By Henry Decker

EPA Chief To Step Down, Reportedly Over Keystone XL Pipeline Fight

December 28, 2012 2:32 pm Category: Memo Pad 48 Comments A+ / A-
EPA Chief To Step Down, Reportedly Over Keystone XL Pipeline Fight

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced Thursday that she will resign from her post, reportedly over her split with President Obama on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Jackson, who had served as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection before President Obama tapped her as his chief environmental officer in 2008, said in a statement that she leaves the EPA “confident the ship is sailing in the right direction.”

According to a report in BuzzFeed, however, Jackson left in large part due to her differences with the White House over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Keystone XL would be an extension to the existing pipeline carrying synthetic crude oil from Canada to refineries in Illinois, Oklahoma, and the Gulf Coast of Texas. Critics of the pipeline contend that it could raise gas prices and have a devastating effect on the environment. The existing section of the Keystone pipeline had 12 spills in its first year of existence (one of which dumped 14,000 gallons of oil in North Dakota), and the XL extension could have even worse consequences. In May, University of Nebraska professor John Stansbury told The National Memo that he estimated the Keystone XL pipeline could have 91 “significant” spills over a 50-year lifecycle, with a worst-case scenario spill dumping 7.9 million gallons of oil into the Nebraska Sandhills above the Ogalla Aquifer.

The pipeline became a hot-button political issue during the presidential election, when President Obama rejected TransCanada’s initial proposal to build the pipeline pending “a full assessment” of its impact, but later authorized the construction of its southern portion — over the strenuous objections of environmentalists. “Today, we’re making this new pipeline from Cushing to the gulf a priority,” the president declared during a March press conference announcing his support for the project.

Jeff Tittel, the director of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club and a friend of Jackson’s, told BuzzFeed that the EPA administrator “left as a matter of conscience,” adding that she “has too much principle to support [the pipeline], between the climate impacts of it and the water quality impacts of it.”

“If the president comes out for it, she would be expected to support it,” Tittel said. “Whether they told her or not, that’s how it works. She was the person who pushed the hardest for the moratorium on the pipeline and now she’s leaving.”

A second source within the Obama administration confirmed to BuzzFeed that Keystone was the cause of Jackson’s departure, although spokespeople for the White House and the EPA denied the report.

Jackson had other differences with the president during her four years running the EPA, most notably over Obama’s refusal to tighten the national standards for smog; League of Conservation Voters president Gene Karpinski called the move “the worst thing a Democratic president had ever done on our issues.”

Whatever the reason for Jackson’s departure, the focus now turns to her potential replacements. The EPA is a top political target for Republicans, raising the possibility for a brutal confirmation fight for whoever Obama appoints. For that reason, The Wall Street Journal reports that Obama is likely to promote an internal candidate — as the Senate has already confirmed Jackson’s deputies — and he may even make a recess appointment to try to skip the battle altogether.

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  • highpckts

    Good for her!! At least she has some principles!! It’d good to know at least someone know what a devastating affect this pipeline will have!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SLNXLCZ4OV44TTOV5OVDTQV2LU DIANA

    I’m afraid that we are seeing a side of Obama that is disturbing…not what I voted for. We need people in government that are knowledgeable and competent. Our loss that she resigns. Hope that she can make difference some where in this crazy world. Good luck Ms. Jackson

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    In an era when personal ambition trumps principles, Ms. Jackson’s behavior and her decision to resign are commendable. The only ones that will benefit from the Keystone XL extension are the Koch brothers. Its construction will have minimal impact on unemployment, and even less after it is built. The way we neglect our environment contrasts with that of people in countries like Canada, who banned the construction of this pipeline because of environmental concerns. It is becoming increasingly apparent that we will sell our heritage and our souls in exchange for a few bucks.
    I hope President Obama does not think Tea Party advocates will be more inclined to compromise on anything if he approves construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. He has gotten nothing for all the concession he has made in the made, and he will get nothing in exchange for this latest capitulation.

