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Biden and Bernie to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia: Drop Dead
Townhall.com ^ | March 10, 2020 | Stephen Moore

Posted on 03/10/2020 7:31:49 AM PDT by Kaslin

The Democratic presidential field is down to two old, white males, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Though they are said to represent two polar-opposite wings of the party, on one issue, they are in complete agreement. They both have solemnly pledged to destroy millions of blue-collar jobs across Middle America's oil patch.

Each has pledged to stop oil and gas development dead in its tracks. This anti-shale and gas movement has the zeal of a religious crusade. If that green agenda comes to pass, it will reverse the economic renaissance in states such as New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. These states have all become energy powerhouses thanks to new technologies in fracking and horizontal drilling.

It would be a stunningly stupid thing to stop these practices, because they come at the very moment that America has arrived at energy independence. We have now become a net exporter of natural gas. This shale revolution has neutered the OPEC nations that once had a blade at our necks, as well as other hostile countries such as Russia and Iran. It is no exaggeration to say that the people who would benefit most from Biden and Sanders' foolishness would be Vladimir Putin and the Arab oil sheiks.

One can imagine a hostile nation or terrorists trying to paralyze our economy by bombing our oil fields to shut down our energy production. But Biden and Sanders want our country to do this to itself.

In a recent debate, Biden said he supports stopping fossil fuel development in America, even though "thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands" of people would lose their jobs. Sanders says we have to end all fossil fuel development and "end fracking" immediately because of climate change.

The biggest losers would be blue-collar workers in the Midwest, the mountain states and the Southwest. Nationwide, the direct job losses would reach 1.5 million, and a total of 8 million to 10 million workers would be laid off in ancillary industries. Drillers, engineers, construction workers, truck drivers and welders would get pink slips, not paychecks. By the way, in many oil states, such as Texas, Oklahoma and North Dakota, truck drivers can easily earn more than $100,000 a year. These are high-paying jobs. I thought that is what Sanders and Biden said they wanted.

It would kill a nearly $1 trillion industry and devastate small towns across the country. The devastation of the coal industry -- with towns in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wyoming nearly eviscerated and residents now in unemployment lines or addicted to methamphetamine -- would be the fate of the oil and gas towns on a scale 10 times larger. The war against natural gas is particularly nonsensical because natural gas reduces carbon emissions.

Such is the "collateral damage" of the left's radical climate change agenda. The left is willing to put 300,000 Pennsylvanians and nearly 200,000 Ohioans in unemployment lines. One has to wonder if the professors, CEOs and social activists would be all-in on the green agenda if it were their jobs that would be wiped out. Too often, political activists measure their commitment to the environment by how many other people they are willing to let lose their jobs. In 2016, Hillary Clinton pledged to put coal miners out of business, and the coal states blitzed her. Will the oil and gas states respond the same way?

Climate change radicalism pits prosperity for the middle class against the elite and the millennial snowflakes who are protected from the real effects of the climate change hysteria. This movement exposes the fault line of the modern Democratic Party: Does it care more about the green activists than the blue-collar (often unionized) workers it says it stands behind? Right now, the greens are winning. One can only hope that the workers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas are paying very close attention. Because Sanders and Biden are telling them: Drop dead!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Michigan; US: Ohio; US: Pennsylvania; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: berniesanders; bluecollarworkers; demonrats; election2020; joebiden; michigan; ohio; pennsylvania; westvirginia
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1 posted on 03/10/2020 7:31:49 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Polar opposite?

I was not aware Bolsheviks and Mensheviks were polar opposites.


2 posted on 03/10/2020 7:34:31 AM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosoper)
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To: Kaslin
Each has pledged to stop oil and gas development dead in its tracks. This anti-shale and gas movement has the zeal of a religious crusade.

For Bernie, it IS a religious crusade. Anything that pops out of the Left is a matter to be pursued with religious intensity by him.

For Joe, not as much. He's a corrupt opportunist, and that's what he needs to sell his candidacy. But it will be possible to bribe him away from that if he gets power. (I'm neglecting for the moment that he is rapidly slipping into senility, so the issue would become how committed the people propping him up are, and that is a whole new gameboard.)

3 posted on 03/10/2020 7:36:31 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; agrace; ATOMIC_PUNK; Badeye; big bad easter bunny; ...

OHIO PING!

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Biden and Bernie to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia: Drop Dead
Townhall.com ^ | March 10, 2020 | Stephen Moore

Posted on 3/10/2020, 10:31:49 AM by Kaslin


4 posted on 03/10/2020 7:39:29 AM PDT by Lowell1775
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To: Lowell1775

How did WV end up with 2 Democrat senators all that time? Same with other red states like Montana and the Dakotas. At least their POTUS votes were red.


5 posted on 03/10/2020 7:43:03 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Kaslin

The Dems are actually going to create new green collar jobs to replace the jobs that are destroyed. Good jobs with good benefits. Everyone will benefit from government assistance that will help them gain new skills. There will also be a few years of assistance to help make the transition including a guaranteed income, free college, and cheap housing. Not to mention living in new urban housing with high speed rail and trolley buses. All of this and more in a hate free environment free safe from the threat of gun violence.


6 posted on 03/10/2020 7:46:36 AM PDT by FreedomNotSafety
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To: Kaslin
The left is willing to put 300,000 Pennsylvanians and nearly 200,000 Ohioans in unemployment lines.

That's not true. They won't be unemployed for long if they do as Slow Joe suggested and "learn to code". / sarc

7 posted on 03/10/2020 7:48:19 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (With every passing day, I am a little bit gladder that Romney lost in 2012.)
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To: Sans-Culotte

“learn to code” should be equated to “let them eat cake”


8 posted on 03/10/2020 7:58:02 AM PDT by Sertorius (A hayseed with no Greek and dam^ proud of it)
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To: Kaslin

Pennsylvania to Biden and Bernie: Same to you.


