Politicizing the pipeline

Obama imperils our energy future to better his election-year future

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If President Obama set out to try to slow the economic recovery and hamper national security, it’s not clear he could do a better job of it.

A day after his very own jobs council recommended an aggressive “all-in” energy strategy – and he pretended to agree – his administration essentially shut down a major job-producing oil pipeline.

“President Obama is about to destroy tens of thousands of American jobs and sell American energy security to the Chinese,” a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner correctly noted of the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

This has become a pattern with this president: Form a committee to create the appearance of progress and moderation, and then ignore its recommendations. He also famously did it with his deficit-reduction committee, known as Bowles-Simpson.

It’s a sham. Anyone cooperating with it is merely wasting his or her time and contributing to the president’s Potemkin village. It’s clear he never intended to budge on the pipeline. He has chosen environmental extremists, who promote paralysis and human inaction, over desperately needed jobs and energy.

In so doing, he has once again weakened America’s national security by continuing our over-dependence on energy from hostile nations, while he chokes off domestic energy production and oil from our best trading partner.

You have to wonder how long America can sustain a White House occupant so antithetical to American interests.

Again, Mr. Obama is ignoring the considered recommendations of his very own President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

The country, the council said, “should allow more access to oil, natural gas and coal opportunities on federal lands.”

While diplomatically leaving the Keystone project unnamed, the council’s recommendation was clear to all involved, using words such as pipelines, energy projects and “all-in.”

“The council recognizes the important safety and environmental concerns surrounding these types of projects, but now more than ever, the jobs and economic and energy security benefits of these energy projects require us to tackle the issues head-on and to expeditiously, though cautiously, move forward on projects that can support hundreds of thousands of jobs,” its report said.

The Keystone project has been studied ad nauseam. The only reason to block it is political at this point; the president appears unwilling to anger his far-left base in an election year.

He’s perfectly willing to step over thousands of jobs and the country’s energy security to get there.

Sickening.

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Techfan
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Techfan 01/20/12 - 05:48 am
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"tens of thousands of

"tens of thousands of American jobs"?
Per a TransCanada press release:"the project is expected to create over seven million hours of labor and over 13,000 new jobs for American workers." Wah Post: "TransCanada CEO Russ Girling "said Friday that the 13,000 figure was actually not a true job number, but actually accounted for 'one person, one year. If the construction jobs lasted two years, the number of people employed in each of the two years would be 6,500."

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Riverman1 01/20/12 - 06:01 am
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There are certain issues a

There are certain issues a liberal-socialist president had dare not compromise if he wants to keep his base. Strengthening the American economy with more oil from Canada is one.

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avidreader 01/20/12 - 06:36 am
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I'm sure Teddy Roosevelt

I'm sure Teddy Roosevelt would agree with Mr. Obama. Some matters are sacred, no matter what the cost. Our natural resources have taken a beating since the days of Teddy. My concern is that Mr. Obama is using the issue as a re-election ploy. If he, or a Republican candidate, takes charge in 2013, the pipeline will flow.

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carcraft 01/20/12 - 06:50 am
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Techfan-It still creaets jobs

Techfan-It still creaets jobs and reduces American dependance of mid east oil. Every time the Saudi king has a stomach cramp oil prices increase! This project has had countless environmental impact statements and studies for over a year. Nebraska is already criss crossed with gas lines. Not only that but Canada is getting vixed at Obama's wishy washy attitude and may well set up the project to supply a consistant purchaser of energy, China. Even Obama, in one of his teleprompter readings (he obviously can't remember what he has previously read shown by his lack of consistancy in public statements) said we should look to more stable markets like Canada or Mexico for oil!

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Techfan 01/20/12 - 07:14 am
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Since the US would only serve

Since the US would only serve as a conduit for Canadian oil to go to a Foreign Trade Zone (so no duties would be paid on it) to be shipped to Asian markets, exactly how does that reduce our dependence on Mid East oil? It would help India and China's dependence on the Mid east, but not us.

