It’s an Obama world…
After Obama won reelection an Ohio businessman read a prayer to his staff then went and laid off 156 employees.

The mine owner blamed Obama as the reason for layoffs back in August.

Elections have consequences.
The Washington Post reported:

For the chairman and chief executive of Murray Energy, an Ohio-based coal company, the reelection of President Obama was no cause for celebration. It was a time for prayer – and layoffs.

Robert E. Murray read a prayer to a group of company staff members on the day after the election, lamenting the direction of the country and asking: “Lord, please forgive me and anyone with me in Murray Energy Corp. for the decisions that we are now forced to make to preserve the very existence of any of the enterprises that you have helped us build.”

On Wednesday, Murray also laid off 54 people at American Coal, one of his subsidiary companies, and 102 at Utah American Energy, blaming a “war on coal” by the administration of President Barack Obama.”

Murray Energy is the country’s largest privately owned coal mining company, with about 3,000 employees producing about 30 million tons of bituminous coal a year, according to its Web site.

The company was the subject of an article in the New Republic that said the company had forced miners to attend a Romney campaign speech in southeastern Ohio in August. Murray denied the account. The New Republic also reported that Murray Energy employees have given more than $1.4 million to Republican candidates for federal office since 2007.

Robert E. Murray blamed Obama’s “war on coal” for the layoffs.
Deseret News reported:

The layoffs are necessary because of the president’s “war on coal,” the statement said. The slogan is one used frequently during the election by Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who was an ardent supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

In its statement, UtahAmerican Energy blames the Obama administration for instituting policies that will close down “204 American coal-fired power plants by 2014″ and for drastically reducing the market for coal.

“There is nowhere to sell our coal, and when we can, the market prices are far lower,” the statement said. “Without markets, there can be no coal mines and no coal jobs.”




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  1. The “slogan” was used by Obama himself prior to his 2008 election . . .

  2. Elections have consequences. People who voted for Barry have to suffer the consequences of their decisions. The Repubs have to make sure Barry owns his actions instead of letting him pin everything on George Bush and the Repubs.

  3. Elections DO have consequences, and we can only hope that Obama voters suffer disproportionately more… though that will be hard since most are on government assistance.

    Here’s the running tally of firings post-Obama-re-election:

  4. They voted for the Commie. Fire all of the morons!

  5. Wonder if the perpetually stupid will some day figure out how electricity is generated so they can charge their Bammyfones and drive around in their over-priced electric clown cars. I also look forward to the squeals coming from those who find they have no heat on those cold winter mornings.

  6. Only the beginning, this will be repeated across the country. Energy and defense first, elections have consequences.

  7. Yes, there is a war on coal but coal is essentially obsolete anyhow. President Romney wouldn’t have altered that, or I sure hope he wouldn’t have because making coal a subsidized fiefdom would be the only way to maintain its employment. Frakked gas is way too cheap now and much easier to deliver. Gas weighs less than solids and packs a mighty punch. Good-bye coal. Sorry.

  8. All Coal Powered Plants should close down Now, no countdown, now reduction to zero no fight to delay. Shut it down now and let everyone see what His Oneness has done.

  9. @megapotamus

    Things are made “obsolete” because there are cheaper alternatives. When you drive up the cost, largely through regulation, you make it artifically “obsolete”. All you’ve really done is raised prices on the consumer of energy (meaning everybody). Don’t worry, though, they’ll find a reason to regulate frakking out of existence too. All you yankess better put on a sweater.

    I bet you believe the Chevy Volt is a good idea too, megapotamus.

  10. #8

    “coal is essentially obsolete”

    204 “essentially obsolete” plants will be shut down, and replaced with what?

    “making coal a subsidized fiefdom would be the only way to maintain its employment”

    Kinda like health care, huh? Both industries are/were operating in the private sector.

    “Frakked gas is way too cheap now and much easier to deliver.”
    “Gas weighs less than solids and packs a mighty punch.”

    Deliver to where, what facility?
    Gas is transported in liquid form, and requires cooling and pressurization, along with the fact that coal is effectively inert and can be and is transported in open rail cars.

    Do some research. Sorry.

  11. Stolen elections have consequences, there, fixed it for you Ohio.

  12. Rush was playing Christmas songs on his show in honor of ‘Barackaclaus’. He said people voted for President Santa Claus. Sadly, he is correct.

  13. Frakked gas is way too cheap now and much easier to deliver.

    The problem there is the same as with coal – enviro-weenies. Their problem with fracking is groundwater contamination.

  14. Paraphrasing from El Rushbo.

    Still without power up there in NY and NJ and now ConEd, since they have lost revenue from the power outage, you are also going to see a price increase so ConEd can recover some of the revenue lost because no one is using any electricity.

    Also, Doomsberg is saying unless you know the fat, salt and fiber content of the food you are providing the homeless, it is not allowed. So those nasty bagels someone wanted to donate to a shelter? Not on their lives.

    Gee and I wonder why I don’t move back east? Not really.

    You folks up there are really the smartest in the world. Yessiree bob.

  15. I read somewhere this morning that Obama didn’t win one state that required voter I.D. If that’s correct, that’s huge!

  16. Ah yes, the Republicans, party of personal responsibilty. Except when their buisness isn’t doing well, then it is someone else’s fault.

    “The layoffs are necessary because of the president’s ‘war on coal'” MEANS I am not doing a very good job, but I don’t feel the need to admit it and need a scapegoat.

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