Mr. President-I mean, really? What are you thining?
The President of the United States of America–Barack Obama– is attempting to kill any hope that many of its out-of-work citizens have of landing a job any time soon. This, after he and his administration decided to disallow an oil pipeline to be built from the Canadian border, wind its way through the Great Plains and terminate in southern Texas. (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/state-department-decision-oil-pipeline-15387299).
The 1,700 mile project is guaranteed–GUARANTEED!–to create thousands of new jobs and generate hundreds of millions of new tax dollars for local, state and federal coffers. The true unemployment rate, that stands at around 16% according to numbers derived by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that takes into account the actual labor force, would drop dramatically. Attitudes of the American populace would improve. The hopeless would be hopeful. A wave of enthusiasm would sweep over the country. And, alas, the economy would truly begin to improve.
The holdout by the Obama administration is over a concern that the pipeline may have an adverse environmental effect in certain areas of Nebraska. Really? (One of my favorite movie dialogues about Nebraska is from the 1992 motion picture The Unforgiven:
Little Bill Daggett: It’s been a long time, Bob. You run out of Chinamen?
English Bob: Little Bill, well I thought you was, well I thought that you were dead. I see you’ve shaved your chin whiskers off.
Little Bill Daggett: I was tasting the soup two hours after I ate it.
English Bob: Well, actually, what I heard was that you fell off your horse, drunk of course, and that you broke your bloody neck.
Little Bill Daggett: I heard that one myself, Bob. Hell, I even thought I was dead ‘til I found out it was just that I was in Nebraska.)
So, new jobs, the well-being of the populace, an improving economy, money in peoples’ pockets that they’ve earned, a better outlook for our country, less of a dependence on oil from the terrorist countries in the Middle East and South America–all are being held hostage by the Obama administration’s ‘heroic’ stand against Big Oil over ‘environmental concerns’.
And, get this: Approval of the pipeline from Mr. Obama and his State Department would have even put him and his administration in a better position to get re-elected in November. Beginning to see the big picture now?
A slim chance to get approval for the pipeline exists with Congress and pressure from the Canadian government and American citizens. The company that will build and own the pipeline has said that if Obama doesn’t won’t it, they will build towards their western coast line and sell the oil to the Chinese, Russians, Japanese and other far eastern interests. They are going to make their money, irregardless of what Obama decides, you can count on that.
Hope beyond all hope that the president and his State Department come to their senses and give resounding approval to the project. Contact your senator–Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran–and Fourth Dist. Rep. Bennie Thompson–and urge them to take action that will ensure the pipeline is built through the American heartland, bringing thousands of jobs back to the country and all the economic impact and restored hope that will go along with it.
Joe Buck Coates, publisher