3 Things Republicans Have Blocked That Americans Support More Than The Keystone XL Pipeline

boehner-spineless-hypocriteOne of the biggest talking points Republicans like to use as it relates to the Keystone XL pipeline (aside from their lies about jobs) is that the American people overwhelmingly support this project and want to see it built.


To be fair, that’s pretty much true. About 65 percent of Americans surveyed said they support the building of the pipeline.

The problem with this number is that many people incorrectly believe that this pipeline will create thousands of permanent jobs. The reality is that when all is said and done, the Keystone XL pipeline will only leave the United States with about 50 permanent jobs. One has to wonder how much lower the approval for the pipeline would be had Republicans not spent the last few years blatantly lying to the American people with big oil at their backs funding this propaganda.

But either way, just looking at this 65 percent at face value, Speaker of the House John Boehner has said that this pipeline should be approved because the American people overwhelmingly support it.

In fact, Boehner said (before it recently failed to pass the Senate) that if President Obama vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline bill it would be tantamount to calling the American people stupid.

“Let’s be clear about this. A Keystone pipeline veto would send the signal that this president has no interest in listening to the American people,” Boehner said. “Vetoing an overwhelmingly popular bill would be a clear indication that he doesn’t care about the American people’s priorities. It would be equivalent of calling the American people stupid.”

Really? That’s the stance he wants to take on whether or not a bill should be passed?

Well, then let’s take a look at three things Republicans have continuously blocked, that Americans support far more than the Keystone XL pipeline.


1. Immigration reform: 87 percent of Americans support passing immigration reform. Not only that, but the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill about 18 months ago that Boehner wouldn’t even let the House vote on.

2. Universal background checks on all gun purchases: 91 percent of Americans support expanding universal background checks on all gun purchases.

3. Raising the minimum wage: 76 percent of Americans support raising the minimum wage. Not only that, but 69 percent of Americans also support linking hikes in the minimum wage to go along with the rate of inflation.

Hell, and when it comes to immigration reform Republicans are gearing up to try to impeach the president because he’s listening to the American people about what they want done on immigration. 

John Boehner really needs to spare us all from his sanctimonious bullcrap. If he and his fellow Republicans were actually listening to the American people, we would have raised the minimum wage, passed universal background checks and have comprehensive immigration reform already in place.

And despite the overwhelming support each of these issues has from the American people, none of them have gotten anywhere in Congress because Republicans refuse to listen to the American people.

But let’s be honest, the main reason Republicans are pushing so hard for the Keystone XL pipeline is because the GOP is essentially sponsored and run by big oil.

So, when Boehner says he’s listening to the American people, quite frankly he’s full of crap. Boehner doesn’t give a damn what the American people think, and his history of blocking things that have been more popular than Keystone XL proves it.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • You’re never going to convince anyone using facts, history, logic and reason.

  • StlSaxist

    Who’s calling the American people stupid, Mr. Speaker? Hmmmm?

    • regressive teaparty trash

      th,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • I-RIGHT-I

    Americans want less expensive energy
    Americans want jobs
    Americans don’t want to live in Mexico
    Americans don’t like paying the freight for half the world and anybody that shows up at our border with gang tats, disease and a sob story about being a refugee from a socialist pig farm.
    Americans are starting to get the picture about the love affair between the Republicans and the Democrats.

  • strayaway

    Things change. Instead of posting a June 2013 link, how about this?

    “A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters oppose the president granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants without the approval of Congress. Just 26% are in favor of Obama’s plan, while 12% are undecided.” -straight from Rasmussen’s website (September 2014)

    • Josh

      Don’t you love how this page just plucks random statistics that seem to support their narrative without further investigation? Like using the stat that a majority support immigration reform without informing people that of that majority, many want these laws to be stronger in terms of enforcement.

