Saturday, February 28, 2015

Obama Finally Kept a Promise

Did ya' hear?  Our Chicago Community Organizer-in-Chief kept one the few promises he's made since ascending to our POTUS Throne and actually vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Yes, kiddies, even though more than 60% of Americans favor the construction of this job-rich public works project; and even though it would be built using more than $8 Billion of private, none of yours-or-mine tax money; and even though it would create more than 45,000 union jobs, each paying more than $50.00 per hour; and even though it would result in more than 800,000 brand-new barrels of oil we could use to buy our freedom from those Middle Eastern butchers who hate us and want us dead; and lastly, even though the project has garnered five separate approvals from our feckless State Department over the past six years and five months, our Golfer-in-Chief went ahead and vetoed it. 

Why, one has to ask?

Well, my friends, and you are my friends, here's three of the many reasons:

-  First, the eco-weenies among us, to include the Sierra Club, the Oceans Foundation, Little Robbie Redford and one Mr. Tom Steyer, a California hedge fund billionaire who makes most of his money from so-called "green" projects, give huge amounts of money to Barry O'Bama and the Democrats.  Steyer, as an example, gave $100,000,000 (that's One Hundred Million Dollars!) to the Democrats during the 2012 election if they would support candidates who opposed the XL Pipeline.  They did, he did, and they rewarded him by allowing him to give a speech in the Halls of Congress to his sycophantic weenie backers.  

Imagine that.  Harry Reid invited Tommy Steyer to address the members of the Senate.  Something tells me there were no Republicans in attendance.  

Would anyone like to make a snarky comment here about the Koch Brothers?

-  Second, oil needs to be transported from where it's pulled from the ground to where it needs to get refined.  We all know that pipelines are the safest method of transport.  Buuuuut, it will get transported, one way or the other.  I represents a Trillion Dollars to Canada, and, just like South Dakota, and Idaho, and Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma, it's coming out and it's going to get transported.

What's that got to do with the Barry O. veto story?  A whole bunch, Pilgrim. It turns out that one Mr. Warren Buffett owns and operated BNSF. What's BNSF, you might ask?  It's Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad.  And BNSF has a contract to transport Canadian crude into the United States at the very, very profitable rate of $30 per barrel. What will it cost to send it south via pipeline?  Ready? $10 per barrel.  Oh, and it turns out Buffett, the third or fourth richest cat in America, is a really good friend of Barry's. And he gives him lots and lots of really big donations. Getting the picture? I thought you would.

-  Third, "Good Ol' Barry wants us to believe that this project will produce only...ready for it?...35 permanent jobs.  Really?  Six thousand miles of pipeline will produce only 35 permanent jobs?  His own State Department calls him a liar.  But, then again, so has nearly everyone else.  Because he is.  

Remember all those "shovel ready jobs" the Trillion Dollar Stimulus Plan was supposed to produce? The same jobs that Barry later stated weren't "shovel ready, after all."  Yeah, right...

-  Third, and I know this will hard for many of you to process, but I think it may just come down to pure and simple politics.  Remember I commented early that Barry the First was from Chicago, and Chicago politicians only know one way to politic?  Well, take a look at the route of this proposed pipeline. It will go across the border from Canada and head through Wyoming and South Dakota.  There, it will match up with the portion of the pipeline already built, and head south through to the Kansas/Arkansas border. And thereafter, on south through Texas to the refineries of Louisiana.

Did you notice something about that route?  It goes directly through the heart of Red Country!  Every state that the pipeline crosses is a solid red, deeply Republican, vote-against-Barry-every-time-they-can, piece of real estate.  Something else, each of the states mentioned received less than half the Federal funding over the past six years than the good, solid deep-blue states received.  One thing you gotta' give him, he may be America's CEO, but he does his job just like he was the Mayor of Chicago.  Reward his friends, punish his enemies.

In fact, in an interview with "Vox" recently, he stated emphatically that he views his job as POTUS as just like being mayor of a very large American city.  Same problems, just more and bigger.  More friends to reward, more enemies to punish...

So, lets sum up:  We already have more than two and one-half million miles of pipeline in America up and running.  When was the last time you heard of a pipeline leaking?  Like, never?  And when was the last time you heard about a train or a truck dumping a full load of crude on the ground?  Ummm, like yesterday?  Yeah.  And the Canadian tar sands oil is coming out of the ground. Count on it.  Where it goes from there is the question.  It will either head south and benefit America, or it will head west toward the docks in British Columbia and wind up on a ship bound for China.  And, my friends, ships have a tendency to capsize. Remember the Exxon Valdez?

And lastly, just for your reading pleasure, let me slap you across the face with one last factoid.  While the XL Pipeline was being discussed, interminably, and unsuccessfully, the State Department of the United States of America quietly approved 81 other pipeline projects!  Apparently, those 81 other pipelines didn't represent a threat to America, or the atmosphere, or Global Warming, or anything else. Just this one!

I don't know about you, but I'm getting sick to my stomach...

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