Let's Get Serious

Posted by Brian Patrick on

FYI –

This afternoon, when asked about Republicans intension to include Keystone legislation in the end of the year proposal Leader Pelosi said, the Keystone provision “has no place on this bill. Let’s get serious.”

Get serious? Unemployment has been over 8.5% for the past 33 months, yet, the President and the Democrat Leader object to a bipartisan measure that received support from 47 House Democrats and will put tens of thousands of Americans back to work. Looks like the Democrats’ slogan has changed from “we can’t wait” to “jobs can wait.”

Nancy Pelosi: “The President has said he will veto a bill that has the Keystone Pipeline in it. That doesn’t make a decision as to whether you are for it or against it, it has no place on this bill. Let’s get serious.”


Reminder - Leader Cantor: “If the President is serious about his commitment to economic growth and jobs in this country, he’ll sign this bill.”


Background:

The President’s Decision On Keystone Denies Americans 20,000 Immediately Produced Well-Paying Jobs. The Obama administration's decision to postpone a ruling on the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline till 2013 is a poorly disguised political punt. The ruling has 2012 presidential politics written all over it … By delaying a decision on the $7 billion project, which is "shovel-ready" and would immediately produce an estimated 20,000 well-paying jobs in this country has avoided offending environmentalists on his party's left, a key fund-raising and voting bloc. Many of those 20,000 jobs on the construction of the pipeline would have been filled by skilled union members. Eventually, the completed pipeline was expected to result in as many as 130,000 jobs, many of them on the upper Texas Coast, where the heavy oil would be refined into 700,000 barrels of oil daily. Postponement of a decision on Keystone is an opportunity missed for this administration to create needed jobs and enhance energy security. It is a shortsighted call. (The Houston Chronicle, 11/11/11)

President Obama Voted Present On 20,000 Opportunities To Put Americans Back To Work. President Obama used to be fond of "shovel-ready projects." He's also demanding that Congress pass his jobs bill immediately because 9% unemployment is a crisis, and, by the way, he's for making the U.S. less reliant on energy from tyrants. So how about putting 20,000 Americans to work on a North American energy project that's as shovel-ready as they come? Sorry, Mr. Obama is voting present. (The Wall Street Journal, 11/14/11)

Canadian Ambassador To The United States: The Keystone Pipeline Will Produce 20,000 Construction Jobs and 100,000 Indirect Jobs In Services and Supplies. Gary Doer, the Canadian ambassador to the United States, said building the pipeline would produce 20,000 construction jobs and 100,000 additional indirect jobs in services and supplies. “It’s good for the U.S. economy, U.S. jobs and U.S. energy security,” he said. “If you ask Americans, would you choose Canada over the Middle East, they’d say yes.” (The New York Times, 8/26/11)





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