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Obama To Veto Payroll Cut If Keystone Added

From a cheering Washington Post:

Obama warns Congress not to attach payroll tax cut approval to Keystone Pipeline

By David Nakamura
December 7, 2011

President Obama warned Congress on Wednesday not to tie approval of the extension of a payroll tax cut to other sensitive measures such as the Keystone Pipeline project, which his administration delayed last month.

Speaking at a brief news conference after a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Obama said he would block any attempt by Congress to attach the payroll tax cut provision to another legislative measure.

Whereupon Mr. Harper picked up the phone to call China, who will be only too happy to take Canada’s excess oil.

“Any effort to try to tie Keystone to the payroll tax cut, I will reject,” Obama said. “Everybody should be on notice. The reason is because the payroll tax cut is something House Republicans and Senate Republicans should want to do regardless of any other issues.

The tax cut “shouldn’t be held hostage to any other issues they may be concerned about,” Obama continued

This must be part of Obama’s relentless and laser-like focus on creating and saving jobs.

Obama has pushed Congress to approve an extension and expansion of a payroll tax cut that is due to expire at the end of the year, costing working families $1,000 next year.

However, Republican leaders, while generally supporting the tax cut, have balked at the proposal from Obama and Senate Democrats to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for it…

Which means that ‘the rich," who make over $200,000 a year, will be paying for other people’s Social Security, even as their own benefits are being cut. It is just another way for Mr. Obama to redistribute income.

At the news conference with Harper, who supports the Keystone project, Obama said he told his Canadian counterpart that “it is important to make sure all questions regarding the project are understood, especially the impact on the health and safety of the American people.”

Someone should point out to Mr. Obama that there are currently close to 200,000 miles of oil pipelines under the United States.

Republicans, some Democrats and labor unions have supported the pipeline, saying it could create thousands of jobs. But environmentalists have raised concerns about its potential impact on Nebraska’s sensitive Sandhills section

There are currently miles upon miles of oil pipelines even in Nebraska. Besides, why is Nebraska’s water table any more sensitive than any other state’s?

The truth is, it isn’t. This is simply a propaganda ploy to delay and eventually kill Canada’s underhanded attempt to lower US energy prices and boost our economy.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 8th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Obama To Veto Payroll Cut If Keystone Added”

  1. untrainable says:

    Obie has pushed back the decision on Keystone until … wait for it … after the 2012 election. He doesn’t want to piss off his buddies.

    The problem is he is going to screw over his friends no matter what decision he makes. He will piss off big labor if he decides against, and he’ll piss off the loony tree huggers if he decides for the project. Oh woe is Obie. He needs both groups to win, so he’ll wait to decide until after he is re-elected. In the meantime he’ll suck up to both groups and tell them each in confidence that he’s on their side. And nobody lies like a democrat looking for re-election. Especially one with a messiah complex.

    As for the tax-cut, if everybody wants the cut, what’s stopping the cut? Obie trying to take the moral high ground over tying things to tax cuts (like tying middle class tax cuts to increasing taxes on the rich) is laughable. It’s too bad that more people don’t see this huckster for what he really is. And empty suit spewing plattitudes and lies at a rate heretofor unseen on planet earth.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Re-election Premise: Washington is too radically divided to govern because Republicans are only interested in safe-guarding the bourgeois.

      He is all-in on Class Warfare this election. That’s the sole narrative to which he wants people reacting. He can’t actually be seen making a deal with the extremists that abandons the “everybody needs to pay their fair share” line, actually promotes working and middle class job growth, and boosts American domestic energy security at the same time. That’s a total political defeat for them even if it’s a total win for America. The regime needs division, crisis, and chaos, while being able to say their policies are the solution, have already saved us from what could’ve been much worse, blah blah.

      Obama could just axe Keystone altogether on the basis of ideological ‘principles’ but they know how politically stupid that is too. What the Left has understood for decades is that what’s more important than being true to the fundamentals of Liberalism publically is that sometimes they have to lie through their teeth about their beliefs and motives to keep winning elections, so the overarching objective can continue to be furthered: the fundamental transformation and cutting down of size of the country in all aspects. Besides there’s at least half a dozen extra-legislative means by which the Left is already at war with domestic natural resource development. Bureaucracy permitting red tape, executive moratoriums, the judiciary. Why spend political capital on this issue legislatively when they can delay the decision, campaign on both sides of the matter, and still continue their anti-industrial crusade by fiat outside of populist view?

      It’s not much different from Taqiyya: concealing your true intentions to protect your mission to exalt Allah via -fill in the blank-

      Needless to say, if your operating strategy is to deal with these types through good-faith diplomacy and negotiations, hey rube!