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ADAMS 01/20/12 - 07:25 am
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For the record, President

For the record, President Obama does not work for the oil companies, like Republicans do.

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robaroo 01/20/12 - 08:04 am
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As I understand it, the issue

As I understand it, the issue wasn't about building it but the route it would take. Isn't the concept of a pipeline still open?

By the way, I wouldn't support my next door neighbor building a toxic waste dump next to my back yard no matter how many jobs it created.

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southernguy08 01/20/12 - 09:30 am
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ADAMS, if you believe that,

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ADAMS, if you believe that, here's the deed to that oceanfront property in Nebraska I said I'd sell ya...CHEAP!

southernguy08
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southernguy08 01/20/12 - 09:33 am
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The environmental nazis made

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The environmental nazis made the same argument in Alaska in the early seventies. The pipeline's been there for over 30 years. I've toured that area many times. The caribou, moose, and other creatures don't seem to be bother by it at all, and its brought a lot of money and jobs to Alaska. The president pays lips service to wanting jobs...and that is all! HIS ADMINSTRATION IS TOAST IN NOVEMBER!

southernguy08
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southernguy08 01/20/12 - 09:35 am
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The environmental nazis made

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The environmental nazis made the same claims in Alaska in the early seventies. The pipeline was built, and a lot of jobs and money have been brought to Alaska. I've been to that area many times. The caribou, moose, and other creatures don't seem to be bothered by it. Obama pays lips service to bringing jobs to America, that's all. HIS ADMINISTRATION IS TOAST IN NOVEMBER!

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dichotomy 01/20/12 - 10:33 am
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Any logical person would look

Any logical person would look at the map of how many oil and gas pipelines already traverse the same area where this pipeline would go and conclude that the president nixed this pipeline based solely on politics. There is no additional environmental concern and all other factors would support the building of the pipeline. It would certainly create a significant number of jobs. It would certianly be beneficial to have a supply of oil from a friendly neighbor. And it would generate a ton of revenue for those cash strapped states. There are already hundreds of pipelines that already traverse the same area so there is no new environmental concern. The Canadian pipeline is a win-win project but this anti-American president is pandering to the extreme left wing of the party as usual. When you are paying between $4 and $5 a gallon this summer with no relief in sight, thank a Democrat and their anti-American president. And the State Department, Hillary Clinton, aided Obama in this politically motivated, very bad, decision so she should be wiped off of the slate of potential presidential candidates too.
Hillary Clinton would just be Obama light. The only difference is that Obama was born and raised a socialist and Hillary was born rich, made a lot of money with insider information in the commodities market, and only too up the pseudo-socialist mantra after she entered public life as a Democrat. She is just as big a kook as Obama, just not as honest about it. Neither will be satisfied until we are a third world country, begging China and Saudi Arabia to keep us afloat for a few more loan cycles.

People want to beat up Romney for being rich, pays the lowest possible legal tax rate, and has some money offshore in the Cayman Islands.. I am glad to see someone who is rich because they made smart decisions, took advantage of every legal loophole our stupid tax code provides, and knows how to cut spending and make a company, or country, profitable. Romney hasn't done anything that you and I and everyone else would do if we had the chance. I don't think there is another person in politics that could have turned the Utah Olympics around like Romney. It was bankrupt not going to happen until Romney took it over and turned it into an extremely successful event. That is precisely the kind of leadership we need in this country. His personal success and his success with the Olympics demonstrate exactly the kind of business savvy and leadership that we so desperately need. The companies he closed were failing and not going to make it anyway. That is why he could buy them cheap, sell off the assets, and make a few dollars. The companies that he started, or helped reorganize, all made it, are still in business, employ lots of people, and Romney made money on them as well. Good for him. Wish I were as smart has him. Obama has never made a dime in business and never invested a dime in this country. He is a 100% product of government programs and salaries with a little help from Rezko. I'll take Romney any day.

