Because it would hurt his chances for re-election by scaring senior citizens.
Medicare is going broke, collapsing the system and, along with Social Security, bankrupting America. But Nelson won’t touch it because he can’t garner votes from seniors without demagoguing the Medicare issue against Republicans.
This is all confirmed by a liberal Washington Post writer, who tells how Nelson is utterly panicked about losing the senior vote in his re-election bid.
Well, at least we have confirmed who Ben Nelson is putting first.
And in case you were wondering whether Nebraska liberals were still standing with their standard bearer Ben Nelson, they are. The kids at Nebraska’s #2 liberal blog (the NNN) confirm that they “owe” Nelson for supporting the liberal agenda over the past number of years.
You know, for things like, being the deciding vote on ObamaCare, giving liberal Sonia Sotomayor a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court and even voting for Chris Dodd – Barney Frank Wall Street bill which placed burdensome and even job-killing regulations on businesses and job creators.
And as we have said, yes, Nelson has come through on the Obama agenda time after time. If Obama is your man, so is Ben Nelson.
(Oh and “Ronaldo” at the NNN. Just so you know, the leader of Nebraska’s #1 liberal blog thinks you are a “coward” for not giving out your last — or real — name. Just so you know.)
And then there was yesterday’s “independent” report released by Friends of the Earth, written by a UNL professor on the Keystone XL Pipeline. The report gave several what they call “worst case scenarios” if the pipeline leaks.
The report mainly focuses on the idea of a pipeline break at a river crossing — such as on the Platte — that could send bad oil stuff to Omaha. (Hint, hint from FotE, YOU should get involved in this Omahans!!!)
But here is the gigantic fallacy in this whole argument about bad pipes and stuff flowing down river:
There ALREADY IS an oil pipeline that goes across the Platte River. Heck, it’s even named the Keystone.
And that pipeline is older than any new one would be. And won’t have the newer technology of the new pipe. Or the increased precautions.
So why don’t they call for THAT ONE to be shut down?
Well, because that one does no’t carry the so-called “dirty-oil” from Canada that the enviros hate. See, they are not really concerned about an oil spill, or any possible danger from a busted pipe. They have an agenda against the tar-sands oil and the pipeline is just their convenient way of trying to stop it.
And while we are on it, the argument that the tar sands oil is “more corrosive” so the pipe is just going to burst like a toilet-paper straw is also idiotic.
Why? Well, let’s put aside the numerous studies that have determined that the tar-sands oil is NOT corrosive to steel. And let’s put aside the completely false assertion from the report that the new pipeline would be more corrosive because it is underground. And let’s put aside the fact that TransCanada IS complying with all federal regulations for the quality and strength of the metal in the pipe.
Instead, let us pretend that there are NO regulations and TransCanada is allowed to use whatever type of pipe they want.
Would they EVER use something they thought would break???
Guess what folks? They aren’t building a sewer pipe. They are transporting black gold. And they want to keep the gold. Any gold that spills out means less gold for them. So they are going to take every precaution possible to keep the gold in the pipe.
Which only makes all the sense in the world, right? Right.
But the liberal enviros who are “against the pipeline” are really just against the Canadaian oil. Heck, Rush (the Canadian band, not the radio guy) could ferry the oil in their tour bus from Alberta to Houston, (probably while playing “Fly by Night”) with the windows duct taped shut, and the Bold Nebraskans would still hate it.
Which we all understand, right? Right.
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