Obama told us that he had a plan to end US dependence of overseas sources of energy.
“If I am President,” he told us in 2008, “I will immediately direct the full resources of the federal government and the full energy of the private sector to a single, overarching goal — in ten years, we will eliminate the need for oil from the entire Middle East and Venezuela.”
Last March, two years into this ten year plan, Obama gave a major policy speech on energy that the White House pitched for weeks. It was necessary to give the speech because, well gosh, wouldn’t you know it? Obama’s only energy policy so far was to enrich his favorite Democrat donors.
The major thrust of the speech was that greedy oil companies weren’t producing enough oil and Obama was sick and tired of the do-nothing oil companies standing in the way of progress.
“Right now, the industry holds tens of millions of acres of leases where they're not producing a – a single drop,” the president said according to the CSMonitor.com. “They're just sitting on supplies of American energy that are ready to be tapped. And that's why part of our plan is to provide new and better incentives that promote rapid, responsible development of these resources.”
Obama told us that he has a plan for jobs too.
He promised that if we just spent $1 trillion on a jobs plan guided by the White House that he would create 3.5 million jobs. He was off by 9 million. Instead of adding jobs, the country has lost 1.1 million jobs and 4.4 million people have permanently left the workforce.
Last summer, two years into this four-year job plan, Obama gave a major speech on jobs that the White House pitched for weeks- because it was a fundraiser. It was necessary to give the speech because, well gosh, wouldn’t you know it? Obama’s only jobs policy in the first two years was to enrich his favorite Democrat donors. The one area Obama crowed about was so-called green energy jobs. But those jobs cost $5 million apiece and, as the Washington Post pointed out, were mostly about financial payback for the president’s political supporters.
The thrust of the speech, the president gave last summer was that the economy wasn’t growing because a do-nothing Congress was stopping the president.
From National Review:
‘This Congress, they are accustomed to doing nothing, and they’re comfortable with doing nothing, and they keep on doing nothing,” President Obama whined at a September 15 Democratic National Committee gathering in a private Washington residence.
I only point out all of the above because right now the president is standing before the entire nation with his pants bunched up around his ankles.
And he’s grinning, hoping you won’t notice.
Because today is the day that Obama increased the amount of energy we need to import from places like the Middle East and Venezuela; today is the day that he crushed hundreds of thousands of US jobs. He did it because he can't be bothered to do ANYTHING, except campaign.
Today is the day he morphed from President Do-Nothing to President Hypocrite.
He did it by killing the XL Keystone pipeline which would bring a million barrels per day of North American oil to US refineries, create at a minimum 200,000 jobs and open up the US heartland for domestic development of oil- and the millions in jobs and domestic GDP it would create.
So much for jobs, so much for energy, so much for the economy.
So much for a president with a focus on jobs, jobs, jobs.
And it shows why his presidency will be considered a grand failure.
Obama has just told us that environmentalists mean more to him than your job, your kids, our economy, our safety.
“It is in both our economic and national security interests to use the oil and gas reserves right here in our own backyard instead of continuing to spend billions to OPEC nations every year,” said Rep John Sullivan, Vice Chairman of the House Energy and Power Subcommittee. “Iran, a country that is wreaking havoc with the global oil markets must be smiling today. Congratulations Mr. President, you just gave a victory to Iran.”
But that doesn’t mean we won’t still fight Iran.
Because his decision on XL also exposes Obama as the hypocrite he’s become.
Far from being a success, Obama’s present war in Libya, a war fought by his own admission for oil, is one of the most damning indicators that the president is a confused, rudderless, purposeless man, condemned to a drunken-walk life in a purgatory of liberal thinking.
No blood for oil?
Obama chooses only blood, but no oil. Not even oil for his country.
Hurrah for progressives!
They have this neat trick of working for equality by promising slavery to all.
This country really is at an XL crossroads. If we pick the wrong road we could be lost forever.
Because Obama’s policies amount to little else than energy, job and income rationing; policies pushed by UN globalists, extreme eco-groups and the billionaires’ lobby.
It’s the leadership of planned failure in the quest for diminished expectations.
And it’s working too.
When it comes to my expectations for Obama, I’m learning to expect the very worst.