President Obama and Keystone

Well we all knew it would happen. With the Soft Spoken Tyrant of the Senate deposed, congress finally passed the long awaited bill authorizing the Keystone pipeline.  The bill passed with bipartisan support, with the majority of Americans supporting it. 68% of the American public believes that the Keystone Pipeline should be built.  Remember that number 68%, that is the majority of the American People.  This bill arrived on President Obama’s desk, one last hurdle, the President’s signature, and then the bill which has been tied up for so long would become law.  All President Obama would have to do is sign the bill, and it would open the doors to continued lower energy prices, and thousands of jobs.

Unfortunately, we all knew what the fate of the bill would be. We all knew that President Obama’s agenda would never allow for the will of the people to be implemented. The bill arrived on President Obama’s desk,  with 31 Democrats voting in support of the measure, 68% of the American public supporting the bill, and presented President Obama with a choice. He could start governing with the will of the people, or he could stand defiant and refuse to accept the new mandate from congress.  Guess which he chose.  Yup, President Obama Vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline bill.

To justify his vetoing this piece of legislation, which enjoyed bipartisan support, and the support of the majority of the American People, President Obama said, “The Presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously. But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people. And because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety, and environment — it has earned my veto.” When I read that, I about had a heart attack. This statement is even more delusional than President Obama’s normal statements.  It is almost like he thinks that the American People are the most ignorant creatures on the planet, that or he is completely oblivious to the world around him.

So President Obama said that he vetoed the bill “because this act of congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures.” Let me get this straight, President Obama vetoed a bill because it violated established procedures.  I am trying hard to understand this logic. Actually that is not true, I am trying hard to figure out whether I should collapse from laughter or  find a way to catch the blood squirting from my eyes.  President Obama, President Barack Obama, validated a veto because it violated established procedures. I honestly cannot tell if he thinks that this really can be classified as a valid reason.

A quick glance at President Obama’s track record will explain why I am having trouble digesting this validation for vetoing the bill. the following are just a few examples of President Obama changing established procedure. You know unilaterally altering laws to fit his agenda.

  •  Obamacare, as passed in March 2010, states in Section 1513(d) of the law provides that this employer mandate provision “shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2013.”
    On July 2, 2013, without congressional authorization, President Obama pushed the employer mandate back to January of 2015.
  • According to Obamacare, as passed in March 2010,  “[n]otwithstanding any other provision of law … the only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and congressional staff shall be health plans that are” created under Obamacare or offered through an Obamacare exchange.
    President Obama stepped in, without approval from congress, and changed Obamacare to allow congress access to premium subsidies.  Of course, it should be pointed out that congress rejected that amendment when it was offered on the floor.
  •  November 14, 2013, President Obama announced that it would not enforce Obamacare’s requirements against insurers who offer “sub-par” or non-compliant plans.  He also told state exchanges not to enforce the law.
    President Obama threatened to veto any legislation legalizing this action.
  •  President Obama unilaterally changed Obamacare 21 other times without the congressional approval.
  • Article II of the United States Constitution outlines the powers of the executive branch, states  “The President shall have  Power to fill up all Vacancies that happen during the Recess of the Senate.”
    in January of 2012 President Obama made four appointments to the NLRB, after he unilaterally decided that the Senate was in recess. Unfortunately the Senate was not in recess at the time of the appointment, they were in what is known as pro-forma sessions.
  • President Obama granted 5.5 million work permits for illegal aliens, above and beyond those authorized by congress.

The above list is but a small portion of President Obama taking it upon himself to change “established procedure” because they did not fit his agenda, or would harm his political allies.  President Obama has absolutely no moral authority to veto a bill because it violates established executive procedures. He violates the Federal LAW any chance he gets.  Now suddenly he cares about respecting established procedures?  Really? He expect me to believe that.  Actually I suspect that he doesn’t expect me to be able to comprehend the words on the screen in front of me.

Now lets move on to the second half of President Obama’s reason to veto the Keystone XL Pipeline bill. In his statement President Obama said that the bill “cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety, and environment”. The bill cut short thorough consideration of issues… really? The Keystone XL Pipeline was first proposed in 2008, that is six years ago. For six years the pipeline has been debated and discussed.  How is that cutting short thorough consideration of the issues?  Maybe if Obamacare had been debated for six years it would not be the disaster that it is now.

What this all comes down to is President Obama blowing smoke. He knows that if he was honest about his beliefs, there would be even more public outrage.  President Obama vetoed this bill for two reasons. The first is that the Keystone XL pipeline would keep oil prices low, and that does not sit well with President Obama’s green agenda. He is alright with record high fuel prices, and energy prices, he said so when he was on the campaign trail in 2008. He has no desire to be linked at all to oil, or financially viable energy prices.  The second, is probably the biggest reason for the veto.  Passing the Keystone XL Pipeline would be a huge victory for Republicans who have been trying to get the bill passed for a very long time.  It was stonewalled in the Senate by Harry Reid, and with 2014 in the bag, it finally had a chance to see the light of day.  President Obama will not allow Republicans to have a victory. That is the plain and simple truth of the matter. He will sacrifice jobs, economic growth, as well as economic stability to ensure that Republicans are not allowed to advance any form of agenda.

With Harry Reid deposed, President Obama is now the chief obstructionist in the United States government. It is either his radical agenda, or nothing.  I have yet to hear any evidence that he is willing to do anything but veto legislation passed by the new congress. If you thought 2010-2014 was bad, strap yourself in, 2014-2016 promises to be wild. The government now has a productive House, a productive Senate, and an obstinate President who will not admit that elections have consequences.

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