Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Obama's Oppressive, Job-Killing Policies

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Obama's Oppressive, Job-Killing Policies

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Byline: Star Parker

After years of review, President Barack Obama has killed the Keystone XL pipeline project.

The pipeline would have moved crude oil from Western Canada to Nebraska where it would have connected to existing pipelines and moved the oil to refineries at the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The exact number of jobs that the project would have created was disputed, but a reasonable estimate seems to be several thousand jobs. These would have been largely blue-collar jobs, which is why labor unions, usually a constituency that a Democratic president seeks to please, supported the project.

But another Democratic constituency, the environmental lobby, opposed the project. And they won the day with our president.

Looking at the rationale the president used to justify his politically motivated decision to kill this pipeline project raises the question, "Why do so many working-class Americans, and in particular low-income Americans, continue to support big-government Democrats, who are more interested in their left-wing agendas than creating jobs and prosperity in America?"

Polls regularly show the economy and jobs at the top of the concerns of Americans. And on that front, Obama has been a particular disaster.

But you wouldn't know it listening to his justification for killing this project.

"The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy," Obama said.

He then continued on to describe how the economy has supposedly thrived under his watch.

"Our businesses created 268,000 new jobs last month," Obama said. "They've created 13.5 million new jobs over the past 68 months, the longest streak on record. The unemployment rate fell to 5 percent."

We must wonder if Obama knows better or if he actually believes this deceptive and distorted picture about what is going on with our economy.

We are experiencing one of the most sluggish economic recoveries in history. …

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