Thursday, December 22, 2011

Smoke, Mirrors, Agenda's, and Loons

One of the other contentious provisions in both the House and Senate bills to temporarily extend the temporary Social Security payroll tax reduction involves the Administration's decision to delay making a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline extension to carry more Canadian oil to US refineries along the Gulf Coast. This works against not only the Administration's policies to curb the use of fossil fuels by the United States, but the virulent environmental base of the President which is needed to be on the President's side for his reelection.

Democrat Congressman Hank Johnson, from Georgia, became well known after taking to the floor of the House to express his concern that the island of Guam would capsize into the Pacific Ocean because of overpopulation....

 This loon has now taken to the House Floor to explain why he and his fellow Democrats really oppose the Keystone XL pipeline extension...courtesy of Powerline...
Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., protested today on the House floor that the libertarian Koch brothers “control Congress,” arguing that the Republican push for President Obama to approve the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas is motivated by a desire to reward the Koch brothers for financing the Tea Party during the 2010 election.

“The Koch brothers are a secretive brother-brother combination,” said Johnson in a floor speech about the payroll tax cut and the Keystone pipeline legislation. “They’re all involved in the energy business. And they stand to get quite a bit of return on their investment through the 2010 elections, wherein through their front group, Americans for Prosperity, they financed the Tea Party — which is supposed to be grassroots, but actually its a corporate-driven animal; and the financing for that animal comes from the Koch brothers.”
The fact that the Koch Brothers have nothing to do with TransCanada, the company that is seeking to expand the existing pipeline, is entirely lost on this nimrod. Union members, Republicans, and 60% of American's support this effort because it will create jobs, reduces our dependence on oil from the Middle East, and will lower energy costs.

But for the Administration, with its untenable position to appease the watermelon (Green (Environmentalists) / Red (Liberal Fascists)) contingency of its base, they needed some other 'justification' beyond the truth to oppose the pipeline expansion. 

The Administration, as evidenced by their other policies, wishes to continue their efforts towards enacting cap and trade / reduction of fossil fuel use in the US by any means they can.  This means reducing the amount of fossil fuel usage even if that increases the costs to the American consumer in terms of higher gasoline prices, higher heating oil prices, higher electricity costs, and higher costs on goods and services that are impacted by higher energy costs.  The fact that jobs will be lost is also immaterial towards the end result.  The focus of this Administration is not on generating prosperity for America, but rather ensuring the growth and expansion of centralized government control.

Several days ago, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper contacted President Obama to remind the President that Canadian patience over the continued delays by the Obama Administration to make a decision on the plan - and the use of the pipeline as a political football has limits.  Harper let the President know that Canada has other potential customers who are eager to purchase Canadian oil - like the People's Republic of China.  Canada has a strong preference and interest to support it's neighbor and ally, the United States, but if the Obama Administration wants to take steps to piss off another ally (as they have others over the last 3 years), then Canada will have to respond accordingly to the unfriendly act.

This is just another incident and issue that reflects on the Administration's real interest and approach towards governance. The end's justify the means - smoke, mirrors, raving moonbats, and outright lies help achieve these ends.  All of these incidents, actions, and examples of contempt need to be highlighted prior to the November 2012 election.  Otherwise this country will not see it's tricentennial.

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