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.
I have told myself that I'm not a litmus-test voter but I'm becoming one on AGW/Cap-n-Trade/Ruin-Economy. If a politician supports the AGW theory, I have to try to vote for someone else. Of course that was a problem last fall, since both Presidential candidates had embraced AGW.
We must hope (and message and vote) that Congress will stop this idiocy. Middle-class folks like me will be inconvenienced, lower-class folks will suffer, and the ones on the dole will get more money from taxes to help them with their increasing energy bills.
This is their opportunity to control every aspect of your life. Everything you do somehow involves the use of energy, and this is how they will direct those activities. Every aspect of public and private behavior, social and economic behavior in some way is connected to energy, and Congress will make you pay for the privilege of doing anything and they will get to decide who does not have to pay.
Do you think they care, or even understand, the costs involved? Pelosi has never had a job. Obama's work experience is limited to using government money to extort private actors into doing the kinds of things that caused the financial crisis. Reid, Biden, Waxman and many others spent one or two years practicing law (which as any lawyer will tell you is not nearly enough time to be competent) before spending decades in Congress being completely insulated from the consequences of any economic decision.
Not this crazy? For Congress, this is perfectly rational. This is the dream of every politician and bureaucrat.
The One and his minions forget that the taxes paid by corporations are 1) passed on to the customer 2) unable to be used to create jobs, develop new technologies, or expand the business. In the end, the real taxpayer is the everyday citizen.