Sarah Palin, private citizen, continues to throw well placed wrenches into the works of the Obama administration by doing something for which she is constantly vilified by the left and unsupported by the right.
Pointing out that the emperor has no clothes.
Most recently her comments about “Death Panels” in the health care legislation before Congress was the cause for great consternation, strum und drang among the punditocracy and even Barack Obama himself who seemed rather annoyed that private citizen Palin would have and express an opinion. Be that as it may, her words caused a lot of ripples in the pond of the health care debate which is increasingly NOT going Obama and the Democrat’s way.
Now Palin has struck again, reprising her role as the champion of Drill Baby Drill politics and trading on her reputation as something of an energy expert by blasting the administration’s plan to pump billions of U.S. tax dollars to Petrobas, the Brazilian oil company.
The Wall Street Journal opinion pages reports:
The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank tells us it has issued a “preliminary commitment” letter to Petrobras in the amount of $2 billion and has discussed with Brazil the possibility of increasing that amount. Ex-Im Bank says it has not decided whether the money will come in the form of a direct loan or loan guarantees. Either way, this corporate foreign aid may strike some readers as odd, given that the U.S. Treasury seems desperate for cash and Petrobras is one of the largest corporations in the Americas.
Yeah, you could say it’s odd.
Palin, in her inimitable way, asks the obvious questions that reports, pundits, and screaming ideologues don’t want asked and many others laugh at her (and regular people like us) for asking:
So why is it that during these tough times, when we have great needs at home, the Obama White House is prepared to send more than two billion of your hard-earned tax dollars to Brazil so that the nation’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, can drill off shore and create jobs developing its own resources?
Umm.. .that’s a good question Mrs. Palin. You must not really understand the complexities involved and the
environmental damage or economic concerns. After all you’re just a chick hick from Alaska.
I’ll speak for the talent I have personally witnessed on the oil fields in Alaska when I say no other country in the world has a stronger workforce than America, no other country in the world has better safety standards than America, and no other country in the world has stricter environmental standards than America. Come to Alaska to witness how oil and gas can be developed simultaneously with the preservation of our eco-system. America has the resources. We deserve the opportunity to develop our resources no less than the Brazilians. Millions of Americans know it is true: “Drill, baby, drill.” Alaska is proof you can drill and develop, and preserve nature, with its magnificent caribou herds passing by the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), completely unaffected. One has to wonder if Obama is playing politics and perhaps refusing a “win” for some states just to play to the left with our money.
So maybe you do know what you’re talking about. Let’s see how quickly the pundit class pounces and dismisses these legitimate questions and issues.