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American Jobs and Energy Sacrificed to Obama’s Political Ambitions


By Barbara Samuells, Founder of 912 Super Seniors

Note well, Republican Congressmen and energy conscious American  citizens, there is no chance this president will approve the Keystone Pipeline even to please his constituents with a another decrease in payroll taxes and an increase in taxes on millionaires.  He will get what he wants some other way, the Chicago way.

Know that this president will never allow the Keystone Pipeline anymore than he will allow the Utica, Ohio shale oil project to go forward. Political calculations trump all else for this administration .  On Nov. 8, Ohio’s Issue 3 offered  its citizens a voice on the mandates of Obamacare. Ohioans were the first and the only Americans who actually got to vote on Obamacare.  By two to one, they voted “NO“. The 20 month effort of over 4400 volunteers who collected petition signatures to put Issue 3 on the ballot  resulted in every Ohioan having the chance to reject the forced healthcare mandates of PPACA, known as Obamacare.

Quick as a wink Ohioans received their first punishment for voting against Obama’s signature accomplishment.  The Utica, Ohio shale oil project was stopped in its tracks by a federal agency, the USDA.

Like the Keystone Pipeline, this shale oil resource in Ohio would provide needed energy sourced outside the Middle East.  Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources estimates a possible yield of  5.5 billion barrels of oil and 15.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.  The Utica, Ohio project would create 200,000 direct  jobs by 2015.

Also, like the pipeline, it has been halted by Obama’s political muscle.  After Ohio’s stinging rejection of Obamacare the USDA imposed a six month delay for “additional research”  thus enabling the environmentalists who know there must be damage to forests, water or something, but need more time to find it.  What are the chances the delay will turn into more delays and an eventual ban of the entire project?  Energy and jobs are denied to teach a Chicago style lesson to Ohioans and  any Americans daring to challenge this president’s plans.

The message to Americans is clear and the Chicago playbook is wide open. The loss of many thousands of jobs and the energy we sorely need is nothing compared to the raw political power used to keep uncooperative American citizens in line.

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