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Keystone: Obama’s Re-Election Gambit Endangers America


Democracy and Power 107:  Counting votes

Successful … politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies. – Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), American Journalist and Author

In a democracy, the politician must favorably influence the majority of their voting constituents.  In all political decisions, the politician calculates how many votes are gained by voting-money spent on interest groups versus how many votes are lost.

Keystone:  Obama’s Re-Election Gambit Endangers America

By rejecting the pipeline, President Obama pandered to the environmentalists over dependable energy and America’s workers.  Every politician calculates how many votes are gained and lost on a political decision.  Obama counted and chose the environmentalists.  The reason is obvious, the greens are zealous and passionate activists, and their support is crucial for the president in 2012.

Robert Samuelson in Real Clear Politics called this decision an act of national insanity: 

President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico is an act of national insanity.  …  All it tells us is that Obama is so obsessed with his re-election that, through some sort of political calculus, he believes that placating his environmental supporters will improve his chances.

How insane is Obama’s decision?  It does not help the green agenda.  Canada will still develop oil.  Worse, Canada most likely will build a pipeline to the Pacific Coast and ship the fuel to China.  Besides the potential for sea disasters, China will certainly pollute the atmosphere more than the EPA controlled United States. 

What is the impact on the American economy?  Reasonable estimates are 10,000 high-paying construction jobs are lost over the next two years.  These are shovel-ready jobs that Obama has long-been promising.   Again, Samuelson:

And Keystone XL is precisely the sort of infrastructure project that Obama claims to favor.

Insanely, because of this sinister political decision, America remains dependent on foreign oil controlled by many nations and people that want to destroy us.  American and Canadian energy supplies are enormous and if utilized can drastically reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  Again, Samuelson:

The more oil we produce domestically and import from neighbors, the more we're insulated from dramatic interruptions of global supplies. After the United States, Canada is the most dependable source of oil -- or was until Obama's decision.

Clearly, President Obama made this decision in his personal interest at the expense America.  One more time Samuelson: 

 It isn't often that a president makes a decision that has no redeeming virtues…

Obviously, the great political observer and writer Walter Lippmann never knew President Obama.   However, Lippmann identified Obama’s character, which is that of a run-of-the mill politician.  They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies.


3 years of OBAMA, the DNC and CBC inciting class warfare (civil war), 3 years of obama, the DNC and CBC arming Mexican drug cartels (insurgents) thru Operation Fast and Furious, the Persian Gulf Fleet a hog-tied sacrificial lamb forthe Great GOD of ISLAM, 3 years of OBAMA making hostile anti-semitic declarations to alienate our true allies, 3 years of destroying jobs, 3 years of destroying our economy, 3 years of disgracing our Military. . .one more year of passport increases (400% or more) creating a super Hiway to America's Heartland for islamic terrorists, Mexican illegals and insurgents, and war materiels. . . .How can I be the ONLY "idiot" to see that OBAMA, the DNC, and CBC have already declared WAR on the United States and the Constitution? add to OBAMA"s declaration that any vote against him is RACIST, and we have the solid emplacement of "permissions" for the entitled class to open fire on the public with bullets, knives, and fire should OBAMA lose the election. How is it that I am the only one to see this?


Don't blame me, I voted for the American!

Michael Laney

"Frankly, in a saner world, if the GOP hadn't just impeached the last Democrat president, and if the matter of Obama's race were not an issue, this president would be facing forcible removal from office, and several of his cabinet would be facing jail time." Timothy Birdnow, from "American Thinker"

Oh, it's early yet. Just give Ovomit and his cronies even more rope to work with! The American people won't be fooled again by this FRAUD! And if they are, then we have become (and deserve to be) a nation of lazy-ass, sorry-ass, pathetic, FOOLS, with our hands stuck out for government assistance of every type. This is exactly what Ovomit wants.

Michael Laney

YOU Ovomit voters/supporters will regret the day you ever heard the name Barack Obama!

Bill Horton

The ineptitude of GOP "strategists" is glaringly exposed in their failure to make a BIG issue out of this Obama misstep.

Why not demand an explanation of the logic in his decision the pipeline is not in our "National interest? Why have they not been able to ascertain whether the project is environmentally harmful?
Why is this pipeline potentially more unsafe than the existing 100,000 miles of pipeline already in use? etc etc

How many pipeline spills can be cited and what damage did the events bring?

The GOP has got to do better at pointing out Obama's political mistakes if they are ever to win.