The Obama Administration has announced it will delay a final decision regarding the construction of the Keystone Pipeline until after the election. Frankly, I think they want to avoid a confrontation with the special interests that approve of or oppose the project. The delay is definitely political and will prevent the creation of much needed jobs and tax revenue creation.
With every newspaper and television station across the country talking about the fact that jobs and the economy are jointly the biggest problems facing our country today, how can President Barack Hussein Obama make this decision about the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline that is expected to create some 20,000 jobs? I have read several articles over the past few days and one of the best in presenting the details appeared on Politico.com. Take a look and then you decide.
I believe that the Darren Goode article explains the situation facing our President, and considering the seriousness of the economic situation and his Oath of Office he should make no other decision but approval of the construction of the pipeline ASAP. While a few special-interest groups are firmly opposed to it, Obama has far more to gain than he does to lose.
It has become fashionable to kick the can down the road these days in Washington, but someone has got to do something that will positively impact our economy. To delay creating jobs, reduce the price of gasoline, buy oil from a “friend” rather than enemies, and delay the increase of tax receipts from the new jobs is beyond logical explanation.
The current stagnation of Congress and the president to delay everything reminds me of Nero fiddling while Rome burned. I do not know how President Obama can look into a mirror these days, because he has obviously been blinded into inaction by his intense desire to get re-elected. When a president takes the Oath of Office he should put politics off to the side, and serve as a true leader for all the people, and not just to his political operatives. Many American presidents have put politics before service, but fortunately they have been fewer than the great leaders in our history like Washington, Lincoln and Reagan.
Obama should remember that he can fool some of the people some of the time, but he cannot fool all of the people all of the time, and his clock is ticking. Approve the pipeline project now, Mr. President, in the interest of all the people you took an Oath to protect and serve.
I do not believe for one minute that the decision was made by the State Department. I think it came directly from the political gurus in the White House. Here is an article from The Washington Post, which you should read and then decide if this delay is warranted or more political dishonesty.
It becomes clearer every day that our President is more concerned about getting re-elected than creating critically needed jobs and tax revenue.