We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Senator Inhofe has been a stalwart for common sense in government for quite a few years. I hope he's right that the Cap and Tax bill will be "dead on arrival" in the Senate, but I fear the worst. The bill has regulations that affect every single aspect of our daily lives... niggling little details like light bulb restrictions, outdoor lighting [not too much, now, just watch it] Burglars will love this bit. The government plans on mandating where and how homeowners can plant trees, how you light the artwork hanging on your walls, your water dispensers if you have them, your hot tubs, if you have them, and your wood stoves. And this is only the beginning.
In our discussion last evening about mandates on light bulbs and air conditioning, Gringo objected to and didn't answer my underlying question on how much we were going to have to endure and allow unprecedented government interference in our private lives. There are 300 million people in this country. Without knowing each person's needs and wishes, how can any government regulate for each person in their best interests?
Barry Goldwater said it years ago: "A government big enough to give you everything you want ... is big enough to take away everything you have." Is this what we want for our future?
In the final analysis, this is not about science, this is about politics.
The political agenda is anti-capitalism, anti-globalization and neo-marxist.
The confiscation of wealth is necessary to subjugate the population. The misguided folks who think that redistribution is somehow beneficial and for the greater good do not see that it is a tool for their own enslavement.
((on this topic, here's two pastes off a dozen great ones yest & today:))
WHAT WOULD JOHN GALT DO? Calling for a consumption strike. I suspect the economy will take care of that on its own . . . .
Posted at 10:42 pm by Glenn Reynolds
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BOB ZUBRIN IN ROLL CALL: The Costs of the Cap-and-Trade Bill. “Consider: Burning one ton of coal produces about three tons of CO2. So a tax of $15 per ton of CO2 emitted is equivalent to a tax of $45/ton on coal. The price of Eastern anthracite coal runs in the neighborhood of $45/ton, so under the proposed system, such coal would be taxed at a rate of about 100 percent. The price of Western bituminous coal is currently about $12/ton. This coal would therefore be taxed at a rate of almost 400 percent. Coal provides half of America’s electricity, so such extraordinary imposts could easily double the electric bills paid by consumers and businesses across half the nation. . . . But all these bad aspects of the Waxman-Markey bill pale before its potential impact on the world’s food supply.”
Posted at 12:44 pm by Glenn Reynolds
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