Look, I think it goes without saying that we continue to be able to recognize the fact that ‘Creepy Joe’ continues to play with what is very clearly less than what would typically be described as being a full deck and that he is also very clearly more than a few bricks shy of what can be called a full load. And as much as I think we all knew what would likely come about if he were to actually ‘win’ the election, I seriously doubt that many us thought that we would be where we are today a mere 10 months after his being sworn in as *president. Call me naïve, but I certainly didn’t.
And in speaking only for myself, I would have thought that it would have taken the better part of this which we can only hope will be his one and only term in office to get things to this point. But, alas I was quite wrong. But then, I wasn’t expecting, although in hindsight I probably should have been, that he would be assisted to the degree that he has, and continues to be, by those who we refer to as our cadre of RINOs. Those who claim to be Republicans but who most certain are not, and who have demonstrated a willingness to side with the enemy! But then I digress.
So in getting back on topic, it’s ‘Creepy Joe’s latest effort to step up the ‘Left’s war on fossil fuels comes in the form of his plan to increase the price of oil leasing fees on federal lands in the United States by 50 percent, even while accusing oil companies of artificially increasing prices through illegal and anticompetitive actions. Despite record-high gasoline prices impacting American families across the country with winter around the corner, ‘Creepy Joe’ & Co. is now recommending Congress hike the cost of oil leases on government lands from 12.50 percent to 18.75 percent.
The 6.25 percentage point royalty rate increase on oil companies would contradict ‘Creepy Joe’s promise to lower gasoline prices. In recent weeks, ‘Creepy Joe’ has asked OPEC to increase oil supplies and requested the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) conduct an investigation into oil companies for “anticompetitive behavior.” This rate increase would generate about an extra “$2.5 billion in new revenue by the end of the decade,” which oil companies would pay to the federal government, though consumers would absorb any increased cost the companies incur.
So far, ‘Creepy Joe’ & Co. has collected $1.6 Billion more from oil leases in 2021 than in 2020. An increased royalty rate would fulfill ‘Creepy Joe’s campaign promise to global warming activists and the far-left. Shortly after seizing office, ‘Creepy Joe’ threatened American energy independence by mandating a temporary ban on oil leases until his recent plan was announced just this past Friday. But it was shortly after 13 states sued and overturned the order, “Shell, BP, Chevron and Exxon Mobil offered $192 million for the rights to drill” in the Gulf of Mexico.
This latest plan dreamt by ‘Creepy Joe,’ or whomever is pulling his strings, happens to coincide with the massive tax and spend reconciliation package that Democrat leaders are currently attempting to jam through Congress. The package was passed in the House last week and will likely find its way into the Senate, where, or so we’re told, it stands little chance of passage as written. It’s there that Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have opposed many provisions in the package, including tax increases, hits to American energy independence, and welfare provisions.
This most recent recommendation to Congress to increase the cost of oil production is the latest tactic in the war on American energy independence. In January, ‘Creepy Joe’ canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline and is also considering canceling the Michigan Line 5 pipeline. On Tuesday, ‘Creepy Joe raided the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower gas prices which seemed to have the opposite effect. the immediate impact of the raid was an increase in oil prices. Due to constraint capacity on pipelines, the United States’ output from the reserve is 4.5 million barrels per day.
By further driving up the cost of gasoline and diesel WORSENING both inflation and supply chain problems, ‘Creepy Joe’s plan is an absolute stroke of genius. Not! Frankly, I’m not sure that this is in any way legal. But when has that stopped ‘Creepy Joe’ from doing anything that he’s done since seizing the office that he rightly has no claim to? This is the government sponsoring one sector of the economy and trying to bankrupt another. Either leave the oil lease fees where they are, or increase the windfarm, hydroelectric, and solar land lease fees by the same amount.
It’s always ironic that those who profess to be helping the poor and middle class are always the very same ones who are stealing from them with policies that hurt them the most. And I can’t help but wonder how many of those who voted for our phony *president are really willing to put up with this kind of crap. This is clearly a culmination of the ‘Left’s ‘America Last’ agenda. President Trump’s election in 2016 forced them to accelerate. They rigged the election in 2020, because it’s all in at this point, If they fail in 2022-24 it’s all over for the ‘Left.’ This is their Hail Mary.
It was just a mere 11 months ago that this country was totally energy independent, we were exporting oil and natural gas, gas was $1.65 a gallon, the grocery shelves were fully stocked, food was 20% less expensive, there were no cargo ships waiting 3 weeks to get unloaded, Russia and China were not laughing their collective asses off at us, wages were up, unemployment way down, food stamp recipients were at record lows and Americans walked around with their heads held high. How far we have fallen. Elections have consequences. Stolen elections have direr consequences.
Seems the goal here is simple. To make themselves, friends and family ultra rich, and totally immobilize the rest of the nation. Nothing else is remotely close to making any amount of sense whatsoever. ‘Creepy Joe’s war on fossil fuels essentially is a war on us, the consumers. We pay more for gasoline, for electric power, for heating oil, and also for everything made from petroleum and everything transported by trucks, airplanes, and rail. Every policy and action that has been taken by ‘Creepy Joe’ & Co. is completely contradictory to everything that they have said publicly.
Purposely increasing the price of American energy exploration raises the cost of driving your car to work and heating your home. Fueling inflation is a direct attack on the poor and the middle class, open borders provides cheap labor to compete with working people for their jobs and thus lower their wages. The Democrat Party is no longer the party of the poor and the working class and the middle class. They look ONLY after the interests of the filthy rich and the elites. We are but peons to them who have no rights except the ones they deem appropriate for us to possess.
It’s difficult to accept that ‘Creepy Joe’ actually believes that the high gas prices we are now paying are caused by price gouging. And, therefore, his efforts to destroy the oil companies have nothing to do with it. As a typical Democrat, he is not expected by anyone to have the slightest idea how our economy works. U.S. production of oil is down 10% since he seized office. And if the Democrats know that, they don’t understand what that means. Exploration and development of new sources of oil can take decades and the oil companies are cutting back to see what is going to happen.
These leftwing lunatics with a cockamamie theory can wreck absolutely anything. And the oil companies want to know who will be driving the bus and therefore are not going to risk those funds they are not going to be allowed to recoup. Knowing that a twisted government is going to come after you and destroy the work you do is not a great incentive when it comes to spending billions of dollars to develop new supplies. We will likely be dealing with this idiot caused roadblock for what will be a very long time even if the adults are ever able to make their way back to taking over again.