Pipeline Politics
Keystone Splits the Democratic Vote
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  • Anthony

    I am a liberal democrat, and I wholeheartedly support keystone. It creates lots of good paying jobs. Case closed.

  • Boritz

    “Interestingly enough, Keystone was less popular amongst the more educated and wealthy Democrats…”

    “Whatcha go to college to get stupid?”
    — Sonny Corleone

    • Andrew Allison

      Apparently! Or perhaps to learn hypocrisy.

      • Jim__L

        Maybe not hypocrisy, just information about what is good for the philosopher-kings, peons be dam*ed.

        • Andrew Allison

          Hypocrisy: the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense. This perfectly describes the typical wealthy Democrat.

          • Jim__L

            Oh, they conform to their own standards or beliefs. It’s just that those standards or beliefs are totally self-serving, and destructive of others’ interests.

          • free_agent

            Which is pretty much what everyone’s standards are like. What’s truly annoying is when self-serving standards are wrapped in a mantle of idealistic virtue. Which I suppose isn’t so much different from any other faction, either.

          • Jim__L

            America didn’t used to be so winner-take-all. Federalism has more advantages than just figuring out some “optimum” to impose on everyone.

          • free_agent

            Don’t over-romanticize the past, though. The late 1800s were particularly crude and greedy, an era of capitalism that even unabashed capitalists find embarrassing. And yet it was a time of tremendous economic growth, tremendous advancement of the lot of the common person, and the country was extremely attractive to immigrants.

          • Jim__L

            It’s very important to pick and choose what you want to imitate from the past. That said, throwing all of it away wholesale would be a worse mistake than keeping absolutely all of it.

  • Andrew Allison

    Just what is surprising about, “. . . Keystone was less popular amongst the more educated and wealthy Democrats,. . . “? Wealthy Democrats are typically enamored of causes the costs of which don’t impact them.

  • Anthony

    So, may one infer from aforementioned that XL pipeline is partisan issue.

  • S.C. Schwarz

    The problem for Obama is that (1) Keystone makes obvious sense, (2) A majority of Americans want it approved, and (3) A majority of democrats want it approved. And yet it cannot be approved because the greens (See Tom Steyer) hate it. Answer: Stall indefinitely.

    • B-Sabre

      Which comports nicely with his natural tendencies to put off difficult decisions in the hope that they will solve themselves.

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