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Obama Is Right, So He Will Not Alter His Views! by The Elephant's Child


President Obama said today, during a press conference in Myanmar, that a looming vote in the Republican-led House of Representatives to approve the Keystone XL pipeline would not alter his views on the project. He accused GOP leaders of falsifying the numbers of jobs created by the pipeline.

Understand what this project is: It is providing the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else. It doesn’t have an impact on U.S. gas prices,” the president said, issuing some of his strongest language yet against Keystone.

I have also noted that, as policy matter, my government believes that we should judge this pipeline based on whether or not it accelerates climate change or whether it helps the American people with their energy costs and their gas prices,” he added. “And I have to constantly push back against this idea that somehow the Keystone pipeline is either this massive jobs bill for the United States, or is somehow lowering gas prices.

The president’s “strongest language yet” reveals nothing quite so much as the fact that he has no understanding at all of how an economy works. Look at how he transforms the project from a benefit to both nations into a greedy Canada using us to transport their oil which they will sell all over the world — with no benefit to the U.S. at all. He is apparently speaking to the same stupid voters that Jonathan Gruber says they tricked into approving ObamaCare.

TransCanada spelled out the number of jobs that would be required, 13,000 construction and 7,000 to build the pipeline materials, for a total of 20,000. Then there are spin-off jobs. The workers have to eat, be sheltered, buy gas for their cars. The U.S. has stalled Canada for so long, that the Canadians have made other plans for a pipeline to the West Coast and one to the East Coast, so there may be less oil being sent down to Texas, but I believe that sector is still needed. I’m just confident that the Canadians will no longer trust the U.S. to do what it claims it will.

Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is fighting for her Senate seat in a runoff election, and the Democrats have pulled their money out. She introduced the bill in the Senate in a two-hour plea to the chamber. She is hoping her effort will persuade Louisiana voters to return her to office.

Democrats in the House and Senate are not as protective as they were before the election in which they feel he really let them down. It quickly passed the house 152-161 with 31 Democrats crossing over to vote in favor, and one Republican, Rep. Justin Amash (MI) voting “present.” The Senate will vote on Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal mentioned:

Someone should tell the President that oil markets are global and adding to global supply might well reduce U.S. gas prices, other things being equal. A tutor could add that Keystone XL will also carry U.S. light oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. So even if he thinks that bilateral trade only helps Canada, he’s still wrong about Keystone.

The oil will be transported to the market. The world needs the oil. It is currently being transported by oil train tanker cars. Trains derail, sometimes spectacularly, and sometimes kill people. Pipelines are safer.


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Besides jobs does US get anything out of Canada’s sales? Actually it’s not Canada, I suppose, but their oil companies. I do not know. What do you think?


Comment by Carl D'Agostino

Aside from insulting Canada (again), oil markets are global, and adding to the global supply will reduce U.S. gas prices.The Keystone will also carry U.S. light oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. Producing more homegrown energy is a big positive.

The community where the pipe is produced will prosper, as will every community along the way. Workers need food, shelter, clothing, gloves, and just all the stuff a worker needs, magazines, toiletries, it all adds up. Even though construction is temporary, there are lasting benefits.

And besides, the Keystone is 1,179 miles of “infrastructure”— what Obama has been bringing up in every speech, but not doing anything about since he was inaugurated. “If my Republican friends really want to focus on what’s good for the American people in terms of job creation and lower energy costs, we should be engaging in a conversation about what we are doing to produce even more homegrown energy.” Hello? He doesn’t even know what “infrastructure” is. He appears to talk a good game, fooling his base into believing in his brilliance, but he doesn’t even know what he is talking about.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

On your main point – Obama is right, and so will not alter his views – this was a discussion I was having with someone just the other day. He was commenting on McConnell’s comment that Obama doesn’t seem to be making any moves toward the middle. I simply pointed out to him that Obama thinks that he IS the middle. This was the source of Obama’s comment about hearing the 2/3 of people who didn’t vote. He believes (or is simply going to behave as if) that those people all agree with him.

Obama is not concerned with your opinion if it differs from his own.


Comment by Lon Mead

I like that line —”Obama thinks he IS the middle”— I’m sure he has never been to blame for anything since he was a little kid. He has reportedly ordered issues to be presented to him as 3 choices, briefly described, from which he will select one. He undoubtedly considers this as ‘efficiency’ — I consider it strange, and leaving out a hell of a lot, like consequences, expected and unexpected. Most people in charge would really discuss a problem with a variety of people trying to understand what ALL the consequences might be. Is that lazy, or something else?

He was elected president of Law Review at Harvard Law, (which is apparently a popularity contest rather than an academic prize) yet never wrote an opinion. I find that astounding. What an opportunity to show your brilliance, get your views out there, and he just didn’t write a thing. Like voting ‘present.’

Tom Sowell said: “When Obama made a brief public statement about Americans being beheaded by terrorists, and then went on out to play golf, that was seen as a sign of political ineptness, rather than a stark revelation of what kind of man he is, underneath the smooth image and lofty rhetoric.” Spot on?


Comment by The Elephant's Child

“I like that line”

Then It’s yours. I’ll tell people I got it from you.

I’ve been listening (from my liberal friends) for the past few years about how this president is the smartest ever, and all of his advisers are all the best in their fields.

I don’t know how long it’s been since you’ve seen “All The President’s Men” (if ever), but Deep Throat (played by Hal Holbrook) had a comment that he makes to Woodward; “You have to forget the myths the media’s created about the White House. The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand.”. Movies and television have presented us with the idea for years that the people who work for the President are the smartest, most knowledgeable people, and that simply isn’t the case. They are, and have always been, just the ones who have played a political game well enough to be put in those positions. This is not to say they aren’t smart, but they are hardly the smartest people in their fields (I do consulting for the government; if they were as smart as all that, I wouldn’t have any work!).

Plain and simple, Obama wants to be known as a Smart, Important Person (both adjectives are required), and Smart, Important Persons are never wrong, and everyone agrees with them, or would if they also were Smart, Important Persons (paging MIT’s Dr. Gruber). The Important part came easily enough – Obama is President, which is important enough; unfortunately Obama is working on turning his presidency into the the most irrelevant in recent memory. But what Obama mainly wants to be known as is Smart – the one with all of the answers, the one who makes the great plans. This is Obama’s biggest problem… his skewed idea of what makes someone Smart. As a Smart Person, he is supposed to say things, and you are supposed to agree with them. Why? Because he’s Smart. You don’t argue with Smart People (because they are smart). This is part of the formulation that Prof. Epstein uses when he says that what Obama believes is set in stone, and he never changes his mind.

“… forget the myths the media’s created about the White House. The truth is, these are not very bright guys…”


Comment by Lon Mead

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