Reality is definitely dealing President Obama a different plan than he and his supporters intended. All glistening with “green” credentials and riding the hopes of environmental extremists into office, both expected to be able to push their agenda through while he occupied the Oval Office.
Then he’s faced with the reality of a recession, job losses and economic misery, all of which the agenda he backed would make worse.
Then there’s the added pressure of re-election looming and the fact he has to run on a record this time. What’s a president to do?
Well set priorities apparently, and it seems the green agenda takes a backseat to re-election, much to the chagrin of his erstwhile supporters, such as Robert Redford:
One reason I supported President Obama is because he said we must protect clean air, water and lands. But what good is it to say the right thing unless you act on it?
Since early August, three administration decisions — on Arctic drilling, the Keystone XL pipeline and the ozone that causes smog — have all favored dirty industry over public health and a clean environment. Like so many others, I’m beginning to wonder just where the man stands.
Really, Mr. Redford?
He “stands” for re-election. That’s why he’s in the midst of throwing your agenda under the bus along with much of the rest of the left. He knows perfectly well you don’t have any place else to go. And, he also knows that he must do what he can to stimulate job growth before November of 2012, and that doesn’t include onerous and costly new regulations, further stifling the jobs possibilities associated with oil drilling or killing off those that the Keystone XL pipeline bring with it.
But he’s not worried … you’ll still be there for him in 2012. My bet is you’ll show up with money in your hand to help him along again when he calls on you for it. And all for more empty promises to be chucked out the window at the first sign of political trouble. Real hope and change, huh Robert?