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TParty 01/20/12 - 10:37 am
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I thought the concern was

I thought the concern was that the route took the oil through an important aquifer- one that is vital to wheat in this county.

Also- this will not do anything about our dependence on oil and affect our oil prices.

The potential good news is that this will upset the unions enough to not support Obama. Another key block of voters.

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justthefacts 01/20/12 - 10:59 am
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Unions not backing President

Unions not backing President Obama? I don't think you really believe that.

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Chillen 01/20/12 - 11:18 am
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Intentional Economic

Intentional Economic Terrorism. Obama and his handlers are making decisions & doing their best to finish us off. Some are doing it for "sport" & some are doing it for power.

I am sick that they get a pass from the idiots in the mainstream media. Where is the investigative reporting?!

Obama is the absolute worst President ever. He has taken a recession (intentionally planned & started by his comrades and US enemies - they are one and the same) and turned it into a massive recession that is about to slip in the a depression the likes of which will take us decades to recover from. It will bring misery to an entitled, selfish and reliant society that will make the great depression look like the golden years.

America was broken in 2008 (thanks to almost a century of progressives meddling with our economy). We needed a great leader to fix it. Instead we got an incompetent, crooked, power hungry, marxist community organizer who does not love America, bashes success, demoralizes business, hates capitalism (unless he's giving money to his friends in the unions, solar industry or auto industry) and has divided this nation like it was during the days before the civil war.

You'd better prepare yourselves folks. The damage is done. The economy is in serious trouble. Are you ready for it?

Headlines like this ought to wake you up.
World Bank warns on risk of global recession
Treasury dips into pension funds to avoid debt (so obama can pay our creditors, I wonder what will happen when the pension holders retire?
China Continues to buy gold in preparation of the end of the global dollar based ecosystem.)
24 Statistics To Show To Anyone Who Believes That America Has A Bright Economic Future - link provided below.
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/24-statistics-to-show-to-any...

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Chillen 01/20/12 - 11:14 am
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tparty. Your liberal

tparty. Your liberal rantings are still suspect. You choose a fiscally conservative posting name, yet you continually come on here and support the community organizer. I've said it before. We are not fooled by sheep in wolves clothing.

The unions will support obama. They'd jump off a cliff for him if he told them to. He could murder 10% of their members personally and they'd still support him. He has made the mob/union leaders jagillionaires with taxpayer funds. He has given them more power than they ever dreamed of. He sees them in the White House regularly, he makes decisions intentionally that positively impact them, he's increased their member rosters by allowing agencies like the TSA gropers to unionize. The unions will support obama. I'm sure they helped him make this decision.

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faithson 01/20/12 - 11:43 am
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With Newt's rise in the party

With Newt's rise in the party I have come to understand better the animosity so many on the right feel for Our President. I have complete contempt for Newt Gingrich, so I guess I understand your hatred. I do believe my proclivities are based in a more 'real' fact driven world.

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harley_52 01/20/12 - 12:19 pm
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dichotomy said "Hillary was

dichotomy said "Hillary was born rich, made a lot of money with insider information in the commodities market, and only too up the pseudo-socialist mantra after she entered public life as a Democrat."

Hillary was a radical lefty long before she entered public life. Like Obama, she was a follower of Saul Alinsky and even wrote her senior thesis in college about Alinsky and his dogma. An example....
"In the Alinsky model, “organizing” is a euphemism for “revolution” -- a wholesale revolution whose ultimate objective is the systematic acquisition of power by a purportedly oppressed segment of the population, and the radical transformation of America’s social and economic structure. The goal is to foment enough public discontent, moral confusion, and outright chaos to spark the social upheaval that Marx, Engels, and Lenin predicted -- a revolution whose foot soldiers view the status quo as fatally flawed and wholly unworthy of salvation. Thus, the theory goes, the people will settle for nothing less than that status quo’s complete collapse -- to be followed by the erection of an entirely new system upon its ruins. Toward that end, they will be apt to follow the lead of charismatic radical organizers who project an aura of confidence and vision, and who profess to clearly understand what types of societal “changes” are needed."