    • nobsartist

      I wonder why nobody has suggested building a refinery in Alberta and shipping the oil over to Vancouver since it is going to china anyway. If the refinery was located in Alberta, it could also support the market for it in the US, if there ever is one.

      Dont be surprised if Obama approves the pipeline. After all, he must also protect his own interests, just like every other politician.

      • freedomrocks76

        Simple answer- the Canadians do not want it.

    • GeorgeChipLeveto

      MAYBE you need to check exactly who has investments in this pipeline, have you forgotten that the legislaters get inside tradeing privileges, along with every thing else they rob us of, its totally sickning, they are paid for every thing including their pention, after 1 term , God its hard to believe they keep our economy in the cstate they do,can you imagine what will happen with a disaster like they had in Michigan , and the Kalamazoo river? I guess Obama will have to learn that his speeches to American citizens about his caring for our welfare might only be considered skin deep.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      I Totally Agree With You!! The Koch Brothers Are Just Greedy Thugs Who Gives Less Than A Damn About Destroying This Country In Their Quest For More Money Which They Damn Sure Don’t Need!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        President Obama Is On Meet The Press Now!! No Where In This Interview Is He Talking About Passing The Keystone Pipeline But He Is Talking About The Job Bill And Helping The 98% American People!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          Heart Breaking NEWS: Hillary Clinton Has Been Hospitalized Doctors Found A Blood Clot!!! :-(!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WHHWC52UEG4EX6JDXE3ONWCRYI beau10

      Ditto. I have reached the point of wishing we had a viable third political party that represented the American people and our environment instead performing as hand puppets for those special interests that seem intently determined upon destroying both.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carlos-Decourcy-Lascoutx/100002574635682 Carlos Decourcy Lascoutx

    …another planned disaster hoping(my spelling)along.

  • draining

    I know she can’t stand behind the pipeline but we need her to continue to fight. I wish she had stayed this pipeline could still be stopped. I was apposed to it from the begining this is terrible news. Its not bad enough that the chemicals from fracking are destroying our water. Now this why did he give in at all? He will never run for president I really thought he cared about the effects the pipeline will have on this country.

  • montanabill

    This story just happened to overlook Lisa Jackson’s secret email alias used for sending emails related to coal industry regulation. I guess that just doesn’t qualify as news to the National Memo. Kind of like Benghazi isn’t a news story either.

    • Landsende

      Instead of innuendo please state some facts you can back up.

      • montanabill

        Google ‘epa secret mail accounts’.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZJ5BBSQIGTUMERPZFALES6HQNY Bill

          It brings you to the Daily Caller, hardly a non-bias website. They offer a lot off innuendo with out much substance. Citing a right wing website is like using the fair and balance reports from the Fox not really the News. Just because some website writes something doesn’t mean it’s true.

          • montanabill

            Actually, my search took me to the Washington Times. Try that site. When the contents of emails are made public, let’s see who reports it.

  • William Deutschlander

    Thank you Lisa for your leadership.

    The XL Pipeline is an ENVIRONMENTAL disaster for Canada and the U S A!

  • GodlessRabble

    This should have been dead on arrival. This pipeline will not help the USA very much as the oil that will travel through the pipeline is on it’s way to China. How nice of the USA to take the environmental hit for their friendly allies – those great Chinese that give us currency manipulation, trade disadvantages…..and best of all – help our manufacturing companies to outsource jobs that were originally held by American’s hoping to join the middle class.

    Thank you right wingers….those great folks that would sell their mother’s if there was a buck to be made….

    • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

      You are right. The pipeline will be used to transport Canadian oil to the Gulf Coast for export overseas. The reason the Koch brothers chose this route is because Canadian local governments did not allow construction of the pipeline because of environmental concerns. GOP claims that it will help us achieve energy independence make absolutely no sense at all.
      If President Obama’s capitulation on this issue is true, it will be a major disappointment, and he will get nothing in return. The Koch brothers will see it as a sign of weakness and will not give their minions in Congress the go ahead to compromise on the tax issue or anything else. In fact, it will reenergize them.

