President Obama does not believe that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. The man who thought nothing about “borrowing” congressional authority when they refused to pass the legislation he demanded, now claims he will veto the Keystone Pipeline XL bill. However, the pipeline seems virtually guaranteed of being built. This is because the State Department has concluded their highly questionable six year delay in issuing final approval. The department has determined the pipeline will create 42,000 jobs, but believes that only 50 will remain permanent after the construction phase is over. The department also concluded the environmental impact will be minimal.

So why threaten a veto of the bill? Because President Obama views the GOP legislation as taking authority out of his hands due to his inaction. Interestingly enough, the issue of taking authority out of others’ hands did not deter the announcement of his extra-constitutional amnesty plan. At the same time, the president knows the Keystone Pipeline XL project is a guaranteed jobs creation bill. He was okay with Harry Reid stalling the legislation in the senate, but will not allow the American people see him prevent 42,000 people from getting jobs.

Undaunted, the GOP Senate and House are proceeding forward with the legislation, which pleases Mark Ahn. At the very least, this might hasten the president finally signing off on the project. In the end, he will be able to take credit for the measure.