"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, January 19, 2012


I haven't commented much on the President's decision to postpone the Keystone XL pipeline, which would go through Nebraska's Sand Hills, bringing oil from Canada to Texas.   The President looked at a choice between, on the one hand, more independence from terrorists in oil-exporting nations abroad and tens of thousands of jobs for Americans at home and, on the other hand, more campaign contributions from his elitist environmentalist cronies in the Democratic Party, and the choice for Obama was easy.   Obama will always choose re-election cash and pleasing his elitist left-liberal masters over doing what's best for America, it's just that simple.  

Krauthammer has this nailed too:

The president saying, “this is not in the national interest” was extremely cynical. That statement he made [in 2007] about [America turning to] Canada and Mexico [for oil] is the real key here. It’s not just that it [Keystone] creates tens of thousands of jobs, but that, in a world where our sources of oil are unstable and unfriendly, like from the Middle East… this [oil] would be coming from our nearest neighbor and reliable ally.
And that oil would go to China [if Keystone is not built]. The Canadian prime minister made it clear when he was here a few months ago that if it doesn’t head south, it will head west. And the Chinese will have access to a really important strategic asset.
This idea we heard from [Obama Press Secretary Jay] Carney about the arbitrary deadline — [it is] the president [who] imposed an arbitrary deadline or timeline. He had to make a decision at the end of last year and he decided arbitrarily it [Keystone] needed 12 months of study.
That number gets past the election. It’s all about the election: Not angering his base on the left. It has nothing to do with studies. This is the most studied pipeline in the history of the United States, three years of study that concluded that it would be ecologically safe. This is all about reelection. It’s nothing else.

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