By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
It's the Muppets and the mayor of Boston against an ex-governor of Arkansas, as comments by a top executive of the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain in defense of Christian values and traditional marriage are cooking up a healthy side order of controversy.
The insightful article titled "More oil would mean smaller deficit" (Commentary, Thursday) actually just deals with one aspect of the self-defeating refusal by the Obama administration to restore and expand oil drilling in the United States.
The Obama administration's policy against oil drilling kills American jobs, undermines the economy and violates a judge's direct order. The full-court press against the oil industry amounts to what Rep. Stephen J. Scalise, Louisiana Republican, calls a "permitorium" on offshore drilling.
Compensation checks are on the way to many Gulf Coast residents who are suffering financial loss as a result of the BP oil spill, but those who are taking a financial hit because of President Obama's subsequent moratorium on deep-water oil drilling are not so fortunate. As judgments are made on which types of businesses receive life-sustaining checks, the president's thumb is tipping the scales against workers dependent on the oil industry.
"More people are aware of it," he said. "So you'll have some people who may never eat there again, but you'll have others who may support it for the first time."
"We're going to keep using Chick-fil-A," said Robert Bluey, director of the Center for Media and Public Policy at Heritage. "We're going to continue using it for the Bloggers Briefings, and the Heritage Foundation will also use it for other events."