Embarrassment is an emotional state of intense discomfort experienced upon having a socially unacceptable act or condition witnessed by other people. Over the course of the past few years there has been no greater national embarrassment than the unacceptable actions of Republicans in Congress; particularly Speaker of the House John A. Boehner. The problem with Boehner is that he is so accustomed to lying and making a laughingstock of himself, that he is likely unaware that he embarrasses himself, and America, whenever he opens his mouth.
Boehner outdid himself this week when he threw a childish fit due to President Obama’s veto of the unconstitutional Republican legislation approving a permit for construction of a Canadian corporation’s Keystone tar sand pipeline. Now, Boehner has been lying through his teeth about all aspects of the pipeline to benefit himself, a foreign nation, the oil industry, and a foreign corporation. However, he reached a new low when he said the President’s veto was a “national embarrassment” and not in “America’s national interest” by comparing America with China and Russia’s pipeline projects.
Boehner said, “The president’s veto of the Keystone jobs bill is a national embarrassment. It’s embarrassing when Russia and China are plowing ahead on two massive pipelines and we can’t get this one no-brainer of a project off the ground. He’s too invested in left-fringe politics to do what presidents are called on to do, and that’s put the national interest first.” Seriously, Boehner said “no-brainer, left-fringe politics, and national interest” all at once in comparing America with China and Russia; it begs a couple of questions Boehner likely cannot and will not answer.
The first question that comes to mind and one Boehner will not answer without more lies is; whose national interests is it in to build the Keystone pipeline? The second question is; what in dog’s name does left-fringe politics have to do with not putting a foreign nation and foreign corporation’s interests above those of America’s? And, does Boehner know anything whatsoever about the Chinese and Russian governments to dare compare them to America without sounding like a raving lunatic?
This is where Boehner’s citing what China and Russia are doing with their ‘massive pipelines’ boggled the mind. For one thing, the notion that building Keystone is putting the “national interest” first is beyond comprehension; unless Boehner means Canada’s national interest, or the Koch brothers, ConocoPhilips, TransCanada, or Boehner’s interests first.
It is well-established that there are no benefits whatsoever to America, its national interest, its people, its economy, or its unemployment rate by building Keystone. If China or Russia are building massive pipelines, they are building them to either bring in, or transport, oil to their citizens and businesses for national use; not to benefit oil companies sending it to foreign nations. In fact, if China is building a massive pipeline it is most likely to transport Canadian oil imported from American refineries on the Gulf Coast. That is where a great deal of the exported Canadian oil is stated. It is noteworthy that when Senate Democrats attempted to attach an amendment to the “Keystone approval legislation” demanding the Canadian oil stay in America; Republicans blocked it because the oil belongs to Canada and is going to China.
It is also certain that China’s leaders would not block a provision demanding that its massive pipeline project use Chinese-made steel to build their pipeline. Republicans blocked a Democratic measure demanding the pipeline use American-made steel exclusively. There is nothing in the pipeline that benefits America’s national interest and in that regard; at least China and Russia’s pipeline projects are in their respective national interests. Boehner’s China and Russia comparison was total bovine excrement.
Boehner also said that “there are manufacturers clamoring for the development of North American resources.” In referring to Keystone, he meant Canadian resources. Since the refined tar sands is slated exclusively for export on the foreign market, those ‘clamoring’ manufacturers are foreign, not American and those resources belong to Canada; not America. Most Americans are unaware that since Korea is already contracted and has been supplying the steel for the pipeline, and that ConocoPhilips has deals to export the oil to foreign nations in Asia, those clamoring manufacturers are foreign. Like John Boehner, they have no regard and could not possibly care less about America’s national interests; they care about getting Canada’s oil.
Another area where Boehner’s comparison with Russia and particularly China epitomizes his lunacy is how either of those nations’ leaders would react to a corrupt special interest group in a position of power attempting to subvert the government authority for personal profit and to help a foreign nation; particularly in China. A group attempting to assist a foreign nation with lies and corruption would garner a lot more than a presidential veto.
In China, for example, they would likely be identified, ridiculed publicly, and promptly sent to prison for violating government procedures if they were lucky; more than likely they would be taken out and summarily executed. Boehner, in particular, would be in serious trouble for lying and using his position of authority to aid and abet a foreign entity and benefit his personal stock portfolio. The only thing Boehner and Republicans received was a mild rebuke when President Obama accused them of attempting to subvert the constitutional authority of the Executive Branch when he vetoed the legislation
“For the president, Keystone may just be today’s politics, but there are workers who have spent years counting on the 42,000 jobs this project will support who want us to put politics aside and get this done.” The only reason any American worker may have thought, or counted on, jobs from building the pipeline is due to Boehner’s persistent abominable lies about the number of jobs to drive up share prices when investors think the tar sands development is imminent. Remember, there will only be about 1,200 jobs each year over two years according to the pipeline’s owner TransCanada, and that means about 2,400 temporary specialized jobs the pipeline’s owner will supply. There will only be 35 permanent jobs because it takes very little manpower to operate a pipeline. It is why they rupture, explode, and wipe out environments so easily; they are unmonitored.
Boehner’s childish rant, and claim that the President’s veto was a ‘national embarrassment’ by comparing America to China and Russia was truly a national embarrassment; particularly claiming building the pipeline is in America’s national interest. If Boehner even understood what America’s national interest entailed, he would be screaming about American oil producers shutting down drilling rigs to drive up the price of domestic oil, or pass a clean Department of Homeland Security funding bill.
Americans have witnessed a plethora of John Boehner fits since President Obama has been in the White House, but this last one over a presidential veto founded on a President really protecting America’s national interest is a monumental national embarrassment. It is also something China or Russia would not tolerate coming from a corrupt politician working solely to advance the national interests of a foreign corporation over the interests of Americans.
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