( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)
The decision by the Obama administration to “delay” building the Keystone XL pipeline is a watershed moment in American politics. The implication of a policy choice rarely gets more stark than this. Put simply: Why should any blue-collar worker who isn’t hooked for life to a public budget vote for Barack Obama next year?
Within days of the Keystone decision, Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, said his country would divert sales of the Keystone-intended oil to Asia. Translation: Those lost American blue-collar pipeline jobs are disappearing into the Asian sun. Incidentally, Mr. Harper has said he wants to turn Canada into an energy “superpower,” exploiting its oil, gas and hydroelectric resources. Meanwhile, the American president shores up his environmental base in Hollywood and on campus. Perhaps our blue-collar work force should consider emigrating to Canada.
No subject sits more centrally in the American political debate than the economic plight of the middle class. Presumably that means people making between $50,000 and $175,000 a year. The president fashions himself their champion.
This surely is bunk. Mr. Obama is the champion of the public-sector middle class. Just as private business has become an abstraction to the new class of public-sector Democratic politicians and academics who populate the Obama administration, so too the blue-collar workers employed by them have become similarly abstracted.
You would think someone in the private labor movement would wake up and smell the tar sands. Last week’s Big Labor “victory” in Ohio was about spending tens of millions to support state and local government workers. Many union families attached to the state’s withering auto plants no doubt voted with their public-sector brothers in solidarity. But why? Where the rubber hits the road-new jobs that will last a generation-what does this public-sector vote do for them?
There’s little hope that anyone in the leadership of the traditional union movement, public or private, would entertain a rethinking of their historic ties to the Democratic Party. But younger workers should. The economic crisis of the past two years is no blip. In some construction unions, unemployment is well over 25%. The only force out there that can create real jobs over the longer term is the strongest private economic growth the U.S. can muster. The past three years of a Democratic administration’s economic policies have the U.S. mired in a growth rate rotating like a forgotten flywheel around 2%.
Big Labor now means Big Government Labor. For those blue-collar workers unionized in the private sector, why do you continue to support politicians and a party that has thrown you to the wolves in favor of unionized government workers?
By standing with the New Big Labor, the Democrat Party has ensured that there will never be enough money for those pie-in-the-sky public/private partnerships that they promise will lead to new blue collar jobs.
The Democrat Party is now the party of the dependent class and those that run the government programs to service the dependent class.
The Keystone Pipeline decision is just one more example of their betrayal of private sector blue collar workers.