President Obama seems to have some trouble listening to the American people.
Last week, Americans told their leaders where they want the country to head — and the message was pretty clear. Republican-led job creating initiatives like the Keystone XL Pipeline were at the top of the list.
House Republicans wasted no time. This week, they’re discussing and voting on H.R. 5862, a bill to approve the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. A duplicate bill is working its way through the Senate, too.
The approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline will lead to the creation of over 42,000 jobs nationwide and will reduce American dependence on foreign oil by 40%. These are the solutions Americans asked for, and the solutions Americans need.
But President Obama isn’t listening. Today, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the President’s view on the project “has not changed.” In other words, he’ll focus on his priorities — not those of the American people.
As support for the Keystone XL Pipeline grows across all sectors and demographics, it’s becoming increasingly hard for the President to tune out the requests of people all around the country.
The President’s insistence to act on his own accord is not only reckless, but hypocritical. As the Washington Post points out,
President Obama is fond of telling Congress that it should pass things with the overwhelming support of the American people, including (among other things) comprehensive immigration reform, increasing the minimum wage, and increasing gun background checks.
And yet, Obama could soon be in a position of vetoing something with a similar amount of support: the Keystone XL pipeline.
A veto for the Keystone XL Pipeline would be a veto on job creation, energy independence, and economic growth. While House Republicans are listening to Americans, President Obama is putting on headphones and making his own tune — one that no one wants to hear.