3/19/12

Keystone XL Pipeline

OK, I have heard enough about this Keystone XL Pipeline.  This is the pipeline that TransCanada Pipeline wanted to build winding its way from Alberta's Tar Sands (some call it Oil Sands) through the middle of the US all the way to the Texas gulf.

President Obama vetoed it and republicans claim it is politically motivated and it would have created jobs and lessened our dependency on foreign oil.  Jobs, yes.  Foreign oil, no, Canada is a foreign country, get it.

Where is it in the agreement that the oil coming from the Tar Sands has to be sold to the US?  Its not.
Where is it in the agreement that the oil would be sold to the US at market prices?  Its not.

Bottom line is that this was never a good deal for the US, its a great deal for Canada, they get to either sell their oil in the US or have access to shipping via the Houston Ship Channel to sell overseas to the highest bidder!

Did you ever wonder why Canadians don't build their own pipeline from Alberta through the Rocky Mtns to British Columbia and the Pacific Ocean?  I don't, why bother when you can have Americans do it for you?

Lets not be suckers.  Keystone XL is terrible for America!

3/8/12

Super-Pacs Are Ruining The 2012 Election

We all know about the US Supreme Court decision (citizens united) in 2011 that allowed for unlimited funds to be donated to so called super-pacs (political action committees) without knowing the source of those funds.

With a 5-4 decision (5 republicans for and 4 democrats against), the seeds were sown.

It appears as if the super-pacs are the fuel that is keeping the republican nomination race going and going and going.  And the 2012 general election will surely be the first billion dollar election.

Just wait for this fall.  Its going to be a mind-boggling show of money muscle on both sides.  Democrats on principle may not like the idea but in the end have no choice but to play along.  The law is the law and rules are rules.  I may not like the new speed limit for example but if I am in a race, I have to go the speed limit!

I wonder what will happen to this law when we find out some time that a foreign government is funding one party?

Wouldn't it be ironic that the republicans on the supreme court (who voted for) would ultimately undermine the republican nominee for president (Mitt Romney) in the very next election cycle!