Everybody should take five minutes to read the rest of the piece.

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2314

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faithson 01/20/12 - 12:33 pm
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'Toward that end, they will

'Toward that end, they will be apt to follow the lead of... The Newt ... who projects an aura of confidence and vision, and who profess to clearly understand what types of societal “changes” are needed." ' YEA, thats it !

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Chillen 01/20/12 - 12:38 pm
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Right out of Atlas Shrugged.

Right out of Atlas Shrugged. The attack on success continues. This article fits here since obama seeks to cripple us. I wonder what these communists think a "reasonable profit" is.

This proposal does a few things.
1. Removes all power from Congress for the boards actions
2. Puts all power into the hands of the President
3. Taxes profits that they deem unreasonable at 100%
4. Continues to push wealth envy
5. Seeks to destroy capitalism
6. Officially introduces communism to the USA

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"Dems propose 'Reasonable Profits Board' to regulate oil company profits By Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill

"Six House Democrats, led by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), want to set up a "Reasonable Profits Board" to control gas profits. The Democrats, worried about higher gas prices, want to set up a board that would apply a "windfall profit tax" as high as 100 percent on the sale of oil and gas, according to their legislation. The bill provides no specific guidance for how the board would determine what constitutes a reasonable profit. The Gas Price Spike Act, H.R. 3784, would apply a windfall tax on the sale of oil and gas that ranges from 50 percent to 100 percent on all surplus earnings exceeding "a reasonable profit." It would set up a Reasonable Profits Board made up of three presidential nominees that will serve three-year terms. Unlike other bills setting up advisory boards, the Reasonable Profits Board would not be made up of any nominees from Congress."

WAKE
UP
AMERICA

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wondersnevercease 01/20/12 - 12:37 pm
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Many would follow the lead of

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Many would follow the lead of a cockroach...to rid ourselves of barry.

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nofanofobama 01/20/12 - 12:46 pm
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TECH--guess jobs at disney

TECH--guess jobs at disney land are better than construction job..its just not canadian oil its also oil out of the north dakota oil fields. that"s jobs...... plus we have an untapped supply of oil throghout the west..also its national security.plus the more oil we send to the gulf coast we will have to build more refineries or at least expand..its just amazing the callous attitude toward energy sector jobs..yet the left including obumler and gore leave more carbon footprints than any one else and adam your obumler doesnt work for the american people either..

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carcraft 01/20/12 - 02:12 pm
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Techfan just loves those

Techfan just loves those "green jobs" at places like Solyndra and plant Chevy producing the Volt. The "Green Energy" Obama has spent billions on are an epic fails. I guess the left feels it is better to waste tax payers dollars on "gren energy" scams conducted by Obama's supporters so they can claim Obama doesn't work for big oil like Republicans . It is much more satisfying to realize Obama and the Democrates are working for "geen energy scam" artitists like the guys at Solyndra and the Chevy Volt folks..BWHAHAHAHAHAHA

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Chillen 01/20/12 - 02:29 pm
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If you try to promote green

If you try to promote green energy and fail miserably, costing taxpayers billions, do you still have a small carbon footprint?

If your wife won't wait for you to go on vacation and goes out ahead of you by herself in a private jet do you still have a small carbon footprint?

If your dog is flown back to the East Coast from Hawaii for a photo op and you lie about it, do you still have a small carbon footprint?

Do the moonbat greenies really give a darn about your carbon footprint or is it all about the money they can make off of you and your tax money and the control they can have over your life?

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allhans 01/20/12 - 02:36 pm
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Well said dichotomy. The

Well said dichotomy.

