Friday, November 11, 2011

Obama Plays Politics on the Pipeline, Strains Canada Relations

The Obama administration is delaying a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline designed to carry Canadian crude to Gulf Coast refineries for 12 to 18 months, enough time to get past the election next year.  Had Obama allowed the pipeline it would have helped the consumer with cheaper energy but angered Democrat donors and possibly voters. It also would have been a great boon to our neighbors to the north.  Canadians feel betrayed.

"That a publicly traded Canadian company, with transparent governance and processes based in a free and democratic society can be subject to this kind of treatment does not bode well for companies from other countries seeking to invest in the U.S.

The U.S. companies with operations in Canada, especially those operating in the oilsands, should be feeling mighty betrayed that their own government doesn't appear to understand the economics behind the need for this kind of continental energy infrastructure."

Of course this will also curb oil sands development in North Dakota, an area that was also going to utilize this pipeline. The development in that area is enormous and right now there are 15,000 jobs of all kinds just waiting to be filled. 

This pipeline decision will turn that area into a ghost town within a year or two.

But Obama, voting "present" instead of making a decision, is much more concerned with gainin some sort of political advantage.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gingrich Rising

Since his Lincoln-Douglas style debate over the weekend Newt Gingrich has gained serious momentum in the Republican presidential primary battle.  He leads in the latest Iowa caucus polls.  Once considered an also ran and often overlooked as a guy too wonky to appeal to the average Republican Joe, Gingrich is recreating his brand to be more concise, still intelligent, yet understandable.  It will continue to serve him well. Depending on how Herman Cain survives the latest MSM onslaught about the sexual harassment charges,  Gingrich's fortunes could be boosted sooner rather than later.

Voters in the general election will want someone ready to tackle the deficit, the unemployment mess and to keep an eye on Iran.  Gingrich is clearly superior to Romney in perceived foreign policy knowledge (it's all about perception after all) and Romney holds the cards with respect to the economy.  Neither are slouches when it comes to either issue, however and this will keep both of them near the front of the pack.

Indeed, a new sensation for Gingrich.

But with the new "flavor of the day" title, Gingrich must gird his loins for the Legacy Media onslaught.  Newt has a few skeletons and the Journolisters are busily planning their coordinated attack.

Friday, November 4, 2011

I call BS on the "anonymous accuser" of Herman Cain

A bright, outspoken black man speaks out against a black president every day.  His legitimacy can not be questioned. He cannot be dismissed as most critics of Obama are as "racially motivated".  This is very, very scary, troubling, worrisome and annoying to the Democrats and the Washington cabal benefitting every day from the Obama huge government largesse.

Thus, anonymous victims of sexual harassment are dug up to bring this very difficult Republican candidate down.

It's not that Democrats think Herman Cain would ever have a shot at beating Obama.  It's that he just Needs. To. Be. Silenced.