Chicago Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) drew fire from Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) on Wednesday when she dismissed the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, suggesting the 20,000 jobs it could create were relatively insignificant in the scheme of the greater economy.
“Twenty thousand jobs are really not that many jobs, and investing in green technologies will produce that and more,” she said on Chicago’s WLS Radio Don Wade and Roma Show on Wednesday morning. “But I’ll tell you what; you know it seems to me that the Republicans would rather have an issue than a pipeline.”
Coats, a vocal proponent of the project, which would transport oil from Alberta, Canada, to America’s Gulf Coast, swiftly responded in a separate interview on the same show later on Wednesday morning, suggesting Schakowsky has spoken insensitively.
Ok, let me see if I understand the Congresswoman, 20,000+ jobs that will cost zero taxpayer money are not that many jobs. At the same time 1,000 jobs at Solyndra that cost $535,000,000 of taxpayer money that is now up in smoke was a good deal. How much longer do we have to put up with these morons?
So the 1500 jobs that we spent 550 million on at Solyndra were “that many”? Schakowsky is just like the rest of the Dems – only their favorite projects are worthwhile. God forbid that 20,000 oil and construction workers got jobs – their blue collar you know and not worthwhile – not part of the intellectual elite of the Democratic policy wannabes.
Green jobs are a complete waste of money and non-existent. Let the private sector invest in them, not the government. Just ask how many billions of our tax dollars have been spent on “green jobs” and how many have failed.
As for the pipeline this is the first actual “shovel ready” job the democrats have had a chance to approve; and they even failed at that.
This will cost the taxpayer nothing;
It will reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil;
It will transport oil from Canada to Houston at a cost of about $5.00 per barrel;
The pipeline itself is one of the safest to be created in the United States;
The Governor of Nebraska has approved the route – it is no longer going over the aquifer and that same are already has more than 2500 miles of pipeline going through it;
It has been studied for more than 3 years and had approval;
It has the potential to create another 100K jobs
There is absolutely no downside to this pipeline yet our president is willing to stop it to get votes from the radical environmentalists…pathetic.
Belittling 20,000 jobs in this economy proves yet once again the progressives’s callousness to the job hunters’ plight and lack of understanding that each one job added is one step to recovery, one more family out of welfare, and one more pain eased out of hunger. And that the environmental safety has been three years under study, and the decision to delay is political, is more salt to the national economic wound. Rep. Poe’s legislative step to bypass the White House is a bold step to forge ahead the pipeline construction.
This is very simple to resolve, put Congresswoman Schakowsky in an arena with the millions out of work who are looking for work (most of which have lost their savings, retirement, and are in fear of losing their homes) and let her tell them that it’s not that many jobs. Have a job fair to hire 20K people and see how many shows up that would appreciate a job. Liberal elites believe only the government can produce jobs that are food stamp, welfare checks, and unemployment check related. All we have heard the Democrats say is unemployment stimulates the economy.