PHILLIPS: President Obama's war on American prosperity

Coal generates 44 percent of America's power, and Obama wants to kill it. If he can't do it by law, he'll do it by fiat. Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2013 — On Monday, President Obama declared war on American prosperity.  

Like the other members of the hard left, Obama cannot stand the fact that America is a free and successful nation; he wants America to become a “humble” nation.


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In non-liberal speak, that means he wants America to be poor. He wants America to be not a superpower, but just some other average nation found somewhere between Aruba and Zimbabwe.  

What is Obama doing to destroy American prosperity? He is going to destroy the ability of Americans to use cheap energy. Yesterday he announced what one of his advisors called, “a war on coal.”

Coal is the primary energy source for millions of Americans. As of 2012, there were 572 coal-fired power plants in America and they produced 44 percent of America’s electricity. As a candidate, Obama said he would bankrupt the operators of coal-fired power plants. Now he is following through on his promise.

What does this mean for America?


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For one thing, it means more expensive energy. Energy is a basic input for American business. If energy prices rise, everything becomes more expensive.

Economists tell us that energy prices have a ripple effect in the economy. We have already seen this with the staggering rise in gas prices. Not only do Americans have less disposable income because they are paying for gas at twice its cost when Obama took office, but because of the increase in costs for businesses, every product from food to consumer electronics costs more.

Obama and the radical left do not care. The want to see the middle class destroyed.

As a part of his initiative to combat the mythical man-made global warming, Obama will by executive order reduce the carbon emissions from power plants.


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This is going to close power plants. This will create an energy shortage like this nation has never seen before.

Obama is ordering the issuance of permits for wind and solar power. These are the forms of power that do not work. They are not viable. But that has never stopped Obama from pursuing bad ideas.

Mitch McConnell called Obama’s new program, “a war on jobs.” That pretty much sums it up.

As Obama makes war on American jobs and American prosperity, America must rely on the Republican Party. That thought should make every American shudder in terror. We need the GOP to stand up against Obama. It could start by defunding the EPA. It could start by defunding every office that has any authority to enforce Obama’s war on the American economy.

If history is any guide, all we will see is John Boehner’s freshly laundered white flag of surrender and another Obama assault on American liberty and prosperity. 


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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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