Friday, January 20, 2012

Keystone, Arkansas Jobs, and a One Term Proposition

By Katherine Vasilo: If you had the opportunity to create 20,000 American jobs and protect hundreds of jobs here in Arkansas, what would you do?

Seems like a no brainer to those of us who recognize our economy is struggling, our national debt is skyrocketing and the unemployment rate has remained above 8 percent for 35 consecutive months.

Unfortunately, hundreds of Arkansas jobs may now be on the chopping block thanks to President Barack Obama’s recent rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline. At a time when the economy desperately needs to be creating jobs, the President would rather please his liberal base to save his own job.

Little Rock-based Welspun Tubular is a key manufacturer of pipeline for the Keystone project, and their President David Delie said in December that “If the project doesn’t get the required permits, most of Welspun’s 600 jobs could be suspended for a time.” This is in addition to 60 Arkansas workers who have already lost their job due to the President’s failure to approve this jobs project.

We’d like to know why state Democrats remain silent as Barack Obama’s economically destructive policies put even more Arkansans out of work. In fact, Governor Mike Beebe and Democratic members of the General Assembly won’t touch what they call a “partisan issue.” Since when did protecting Arkansas jobs become partisan?

For the sake of Arkansas and our nation, we cannot afford four more years of President Obama, who would rather put special interests ahead of getting our economy back on track.

We do agree with the President on one thing and that is when he said, “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one term proposition.”

Failed policies, failed promises and failed leadership. It’s time to make Barack Obama’s one term proposition a reality.
Katherine Vasilos is the Communications Director for the Republican Party of Arkansas

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