Here he goes again: Dr. Kidglove, who said "No" to the environmentally abominable Keystone XL pipeline, has now typically begun to say "yes" in increments.
Barack Obama is proving once again that he is incapable of staying true to principles because in fact he has no principles. He is nothing more than a Chicago ward healer of the shabbiest kind: cross the right palms, wield the right baton, invoke the right names and anything is possible -- dead people voting, regulations winked at, rules broken, laws ignored, profits multiplied.
Whoring for votes, he has gone into oil country and promised to expedite the southern portion of the pipeline from Cushing, OK, to Port Arthur, TX. Why in Hell build the terminal part of the vile thing unless you intend to build it all?
“The Gulf Coast leg would add to the fossil fuel infrastructure at a time when we critically need to transition away from fossil fuels in order to avoid climate catastrophe,” said Noah Greenwald of the Center for Biological Diversity. “Just like Keystone I, the Gulf Coast leg of Keystone XL will spill, polluting land and water and ruining important habitat . . ."
Milquetoast! What about people's health, the contamination of water tables?
“The president’s support for this pipeline is troubling,” said Greenwald. “Keystone XL may be a boon to Big Oil companies in the exporting business but those profits will come at a stiff price for our land, water, wildlife and climate.”
Another way of saying this: "The President has fucked the People of the United States so that the richest corporations in the history of money can become still more profitable."
Greenwald again: “The American people have spoken clearly against this project. Building Keystone XL in pieces doesn’t make it any less dangerous.”
The Three Stooges seeking the Republican nomination for the presidency have increasingly blathered about how Obama is at fault for the increasing price of gasoline at the pump. Rather than doing the courageous thing -- confronting this egregious lie for what it is -- Kidglove once again has "compromised" with his opposition. His version of compromise once was known -- and still ought to be -- as "unconditional surrender." He'll let Exxon, Chevron, Shell and the other fossil fuel criminals have their polluting, killer pipeline; you and I will get a dime or even a quarter off the price of a gallon of gas. Big Oil's profits will rise by 10 or 25 billion dollars.
In fact, any literate human with the capacity to reason slightly beyond 2 + 2 knows perfectly well that Wall Street speculators and hedge fund managers have driven up the price of gas at the pump. And you and I know damned well that if you took down the names of those speculators and hedge fund managers, and fed them into the data base for Republican campaign contributions, you'd hit the bloody trifecta. These unregulated hooligans have a license to steal from us, the people, thanks to the right-wing Republican congress and the contumely of Citizens United, and Dr. Kidglove's gutless unwillingness to be a real President.
We elected these scoundrels. Hey, Shylock: Carve another pound or so off our fleshy asses. We get what we deserve.