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"Nobody in This Country Realizes That Cap-and-Trade is a Tax'


Dem Congressman: ‘Nobody in This Country Realizes That Cap-and-Trade is a Tax’

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From National Review Online


Friday, April 24, 2009

Newt in the House, Yo   [Edward John Craig]

Newt Gingrich's testimony before Energy and Commerce is available here. Not included there, of course, is a priceless floor exchange between the former Speaker and Rep. Henry Waxman (D., Beverly Hills).

It may be news to the Renewable Energy Now crowd, but America has had a little experience with market-driven technological advance — and it didn't come at the point of a regulatory gun, using the “tax and destroy” method preferred by President Obama and Congressional Dems.

“We didn’t build the trans-continental railroad by punishing stage coaches,” Gingrich sagely observed.

“Well I am glad you’re not in charge of foreign policy,” replied Waxman (as if today's Democratic caucus is well known for its use of sticks over carrots in foreign-policy negotiations).

Replied the former Speaker: “I don’t think of the American people in the same terms as foreign dictators.”

Newt ZINGrich!


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The Pits   [Henry Payne]



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House of Pain   [Chris Horner]

I don't know about your experience, but watching the House's spotty audio and video webcast feed of today's global warming confab left me even less comfortable than before about the prospects of their keen ministrations engineering a ration- and quota-driven energy supply.

When the feed managed to come through, however, highlights included Congressmen Henry Waxman and Jay Inslee not even bothering to conceal the fact that they were reading from pre-printed scripts, prepared before they even sat down, expressing outrage and surprise over "what we just heard" from former Speaker Gingrich. The only thing I can imagine is that Newt Gingrich actually was asked to provide — and provided — his testimony the day before, just as mere mortal witnesses are required to do. Al Gore, I understand, still has not provided his tightly held slides from recent Senate testimony — which the rules apparently dictate should have been provided in advance.

I was comforted by how the Democrats were reduced to relying upon a thoroughly exposed effort by an MIT professor that seems to require at least one of the following assumptions: either a) the Obama administration is lying when it admits to just a fraction of the billions it plans to take in energy taxes (their advertised $650 billion over ten years from selling cap-and-trade ration coupons might actually total in the several trillions); or b) that every dollar taken from the taxpayer is actually a dollar in benefit to the taxpayer — which is the more likely assumption, and patently absurd.

With such great lead arguments, I can hardly wait to hear the rest.


04/24 03:30 PM Share

Al Gore, Climate Propheteer   [Edward John Craig]

Get a load of Rep. Ed Markey (D., People's Republic of Massachusetts) swooning over Al Gore earlier today:

Long before greenhouse gases and global warming became a subject of daily discussions, Al Gore, Henry Waxman, John Dingell and I debated ways to improve the Clean Air Act. Vice President Gore was a leader of the debate in the 1980s. And now the whole world knows that he has long been a visionary. It is sometimes said that a prophet is someone who is right, but too soon. Al Gore is an example of someone who, not only was right early, very early, in fact, but who dedicated his life to educating our country so that they, too, saw the threats he foresaw decades ago.


04/24 03:00 PM Share

Dingell: Cap-and-Trade is Toast   [Chris Horner]

At today's House platform for Al Gore to push the investment portfolio for which he is so aggressively lobbying, we just saw something of great import, affirming what I have been telling thumb-suckers for a while now.

That is, former Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Dingell said:

"cap-and-trade is a tax and it’s a great big one."

Remember what MoveOn said last week:

“If Republicans convince voters that clean energy legislation amounts to a new tax, Obama’s plan is toast.”

So, it seems that Mr. Dingell is convinced, and his party's cap-and-trade rationing taxes are now toast.


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jarasanComment by jarasan - April 25, 2009, 10:04 am
Where are the conspiracy peeps? This is the biggest tax increase on business and consumers, that is designed to bring the economy down to its knees.

Now they are to let the "middle-class" tax cuts go bye-bye.

This is the biggest bunch of liars, led by an America apologist. Vote them out, all of them.
konaneComment by konane - April 25, 2009, 10:58 am
Thanks Jarasan!!! Hope people are paying attention to the slave planet they're attempting to create and will come together with more tea parties. Form the Tea-Party or simply swell Libertarian ranks. They at least want to preserve the Constitution, our sovereignty and decrease size of the imperial Federal government.
Rick GComment by Rick G - April 25, 2009, 6:59 pm
Like konane said, "a slave planet". That's exactly what we are becoming. But keep in mind one thing: many have tried to rule the world and ALL have failed. These clowns will be no different. In fact they are getting frightened of the Frankenstein they have created.

Speaking of creating Frankensteins, how 'bout that new swine flu pandemic they've started? This will take our minds off the economy won't it? Wonder if that was one of the viruses reported missing from the military lab last week. Funny how the original swine flu outbreak started at a military base too. Then we had the anthrax attacks originating from a military lab. Maybe the military can stop creating bio-weapons that end up being used on us. Or are we just the lab rats?
konaneComment by konane - April 26, 2009, 10:09 am
Thanks Rick!! Been wondering same myself. We're all potential "collateral damage" if we get in the way of the elitist's dream of a contemporary global fifedom.

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