      It’s almost as if they are lying…

      • strayaway

        I’m more concerned about interpretations of answers. Another totally different question was just asked by Gallup something to the effect of do you think Congress should do something. Well yes I do but I wish Congress would start by enforcing existing law. A problem occurs when one side interprets my “yes” answer to mean I support backing the Senate bill. That too would be lie which is what you are saying.

  • Michael Pryor

    Raising the minimum wage to what Democrats are asking is lunacy. Entry level jobs are not meant for people to make a living on–hence ENTRY LEVEL. People should not be able to make a living flipping burgers. These jobs are so kids can begin entering the workforce and earning an honest pay.
    Also, when wages are raised, it’s only the people you claim to be wanting to help, that suffer. If wages go up and businesses can’t afford to (or don’t want to) pay these wages, guess who gets fired? Guess who gets their hours cut back?

    People, we need to start thinking smarter. We can’t just jump every time the president says so. This political world has become like a sports competition: “I like this side, so anything that other side recommends I hate”.

    With THAT attitude, the only people that will suffer is our children.

    • Hunter S. Thompson

      You sir are out of touch with the real world! Yes these are entry level jobs but who’s flipping that burger while the kids are in school? The majority of fast food workers aren’t teenagers!

      I can’t remember which past president said it but here’s a quote for you “If you can’t afford to pay your workers a living wage than you aren’t running a viable business.”

      You’re right we don’t need to jump every time the president says to, but fixing the minimum wage is something that needs fixing. Maybe you don’t realize that minimum wage hasn’t even kept up with inflation since 1968! To even just keep up with inflation the minimum wage should be $10.90 today, and that was when fast food working was a teenager job; a starting rung in the job ladder if you may. Back when our country made things, and you could climb that ladder starting on the bottom rung. Now there is very little if any upward mobility for the lower class.

    • MJ Madrid

      So, what’s the solution when all the skilled and semi-skilled jobs have been outsourced? It’s a sad fact that most Americans are overqualified for their current job. Education is only the answer if you’re willing to live in India. Americans have outsourced themselves out of their jobs.

      • Josh

        I’m sure none of this has anything to do with having the highest corporate tax rate besides the United Arab Emirates in the world. Nooo. That couldn’t possibly have any effect on where companies choose to host the majority of their business operations.

      • strayaway

        The answer is to replace income taxes to the extent possible with tariffs. When it makes sense to design and produce something here, businesses will do so. Doing so would transfer some of the tax burden from the backs of our middle class to import corporations.

  • MJ Madrid

    Here’s an old, but appropriate joke:

    Q: How can you tell when John Bohner is lying?

    A: His mouth is moving.

  • Leon E Lewis

    There are few things more laughable than an ideological mouthpiece known for consistently misrepresenting reality calling another group blatant liars.

  • crabjack

    Does it make your ass pucker, Allen, that this blog has become a right-wing-troll magnet? I suppose it was inevitable. It’s what they do.

  • Nicholas A Kocal

    Actually Boehner is correct, lots of Americans are stupid. Stupid Americans are the only reason that republicans win elections.

    • strayaway

      Arrogant democratic elitists are one of the reasons democrats sometimes lose election.

      • Skoll Valdr

        Sadly, you both are correct.

    • apeon

      You must be a ‘grubervoter’

  • Andrew

    I am a Republican, and I agree with this article.

  • John La Frieda

    This is nothing but a liberal progressive based and biased garbage site. The numbers that they have used are ALL fudged. There is in no way 87 percent of Americans support passing immigration reform. This is the single biggest lie in this article! Universal background checks on all gun purchases: 91 percent of Americans support expanding universal background checks on all gun purchases. REALLY? did you progressives realize, that there are ALREADY laws on the book for background checks, and that making them tougher does NOTHING to STOP the bag guys from having guns, but DOES stop the good guys from being able to protect their families from the freaks that would do others harm? Such as BROWN!?!?!?!? THINK ABOUT IT FOR A CHANGE!!