Jobs for jihadists but not for American workers

Obama today vetoed the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline, sending it back to Congress where it is unlikely enough Democrats can be persuaded to override.

“The presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously. But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people. And because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety, and environment — it has earned my veto,” Obama said in his veto message to Congress.

The veto came even though the State Department has found no significant environmental impact and estimated the project would create 42,100 jobs during two years of construction and 35 full-time jobs there after.

This rejection comes on the heels of Obama’s administration saying the root cause of Islamic (actually, they did not use the word Islamic) terrorism is the lack of jobs.

I guess we now know his priorities.

Route of Keystone XL oil pipeline

22 comments on “Jobs for jihadists but not for American workers

  1. Rincon says:

    As usual in Washington, it’s winner take all. The Keystone Pipeline would have made a good bargaining chip and Obama appears to have merely discarded it. How about letting the pipeline be built in exchange for raising the gasoline tax to its previous levels or perhaps, if it doesn’t sound too crazy, so high that it could actually pay for the roads, which was its original intent.

  2. Steve says:

    The gulf coast of the US has the only refineries in this hemisphere capable of handling tar sands oil.
    Interestingly, this heavy oil is in direct competition with oil from the Saudi fields. If that pipeline is built the world wide price of oil could fall even further. This would be a direct economic attack on the Saudis who have been waging a price war of their own resulting in the price of gas we see today.

    Following the money really shows what side of the bread is being buttered b y this administration.

    And this has nothing to do with any environmental impact studies, those are nothing more than excuses. Bet me?

  3. Barbara says:

    Obama’s veto of the Keystone Pipeline was payback to Warren Buffett.

    Buffett became one of the richest men in the world on the backs of taxpayers. see also

    The last thing government needs Rincon is more revenue through new or higher taxes. OMB estimates the government will collect over 3.5 Trillion in revenue in 2015. Instead of higher taxes, how about shrinking the size of government. Government involvement only invites corruption.

  4. nyp says:

    why does anyone care about a pipeline to carry tar sands oil from one foreign country to another foreign country?

  5. nyp says:

    By the way, isn’t it completely, utterly ludicrous to say that Warren Buffet became “one of the richest men in the world on the backs of the taxpayers”?

  6. Rincon says:

    Obama supporters aren’t known for supporting the pipeline, so why would we expect him to support it? I would have been more suspicious of shenanigans if he had signed the bill. Since the evidence against Buffet is zero at the moment, I would have to file this with all the other totally unsupported political theories.

    Does it make more sense to socialize the roads completely by paying for them from general funds? User fees make more sense. If you really want to keep taxes the same, then agree that at least in theory, raising the gas tax and cutting income tax by an equal amount would be better than today’s situation.

  7. Winston Smith says:

    DARPA, did Texas succeed at seceding?

  8. nyp says:

    The oil isn’t intended to Texas. it is intended for export by Canada to non-U.S. countries. So, who really cares whether this pipeline is built?

  9. Barbara says:

    The evidence that Buffett profitted from his railroad and bank investments is public knowledge supported by annual reports, etc from Berkshire Hathaway. See attached letter Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steel Workers union – hardly a conservative.

    Click to access paulson-letter-final.pdf

    Senators and Congressman voting to approve bank bailouts while holding stock in said banks is also public record. Only in government is this legal. The fact that Buffett will benefit financially from a veto of the pipeline due to his ownership of the railroad is as plain as day for those who do not blind themselves to the truth.

    It makes more sense to turn the maintenance of roads back to the states instead of expanding the federal role. If user fees are the way to go, the fees should be collected and administered by the states or local government, not a federal government.

  10. nyp says:

    1. Warren Buffet became one of the world’s most successful investors decades before the Bush and Obama administrations’ rescue of the American financial industry in 2008-2009. For you to allege that he became “one of the richest men in the world on the backs of the taxpayers” is preposterous.
    2. You do understand that, in addition to preventing a complete melt-down of the American financial system and the initiation of a full-blown Depression, the TARP program made a profit of approximately $15 billion to the American taxpayer, right?
    3. I am astonished that you advocate the dismantling of the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System, one of the most successful governmental investments in the history of the world. Turning the maintenance and expansion of interstate highways over to states like Mississippi — or localities such as Detroit — is a terrifying idea. So is the idea of imposing toll charges on interstate road travel. I can’t think of a better way to wreck this country.

  11. Let’s not forget…this was also a payback from Obama the “Deemer” to Tom Steyer one of his top environmentalist benefactors.

  12. Oh yeah…and Josh (not so) Earnest reiterated that this still needs to be studied. (It’s been studied for six years now!). And the MSM just wags it’s tail and ____ his leg…pathetic.

  13. nyp says:

    So you also believe that the vote in favor of the pipeline by Congress was payback by GOP legislators to oil and gas interests and to the Koch Brothers?

  14. So much for the President’s phony “all of the above” energy policy…add it to the long list of tall tales. He’s a whole helluva lot worse than Brian “RPG” Williams!

  15. nyp says:

    Right up there with Bill “Falklands War Zone” O’Reilly?

  16. nyp says:

    Ah, That settles it. So O’Reilly was indeed in the Falklands War Zone after all?

  17. nyp says:

    Was he in the Falklands War Zone, as he claims to have been, or wasn’t he?

  18. Rincon says:

    “It makes more sense to turn the maintenance of roads back to the states instead of expanding the federal role. If user fees are the way to go, the fees should be collected and administered by the states or local government, not a federal government.” Works for me, but only if the federal government stops helping out every state with a hurricane or an earthquake. It takes a lot more money to repair and maintain roads in Illinois than say, California. Wyoming might get into a fair amount of trouble too. More roads than taxpayers.

  19. Rincon says:

    I can’t believe the hypocrisy of our media. We see slanted stories, incomplete, and inaccurate coverage daily, but they’re shocked, shocked I tell you, than one (or two) of their own didn’t report in a completely honest and accurate manner. OK with me to take these guys down, but to be fair, there are hundreds that deserve as much or more to be taken down too.

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