Chris Matthews just did a segment on how Obama has gone full-bore liberal. He’s told the Republicans that “entitlements reform” is off the table and don’t even whisper chained-CPI. He’s also saying we’re going to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 (which sounds a little 9-9-9 to me) or you’ll tell the American voters this year why you didn’t.
All well and good but Chris and MSNBC being what they are, neglected to include in the segment that Obama is also pushing mighty hard for both the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Keystone XL Pipeline. Two decidedly UN-Liberal positions there, folks.
Notice that Obama has had the State Department. sign off on the pipeline’s minimal environmental impact–and what the heck is John Kerry and his staff doing weighing in on this in the first place? This is to be (as I understand it) a private business arrangement between a Canadian oil corporation and private corporations here and not a treaty between sovereign nations. And it seems to me that that assessment and decision is more within the scope and authority of the EPA and the Department of the Interior, wouldn’t you think? Why have we no studies from those two protectors of land, water, and air speaks volumes about Obama’s attempt to hide how environmentally destructive this pipeline will prove to be. This whole boondoggle will produce no oil to be used in this country; the filthy, disgusting, tar sands crude oil goo will be piped and loaded onto oil tankers headed for the likes of China and points east. How many much-needed, permanent American jobs will be created if this project is approved? Maybe 2000 to finish building it, then 50-100 to maintain it.
What the hell is Obama thinking? The fact alone that Republicans overwhelming demand the pipeline be built–EXCEPT FOR THOSE WHOSE PRIVATELY-OWNED LANDS SUBJECT TO CONFISCATION THROUGH EMINENT DOMAIN. The Nebraska farmers who (so far) have successfully challenged the pipeline are examples of this, saying “I’ll give you my land when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.”
Matthews, Joy Reid, and Richard Wolffe at MSNBC may enjoy embroidering a big blue L on Obama’s suit jackets but right beside it would have to be a big fat red DayGlo asterisk. Or maybe they’re following Comcast corporate policy by supporting another MSNBC supposed-liberal colleague who has embraced the KXL: none other than the American union worker’s best friend, Ed Schultz. I’m glad Ed calls himself a progressive because otherwise he’d be giving the word Liberal a bad name. Just as Matthews, Reid, and Wolffe are doing with Obama.