...... we are in much the same position we were ...pre-WW2 with the added negatives of unions and OSHA. we'd never be able to do today, what we did then.
A larger share of the work force was unionized in 1941 than are unionized today. The difference is the Federal Government's commitment to the national defence and the general welfare or the common good, plus the work ethic of the American worker that makes the differance. On 12/07/1941 Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. On December 10, 1941 Hitler declared war on the USA and soon after Germany launched unrestricted submarine warfare on two of America's three coasts.
At that time all Texas and Oklahoma crude oil destined for the East Coast was shipped in tanker ships. In the month of May 1942 alone, 56 US Ships were sunk by Uboats in the Gulf of Mexico, most of them oil tankers. Between February 1942 and May of the same year German Uboats also sank 348 US ships in the Atlantic Ocean. This is a total of 404 ships sent to Davey Jones Locker in only 4 months. Today it takes the USA longer than 4 months to name the next U. S. Navy war ship.
Despite early opposition the USA finally decided to build a pipeline from the Texas-Oklahoma oil fields to today's Rust Belt. One pipeline was named the Big Inch Pipeline and was 24 inches in diameter. A companion pipeline named the Little Big Inch Pipeline was laid beside the Big Inch pipeline. The Little Big Inch Pipeline was for refined products. Together they transported 490,000 barrels per day of petroleum to America's East Coast to help power the American war effort. Counting the feeder lines running to the well heads and Gulf Coast refineries the Big inch and the Little Big Inch Pipelines stretched for over 6,000 miles. By September 10 1942 there were 8 pipe laying crews at work after a contract was signed in June. By August 17 1943 the final weld was made in New Jersey and soon afterwards oil began to flow. This pipe line is still in operation almost 70 years later.
The Keystone Pipeline was first proposed in early 2005. After the final 3 years of the Bush Administration and after the first 5 years of the Obama Administration there is still not even a final route chosen. The current administration is always bad mouthing our energy policy and saying that we are at risk if we depend on Middle Eastern potentates for our Petroleum needs. Earth to Space Ship Barry... Come in Barry! Flash communication arriving... Canada is not in the Middle East, nor is it one of the 57 states you visited, Rodger Dodger Barry, over and out. I just thought that you would like to know in case Obama tries again to lay the blame on that POOR little Connticut WASP Yale frat boy G. W. Bush.
For you who may be wondering who is behind the case of the slows that the Keystone Pipeline is infected with here is an partial list of the guilty parties, no usual suspects here, Lennox Yearwood, Chief Jacqueline Smith, Van Jones, Crystal Lameman, Michael Brune, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont). The latter Senator is one of at least two current US Senators who openly call themselves Marxist.
Now tell me you wouldn't be speaking low German today or looking for a menorah to smash if the Big and Little Big Inch Pipelines had never been laid.
Oh, inorder to prove to you that today's Democrat Party is not your Grand Daddy's Democrat party the Democrat party functionary in charge of building the Big Inch and the Little Big Inch Pipelines was FDR's Secretary of the Interior, one Harold Ickeys. Does the name ring a bell? It should.
"Ickes grew up a political scion who hated politics. Born in Washington and raised on a 250-acre farm in Maryland, he is the son of Harold LeClair Ickes ("Old Curmudgeon" to his friends), FDR's interior secretary, an architect of the New Deal's Public Works Administration, and the longest-serving cabinet member in American history..."
Ickes has worked on a slew of presidential campaigns— Eugine McCarthy's in 1967, Jimmy Carter's in 1976, Ted Kennedy's in 1980, Walter Mondale's in 1984, Jesse Jackson's in 1988. In 1992 Ickes landed in the wet and warm embrace of Bill and Billary Clinton. It was in 1996 while working for Bill and Billary Clinton that Ickes invented the political strategy of unlimited "Soft Money" donations to political campaigns. Infact it was ickes' and his unlimited soft money donations along with Bill and Billary Clintons' ethics or the lack there of,
that are responsible for well known Democrat talking head Dick Morris bolting the Democrat Party.
Harold Ickes father (the longest serving cabinat member of any political party in history) brushed aside all opposition both political, and physical to built an oil pipeline to help the United States stay independent. Now the same Democrat Party is Hell bent on insuring that we become a vassal state to S'aud Arabia, Egypt, or both. I can get you beeks a good deal on a Muslim prayer rug or a burka for your wife, PM me.
I wish to think Mother Jones for the back ground information or Harold 'Ickey' the younger. There is nothing like going directly to the horse's mouth to get the lowest information on the Democrat Party. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/harold-ickes-priorities-usa-action-obama