      Ask Israel. How many times have they “sat down at the damn table,” offered concessions for peace of biblical proportions, only to have the goal-posts moved, a proxy war break out, and the whole damn cycle repeat itself after Israel has to kick ass and chew kosher bubble-gum?

      How about Iran? How’s that smart diplomacy working out?

  2. tranquil.night says:

    When Demo-poops say that three-letter word “jobs,” this isn’t what they had in mind. Just like progress is defined as the state furthering social, environmental, and economic “justice” through what they arbitrate as fairness. Progress does not mean growth.

    The Republicans probably think they’re cute and clever to tie this project to the payroll tax cut extension because they think they’re demonstrating that Spike cares more about soaking the rich than getting people back to work. Except nobody on the Republican side is actually making that message. The Republicans have no message. Just vapid, childish, and ineffective sloganeering.

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    Perhaps this clown & Hugo Chavez really are twins separated at birth! Like Scharzenegger & DeVito in Twins?! It could happen.



    They seem to know one another.

  4. BillK says:

    Still waiting to see how long before Keystone says “screw it, we’re exporting to China.”

  5. Mithrandir says:

    I AM PRAYING THAT REPUBLICANS ARE SMART ENOUGH TO WIN THIS EASY ARGUMENT…but I have been disappointed only 10 million times before…..

    1. Ohhhhhh, so NOOOW Obama doesn’t want any bills meshed together that would be a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” scenario? –you mean like getting Republicans to raise taxes (their only goal in life) by including it in a very important bill?
    —You mean the Obamacare bill didn’t include all kinds of objectionable add-ons that would never pass by themselves, yet was rammed up our…. ah…..down our throats?

    2. Since when does he care about tax cuts? You mean the TRILLIONS of dollars in debt thrown on the national debt pile WASN’T A TAX INCREASE? –we never have to pay that back huh.

    3. Where is all this talk about CREATING JOBS? I though he had a “lazer-like focus” on job creation? What is his obsession about blocking coal / oil / natural gas discovery in this country?

    Obama has a set-order of priorities of dirtbags to cater to:
    1. Blacks and black panther poll harassers.
    2. Environmentalists.
    3. Homosexuals.
    3. Unions. (tied for third)
    4. Feminists

    Depending on where you are in the pecking order, is who wins-out in liberal conflicting interests. Why Republicans can’t label the democrat party, as “The part of defective people and defective ideas” is beyond my understanding, when there is an entire Library of Congress-worth of evidence against them. BAD P.R. going to waste, once again…..

    • DUH says:

      The TARD in the white house is assuming he’s going to be reelected because he needs four MORE years to get the job done. Then and only then he’ll approve the pipeline and BANG there’s 200,000 jobs and the other TARDS are going to spew how wonderful he is and WATCH THE ECONOMY GROW and miraculicly the unemployment number will be under 5 %. Don’t doubt me on this.

  6. Dupree says:

    Nothing says fear-mongering like a countdown clock.

  7. tranquil.night says:

    Daniel Horowitz @ Redstate with all the wonkish necessities on the Republican Payroll Tax Cut/UI Compromise Proposal: http://www.redstate.com/dhorowitz3/2011/12/09/the-gop-payroll-tax-cutui-extension-proposal/

    Let’s face it; this is not the type of thinking that will bend the trajectory on our unsustainable mandatory spending and our $15 trillion debt.

    Nevertheless, I would totally support this package. When judged together with the sweeteners, the UI reforms, and some of the cuts, this is a reasonable compromise. As conservatives we would have rather they fight against another UI extension. We would have also preferred an authentic one-year offset, at least for UI and doc fix, but at least we got a legitimate compromise, not just a capitulation.

    However, we still need to answer the million dollar question. When Democrats inevitably refuse to pass the GOP package, will they finally hold the line on their own promises this time, or will they pass all the extensions without the reforms, riders, and spending offsets? We’ve been down this road before, where leadership entices conservatives into supporting a watered-down, but satisfactory plan, only to pocket the support and completely cave to the Democrats. They haven’t been willing to go to the brink on spending bills when it came time to defund Obamacare and EPA rules. Will this time be different?

    Before conservatives lend their support to this extension package, they should secure a guarantee from leadership that they will hold the line on most of the riders and reforms. This package must be the final offer.

    Let’s not get played like fools once again.

    That pretty much nails it. Other than that cynicism suggests it’s exactly what the Republicans will do again, and this is just the start of another con. IF the regime even is interested in a deal that doesn’t buttress the soak the rich campaign.

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