Workers Continue to Wait for Obama’s Keystone Decision

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President Obama apparently now thinks of himself as a Washington outsider, even though he’s been president for three years, and that his job no longer requires him to work with Congress to get anything done:

GALLUP: OBAMA CAN’T ERASE HIS RECORD OF FAILURE, GRAVITY PULLS OBAMA APPROVAL BACK TO LOW 40s: “Already there are signs that the boost in the polls that Obama enjoyed coming out of the payroll tax debate has evaporated, as a new Gallup poll this week showed his job approval rating back in the low 40s — where his ratings have hovered most of the fall.” (David Nakamura, “Obama’s 2012 Political Strategy: Keep Attacking Unpopular Congress,” The Washington Post, 12/31/2011)

DESPERATE WHITE HOUSE CLAIMS OBAMA “NO LONGER TIED TO WASHINGTON”: “ ‘In terms of the president’s relationship with Congress in 2012 . . . the president is no longer tied to Washington,’ deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said.” (David Nakamura, “Obama’s 2012 Political Strategy: Keep Attacking Unpopular Congress,” The Washington Post, 12/31/2011)

WHITE HOUSE SAYS “NO LONGER A REQUIREMENT” FOR PRESIDENT TO WORK WITH CONGRESS: “ ‘After that, if Obama’s playing field includes working with Congress, all the better,’ Earnest said. ‘But I think my point is that that’s no longer a requirement.’ ” (David Nakamura, “Obama’s 2012 Political Strategy: Keep Attacking Unpopular Congress,” The Washington Post, 12/31/2011)

Obama apparently also doesn’t think his job involves helping to strengthen our economy by creating tens of thousands of American-made energy jobs through the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama punted a decision on approving the Keystone XL pipeline past the 2012 elections, destroying jobs in the process:

“OBAMA PUNTS KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE” UNTIL AFTER 2012 ELECTION: (Dan Berman and Darren Goode, “Obama Punts Keystone XL Pipeline,” Politico, 11/10/2011)

WORKERS LAID OFF, LOCAL JOB MARKET ON HOLD DUE TO DEMOCRATS’ POLITICAL GAMES OVER KEYSTONE XL PROJECT: “Layoffs and a brief company shutdown is what employees face at Welspun Tubular Company, which makes steel pipes for the oil industry. Company leaders say miles of pipe are on the property and that has caused five dozen employees to lose their jobs. … But plans are delayed on the federal level. Now leaders say the local job market is affected. ‘We had to make a staffing reduction with some of the temporary employees. Due to the KXL pipeline not being shipped out. We have 500 miles of pipe just sitting in the yard, expected to be shipped out, that some of the employees were working on,’ said President Dave Delie.” (Hubert Tate, “Welspun Announces Company Cutbacks,” Fox 16, 12/12/2011)

KEYSTONE PROJECT PROJECTED TO CREATE MORE THAN 20,000 “SHOVEL-READY” JOBS: (Editorial, “Keystone Cop-Out,” The Wall Street Journal, 11/11/2011)

Congress had to pass a bipartisan agreement to force Obama to finally make a decision about the job-creating project by late February. Democrats have already shown a willingness to cave to demands from their radical “green” activist base at the expense of job creation, and it now appears a politically desperate Obama may do so again:

OBAMA HAS TO MAKE KEYSTONE DECISION WITHIN 60 DAYS: “The only potential job creator in the Senate bill is the plank requiring Mr. Obama to make a decision in 60 days on the Keystone XL pipeline.” (Editorial, “A Payroll Tax Deal,” The Wall Street Journal, 12/23/2011)

BUT OBAMA MIGHT SABOTAGE KEYSTONE PROJECT ANYWAY: “And he might ruin that by killing the pipeline to please his rich green supporters who think you can power a modern economy with windmills, solar cells and switchgrass. But at least now he'll have to decide before the election, and if Mr. Obama kills the pipeline he might doom a Democratic Senator or two.” (Editorial, “A Payroll Tax Deal,” The Wall Street Journal, 12/23/2011)

THE DEMOCRATS’ LONG RECORD OF JOB-DESTRUCTION:

NEW EPA RULE TO DESTROY 183,000 JOBS A YEAR, 1.65 MILLION JOBS DESTROYED THROUGH 2020: (“EPA Finalizes New Rule That Will Hurt American Economy,” American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, 12/21/2011)

LIKE CLOCKWORK: DEMOCRATS’ GREEN BASE REJOICES OVER EPA’S JOB-DESTROYING DECISION: “Environmentalists rallied so hard for the Obama administration on Wednesday, you’d think power plants were shooting cotton candy from their smokestacks.” (Erica Martinson, “EPA Power Plant Rule Has Greens Pro-Obama,” Politico, 12/22/2011)

GREEN GROUPS HAD THREATENED TO ABANDON OBAMA IF HE APPROVED KEYSTONE: “Environmental groups have been protesting the pipeline that would run from Alberta oil sands to Texas refineries, and there have been rumblings that greens would abandon Obama next fall if he approved it.” (Dan Berman and Darren Goode, “Obama Punts Keystone XL Pipeline,” Politico, 11/10/2011)

PROJECT HAS BROAD SUPPORT FROM UNIONS: “The pipeline has the support of many Republicans in Congress and also major labor unions like the Teamsters, Laborers’ International Union of North America and segments of the AFL-CIO.” (Dan Berman and Darren Goode, “Obama Punts Keystone XL Pipeline,” Politico, 11/10/2011)

LONG-TERM JOBS IMPACT: UP TO 130,000 JOBS: “Many of those 20,000 jobs on the construction of the pipeline would have been filled by skilled union members. Eventually, the completed pipeline was expected to result in as many as 130,000 jobs, many of them on the upper Texas Coast, where the heavy oil would be refined into 700,000 barrels of oil daily.” (Editorial, “Keystone Pipeline is the Wrong Call,” The Houston Chronicle, 11/11/2011)

FMR. TOP WHITE HOUSE ECONOMIST AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: KEYSTONE OPPONENTS “NAÏVE”: (Sean Pasternak, "Goolsbee Says U.S. Opponents of TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline are Naive," Bloomberg, 11/28/2011)

MORE GOOLSBEE: CANADIAN TAR SANDS WILL BE DEVELOPED WHETHER AMERICA GETS INVOLVED OR NOT: “ ‘It’s a bit naïve to think the tar sands would not be developed if they don’t build that pipeline,’ said Goolsbee, speaking today in Toronto at the Economic Club of Canada. ‘Eventually, it’s going to be built. It may go to the Pacific, it may go through Nebraska, but it’s going to be built somewhere.’”(Sean Pasternak, "Goolsbee Says U.S. Opponents of TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline are Naive," Bloomberg, 11/28/2011)

Comments

Your post is interesting, but it leaves out people like John Boehner who have cost quite a few people jobs and income which had a direct impact on family and moral in this nation. More people will follow you if you speak the truth. After all, it worked for Jesus.
 

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