  • Annemb

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson is a true environmentalist. I give her much credit for her decision. It’s too bad, though, because the EPA (and we) needs good people.

    Thank you Ms. Jackson, for your tireless work and for standing up for your principles and for the Environmental Protection Agency!

    Blessings…to you.

  • dtgraham

    lisa Jackson and environmentally conscience Americans have a lot to be concerned about. Enbridge has a horrendous track record. We’ve all heard of the environmental disasters that their pipelines have caused in the U.S. There were 687 pipeline failures in 2010 in Canada. Three spills in a single month dumped 400,000 gallons of oil—including 132,000 gallons into a river that provides drinking water to the Province of Alberta residents.

    In hearings with British Columbia officials, Enbridge representatives displayed a lackadaisical, uncaring attitude with a lot of partial and non answers to questions. People finally had enough. The Keystone is going nowhere west, or Gateway east. BC has refused it and it has little support in the other direction. I don’t know whether the PM would have gotten into lengthy court battles with the Provinces, but I guess he didn’t feel the need to after Obama’s go ahead. I hear that Nebraska doesn’t want this pipeline and it stands to reason that there must be others that don’t.

    We’ve come to expect this from the asshole that we’ve got up here as Prime Minister (we’ll be dealing with him in a few years), but I was hoping for more from a good man like President Obama.

  • Sand_Cat

    AND SHE AND ALL OF US WHO CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT ARE, ONCE AGAIN, SOLD OUT.

    The only good things I can say about this president are that he seems to be a nice guy with some intelligence, and he’s at least somewhat better in the short term than the lunatics who ran against him. But – long term – his policies take us the same way theirs would, just more slowly.

  • Jo6pK

    President Obama do not sign on to this monstrosity, there is no good that can come from it’s construction. If the president votes to let this attack on fresh water and the health of the american people suffer for contaminated substance we are not allowed to know, can not even be evaluated then the Democrats need to burn this president in the senate on this issue, put such expensive restraints that any accident would be paid for up front by a deposit of 30 billion for instant clean-ups and the training of say thousand folks for the job, returning veterans would be perfect. The whole thing stinks to high heaven, another proviso would be to make dame sure none of this oil or extracts allowed to be sold overseas under any conditions. [President Obama do not sign on to this monstrosity, there is no good that can come from it’s construction] For environmental reasons this pipeline is an attack on our country and should be treated as such by voters, all who back, vote for this must be held accountable for every drop of whatever this is, and all the industries found guilty of typical slipshod work must have all their assets seized and sold and all of the money used for repair and upgrading the environmental damage done and no other purpose. This is being done for some other reason other then for America, as no americans can be found who want this monstrosity in their backyards. President Obama do not sign on to this monstrosity, there is no good that can come from it’s construction. Joe6pK

  • Jo6pK

    President Obama do not sign on to this monstrosity, there is no good that can come from it’s construction. If the president votes to let this attack on fresh water and the health of the american people suffer for contaminated substance we are not allowed to know, can not even be evaluated then the Democrats need to burn this president in the senate on this issue, put such expensive restraints that any accident would be paid for up front by a deposit of 30 billion for instant clean-ups and the training of say thousand folks for the job, returning veterans would be perfect. The whole thing stinks to high heaven, another proviso would be to make dame sure none of this oil or extracts allowed to be sold overseas under any conditions. [President Obama do not sign on to this monstrosity, there is no good that can come from it’s construction] For environmental reasons this pipeline is an attack on our country and should be treated as such by voters, all who back, vote for this must be held accountable for every drop of whatever this is, and all the industries found guilty of typical slipshod work must have all their assets seized and sold and all of the money used for repair and upgrading the environmental damage done and no other purpose. This is being done for some other reason other then for America, as no americans can be found who want this monstrosity in their backyards. President Obama do not sign on to this monstrosity, there is no good that can come from it’s construction. Joe6pK

