Does GOP want to own Obama’s 20,000 lost Keystone jobs?


Claiming fatigue from kicking cans down the road, Speaker of the House John Boehner engineered a rejection of a Democratic Party-controlled Senate-passed bill that would have cleared the way for the Canadian Keystone Pipeline project that President Barack Obama has delayed for three years of “study”.

The bill, which also extends unemployment benefits and the payroll tax cut for 60 days, would have authorized construction on the oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf unless the President explicitly rejected the project before March 1, 2011.

Instead, not only may the Obama Administration play both sides of the debate while raking in campaign funds from unions and environmentalists, but the Republican Party will more easily be depicted as Scrooges raising taxes on the poor and middle class and killing 20,000 jobs.

All because of a sudden ideological aversion to temporary tax measures that do nothing to provide incentives for job creators? How can this be when this same Speaker has had no trouble in kicking many such tax cut cans down the road over the past year. Other cans kicked down the road by the GOP House for fear of government shutdown ad campaigns have been refusing to remove ObamaCare implementation funds from continuing resolutions; corporate welfare for food inflation-causing ethanol subsidies; and draconian debt ceiling “super-committee” defense sequestration cuts.

Before today’s action President Obama owned the killing of 20K good paying jobs at the behest of radical EPA regulators. Now, the mass-murderer of millions of jobs via non-stimuli, Dodd-Frank, Gulf Oil Moratoriums and ObamaCare bills gets a reprieve, courtesy of an early Christmas present from the most powerful Republican in America.

Is Boehner tired of being Speaker of the House of Representatives? Does he pine for the days of minority status and the resulting free time for more Marlboros and tee times?

How else to explain the rejection of the first gift from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democrats in over three years?

Mike DeVine

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A trial lawyer for two decades in South Carolina; owner of Ati Vista LLC since 2002 now associated with Lupa Law Firm; VP & Counsel for Buddy Allen Roofing & Construction Inc. since 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia; and a freelance writer, DeVine was the conservative voice of the Charlotte Observer from 2006-8 and has been the owner of since 2009.

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December 20, 2011 4:32 pm

There are seven GOP Reps that voted No on the motion to go to conference. The seven include both freshmen and veterans.

Frank Wolf has represented Virginia’s 10th congressional district since 1981.
Walter Jones has represented North Carolina’s 3rd congressional district since 1995.
Charles Bass has represented New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district 1995-2006 and 2011-2012
Timothy Johnson has represented Illinois’s 15th congressional district since 2001.
Jeff Flake has represented Arizona’s 6th congressional district since 2003.
Chris Gibson has represented New York’s 20th congressional district since 2011.
Jaime Herrera Beutler has represented Washington’s 3rd congressional district since 2011.

December 20, 2011 4:54 pm

The plan the senate sent over can never be operational…not enough time in two short months…but the business owners will be held accountable for compliance. In other words, the Senate plan was just as Boehner described, a dodge. Still, he’s pretty good at dodges himself. And he hasn’t displayed any real guts lately, so there must be another game here. Bring back the Senate to DC? Aggravation? I don’t know, but you’re right, it’s a big gambit, but it is political. On the facts of the case, Beohner is dead right…only he’s cried wolf so many times, who will believe… Read more »