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Obama Pitted Against PA

- June 24, 2011

Obama’s Policies Have Left Pennsylvania Behind And With A Steep Bill For The Next Generation

“Now Comes President Barack Obama, Scheduled To Visit Carnegie Mellon University In Pittsburgh On Friday To Detail Steps That Government, Industry And Universities Can Take To Create New Industries And New Jobs.” (Editorial, “Obama Comes To CMU,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 6/23/11)

OBAMA’S ECONOMIC POLICIES HAVE BEEN A DISASTER FOR PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Obama’s Policies Have Killed “Whole Swaths Of Quite Productive U.S. Industries.” “If one's idea of ‘success’ is killing whole swaths of quite productive U.S. industries driven by free markets in favor of government-created faux markets that collapse the moment taxpayers stop ‘priming the pump,’ Obamanomics has been a rousing ‘success.’” (Editorial, “Obama Comes To CMU,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 6/23/11)

In May, Pennsylvania Lost 14,900 Jobs And The Unemployment Rate Increased From 7.3 Percent To 7.4 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 6/23/11)

Since Obama Took Office, Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Has Increased From 6.8 Percent To 7.4 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 6/23/11)

Since Obama Took Office, Pennsylvania Has Lost 21,500 Construction Jobs And 39,800 Manufacturing Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 6/23/11)

Since President Obama Took Office, The Price Of Gasoline In Pennsylvania’s Region Has Nearly Doubled, From $1.88 A Gallon To $3.73 A Gallon. (Energy Information Administration, “Retail Gasoline Historical Prices; Central Atlantic,” EIA.gov, Accessed 6/23/11)

And Obama Reckless Policies Are Piling Debt And Despair 
On The Next Generation Of Pennsylvanians

Politifact: Barack Obama Is “The Undisputed Debt King Of The Last Five Presidents.” “So by this measurement -- potentially a more important one -- Obama is the undisputed debt king of the last five presidents, rather than the guy who added a piddling amount to the debt, as Pelosi’s chart suggested.” (“Nancy Pelosi Post Questionable Chart On Debt Accumulation By Barack Obama, Predecessors,” Politifact, 5/19/11)

Since Taking Office President Obama Has Added $3.7 Trillion To The National Debt. (“Debt To The Penny,” TreasuryDirect.gov, Accessed 6/23/11)

Pennsylvania’s Share Of The National Debt Has Increased $153 Billion Under Obama, Adding $12,041 To Every Pennsylvanian’s Debt Burden. (U.S. Census Bureau, “2010 Census Results,” 2010.Census.gov, Accessed 6/23/11; “Debt To The Penny,” TreasuryDirect.gov, Accessed 6/23/11)

  • President Obama’s FY2012 Budget Would Add Another $493.7 Billion To Pennsylvania’s Debt Burden By 2021, An Additional $38,872 For Every Pennsylvanian. (Office Of Management & Budget, “Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Of The U.S. Government,” Budget.gov, 2/14/11; U.S. Census Bureau, “2010 Census Results,” 2010.Census.gov, Accessed 6/2/11)

3.4 Million Pennsylvanians Are Over 55; President Obama’s Lack Of A Plan On The Debt Means They Will See Their Medicare Benefits Cut By 17% In 2024. (U.S. Census Bureau, “ACS Demographic And Housing Estimates: 2005-2009,” Factfinder.Census.gov, Accessed 6/23/11; Remarks from Charles P. Blahous,Committee On Ways & Means, U.S. House Of Representatives, Washington D.C., 6/22/2011)

OBAMA’S NEW COAL REGULATIONS THREATEN “HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS” AND WILL MEAN HIGHER UTILITY BILLS FOR PENNSYLVANIANS

“Two New EPA Regulations Will Slam The Coal Industry So Hard That Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs Will Be Lost, And Electric Rates Will Skyrocket 11 Percent To Over 23 Percent, According To A New Study Based On Government Data.” (Paul Bedard, “Coal Regs Would Kill Jobs, Boost Energy Bills,”U.S. News & World Report’s “Washington Whispers”, 6/8/11)

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: While President Obama Talks About Adding Jobs, His Interior Secretary “Swings A Mighty Ax.” “President Barack Obama's spiel about jobs, jobs, jobs doesn't square with the policies of his Interior secretary, who as an ensconced liberal environmentalist swings a mighty ax.” (Editorial, “The Ax Man,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 6/16/11)

  • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “So, Mr. Obama Advances A Domestic-Energy Policy That Stymies Oil And Gas Exploration. His ‘Cure’ For Health Care Is Increasing Consumer Prices. And His Promise On U.S. Jobs? Well, You Get The Picture.” (Editorial, “The Ax Man,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 6/16/11)

Pennsylvania Is The Fourth Highest Coal Producing State In The Country. (“Coal Production And Number Of Mines By State And Mine Type,” Energy Information Administration, 2/3/11)

  • 8,100 Pennsylvanians Are Directly Employed By Coal Mining. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 6/23/11)
  • Coal Makes Up 54.4 Percent Of Pennsylvania’s Electric Power Generation. (“Electric Generation Data; 2010-2011 Preliminary,” Energy Information Administration, Accessed 6/24/11)

Regulations Would Hurt Families Living In Economically Challenged States.  “‘Many of these severe impacts would hit families living in states already facing serious economic challenges,’ said Steve Miller, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.  ‘Because of these impacts, EPA should make major changes to the proposed regulations before they are finalized.’” (Paul Bedard, “Coal Regs Would Kill Jobs, Boost Energy Bills,” U.S. News & World Report’s “Washington Whispers”, 6/8/11)


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