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Senate To Unveil Climate Tax On April 26

From a giddy New York Times:

James Hansen stands behind a mock grave in the grounds of Coventry Cathedral during a climate change day of action in Coventry, March 19, 2009. Hansen won a $100,000 environmental prize on Wednesday for decades of work trying to alert politicians to what he called an unsolved emergency of global warming.

Senate Climate Bill to Be Unveiled April 26


April 15, 2010

The three Senate sponsors of climate and energy legislation now plan to unveil their proposal on April 26, aides said, a few days later than expected, but in time for potential floor debate before the Senate adjourns for its annual summer recess.

Shucks, they missed ‘Earth Day’ (April 22nd) by that much.

Senators John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, and Joseph I. Lieberman, Independent of Connecticut, have been laboring for months to paste together a comprehensive measure that can win 60 votes.

Why bother trying to garner 60 votes? Surely, if ‘healthcare reform’ can be rammed through on reconciliation, this can be too.

After all, won’t America demand an ‘up or down vote’?

They have spent countless hours with their colleagues trying to fashion a compromise that addresses the varied regional and ideological strains of the Senate.

Sure they have. Just like they spent countless hours trying to fashion a compromise on ‘healthcare reform.’

In fact, we wonder if this article isn’t just a reworking of an earlier article, with the phrase “climate legislation” just replacing “healthcare reform.”

By the way, notice how the earlier terms of art, “cap and trade” or “carbon tax,” do not show up anywhere in this article.

The administration must have decreed that for propaganda reasons these terms should no longer to be used, and the New York Times said “how high”?

President Obama has offered guidance and assistance from the sidelines, introducing proposals on clean coal research, nuclear loan guarantees and offshore oil drilling in hopes of attracting support for the measure.

Or, rather, to give cover to the usual suspects, such as Olympia Snow and Susan Collins.

Mr. Kerry has said that the bill will try to achieve about a 17 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2020, the same target as legislation passed by the House last year and pledged by Mr. Obama at an international climate conference in Copenhagen in December.

Why not just tax business and industry to the point where 17% of them will be driven out of business, and cut out all the middle men and paperwork?

After the bill’s introduction, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Congressional Budget Office will produce studies of its costs and effectiveness, a process that will take as much as six weeks.

Six weeks? To study the impact of such a draconian measure on the US economy?

Of course, that is plenty enough time for the CBO to tweak their programs enough to spit out the numbers their Congressional masters demand.

Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, has promised to find time for floor debate on the energy measure in a crowded legislative calendar that includes a broad financial regulation measure and confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court nominee.

The Democrats always find time to destroy capitalism. After all, it’s job number one. Unlike jobs.

Speaking of which, whatever happened to Mr. Obama’s laser-like focus on job creation? — Just kidding.

Still, with the CBO’s help, this gigantic ‘climate tax’ — like everything else from here on out  (such as amnesty) — will be sold as another important way to reduce the deficit.

Never mind that it is easily the single largest business/industry/job killing piece of legislation in the history of the world.

Senate Republicans have offered little encouragement to the bill’s  sponsors, and a critical group of Midwestern Democrats have raised a number of concerns about the bill’s impact on manufacturing, jobs and energy prices.

This is precisely the kind of dangerous obstructionism that is threatening to tear our country apart and trigger a civil war. As Mr. Clinton and the New York Times likes to remind us, the America where you were allowed to dissent from the diktats of the Democrat Party no longer exists.

And speaking of Democrats, it used to be said that ‘everyone complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.’

Leave it to the Democrats to find a way to tax it.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Senate To Unveil Climate Tax On April 26”

  1. therightguy says:

    I guess global warming is alive and well.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    Once again, the government finds a problems and 100% of the time, it involves more regulation and taxes.

    You would think that after all the money they collect, 1 time there would be a solution with money they already have.

    I am joking of course, why do that when there is an available excuse for more control and taxation?

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    “President Oblabal has offered guidance and assistance from the sideline…”

    Pa-Leeze……………hes’ offered goons to strut up naked and strong arm fellow Americans with violence.

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