  • Jo6pK

    President Obama do not sign on to this monstrosity, there is no good that can come from it’s construction. If the president votes to let this attack on fresh water and the health of the american people suffer for contaminated substance we are not allowed to know, can not even be evaluated then the Democrats need to burn this president in the senate on this issue, put such expensive restraints that any accident would be paid for up front by a deposit of 30 billion for instant clean-ups and the training of say thousand folks for the job, returning veterans would be perfect. The whole thing stinks to high heaven, another proviso would be to make dame sure none of this oil or extracts allowed to be sold overseas under any conditions. [President Obama do not sign on to this monstrosity, there is no good that can come from it’s construction] For environmental reasons this pipeline is an attack on our country and should be treated as such by voters, all who back, vote for this must be held accountable for every drop of whatever this is, and all the industries found guilty of typical slipshod work must have all their assets seized and sold and all of the money used for repair and upgrading the environmental damage done and no other purpose. This is being done for some other reason other then for America, as no americans can be found who want this monstrosity in their backyards. President Obama do not sign on to this monstrosity, there is no good that can come from it’s construction. Joe6pK

  • snickers413

    It’s already had 12 spills and only made it to N. Dakota? Good Grief, how stupid would we have to be to allow this to cross our country? I dont see us all turning into Fox watchers in the next few months so you know it wont be the peoples will if this moves through our country! Geeze, and we dont even benifit from the oil, how stupid is Washington?

  • old_blu

    Wow! Someone in Washington with values they stick to. (good for her.)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GGHNYPK4GNCRYZLXWVZ447WHJM Plznnn

    To all of you self-righteous persons, quit using any oil products, or filling your gasoline engine. Easy to bitch but we need more oil to keep our society running. And for all of you that keep allowing Millions of Illegals to enter our country & even too large numbers of Legal immigration, that is increasing further our dependence on oil, especially foreign oil.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KCS3Y6VPV2ZQPEWGGZLPSKQI7M Maynard

    I hope Lisa P. Jackson gets the positive recognition she deserves. We are at a crossroads now when we either continue putting greed above sanity or we say no to filthy fossil fuels and nuclear power. We really had no choice but to pick Obama. But he does have a choice. He cannot get reelected and it is time for him to stand up for his place in history. Unless he is afraid of assassination – he knows the pressures the power elite are asserting on him – he should be a true leader and defy their control.
    The specter of British Petroleum and other harms of filthy fossil fuels and nuclear disasters are far greater than Solyndra, yet the well funded propagandists have virtually shouted us down. Whether or not alternative energy has the financial rewards initially is not important. It still must be supported until it gets off the ground, the way have and continue to support the hydrocarbon fuel industries. We need to ask who is benefiting from their enormous profits now and what are they doing with them. People like the Koch Brothers are getting that money and they are using it to attempt to buy our democracy and influence our energy decisions to continue supporting them. But the negative externalities – the costs of air and water pollution, global warming, and irreversible ecological damage are too great and will continue far into the future. We are asking future generations to pay for our profligacy and short-sightedness.
    We have good clean alternatives: wind, sun, geothermal and most importantly – hydrogen. Hydrogen is universally abundant. It is in every drop of water. Its only byproduct from combustion is pure water vapor. It is safer than gas. In an accident its light weight carries it up and away from the victims.
    Scientists have made great strides in separating it cheaply and efficiently from Oxygen in water. They also have made great developments in fuel cells and storage. Through a process called artificial photosynthesis, they have the potential to quickly and efficiently produce it using free sunlight. They can now store it without costly cooling or compression. Four major auto manufacturers already have models in production: General Motors, Fiat, Volkswagen and Toyota. They are getting no help setting up the infrastructure support.
    With our government under the polluters’ control, it will take a lot of determined, dedicated people working together and the time is short. When the ancient ice melts it releases trapped methane which is 30 times as powerful in preventing the sun’s rays from bouncing back out into space. This will rapidly intensify the severity of the problem. First to go will be sources of fresh water as the sea water will compromise them. Then the land along the coasts will be inundated. We cannot afford to lose freshwater aquifers either. The country’s largest aquifer is right under the proposed pipeline.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KOPKDFAUQPIIRAFI3HEXNMSHLQ Ed

