Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Obama Proves His "Laser Focus" on Jobs was BS

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Remember how Obama kept saying he was going to be focused constantly on jobs and do everything possible to create new one? That turns out to have been complete bullshit:

the Obama Administration rejected the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project on Wednesday, scuttling a key energy initiative that would have created an influx of badly-needed U.S. jobs, but one that has also riled environmentalists.
The news, which was first reported by FOX News Channel, sparked a fierce response from Republicans and proponents of the project.

The White House, which faced a February 21 deadline to make a final decision on the project, blamed Republicans for forcing its hand.

"The rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment," President Barack Obama said in a statement.

No, it wasn't the GOP forcing his hand, it was environmentalist's forcing his hand. He looked at the jobs situation and saw that it isn't going to get better and possibly may get worse. That left a decision; do what's best for the American people and okay a project that would have put thousands to work immediately or pacify a core constituency. For once he didn't vote present on a hard vote but instead voted against the majority of Americans and voted for his own self interest.

The pipeline was just about as "shovel ready" as any job could be and much more ready to go than any of the stimulus projects were. It would have ensured energy independence and allowed us to buy oil from a friendly neighbor and not have to trust the gouging Saudis or pray the Straits of Hormuz remain open and the Iranians don't restrict the flow.

This was a sop, plain and simple. A sop to his cronies in the environmental lobby.

Nice of Obama spokesman Jay Carney to twist the Nebraska governor's words to give himself cover too.

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