9 posted on 03/10/2020 8:09:07 AM PDT by EvilCapitalist (Pets are no substitute for children.)
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To: Sertorius

“Though they are said to represent two polar-opposite wings of the party”

It really frosts me the MSM was able to sell this BS. During the campaign Joe agreed with Bernie on pretty much everything. This crap that Joe is the reasonable centrist is just a lie.


10 posted on 03/10/2020 8:18:39 AM PDT by gibsonguy
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To: Kaslin

Yet despite the fact that Democrats have vowed to ruin their economy, wreck their budget and throw thousands of them into unemployment, New Mexico will vote Democrat again. We all know it. Some people are just that stupid.


11 posted on 03/10/2020 8:25:26 AM PDT by FLT-bird
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To: Rurudyne

“I was not aware Bolsheviks and Mensheviks were polar opposites.”

The author misspoke.

Bolsheviks and stupid, senile idiots are.

LIBERALISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both cows, slaughters them for their own food,
and taxes you to death for worthless social programs, for having
the animals originally.

PROGRESSIVISM
You have 2 cows.
Progs advocate for advancements in science, technology,
economic development and social organization, but they’re so full
of bullshit, nothing ever changes.
You still have 2 cows.

SOCIALISM
You have 2 cows.
The State forces you to give one to your neighbor, shoots the neighbor
and forces you to milk them both, giving all milk back to the state.
The State gives you a cup of sour milk.

LEFTISM
You have 2 cows.
The State terrrorizes the animals until they can’t produce milk,
beats you and your wife to death, and puts your daughters & sons
into the Pedophile Nation, for the Epsteins, Weiners, Clintons etc.

MARXISM
You have 2 cows.
The government takes both and tosses you into a hog pen, where you’re
devoured and never found.

COMMUNISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and gives you nothing.
They shoot your family and put you in a gulag.

DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both, promises more free cows, lets you vote and gives you sour milk.

FASCISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and sells you some milk.

NAZISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and shoots your wife and kids.

ANARCHISM
You have 2 cows.
The State shoots the cows, you and your family.

CRONY CAPITALISM
You have two cows.
The State takes both, milks, slaughters them, and makes a tidy profit from the sale
of choice meat cuts and fresh milk.
You get some lousy hamburger and a jar of sour milk.

BUREAUCRATISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both, shoots one, hires a sub-contractor to milk the other, and then throws the milk away.

CONTEMPORARY WALL STREETISM
You have two cows.
You sell one, bundle the other with a goat, a mule,
and two dry cows.
You pile into the derivatives market, buy a Gulfstream
and when it all comes down around your ears...
You go to the government for a bailout.

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM
You have two cows.
You sell one and buy a bull.
Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.
You sell them and retire on the income.


12 posted on 03/10/2020 8:30:26 AM PDT by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: Kaslin

California politicians are blocking the install of natural gas to new homes and business’s. They want the higher cost of electricity so you cut back on it’s use. Freeze in the winter and bake in the summer.


13 posted on 03/10/2020 8:44:58 AM PDT by minnesota_bound (homeless guy. He just has more money....He the master will plant more cotton for the democrat party)
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To: FreedomNotSafety

#6 and attached to the new green collars will be a gov’t leash.


14 posted on 03/10/2020 9:03:20 AM PDT by minnesota_bound (homeless guy. He just has more money....He the master will plant more cotton for the democrat party)
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To: FreedomNotSafety

Was all of that sarcasm?


15 posted on 03/10/2020 9:22:42 AM PDT by caver
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To: Kaslin

Are Michigan and Wisconsin now the only 2016-win swing states in question for Trump?

Maybe Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona?


16 posted on 03/10/2020 9:30:08 AM PDT by ReaganGeneration2
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To: caver

“Was all of that sarcasm?”

Not if you are a Democrat.


17 posted on 03/10/2020 9:30:33 AM PDT by FreedomNotSafety
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To: carriage_hill

PROGRESSIVISM
You have 2 cows.
Progs advocate for advancements in science, technology,
economic development and social organization, but they’re so full
of bullshit, nothing ever changes.
You still have 2 cows.

Was wrong.

It should read...

You have two cows,

Progressives start off talking up progress while living on the largess that capitalism provided but once they have a sexual revolution they reduce the pursuit of happiness to what one does with one’s genitals or what drugs they take ... nothing more.

This opens the door to them demanding government manage everything besides sex because those aren’t the pursuit of happiness ... only things like evil capitalism.

Prudes are fascist, Christians are fascist, in fact anyone who even remotely stands in the way of them getting their jollies are deemed fascist.

They aren’t content with socialism and communism but advocate insanity and perversity. Drag queen end up giving lap dances to your kids in public libraries,

Eventually they turn your country over to those who hate you who kill you and take your cows.


18 posted on 03/10/2020 10:28:57 AM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosoper)
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To: Kaslin
As a resident of W PA, I can testify that almost all blue collar working people in this area will vote Trump.

Some don't like his mouth or twitter messages, but love his results.

People will vote for their own best interests and know that Trump is helping them.

When bernie and joe both say they will shut down the fracking industry, they are saying they will kill millions of good paying jobs, and it becomes an easy decision in the voting booth.

19 posted on 03/10/2020 10:32:16 AM PDT by USS Alaska (NUKE THE MOOSELIMB, TERRORISTS, NOW!)
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To: Kaslin

Folks thinking the Dems will flip any of the upper midwest in 2020 are comical...

Trump is going to not only get all the ones he got in 16, don’t be surprised when he takes MN as well this fall


20 posted on 03/10/2020 10:33:10 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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