    And MONEY wins again. Oboma has no backbone and is not a democrat!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JMT6C3LHLJDD4RX4NB4KY5ICAE gargray

    The Canadian oil barrens will use our country to ship oil to other nations. And of course our gas prices will go up the cost of pumping oil through the pipe line, who pays the cost? for the building and the cost of a disaster? They are the same owned by big US coroporations.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XQV2E2E7VGHH5S2E2HEEGKMEAE Chas

    Obama kisses up to the Koch brothers and Wall Street psychopaths. He has no real principles just like typical politicians. Between him and Romney, he was truly the lesser of 2 evils. Obama is a big disappointment. Is it not ironic that the Republicans (by accident) have been preventing him from giving the people a raw deal on entitlements such as the chained cost of living index. The country badly needs leaders with conscience.

  • dalnb

    The Keystone pipeline should be run into northern Nevada where distribution would support the North Western and Central United States with less cost and a higher level of reliability.

    Running the line into Texas would cost a huge amount that would be charged back to the consumers not only at the pump but in virtually every thing we buy. Running the pipeline into Texas would add very few jobs to the operation of the refinery there as they already have people doing the job and would only have to add a few more employees.

    Every time a significant storm hits the gulf area (and it seems it occurs more and more often) the refineries close down or are damaged and the price of fuel jumps never to come back down to where it was before the incident. Adding the additional crude and fuel into the Texas plants would create not only a higher environmental problem and a threat from natural disasters but create a HUGE terrorist target.

    Nevada has a huge amount of mostly vacant federal lands. A portion of this land should be made available through sale or lease for the development of a new refinery. Northern Nevada is serviced with a major rail line and an exceptionally good interstate (I-80) highway that would support distribution. The cost of building the pipeline would be minimized, the possibility of contaminating other resources is greatly reduced, the cost in construction is reduced, it would lead to greater employment, processing would be less vulnerable to natural and man-made threats and distribution would be more reliable.

    I do not support Keystone into Texas but Keystone into Nevada is logical. In Nevada oil from Canada, Montana and Nevada could all be processed safer and at a less cost.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A3R6A3QPKLN2U7JBPTQCHNNFYA Robert

    Robert: Ms. Jackson as the EPA director has stonewalled permits for drilling oil in the US and has set back the American people that have been higher prices for gasoline .I can recall the Seceretary of Enery Steven Chou stated we need to be paying $8.00 a gallon for gasoline like the European countries.Tell me Warren Buffett will benefit from the pipeline but will we be paying more for gasoline.Get rid of the EPA and the supper rich that support it Ted Turner,at are part of the Soros,and host of other celebrities that embrace the American people paying more for energy.The clowns in DC that are lobbyists Sierra Club and the rest of Obama supporters.I have followed the people who donate to the private clubs that support the EPA wow what a bunch of crap.We continue to support the Muslins by buying thier oil and they get richer and richer.We give Egypt F 16 planes and pour millions of dollars into a country that we have to buy their support.We have 23 million that have no jobs and cant find work,18% of the college graduates can not find work,a debt of 16 trillion dollar debt that we have reached a our celing debt,and we are still giving foreign countries billions of dollars,while the American people are suffering.The only thing the politicans think about are new taxes.They never talk of cutting spending,never balance a budget.The physical cliff is another way to increase taxes onthe American people so you wont point the finger at the President.Think about this Why has 40 Major Banks paid no Federal or State Taxes for ther past 4 years.If you or I did not pay our taxes we would have a visit from the IRS and next they would be taken our house ,car,and everything we own.Bank of America,Wells Fargo,Chase Mahattan.
    Mr President lets start by havingthe 40 ty banks pay their fair share then we can level the playing field and not the Middle class taxpaying citizens always paying the bill.

