Obama's Pipeline to Penury

Hubris, idiocy, and total economic ignorance at work.

Twenty years ago, Ronald Reagan entreated Republicans to proudly and clearly proclaim how conservatism is different from Democrat leftism: "No pale pastels, but bold colors!"

From that day to this, practically all other mainstream Republicans have fled from this advice like vampires from garlic.  There are certainly differences between the current crop of Republican candidates and Barack Obama, but aside from Newt Gingrich and the topic of abortion, they don't seem to be able to articulate them.

The closest they usually get is "We'll lower taxes and create jobs."  How exactly?  Don't ask; you won't find out.

As so many times before, Obama has gifted the Republican nominee with a gold-plated opportunity to paint, in the boldest of colors, how Republicans are in fact not just Democrat-lite.  Fools that we are, we still hope they actually might.

Obama, himself, is absolutely sure that they won't.  Otherwise, what President up for re-election in the middle of a years-long depression would take a high-profile, public decision that:

a) Directly prevents at least 20,000 jobs from being created, with potentially many more from knock-on effects.

b) Continues to hold our economy at the mercy of Muslim countries on the other side of the world that are, at best, not terribly friendly, and at worst are complete psychopathic apocalyptic barbarians.

c) Pokes a big stick in the eye of the nation with which we share the world's longest undefended border.

d) Oh, and lest we forget - potentially provides a cheap, dedicated source of petroleum to the Red Chinese.

Yet in turning down the Keystone XL pipeline, that's exactly what Barack Obama has done.

No thanks, we don't
really need it.

Immaculate Immunity

Everyone on both sides of the aisle agrees that the #1 problem, concern, and issue in our country today is the desperate need for jobs.  Everyone on the left side of the aisle is clamoring for "shovel-ready" projects to upgrade America's aged infrastructure.  A 1,500 mile pipeline is just such a project - so, of course, Obama doesn't want it.

Since the oil shocks of the 1970s, every single President has pontificated about weaning us from Mideast oil, and every single one has failed utterly.  We're schlepping more oil from under Arab sands than ever before.  Now for the very first time in all those years, we have the Canadians, a 100% stable, friendly ally right next door to us, offering a dedicated supply of all the oil we could possibly want for years to come - so, of course, Obama doesn't want it.

For years now, America has suffered and argued over the chaos on our southern border.  Our northern border is many times as long, even more remote and inhospitable in many places - and yet we next to never have problems there.  So, of course, Obama can't help but insult and demean the country on the other side of that hitherto-friendly and safe border.

The Canadian government, not being populated with blithering idiots, knows that it has to sell its newfound shale oil reserves to somebody - there aren't enough Canucks to use it all, and unlike us, the Canadian voters won't sit idly by paying monstrous taxes while keeping a valuable and desirable commodity buried in the ground.  The totally obvious thing would be to sell it to us: we're friendly, we're right next door, and our money is still more or less useful the world around.

Failing that, though, our northern neighbors won't slink sadly back to their igloos.  The pipeline can just as well head west as south.  Of course, it'll be more expensive, polluting, and hazardous to tanker all that oil halfway around the globe to Beijing, but it's perfectly feasible.  Their money is good too, and unlike in America, they know how to get infrastructure projects done in the blink of an eye.

America will continue to burn oil for a long time to come, no matter what happens.  The Canadian oil will be sold to and burned by somebody. There will be a pipeline built; whether it heads south or west is immaterial.  Turning down Keystone XL accomplishes nothing whatsoever for the environment; even for those who care more about fluffy bunnies than American jobs and lives, it's the same either way.

It is absolutely inconceivable that any other president in the entire history of the United States would have ever made such a decision.  Even had one been seized by a fit of derangement and been inclined to turn down this obvious, massive win, his advisers would have smashed his fingers with a paperweight before letting him sign the turndown letter.

Yet Obama's didn't.  What's more, they don't appear to expect to pay any political price, either, secure in the knowledge that their mainstream media allies will never ever report the truth of the matter.

Obama has no intention of riding the pipeline issue out of office.  No, it's us who will be going for a ride - straight to poverty and continued dependence on Big Government, which is what the Obama administration is clearly all about.

