Doesn’t look like anything has changed that much does it? Congress is still in deadlock mode and the president’s re-election campaign is back in high gear. The house republicans did manage to get a bill to the president that included a provision that the president must make a decision on the Keystone pipeline within 60 days.
Obviously since the decision is the presidents, not the house republicans, they can’t dictate his decision. The democrats have already sent us a message that if there are no environmental concerns they just might support it; President Obama has also made a similar remark.
That isn’t making much of a commitment, the project paper work the EPA has currently put on hold would probably fill half the library of congress. All the president has to say is I am going to have to study this important legislation some more. The EPA will be happy to burn the midnight oil for a couple of years.
His agreeing to study it gets we the people off his back, and the republicans as well, without risking a single environmental vote. The unions may not be happy with delaying tactics, but what can they do?
If he does attempt to stall in making a go, no go, decision it will be hard to sell the public on the idea that he is committed to jobs, while at the same time indicating that he is willing to let 20, 000 jobs and national security slip between his fingers.
This state of affairs highlights the senate’s unwillingness to work with the house to find workable solutions that will provide a climate conducive to job creation, and deficit reduction. It is clear the senate democrats expect that the 2012 elections will return them to office, without having to make those painful decisions.
Why should deficit reduction be painful for the senate democrats? The government has no money of its own. The money they continue to spend is not their money but the money of we the people. When it gets to the point where they have no more money to spend they want to raise someone’s taxes to get more money, instead of cutting spending.
Usually it is the rich they want to tax. The last time they tried to tax the rich they passed the alternative minimum tax; that scheme backfired and taxed the middle class instead. Every year or so congress has to vote for a provision of that bill that eliminates that tax on the middle class. They should have fixed it instead. Just in case they decide to tax the middle class, they have to do nothing, just let the extension expire.
I am not sure why the senate’s democrats are so certain their constituents are going to re-elect them. Their approval rating is lower than whale poop, and they have done precious little to support those constituents who they seem to be relying on pretty heavily for re-election. If the constituents do not support their congressman, all the campaign money in the world will not get you re-elected.
We are starting to see erosion of the democratic base; is sticker shock starting to set in?