  • pattreid

    I hope this is fact and not just wishful rumoring.

  • ronaldhyams

    I am a city person and this pipeline seemed like a good idea EXCEPT that its runs down the middle of country, near or under this country’s largest water table. Farmers in particular are worried that if the line leaks or breaks the whole mid-west bread basket of farming could be destroyed, because the water table would be contaminated and this would be something money could not fix. Is this a reasonable concern? well…leaving politics aside
    if we look at Alaskan, Wisconsin and Michigan breaks and/or leaks I think they have a point, and I think Lisa Jackson had a point as she wanted a delay to look carefully into the matter.
    Should we gamble on thousands of new jobs ( yes, they are needed) against the possible destruction of thousands of acres of fertile farmland and drinking water for millions of mid-west citizens. This is a question every person in the country should be concerned with. Private business and the U.S. government will offer all of us guarantees, history tells this will not help if the worst takes place and odds are one day or another the worst will take place!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kermit-Mercer/100002425537907 Kermit Mercer

    I am surprised but not shocked about President Obama’s willingness to go the next step to aiding this very dangerous and greedy step in pascifying the powerful money that is available in enormous amounts. I graduated as a Geologist in 1971 and see this environmental sellout in the same light as the “fraking” horror that lurks near us here in New York State. I was an electronic designer on Nuclear Reactors in 1959 and at that time the COAL and OIL lobbys made the American people frightened of nuclear energy so, America was left behind, forever, in the search for cheap energy. Europe, on the other hand, has a huge number of ractors and has started to buy up our utilities for the last 10 years. We did loose the battle for cheap energy over 40 years ago because there were not enough scientists and engineers coming out of out schools. Why, well, one reason is that not enough grammer school teachers were excited about chemistry, math, physics and astronomy to pass the excitment on to the kids. Hooray for those folks in Nebraska who are taking a firm stand against the this future tragedy.

  • Pam Miner

    She is right! Someday they will rue the deay they decide to let the nasty pipeline go thru. It will more likely than not pollute the Oglala Aquifer and poison the drinking water in 7 states!
    Anything that FAILS once a MONTH is NOT Worth it!
    I wish she would stay on to continue to fight against this but she probably sees they have already decided to act STUPID! Ruin everything for MONEY! Is as STUPID as can BE!
    Thanks ms Jackson for trying to protect us and our drinking water.

  • Pam Miner

    Another thing to consider, the pipeline and the fracking will be poisoning Not Just OUR Drinking water, but also for Livestock and Wildlife and Pets. . How can any Christian group NOT SEE that GoD MADE this Wonderful Earth for HIS USE and OUR use and for US to PROTECT!! Yet I heard a so-called “Christian” group that is saying the opposite! that’s just depraved.

  • Paul Kula

    “Someday, when we mature as a nation and as a people, we will have learned that some things you cannot compromise over. The overall impact will have been to great to our planet. I hope that we learn this before it is too late.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Al-Davis/100000495384015 Al Davis

    Most of the political elite are loaded up on the stock of the company, why else do you think they will eventually get it through??

