- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 9, 2012

President Obama is in full campaign mode, so any job-creating proposals that even slightly offend any of the naive sensitivities of the far left will be stonewalled until “after the election.” At that point, they will be hurled to the bottom of a pile of a multiplicity of other solutions that have been recommended to actually spur economic growth in this country (see any of the budgets that have passed the House).

Mr. Obama’s previous, inconceivable lack of support for the Keystone XL pipeline, a decision that should have been an easier call than killing Osama bin Laden (which he continues to remind us was evidence of his gutsy leadership), is unimaginable given our economic condition and the number of Americans out of work.

The Keystone XL debacle demonstrates with concrete evidence that this administration is not actually interested in creating jobs, only in appeasing environmentalists. As much as Mr. Obama complains about the Republican Party being hijacked by the Tea Party, what rarely gets acknowledged is that Mr. Obama is in the back pocket of the left-wing contingent of his party. This is either because he actually believes in this ideology or because he thinks it is the best strategy for re-election. Either way, this is a tragedy and an additional example of Mr. Obama’s failed leadership.

My prediction: Americans who would benefit from the pipeline will continue to scrimp and save and remain on the government dole and the economy will continue to limp along as Mr. Obama continues traveling around the country extolling the merits of taxing the rich. All the while, he will be ignoring what should be an obvious decision.

LISA MATHEWS

The Colony, Texas