Contributor Post Created with Sketch. “We Knew How to Build Things”

 

President Barack Obama in Denver two weeks ago:

America became an economic superpower because we knew how to build things. We built the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Hoover Dam​, and the Interstate Highway System. And now, we’re settling for China having the best high-speed rail, and Singapore having better airports? When did that happen?

President Barack Obama setting national policy yesterday, as reported by Reuters:

The U.S. government on Thursday delayed approval of a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline until after the 2012 U.S. election, bowing to pressure from environmentalists and sparing President Barack Obama a damaging split with liberal voters he may need to win reelection.

This action kills more than 20,000 U.S. construction jobs and foregoes 700,000 barrels of oil each day.

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  1. Larry3435 Member

    We could start improving our airports by getting rid of the high school dropouts who grope you as you walk through. It’s not exactly Hoover Dam, but it would be a great improvement. Just sayin’…

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    • November 12, 2011, at 1:00 AM PST
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  2. Copperfield Inactive

    A friend said something simple but poignant today. He said (paraphrasing) that with the Obama Administration, he sees no “step 2” and that very little seems inter-connected into a larger program.

    Step one: Let’s reset with Russia by giving up a promised missile shield in Eastern Europe. Step two: ?.

    Step one: Let’s have a massive “stimulus” to “jump start” the economy. Step Two: ? Step one: Let’s negotiate with Iran. Step two: ?

    and so on, and so on.

    Mr. Savage’s post brilliantly points out the disconnected nature of many of the Obama decisions. It would be sad if it weren’t so infuriating. Oy!

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    • November 12, 2011, at 1:25 AM PST
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  3. Underground Conservative Coolidge
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    There would be absolutely NO way that the Hoover Dam could be constructed today. Think of the amount of “environmental reorganization” that was required to make it happen. It was simply stunning. And think of the return on investment it has produced since then. Again, stunning. The Canada-Texas pipeline’s impact on the environment doesn’t even come close to what the Hoover Dam did and yet, it’s a non-starter in today’s world. Never mind that there is a huge potential ROI. Anything Obama wants to build has yet to prove that it’s worth the price. Their version of “the right thing to do” still costs money and can’t be a perpetual drain on our coffers. If only he paid attention that part.

    I’ve been on this kick lately with my liberal friends that creating social value still costs actual money, but nobody seems to care.

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    • November 12, 2011, at 1:44 AM PST
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  4. alynch1102 Inactive

    “Brilliant Juxtaposition” was what I wanted to say as well. Very well done.

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    • November 12, 2011, at 3:14 AM PST
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  5. David Foster Member
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    Large projects then….Hoover dam, Atlas missile….contrasted with large projects now:

    Like swimming in glue

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    • November 12, 2011, at 4:47 AM PST
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  6. Robert E. Lee Member
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    Why do we want a pipeline running from Canada to Texas? Is it holy writ that oil can only be refined in Texas? How about doing something smart and build the refinery in, say, Montana?

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    • November 12, 2011, at 5:05 AM PST
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  7. Larry3435 Member
    Robert E. Lee: Why do we want a pipeline running from Canada to Texas? Is it holy writ that oil can only be refined in Texas? How about doing something smart and build the refinery in, say, Montana? · Nov 11 at 4:05pm

    The tankers actually have a hard time getting to Montana.

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    • November 12, 2011, at 5:36 AM PST
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  8. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
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    Copperfield: A friend said something simple but poignant today. He said (paraphrasing) that with the Obama Administration, he sees no “step 2” and that very little seems inter-connected into a larger program.

    Barack Obama is clearly an Underpants Gnome.

    We’re through the looking-glass here, people.

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    • November 12, 2011, at 7:07 AM PST
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  9. Tim Groseclose Contributor

    Imagine if we tried to build the Golden Gate Bridge today. Leftists, including President Obama, I bet, would strongly protest it. It could never be built. Strange, even a little hypocritical, that President Obama touts it.

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    • November 12, 2011, at 8:01 AM PST
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  10. John Marzan Inactive

    This is a great counter move by the GOP today. We’ll use revenues from oil drilling in ANWR to fund Obama’s infrastructure projects.

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    • November 12, 2011, at 11:20 AM PST
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  11. Adam Freedman Contributor

    Brilliant juxtaposition. Imagine trying to get the Obama EPA to approve the Hoover Dam! Or the Golden Gate Bridge. Or [fill in the blank].

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    • November 12, 2011, at 12:39 PM PST
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  12. C. U. Douglas Thatcher
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    We are constantly being told that only government can do projects of that scale, but it’s frequently government that’s the greatest obstacle to the same projects.

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    • November 12, 2011, at 12:43 PM PST
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  13. Steven Zoraster Inactive

    Today Obama takes no responsibility and blames others for everything.

    Unfortunately, I am not convinced that the next President, Republican or Democrat will do better.

    Already I am thinking about voting “none of the above” for President in 2012.

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    • November 12, 2011, at 12:48 PM PST
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  14. Ross C Member
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    Absolutely stinging indictment of Democratic Hypocrisy.

    They want jobs as long as it is high speed rail and windfarms (for now). If only that darn economy would do what we want it to do!

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    • November 12, 2011, at 12:54 PM PST
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  15. Profile Photo Member
    Adam Freedman: Brilliant juxtaposition. Imagine trying to get the Obama EPA to approve the Hoover Dam! Or the Golden Gate Bridge. Or [fill in the blank]. · Nov 11 at 11:39am

    A Doghouse?

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    • November 12, 2011, at 12:55 PM PST
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  16. Robert E. Lee Member
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    Larry3435
    Robert E. Lee: Why do we want a pipeline running from Canada to Texas? Is it holy writ that oil can only be refined in Texas? How about doing something smart and build the refinery in, say, Montana? · Nov 11 at 4:05pm
    The tankers actually have a hard time getting to Montana. · Nov 11 at 4:36pm

    Seattle then.

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    • November 13, 2011, at 4:40 AM PST
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  17. James Gawron Thatcher
    James GawronJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    George, you have it exactly. Obama is the disease and 2012 is the cure. I am older then you so I can remember when Carter was the disease and 1980 was the cure. The defeat of this present fool is of supreme importance.

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    • November 14, 2011, at 5:48 AM PST
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  18. David Foster Member
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    Linked at Chicago Boyz, where I’ve also developed some additional thoughts about Obama’s remarks.

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    • November 16, 2011, at 8:47 AM PST
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