  • Anna Drake

    Obama will sell us out to Bonehead and tea parties – sad to say but money talks ans BS walks.
    Dominick – U R Right – Canadians do not wanted the pipeline but they know that Americans will buy the BS with a dollar attached to it and WILL VOTE FOR IT because it gives them few bucks and they can buy the latest I POD. LOL. Later they will go on gov. payola and be welfare case like most Corp. They will come back to their states and say re elect me I voted for the Keystone and will work for you. Yeah. The Keystone does nothing for the unemployed – it’s a temporary fix and then WHAT????? Back to square one. I feel that Obama already SOLD us out and is selling us piece by piece. Most Democrats DON’t HAve a BACK BOINE to stand up – money is more important to them than the world they live in, air they breath at least Republicans stick toghether like a glue no matter what. Just watch and see Republicans will get what they want and BOnehead will be whistling like the last time I got 99% of what I wanted , Tralalalalalalala.
    Reid will cave in to sneaky McConnell and Mc Connell will be re elected and BIne head will have his job as a lousy House Speaker. Remember we REWARD people for bad jobs and let go the good ones. It’s the AMerican way. CEO will screw up they will give him millions in bonuses at the expenses of the minimum worker pay. Just watch and see – Koch Bros, pump enough money into Robmeofmoney and lost it but they will recover twice as much with their business tactics, buying out Senators, Congressmans and Supreme Justice.
    We need TERM LIMITS, put them all on the same SS, Medicare and SIX YEARS TERM – nothing done, voted on things that harm all of us U R OUT on the pasture and on unemployment line.SOme of them have been so long in Congress, so old and senile and still don’t know what they are doing or voting for. Senate, Congress become a Assisted living Facility on taxpayers payola.
    How nice. Enjoy the bumpy ride and let’s go off the cliff. It will not hurt the ones on the lower pay scale – they don’t pay much in taxes anyway and to pay extra 2% will not hurt that much – maybe the newest I Pod will have to wait. LOL.

  • onedonewong

    The ship is heading in the right direction as another 50,000 jobs are stopped. its right on cue from an administration that hasn’t added 1 incremental job in 4 years

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KGEKZA7UKOXDWDA4ROKWFFCSFM radioreddz

    get lost commie

  • dmr69

    I am not an avaid reader to what I read on this site, I am a avaid reader of the disqus. Let me introduce myself; I am 62 yrs. old, 7th grade education, G.E.D. graduate and own a construction business. I have put 2 children thru college (and they are successfull) and I know thay voted for Romney, “why”? Because they voted the Democratic way of how I taught them. I now have a daughter that is now finnishing her 2nd yr. of law school. She wants to be an attorney/advocate for abused women. My daughter never mentioned,Race,Creed,Color or choice of political prefrence.The commentment and drive I see come from her makes me feel so good and wonder how on God’s earth did our goverment bring us (WE THE PEOPLE) to this dellimma of selfessness. I am one of those people, I am a Mexican/American who lost loved one’s in Nam, Kuwait.Afganistan.and Irque. What more can the WE THE PEOPLE give. How much money should we keep paying our represenatives to keep us from sending our future to unjustifiable wars to satisfy the legions of lobbiest who don’t know the pain of loseing a loved one. Does MONEY really justify their need’s. The only thing I have left is the future for myself is my daughter, who is in law school, with all the dream’s of her future. I will stand by her as I stood by my other children children who voted their chose. What happened to all those REPRESENTITIVE’S OF THE PEOPLE, did thay forget where thay came from. Maybe if thay took the time to read our Constitution (all the page’s) and reconcider “why” thay are there in the first place, WE would’t be here in the first place. I as One of the people will believe in my daughter’s dream and as One of the People for the People hope to God that our future lawmaker’s will be my daughter and those like her who still believe in our constitution as a goal to change what is happining in our country right now. For the majority of the 98%, It feel’s like this is all we have left………

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4JK5UTBYBW34I6QZZXYEBMSTT4 TEN-OF-WANDS

    Let us hope that we do not return to a REAGAN style EPA.

  • mcb0b

    She’s quitting because she got caught using a secret email accounts to circumvent transparency and accountability regulations and you clowns try to gloss it over with some BS tale trying to say it’s because she’s so ethical. Give me a break. Are you journalists or public relations flaks?

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