Op-Ed of the Week: Keystone and Frank Underwood… err… Obama

This week, Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) makes comparisons between the fictional political games in Netflix’s “House of Cards,” and the real political games of President Obama’s Keystone Pipeline XL decision which is slowing economic growth and stalling job creation.


Is Keystone XL President Obama’s ‘House of Cards’?

By Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), Red Alert Politics

“Politician Frank Underwood, a sinister operator, will stop at nothing to consolidate power. His yes man, Doug Stamper, serves as his liaison, doles out favors to those with whom he agrees and puts out fires that threaten their ascension. Together, they manipulate groups of people against each other in an attempt to win a zero sum game.

“It sounds like a great plot. But I don’t think I’ve missed much because it seems this is playing out in real time inside the real Washington.

“The State Department’s final report also says Keystone will create 42,000 direct and indirect jobs and provide a $3.1 billion economic boost during construction. There are significant tax revenues to be gained by state and local governments.

“Job loss and slow economic growth seems to be a bargain basement price to pay to placate the environmental left for Obama, Podesta, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and their radical allies like Steyer.

“Obama, his administration and their allies in the environmental movement continue to collude because winning the next election trumps doing what’s right. So the President punts until after the election. It’s all about politics.

“And it’s the American people, the workers who will build this pipeline and our largest trading partner who are the ones getting pushed in front of the train.”

Read Rep. Terry’s Op-Ed in its entirety at Red Alert Politics.