Friday, June 26, 2009

Cap And Trade - 1200 Page Bill Passed Unread By The House

Bend over,'ve been bamboozled.

Nancy Pelosi and Rahm Emanuel managed to get Obama's Cap and Trade nonsense through the House, 219-212. This is nothing less than a direct assault on the American people.

If any more proof of how bad this bill is was needed, the method the Democrats used to shove it through the House was exactly the same tactic used to shove Obama's phony 'stimulus' bill through - come up with a huge and unwieldy piece of legislation (1,200 hundred pages), add another three hundred pages in amendments at 3 AM the morning before the vote so know one has a chance to read the thing and see what horrors lurked within, and muscle/bribe to get the votes to pass it.The final roll call is here.

Minority Leader John Boehner tried to protest this, and actually spoke for an hour in a vain attempt to hold this off but was unsuccessful:

What the bill does is what Barack Hussein Obama promised during the campaign - bankrupt America's coal industry and severely restrict our drilling for our own oil.The legislation mandates the U.S. to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 and by about 80 percent by mid-century.

What that will do is massively raise energy costs, which suits Obama and the Democrats just fine because of the increased Federal and State tax money from higher prices at the pump.They have better places for your money than in your pocket.

The biggest fallacy (and opportunity for theft) are the so-called 'green jobs' provisions of the bill. Barack Hussein Obama envisions us installing solar panels and building windmills to replace high paying jobs in the oil and coal industry. Of course, he ignores the fact that technology really hasn't solved the problem of what to do when the wind doesn't blow (one reason the world abandoned sailing ships for steamships)or the sun doesn't shine, the distance limits on effective energy transference or our existing power grid, which I suppose we're going to simply abandon.

What the bill likely does, like the stimulus, is put money into the right pockets..Obama's supporters. And those green jobs?

Not only will new jobs not be created, as displaced workers from coal and oil simply migrate to the new ones, but it's highly likely that there will be a net job loss!

The socialist government of Spain tried this exact formula at the height of the global warming craze, and the results are a pretty good indication of what we can expect:

Every “green job” created with government money in Spain over the last eight years came at the cost of 2.2 regular jobs, and only one in 10 of the newly created green jobs became a permanent job, says a new study released this month. The study draws parallels with the green jobs programs of the Obama administration.

President Obama, in fact, has used Spain’s green initiative as a blueprint for how the United States should use federal funds to stimulate the economy. Obama’s economic stimulus package,which Congress passed in February, allocates billions of dollars to the green jobs industry.

But the author of the study, Dr. Gabriel Calzada, an economics professor at Juan Carlos University in Madrid, said the United States should expect results similar to those in Spain:

“Spain’s experience (cited by President Obama as a model) reveals with high confidence, by two different methods, that the U.S. should expect a loss of at least 2.2 jobs on average, or about 9 jobs lost for every 4 created, to which we have to add those jobs that non-subsidized investments with the same resources would have created,” wrote Calzada in his report: Study of the Effects on Employment of Public Aid to Renewable Energy Sources

Rest assured that China, Russia and India have no plans to go along with this farce -because they need to grow their economies.Putting the kind of stringent regulations on American manufacturers Obama has in mind is a guaranteed recipe for sending what's left of America's manufacturing jobs overseas while putting the rest of us in the poorhouse as we struggle to meet rising energy costs and taxes.

During the debate, Geoff Davis, (R-KY), referred to the bill as the “economic colonization of the heartland” by New York and California. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) called it a “massive transfer of wealth” from the United States to foreign countries. They're both entirely correct.

The bill was passed almost entirely unread by the House. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), who ran the GOP side of what passed for the debate kept asking if there even a copy of the current amended version of the bill anywhere in the House. The Democrats repeatedly dodged the question.

To add salt to the wound, the winning margin was provided by 8 Republicans:

Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, California, 45th District.

Congressman Mike Castle, Delaware.

Congressman Mark Kirk,Illinois,10th District.

Congressman Leonard Lance, New Jersey, 7th District

Congressman Frank A LobiondoNew Jersey, 2nd District.

Congressman John McHugh New York, 23rd District.

Congressman Dave Reichert Washington, 8th District.

Congressman Chris Smith New Jersey, 4th District.

They ought to be ashamed of themselves...almost 50 Democrats had the courage to say no to this sleazy scam and avoid being bribed with special deals to support it. If you live in these districts, please inform the above public servants why you will be contributing and working for their opponents in any primary challenge. And when the RNC calls or writes asking for money, make sure they understand that until you get a written guarantee that none of your money is going to re-elect these people, you're going to hold on to your checkbook.

UPDATE: My pal Laer over at Cheat Seeking Missiles has some fine background on these people that's definitely worth checking out.

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