Monday, April 21, 2014

Obama puts Democrats at risk with another Keystone Pipeline delay


Say no to jobs, energy independence, new tax revenues and lower gasoline

Evidence seems to be building that President Obama is drifting farther and farther away from reality with his sometimes bizarre policy actions.  This time more Democrats up for re-election are going to find it tougher thanks to another weird action by the president.

As we should all know by now, Obama has been opposed to the Keystone natural gas pipeline ever since Sarah Palin challenged him to "drill baby drill" in the 2008 campaign.  His campaign did a reasonable job of trashing Palin as he got about 6% more than McKain-Palin.

However, no sooner had he become president than pressure started building for the Keystone pipeline to be built in order to break the oil cartel stranglehold on the American energy market.

In spite of non-stop opposition to the energy independence movement by the Obama administration, Sarah Palin's call to action was heard and the states started authorizing oil production using the fracking technique.  The success was amazing and showed that a concerted energy production policy between the US and Canada could bring millions of more American produced oil to the market from the Canadian shale oil deposits.

To the embarrassment and insult of the Canadians Obama continued to see the world through rose covered glasses, or was it fog covered, by delaying Keystone at every turn.  All the while the rest of America including Obama's own base like unions, Harry Reid, Bill Clinton and even the Oracle of Omaha Warren Buffett, a crucial Obama supporter, supported building the pipeline in the interests of American energy independence.

When a bi-partisan Senate vote supported it in the middle of the bitter partisanship that has paralyzed congress since Obama took office and then his own State Department review found no objections Obama was left standing alone in opposition.  True to his strategic principles Obama again ordered a delay until after the mid-term elections in November.

The Democrats were shocked, the ones running for re-election were sabotaged, the ones financing elections were appalled and the American consumer, and voter, will be outraged as gasoline prices continue to rise because we are not energy independent and because Obama has continued to ignore Sarah Palin and her cry to "drill baby drill".

Since taking office Obama has confirmed early predictions that his lack of experience in public office would haunt him and his refusal to recruit seasoned staff with government experience, opting instead for political cronies, would cripple his effectiveness.  Add to that his superior attitude and cerebral facade and he was destined for trouble.

It became obvious when he could not get a budget passed, did not adopt all the social reforms he promised the first two years when the Democrats controlled the House, the Senate and the presidency, a tragic strategic blunder and did not have a clue on how to communicate with congress.

Such shortcomings have been reinforced with his "line in the sand" empty threats to Iran, Syria and now Russia, Obama foreign policy actions that have baffled our allies around the world and cemented the perception that not only is America weak under Obama, but we don't even have the will to back up his somewhat meager threats to other countries.

The paper tiger, the boy that cried wolf, call it what you like but the one thing Obama has been consistent at is a policy as solid as quicksand with a foundation of genuine made in the USA jello.

The failure of Obama to see the light on the Keystone pipeline is just another notch in the belt solidifying his reputation, merited or not, of embracing inertia to avoid the danger of making a mistake.  In the old west that might be called gutless, today clueless and tomorrow hopeless in terms of the impact on our future.

By the way, have you noticed how the news media has stopped talking about the terrible Republicans, the liberal news media?  Could it be reality is catching up with them?


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