So, are the forty-four Democrats that voted against the cap-and-trade bill 'fear mongering' out of touch, living in the past, politicians 'scaring the bejesus out of people'? That is how President Obama has described Republicans voicing opposition to the bill.
Jennifer Rubin in Commentary writes, "The president got himself tied up in knots discussing the cap-and-trade bill. The New York Times reports that he sympathized with the large number of Democratic defectors who can't look their constituents in the eye and tell them home state industries are going to take a big hit: "I think those 44 Democrats are sensitive to the immediate political climate of uncertainty around this issue," Mr. Obama said. "They've got to run every two years, and I completely understand that." Many of them represent districts that rely heavily on coal for power generation or that are home to industries vulnerable to international competition. Mr. Obama said the House bill contained transitional assistance for these regions."
First, how does anyone know what was really in this bill? This piece of legislation was over 1300 pages long and no one admits to actually having read the thing. The fact that elected officials, sent to Washington to be the voice of the American people, continue to vote of bills that are not read much less understood is horrifying to me, especially as this new administration marches on in its desire to completely overhaul our way of life.
Second, this bill did pass, barely, with the help of six Republicans. There is no excuse for this action. I hope the voters in their districts agree and find worthy candidates to run against them in the next primary. Apparently, these six Republicans haven't heard the voice of their people. Stop the madness in Washington, D.C.
Obama said of the Republicans opposing the bill that they "are 16 years behind the times" as he compared the opposition to the energy and health care debates of the Clinton years.
So, if your district's member of the House is a Democrat and voted against the bill, that is understandable because it is all about the next election. If, however, your district's member is a Republican and voted against the bill on the principle that it is a bad bill, a huge tax on every living member of the country and a huge job killer, then that elected official is a fear monger. All this rhetoric from the man who promised to stop the demonization of those who disagree with his policies, to bring back true bi-partisan approaches to Washington.
The president "delayed the start of a Sunday golf game to speak to a small group of reporters in the Oval Office", according to The New York Times. He wanted to explain why he felt comfortable taxing American companies while giving foreign trading partners a pass. "At a time when the economy worldwide is still deep in recession and we've seen a significant drop in global trade, I think we have to be very careful about sending any protectionist signals out there."
Are you a Republican? Are you a business owner? Well, too bad for you. President Obama intends to penalize you and shower the goodies to others.
And, if you are an employee of the EPA and do not march in lockstep with the rest of the global climate change alarmists, well, you will be silenced by the administration of the man who accused the former administration of succumbing to junk science. Obama and his fellow Democrats enjoyed accusing the Bush administration of silencing opposition from the scientific community of their environmental policies, yet we see the same playing out now.
"Alan Carlin, the primary author of the 98-page EPA report, told CBSNEws.com in a telephone interview on Friday that his boss, McGartland, was being pressured himself. "It was his view that he either lost his job or he got me working on something else," Carlin said. "That was obviously coming from higher levels." The report "warned against making hasty 'decisions based on a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data.'
Carlin is a 38 year veteran of the EPA. He has no negative marks on his career record. There is no reason to believe he would author anything but truthful findings in his report.
Those in this administration's hierarchy reigning over the EPA are many former Clinton people. Carol Browner was a protege of Al Gore. She left the Clinton administration after the 2000 elections and joined a socialist organization with the mission of international laws to be put in place concerning restrictions and regulations on business and industry.
The fact that most claims in Al Gore's award winning PowerPoint presentation billed as a documentary have been de-bunk seems not to matter. Global climate change is no longer the most important issues on the minds of Americans. It ranks far down the line. Democrats want to continue to state that the issue is no longer open to debate.
The facts are not on the alarmists' side. Yes, climate change is real. No, man is not solely responsible nor capable of stopping the changes in the climate. How arrogant. Mother nature governs the world in cycles. We can be good stewards to the earth in our own small ways but not with massive effects.
Democrats are intent on squashing business and our way of life. They sound, at times, as though success looks like the pre-Industrial Revolution days. This is insane.
The change I am still hoping for in Washington? The return of common sense.