The most powerful man in Washington today is not President Obama. Nor is it Sen. Harry Reid. It is a California billionaire named Tom Steyer, whose promise to spend $50 million and raise another $50 million to help the Democrats maintain control of the U.S. Senate has given him veto power over one of the most critical projects in America — the Keystone Pipeline.
As America struggles to get back on its feet economically, the Keystone Pipeline is an opportunity to put tens of thousands of blue-collar workers back on the job. Many unions who have held hands with the environmentalists (for hopes of unionizing green energy jobs that never materialized) are pleading to the White House to allow the project to move forward, but to no avail. Mr. Steyer has what these workers do not — a billion dollars in his checkbook and the willingness to spend it on politics.
With a critical deadline looming for the president to approve the project, Mr. Steyer’s political advisor Chris Lehane issued a threat. If the president approves the pipeline, Mr. Steyer will not be writing any checks. It was extortion, pure and simple — and it worked. The project was delayed again a few days later, and Rolling Stone reports that the president will drive the final nail in the Keystone coffin shortly after the November elections.
Senator Everett McKinley once quipped, “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” That’s why Steyer is not working alone in the effort to write big checks for the Democrats. He is part of the Democracy Alliance, a shadowy organization founded with the help of George Soros, that gathers millionaires and billionaires together to pool their resources to push the country left.
The Democracy Alliance just met in Chicago with a key speech coming from New York Mayor Bill de Blazio. Comically, the theme of his speech was “income inequality.” It hasn’t seemed to dawn on the group of the uber-rich that the policies they are promoting are causing income inequality.
Opposing Keystone will kill tens of thousands of blue collar jobs.
Pushing Ethanol drives up the price of food for families.
Killing the coal industry and preventing fracking will put tens of thousands on the unemployment lines.
Taxing carbon will destroy the economy, turning the country into an economic basket case.
Those are just some of the issues at stake this November. Should Steyer and his ilk buy enough Senate races to keep Harry Reid in power, the uber liberal rich will still have their money; but blue collar Americans will suffer to an even greater extent. There is income inequality in this country; but when you can afford to write $50 million checks to politicians, you might be able to talk about it. Still, you can’t admit you are causing it.
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