The Leader's Ledger

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Yesterday, President Obama rejected the Keystone pipeline project, proving once again that his actions do not match his rhetoric when it comes to creating jobs. President Obama had the opportunity to create thousands of new jobs, bring certainty to the economy and boost our national energy security – and instead he picked politics over the best interest of American people and the economy. As Leader Cantor said yesterday, “The President's policies have consistently failed to create jobs. This decision is another wrong move for America and the small businesses that we need so desperately to start creating jobs again."

Today In History: In 1974, the University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team defeats (UCLA) 71-70, in South Bend, Indiana, snapping UCLA’s record-setting 88-game winning streak.

Birthdays: Edgar Allan Poe, General Robert E. Lee, Dolly Parton, Phil Everly, Janis Joplin, Shawn Johnson and Jonathan Karl

Here is what’s in today’s Ledger …

State Of Play: President Obama’s Actions Do Not Match His Rhetoric On Job Creation

VIDEO – Speaker Boehner: There’s No Other Way To Put It: The President Is Selling Out American Jobs For Politics

VIDEO – Leader Cantor: The President’s Decision To Block Keystone Means He’s Decided To Block The Creation Of 20,000 New Jobs. By deciding to block the development of the Keystone pipeline, he has essentially decided to block the creation of 20,000 new jobs. … Clearly the President has decided that he is not serious if this is the decision he's going to make on this particular project. There is no question that our belief is the President's policies have consistently failed to create jobs. This decision is another wrong move for America and the small businesses that we need so desperately to start creating jobs again. Stakeout

President Obama’s Hometown Paper: The President’s Decision On Keystone Will Cost The U.S. Jobs, Energy Security. Obama made a decision that will deny the U.S. a reliable source of oil. Note that Canada has never threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz. Obama made a decision that will cost the U.S. good jobs. He seems to think those jobs will still be there when he gets around to making a decision on the pipeline. But they may well be gone for good. The Chicago Tribune

WaPo: The President’s Jobs Council Should Call Out The Administration For Its Keystone Decision and Its Negative Impact On Jobs. “Continuing to deliver inexpensive and reliable energy,” the council reported, “is going to require the United States to optimize all of its natural resources and construct pathways (pipelines, transmission and distribution) to deliver electricity and fuel.” It added that regulatory “and permitting obstacles that could threaten the development of some energy projects, negatively impact jobs and weaken our energy infrastructure need to be addressed.” Mr. Obama’s Jobs Council could start by calling out . . . the Obama administration. The Washington Post

So Much For The President’s Jobs Council Recommending An “All-In Approach.” Ironically, Obama’s announcement came just a day after his own Council on Jobs and Competitiveness called for an “all-in approach” to energy — including expanded oil and gas drilling and expediting new projects. “The jobs and economic and energy security benefits of these energy projects require us to tackle the issues head-on and to expeditiously, though cautiously, move forward on projects that can support hundreds of jobs,” the council’s report concluded. Ya think? But apparently, no one in the White House was paying attention — or cares. New York Post

State Of Play (2): President Obama Continues To Put Political Priorities Ahead Of Jobs

Labor Union: “This Is Politics At Its Worst.” The score is Job-Killers, two; American workers, zero. We are completely and totally disappointed. This is politics at its worst,” LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan said. “Once again the President has sided with environmentalists instead of blue collar construction workers – even though environmental concerns were more than adequately addressed. Blue collar construction workers across the U.S. will not forget this.” The project would create thousands of good jobs at a time when unemployment in the construction industry is 16 percent with 1.3 million men and women jobless. Press Release

WSJ: The Anti-Jobs President – President Obama’s Decision On Keystone Shows He Is More Interested In Appeasing The Far Left Than Putting Middle Class Americans Back To Work. The State Department, which presides over the Keystone XL review because it would cross the 49th parallel, claimed yesterday that the two-month Congressional deadline was too tight "for the President to determine whether the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest." The White House also issued a statement denouncing Congress's "rushed and arbitrary deadline," which merely passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. This is, to put it politely, a crock. Keystone XL has been planned for years and only became a political issue after the well-to-do environmental lobby decided to make it a station of the green cross. TransCanada filed its application in 2008, and State determined in 2010 and then again last year that the project would have "no significant impacts" on the environment, following exhaustive studies. The Environmental Protection Agency chose to intervene anyway, and the political left began to issue ultimatums and demonstrate in front of the White House, so President Obama decided to defer a final decision until after the election. The Wall Street Journal

A Purely Political Decision – President Obama Told Canada’s PM That The Rejection Of Keystone Had Nothing To Do With The “Merits” Of The Project. President Barack Obama’s decision yesterday to reject a permit for TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline may prompt Canada to turn to China for oil exports. … Harper “expressed his profound disappointment with the news,” according to the statement, which added that Obama told Harper the rejection was not based on the project’s merit and that the company is free to re-apply. Bloomberg

Keystone XL Had Been In The Approval Process For Over Three Years and Seemed To Be On Its Way To Approval When President Obama Turned His Back On Jobs. In early November, the administration decided — more than three years into the approval process — that it needed to look at alternative routes. Never mind that Nebraska has been crisscrossed by pipelines for decades, including some 2,000 miles of oil pipelines in the area the administration now wants to avoid. What's really going on here, of course, is the most craven sort of election-year politics. The Obama administration seemed to be on its way to approving Keystone when environmental groups made the pipeline a key test of their support for the president, who suddenly decided the administration couldn't possibly make a decision until sometime after the election. USA Today

After A Three Year Review Process, President Obama’s Decision On Keystone Will Require At Least Another 18 Months. David Goldwyn, a former State Department envoy for international energy affairs who now heads a consulting firm, said the U.S. could reuse some of the studies and analyses it has already conducted but that the process would take "a minimum of 18 months to two years." The Obama administration said a fresh request would trigger a new environmental review. The State Department's Kerri-Ann Jones declined to commit on a timeline for completing the review, saying, "It would be a completely new application." The Wall Street Journal

End Result Of President Obama’s Decision: Canada Pledges To Sell Oil To Asia (Read China) After Keystone Rejection Bloomberg

The Road Ahead: Independents Say The President Hasn’t Made Real Progress On The Economy, Doesn’t Share Their Priorities

Two-Thirds Of Independents Say President Obama Has Not Made Real Progress On The Economy. President Obama opens his re-election bid facing significant obstacles among independent voters, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, with the critical piece of the electorate that cemented his victory four years ago open to denying him a second term. … The swing voters who will play a pivotal role in determining his political fate are up for grabs, the poll found, with just 31 percent expressing a favorable opinion of Mr. Obama. Two-thirds of independent voters say he has not made real progress fixing the economy. … “I trusted Obama would bring fresh ideas to the country and improve the economy, even though he was not experienced. It didn’t happen,” said Jay Hernandez, 54, a credit manager from Miami who said that he is not aligned with either party, in a follow-up interview. “If there were another Democratic candidate I might reconsider, but I won’t vote for Barack Obama.” The New York Times

60% Of Independents Say President Obama Doesn’t Share Their Priorities. Independent voters have concerns about Mr. Obama on a variety of measures, including 6 in 10 who say the president does not share their priorities for the country. The New York Times

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