Strange facts

My fellow Canadians to the East, in Alberta, seem to have forgotten that while money talks, forensic accountants speak louder. That is, the record of financial facts is the record of financial facts.

Rather recently tar sands oil was selling for a deep discount compared with the benchmark of West Texas. The government of the day added a cap to oil sales, incidentally reducing the amount of energy and money spent on producing oil. The price paid for the oil went up, while the cost remained the same.

The price went up a lot.

In fact, the gross revenues for selling less oil was more than than the gross revenues for selling more oil at the previous steep discount. Stop. Think about that. The money received for less was greater than the money previously received for more.  Stop again. Alberta got more money total than it had gotten before. Okay, now you can go on to the next thought. For Alberta citizens this meant net revenues were even higher. Win-win, right?

Wrong. Because the producers in Alberta are basically selling that deeply discounted oil to themselves, in part to increase their much *greater* net revenues of selling discounted Alberta oil at full price to US consumers.

So Albertans elected a Premier who promised to remove the cap, so Alberta can earn less money but US oil interests can earn more.

Which is the difference between what the facts are, and what money convinces politicians to say they are.

Dear Representative Jason Lewis

The NDAA you worked on is idiotic, and undermines US security by targeting our closest allies. If you want to survive this election cycle grow a pair, stand up for the USA, support an impeachment bill.

Everything I have seen published under your name, and your voting record, suggests to me you are a steaming pile of Tronald Dump. And your latest e-mails sound like you are begging. The reality is your record is your record, you have done what you have done. You have been a scaly, brutish fool this session, and not much better before. Accept the response of the people – they may very well keep you in office, but not if you whinge about the little shit you do while not taking responsibility for the big shit you did.

Stop abjectly supporting this president. He does not support you in the slightest degree. And couldn’t find Minnesota on a map.

On 2018-07-16 13:34, Rep. Jason Lewis wrote:

Putting Minnesotans First
Dear Wayne,I wanted to reach out to connect with you and make sure you were aware of my recent efforts and actions in Congress.

Evangelists and politics

I was bred to the evangelical christian faith. At one point I knew the community inside and out. And it was the absolute laser focus on politics over all other topics which led me out of the community. Stating baldly that sin committed by the powerful was forgivable if they voted the right way, and not forgivable if they voted the wrong way, was a moral ‘truth’ I could not accept. Continue reading “Evangelists and politics”