The unions are upset with Obama..They badly want the pipeline.

Someoen posted that Obama is not for big oil, have you checked the price of oil now and when Obama took office?
You and I have no idea how much money he is getting from OPEC. He sure won't be telling us.

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TParty 01/20/12 - 02:42 pm
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Chillen- I do not support

Chillen- I do not support Obama, I want him out of office. Just because I am respectful by calling him the President and not a community organizer does not mean I pulling for him.

You and I are just different types of conservatives. I do not toe the line with Glenn Beck or Rush. I read articles from all sources, not just from Andrew Breitbart. And I give credit when credit is due, even to President Obama and others.

With that said- the point of my post was that by holding up this project, Obama could upset unions- since union workers will be working on the project. And what do you do, Chillen? You call me sheep? Then you use hyperbole language to make unfounded points, like Obama could murder 10% of union workers- and they'll still jump off a cliff for him?

You just keep beating that drum. The fringe right is what is dangerous to this country, just as much as the fringe left.

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Chillen 01/20/12 - 03:09 pm
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@ tparty. I hate to tell

@ tparty. I hate to tell you, but it's not only the - as you call it- "fringe right" who hates obama, wants to see him unemployed and sees through obama supporters on posting boards.

And, since when is someone who wants small government, minimal govt intervention, minimal taxes and our Constitution to be followed "fringe"? You've got a lot to learn my friend.

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Chillen 01/20/12 - 03:22 pm
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The SOPA bill was just pulled

The SOPA bill was just pulled and they are giving up (for now). Congrats to everyone who put pressure on their Senators and Congressmen.

The progressive from Georgia - Johnny Isakson - is a sponsor of the sister bill in the Senate - PIPA. If you haven't called him, please do - and tell him to get his act together and stop regulating us to death. The PIPA bill is also dead (as of now).

For now we have a victory for Freedom, freedom of information and the American people. And a huge loss for the marxists and big govt progressives.

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justthefacts 01/20/12 - 03:39 pm
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Hollywood gonna be POed. They

Hollywood gonna be POed. They also might pull their support from the President. Shoot, losing unions and Hollywood in one day!!

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faithson 01/20/12 - 03:42 pm
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'For now we have a victory

'For now we have a victory for Freedom, freedom of information and the American people. And a huge loss for the marxists and big govt progressives.' Sorry Chillen, this bill was rejected because it was written by LOBBYISTS with minimal input from the 'technicians'. NO marxists or big Govt trying to get through your tin foil protective helmet.

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TParty 01/20/12 - 05:53 pm
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@ Chillen: "since when is

@ Chillen: "since when is someone who wants small government, minimal govt intervention, minimal taxes and our Constitution to be followed "fringe"?" If that was the only case, of course you wouldn't be the fringe."

I advocate and push for smaller government, minimal government- especially federal government, and minimal taxes. And the Constitution has to be followed. And yet somehow you and a couple others constantly accuse me of being a liberal and an Obama supporter. I can only surmise it's because I bring facts, history and reality to the comments. Maybe it's because I follow science, and not Jesus. Whatever the reason, every time I post something- you always try to ignore and dismiss it all with "Oh look, someone pretending to be an Obama supporter. Someone trying to confuse real conservatives."

Just today, in this thread alone- I mentioned how unions, which are a big democratic voting bloc that supported Obama- I mentioned how there is a large split with unions from those who felt stabbed in the back by the decision to hold off. These are people who vote. They probably voted for Obama- and now after feeling betrayed- might not vote for him again. That is good news.

But how do you interpret it, Chillen? 'TParty is an Obama supporter, a sheep. People in unions (they are American citizens as well incase anyone forgets) are dumb and will jump off a cliff for Obama, and will still support him even if Obama himself kills off 10% of labor folks.'

That is fringe. There was no talk about small government, Constitution, nothing. Not even facts, or reality. Just hyperbole.

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