If that is not appalling enough for you, then you are a very jaded observer of American politics. But, alas, this corruption-in-plain-sight has become commonplace in American politics.
More cynical still is the absurd Republican argument in favor of an environmentally damaging project at precisely the moment when the glut of oil has caused oil prices to plunge—so it really isn't that we need more oil. No, Mitch McConnell and pals say it's all about jobs.
(Radioman's note: Map of the midwest pipeline and the underground Oglala Aquifer that brings water to the breadbasket crops generating our food. Yes, pipelines do leak, and can't be cleaned up. Leaks just poison the water. )
Where, Krugman wonders, was this concern about jobs when "Republicans blackmail over the debt ceiling" forced cuts in federal spending that cost thousands of jobs? "Oh, and don’t tell me that the cases are completely different.
You can’t consistently claim that pipeline spending creates jobs while government spending doesn’t," Krugman writes. Just not true. Most sane economists agree that Obama stimulus helped stave off an even higher unemployment rate, and Krugman argues that the recovery that seems underway may in part be due to the fact that the government on every level has finally stopped slashing spending.
"When the Congressional Budget Office was asked how many jobs would be lost because of the sequester," Krugman writes, "the big cuts in federal spending that Republicans extracted in 2011 by threatening to push America into default — its best estimate was 900,000. And that’s only part of the total loss."
And that alone is more than twice the best estimate for how many jobs the pipeline would create temporarily. Once it's built, there would be very few permanent jobs.
Of course, there is one kind of government spending that Republicans like, and that they agree creates jobs: Military spending. "When it comes to possible cuts in defense contracts, politicians who loudly proclaim that every dollar the government spends comes at the expense of the private sector suddenly begin talking about all the jobs that will be destroyed," Krugman writes, ruefully.
"They even begin talking about the multiplier effect, as reduced spending by defense workers leads to job losses in other industries. This is the phenomenon former Representative Barney Frank dubbed 'weaponized Keynesianism.'"
The argument for Keystone XL could be called "carbonized Keynesianism," Krugman says.
A few other tidbits you may not know about. There are no plans to produce even the PIPES in America. They'll be shipped in. Dirtier Canadian oil, shipped across the US to be sent to China. What's in it for us? Nothing. Read on.
But if you really want to create jobs—and not simultaneously endanger the environment—why not opt for investment in American's crumbling infrastructure? Wouldn't that be a win-win?
Krugman's Conclusion: Ignore jobs claims about Keystone XL.
WHY REPUBLICANS CARE SO MUCH?
And did you know, the Big Republican campaign benefactors, the billionaire Koch Brothers from Wichita, Ks stand to earn $100 BILLION because of the Canadian shale oil fields they own! It's payback to those Congressmen they contributed to and they spent MILLIONS in donations just for this very bribery VOTES! Sadly, there just weren't quite enough votes.... hopefully.
2014 was close! Don't let the buying of America happen so closely again!
Hopefully President Obama will do the right thing.
VETO the Pipeline since it looks like the Republicans don't have enough votes to Override him.
I never mind when the Kochs lose out on a big investment to bribe our government just as a hobby interest. And Obama's payback for all the GOP trickery to sidetrack the agenda we Americans voted for him to pass!
Lets hope we unite, watch the next 2 years and turn 2016 into a corporatist bloodbath.
Take our country back! (Something the Tea Party often says but they think it's about the white race.)
We PROGRESSIVES think its about DEMOCRACY! Nullifying the wealthy buying our country!)