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I need glasses for my eyes, not my brain!

I need glasses for my eyes.

I do, I need glasses for my nearsightedness. What I don’t need glasses for is shortsightedness, unlike our president. Rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline is extremely shortsighted.

“Now, Bradley,” some might say, “The president gave three very good reasons to reject the pipeline.”

Yes, President Obama did give three reasons to reject the pipeline.

The first reason cited is jobs. Now, I’m no economist but it does take time to build a pipeline, so for that period of time people have jobs. It also takes people to maintain the pipeline, so those people have jobs after construction. Then there are the people who refine the oil, and more of those jobs would likely have become available. Finally, there are the people at the end of the pipeline working in the Gulf of Mexico to load the oil on to ships for export. Unless I’m mistaken, those are all jobs, and that’s called an economic boom!

The second reason cited is gas prices. Yes, gas prices are dropping. Last week I filled up for less than $2/gal. Today I could not believe my eyes when I saw gas drop to $1.77(9). I was flabbergasted when I saw the station across the street not matching the price, but that’s their business, right? Again, I’m not an economist, and I know gas price is determined by a global market place, but I’m fairly certain shipping Canada’s oil to Europe instead of China would help lower their gas prices, and in a small world such as the one we live in isn’t that the neighborly thing to do?

The third reason cited is energy security. This is where I have my beef, not just about America’s energy security, but with our allies’ energy security as well. It’s not just neighborly to help Canada ship oil across the Atlantic; it’s a matter of global security.

“Now, Bradley,” some might say, “how can shipping more oil overseas be in any way related to global security?”

Do people know where Europe gets its oil? Do people know where Israel gets its oil? Do people know the cost of gas overseas? Prices might be downright peachy over here, but across the Atlantic it’s a whole other ballgame.

Currently, Europe is in a better situation than ever with Russia a major supplier of oil, but not in control of the pipelines. Further, the falling oil prices have hurt the Russian economy. However, that’s a problem, because the bad economy requires distraction for national pride, hence Putan’s sudden intervention in Syria. With the U.S. out, Russia is back, baby! Israel isn’t celebrating.

Back in the 80’s Reagan bankrupted the Soviet Union in an arms race their economy could not support. Today, the best way to hold Russia in check is to help gas prices fall faster, hopefully forcing Putan to stop wasting money on military interventions in places he doesn’t belong.

Then there is the Mideast. Wouldn’t it be nice if the nations who fund terror organizations predating ISIS suddenly found it a bit more difficult to find the money to spend? I know one nation that would be elated by the sudden shift in power over oil, not to mention the lower gas prices.

Unfortunately, instead of making sure oil gets into the hands of our allies to help create a long term chain reaction that helps them get away from hostile nations’ oil, President Obama’s shortsightedness has declared the status quo is the way to go. No offense, Israel.

So where does that leave us?

Right now, as a Jew, I feel like I’m standing before God on Yom Kippur.

For those who aren’t familiar with how Yom Kippur works, here’s the short, short version: We fast all day, confess the same sins we keep committing every year, and ask God to give us one more year to get things right. Then the next year we go back and do it all over again.

But as an American I’m standing before Canada right now, and I’m  begging them to please give us just one more election to get it right, and then we’ll build the pipeline!

Yes, I need glasses for my eyes, but Mr. President, I’m afraid you need glasses for your brain!