Carney issued a statement that didn’t mention the pipeline but renewed Obama’s insistence that the legislation be paid for, at least in part, by “asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share” in higher tax levies.

Lawmakers “cannot go on vacation before agreeing to prevent a tax hike on 160 million Americans and extending unemployment insurance,” he said.

Republicans mocked Obama’s objections to their version of the bill.

“Mr. President, we can’t wait,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, employing a refrain the White House often uses to criticize Republicans for failing to take steps to improve an economy struggling to recover from the worst recession in decades.

Voting in favor of the legislation were 224 Republicans and 10 Democrats, while 179 Democrats and 14 Republicans opposed it.

At its core, the measure did include key parts of the jobs program that Obama asked Congress to approve in September.

The Social Security payroll tax cuts approved a year ago to help stimulate the economy would be extended through 2012, avoiding a loss of take-home income for wage-earners. An expiring program of unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless would remain in place, although at reduced levels that the administration said would cut off aid for 3.3 million.

A third major component would avert a threatened 27 percent cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients, a provision Republicans added to appeal to conservatives but one that the White House and Democrats embrace, too.

While the tax and unemployment provisions were less generous than Obama sought, he and Republicans clashed principally over steps to cover the estimated $180 billion cost of the measure, and on the proposed 1,700-mile Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada through environmentally sensitive terrain in Nebraska to the Texas Gulf Coast.

Obama recently delayed a decision on granting a permit for the pipeline until after the 2012 election.

The payroll tax legislation was one of three major bills that Congress was struggling to finish before adjourning for the year, and by far the most contentious.

A measure covering Pentagon spending was ready for passage, and, separately, negotiators said they were close to a deal on a $1 trillion measure to fund most government agencies through the end of the budget year.

That deal was in limbo, though, with Obama and congressional Democrats using it as leverage to keep House Republicans at the table negotiating a final compromise on the tax and unemployment measure.

It was the final showdown of a year that once brought the government to the brink of a shutdown and also pushed the Treasury to the cusp of a first-ever default.

Those confrontations produced last-minute compromises.

This time, leaders in both parties stressed a desire to renew the unemployment tax cuts and jobless benefits that are at the core of Obama’s jobs program.

Obama and most Democrats favor an income surtax on million-dollar earners to pay for extending the Social Security tax cut, but Republicans oppose that, saying it is a violation of their pledge not to raise taxes.

Instead, the House bill called for a one-year pay freeze and higher pension costs for federal workers, higher Medicare costs for seniors over $80,000 in income as well as other items to cover the cost.

Obama’s veto message focused on economic issues — which unite Democrats — accusing Republicans of putting the burden of paying for the legislation on working families “while giving a free pass to the wealthiest and to big corporations by protecting their loopholes and subsidies.”

Republicans drew attention at every turn to the pipeline, which is backed by some lawmakers in the president’s party as well as by the blue-collar unions representing plumbers, pipefitters, electricians, carpenters and construction workers.

Estimates of the jobs that would be produced by pipeline construction vary widely but are in the thousands in a time of high national unemployment. The State Department estimated the total at about 6,000; project manager TransCanada put it at 20,000 directly, and Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., said in debate on the House floor it was more than 100,000.

Democrats aimed their criticism at the bill’s impact on those who would bear the cost.

Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan, the party’s senior lawmaker on the Ways and Means Committee, displayed a placard that said “Seniors sacrifice: $31 billion. Federal workers sacrifice: $40 billion. Unemployed Americans sacrifice: $11 billion. Millionaires and billionaires sacrifice: $0.”

The bill also “spends $300 million on a special interest provision that helps a handful of specialty hospitals while cutting billions from community hospitals,” he said, referring to a part of the measure that will raise federal Medicare payments to doctor-owned hospitals.

Rep. Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat, said he had an open mind about the pipeline but also said it had no legitimate role in the payroll tax bill.

Republicans argued otherwise.

Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the pipeline’s construction would allow Canada to send one million barrels of oil a day into the United States, lessening domestic reliance on imports.

He said Canadian development of a pipeline is a certainty, and lawmakers needed to decide whether they wanted it to end up in the United States or “someplace like China.”

As drafted by Republicans, the measure also would block the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing planned rules to limit toxic emissions from industrial boilers. Republicans said the regulation would be a job killer, and 41 Democrats supported an earlier stand-alone measure to prevent the administration from acting.

Other provisions to cover the cost of the legislation would repeal billions from the health care bill that Obama won from Congress last year when both the House and Senate were under Democratic control and from boosting fees that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge banks for backing their mortgages.