Barack Obama doesn’t just kill jobs and depress the U.S. economy by accident. He puts a lot of work into it. Politico reports today on his continuing and energetic efforts to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline:
President Barack Obama is intervening in a Senate fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline and personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction, according to several sources familiar with the talks.
The White House lobbying effort, including phone calls from the president to Democrats, signals that the vote could be close when it heads to the floor Thursday. The president is trying to defeat an amendment that would give election-year fodder to his Republican critics who have accused him of blocking a job-creating energy project at a time of high gas prices.
The amendment, proposed by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), states that Obama would have no role in such cross-border permitting decisions since, in this case, the pipeline would originate in Canada. The measure would need 60 votes to pass, and Obama has already lost two Democrats who back the proposal – Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Mary Landrieu – and is at risk of losing more moderates and vulnerable Democrats.
There aren’t really any “moderate Democrats,” not after ObamaCare, but there are some who hail from moderate districts, and doubt they can bamboozle enough voters into thinking Obama is the first president in American history whose policies have absolutely nothing to do with the price of gas.
Remember when Obama briefly tried to claim Republicans had somehow been responsible for killing Keystone XL? Well, report yourself to the Obama watchdog group of your choice immediately – Attack Watch, Truth Squad, CNN, take your pick. They’ll be glad to help you rid yourself of the burden of those uncomfortable memories.
You should be especially quick to seek help if you can remember what Obama was saying back when the Keystone XL drama really heated up in January. Let me remind you: “This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people. I’m disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision, but it does not change my administration’s commitment to American-made energy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil.”
This was back when Obama was pretending that the Keystone thing just appeared out of nowhere, without warning – slipped onto his desk by Republican ninjas while he was busy with his 100+ fundraisers and dozens of luxury vacations. In reality, the matter had been under consideration for years, passing all environmental tests.
Here we are, two months later, and oceans of ink have been spilled about the Keystone XL pipeline. It is no longer possible to pretend anyone has been prevented from gathering information, or given insufficient time to think. And yet, Obama is working frantically behind the scenes – offering God only knows what incentives to congressional Democrats – to kill those thousands of jobs.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell exclaimed, “At a moment when millions are out of work, gas prices are sky-rocketing and the Middle East is in turmoil, we’ve got a president who’s up making phone calls trying to block a pipeline here at home. It’s unbelievable!”
By Thursday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was crowing that he had enough votes to keep those jobs good and buried. That’s great news for the no-growth Party of Transformation. Bad news for the rest of America, but hey, if you wanted prosperity and economic liberty, you wouldn’t be sending Democrats to Washington, now would you?