Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 | 2:01 a.m.
Americans need jobs. That much is obvious to everyone. So what if a private company proposes a project that will result in hiring 1,000 workers, or even 5,000 workers? Well, in today’s America, the Obama administration doesn’t think these are good ideas. It would rather invest taxpayer dollars in money-losing solar ventures.
Boeing built a billion-dollar plant in South Carolina to expand its capacity to build the new 787 airplane. The National Labor Relations Board will not permit the plant to open (and therefore won’t allow Boeing to hire over 1,000 non-union workers). Trans-Canada wants to build a pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to the refineries in Texas. The pipeline received a “go” from an environmental study (that took several years) and would be built entirely by private funds. It would employ at least 5,000 workers. The Obama administration refused to allow construction to begin, instead opting to “study” the project for another two years.
These two projects are not only “shovel-ready” but they don’t involve taxpayer dollars. From any sane person’s perspective, these are “no-brainers,” but apparently a lack of brains exists in the Obama administration.