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Reader Comments

"Obama has gifted." What language is that?
No such word as "gifted" is in the English language.
Text should have read, Obama has given . . .
God how I hate the corruption of my native language.
Please, English only.

January 24, 2012 1:27 PM

"Gifted" as used in the article is the simple past tense and past participle of "gift" used as a verb. It's found in some dictionaries, though admittedly archaic or perhaps a Britishism.

Nice to see people reading articles so closely!

January 24, 2012 1:54 PM

Not only has our Glorious Leader insulted the Canadians and turned down our chance to have access to their Alberta Oil Sands, but his ever vigilant EPA is all hot to shut down the oil exploration and extraction from the Bakken Fields in North Dakota and Montana. Both decisions no doubt thrill his enviro-whacko buddies too. I can only hope that all these oh so environmentally concerned folks from Obamas on down would give up the further use of all petroleum products and products containing more than 1% petro chemicals.

I sincerely doubt that they'd ever even come remotely close to adopting my proposal. It would upset Michelle because she wouldn't be able to vacation all over the world.

January 24, 2012 2:14 PM

Oh, I knew your intended use of "gifted," but I have "a thing" about
correct verb forms, split infinitives and ending sentences
with prepositions, i.e., words that pre-position what
follows. As an example of the latter, if I ever asked
my mother where something was at, her response would be,
"It may be where it is, but wherever it is, it is behind
the at."

But as that prohibition against ending sentences with
a preposition, Winston Churchill said that it was
a language convention, "Up with which he would not put."

Actually, I think "gifted" crept into the language
because of its use by lawyers, tax accountants, and
tax regulation writes. Don't ask me how or why,
but those in those fields seem to prefer "gifted."

None of this, by the way, deminishes the value
and worth of your article.

And thanks for your indulgence.

January 24, 2012 2:25 PM

What a well-read commenter! As I started reading your response, I was already mentally composing what I'd say in return and looking forward to citing Sir Winston - then I read on, and found you'd beaten me to it. :-)

January 24, 2012 2:45 PM

"Gifted" is a narcissistic use of the word to call attention to the giver. If the giver truly was concerned with the plight of the needy then the gift would be in the dark of night without the spotlights.

January 24, 2012 3:18 PM


Chuckle, chuckle . . . thanks for that.

January 24, 2012 5:27 PM

I've heard that the Obummer has cut a deal with the unions to "change his mind" and OK it after the election. The idea is to get the ecos money and support, then reward the unions in a private deal after the election.

Does this seem like him?

January 24, 2012 5:34 PM

Oh come on now, rejecting the pipeline was an easy decision. His buddy Warren buffet is invested in the rail lines that will have to carry the oil now. Three to four billion in additional transportation fees for Buffet's railroads outweighs all those jobs for the proletariat.

January 24, 2012 5:59 PM

Want to thank all of you, for your Powerfull stand against Oboma & His Corrupted political partners.

But there is so much more we can do. Being aggressive and focusing on the facts and truth is only the first step.

We musT follow Up with more details standing by our convictions and dont back down.

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January 31, 2012 9:16 PM

Obama is simply a product of his culture - the great society as envisioned by Lyndon Banes Johnson. Instead of crawling out of poverty and discrimination by hard work and excellence, he and his wife were escorted out of poverty by set-asides, privilege, and special favors. He never received an "American" education and his ideas of what America is are all based on the failed Great Society. His past is shrouded for good reasons - to improve his saleability to the American People and his packaging is "anyone can become President". He needs his wife to tell him how to be black, and his only surviving adviser Valery Jarred to tell him what to do politically. His mind is so muddled that Ginrich's and Romney's wives give better extemporaneous speeches then he does. The only thing he does well is give campaign speeches and bow to world leaders whom he acknowledges as better than himself.

After he is out of office and his legal team can no longer shut down investigations, we will have a lot of questions to answer. It is my sincere hope that they revoke his pension, his citizen status and his passport and he leaves the country for good. We don't need him as an example of how to make it in America and racism will not end using him as the example of how to overcome.

February 1, 2012 6:47 AM
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