Tuesday, January 24, 2012

SOTU and the West

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, uses President Obama's State of the Union (campaign) speech as an opportunity to poke the president for his less-than-stellar economic record -- and detail how it's stifling Western states.

A snippet:
“The President took an economic emergency and turned it into a national tragedy.

“Instead of focusing on creating jobs, President Obama by using his party’s majority in Congress to push for greater government control, more burdensome and debilitating regulations, and a failed stimulus package that [led] to record-setting annual deficits.

“The Western States, such as Utah, have felt the pain acutely. Through a series of efforts to block domestic energy production and prevent the responsible use of public lands, the Obama Administration has cut off an important supply of revenue and jobs.

“He has placed unnecessary and unjustified moratoriums on offshore exploration for oil and gas. He has blocked plans to look for oil in Alaska and Virginia, and has prevented the development of oil shale in Utah.

“This Administration has delayed or revoked energy development permits and used heavy-handed regulation to slow the creation of new projects.

“Most recently, the President denied the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. The project would create 20,000 American jobs, inject much-needed private sector capital into our economy, and increase the country’s energy security.

“However, the President has chosen to block the project as an election-year nod to his friends in the extreme left-wing of the environmentalist movement.

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