Here's an excerpt from Obama's press conference on Monday. It was brought to my attention by a loyal reader because our congressman - more on that weasel in a minute - is mentioned by name. Boucher got a pat on the head.
Back to subterfuge. Tell me if you know what Obama is referring to here:
Now, the second issue I want to address is our ongoing effort to build a clean energy economy.
This week, the House of Representatives is moving ahead on historic legislation that will transform the way we produce and use energy in America. This legislation will spark a clean energy transformation that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and confront the carbon pollution that threatens our planet.
This energy bill will create a set of incentives that will spur the development of new sources of energy, including wind, solar, and geothermal power. It will also spur new energy savings, like efficient windows and other materials that reduce heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer.
These incentives will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy. And that will lead to the development of new technologies that lead to new industries that could create millions of new jobs in America -- jobs that can't be shipped overseas.
At a time of great fiscal challenges, this legislation is paid for by the polluters who currently emit the dangerous carbon emissions that contaminate the water we drink and pollute the air that we breathe. It also provides assistance to businesses and communities as they make the gradual transition to clean energy technologies.
So I believe that this legislation is extraordinarily important for our country; it's taken great effort on the part of many over the course of the past several months. And I want to thank the Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Henry Waxman; his colleagues on that committee, including Congressmen Dingell, Ed Markey, and Rick Boucher. I also want to thank Charlie Rangel, the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, and Collin Peterson, the Chair of the Agriculture Committee, for their many and ongoing contributions to this process. And I want to express my appreciation to Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer for their leadership.
We all know why this is so important. The nation that leads in the creation of a clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the 21st century's global economy. That's what this legislation seeks to achieve -- it's a bill that will open the door to a better future for this nation. And that's why I urge members of Congress to come together and pass it.
Perplexed? Scratching your head? Wondering what this business about a "clean energy economy" is? You didn't know that your government was working on a "clean energy economy" bill?
That's because it wasn't. And isn't. And never will be.
Obama is trying desperately to put lipstick on a pig, as the saying goes. The legislation to which he refers is/was intended to stop global warming.
It is global warming prevention legislation.
Or it was until the scientific community started coming to the realization that the globe isn't warming.
Until the American people got wise to the fact that Obama's legislation is nothing more than a massive environment tax. Certainly the costliest tax in American history and, perhaps, the most regressive ever devised.
Until Obama read the poll numbers and realized that his delusory little scheme to tax us into the Stone Age was failing in the eyes of the people.
Until some too-smart-by-half pollster told him that terms like "global warming" and "cap-and-trade" carried too many negative connotations.
So a global warming bill becomes a "clean energy economy" bill.
Like we're that stupid.
But here's the good news: Obama's effort to lie about this brazen attempt at a Democrat power grab is doomed no matter what he calls it.
The globe is not warming and he and his ilk will not be seizing our grandchildren's college funds. At least not for this perversion. Not today.
Obama and this attack on the American way of life have failed.
And speaking of failures, there is also Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Asswipe) to deal with. He sold his soul to the devil and his most vulnerable constituency into the poorhouse in return for a few words of praise from his handlers when he signed on to this awful piece of legislation.
What's not mentioned in this presentation from Boucher's boss is the fact that this "clean economy" bill will do two things that will combine to have a devastating impact on the people and the economy of Southwest Virginia. Neither of which has to do with the planet's temperature.
1) Our utility bills are guaranteed to skyrocket. Obama's speech happened to occur on the same day that I posted Boucher's declared opposition to a proposed increase in our electric bills.
That's right. Boucher opposes Appalachian Power's proposed rate increase but is an enthusiastic supporter of a global warming tax that will send your utility rates into the stratosphere.
Stop laughing. It's not funny.
Not only will our bills skyrocket, but for many they will go well beyond their means to pay them. Home heating will then become a luxury many in this area will not be able to afford. Heat will be a luxury.
This to shave 0.02 ° off of the average annual global temperature fifty years from now.
I'd be calling it a clean energy bill too.
2) The coal industry will be annihilated if this were to pass. And Boucher knows it. And doesn't care. He signed on to it - saying it was somehow inevitable - inevitable! - and is now a key supporter of the legislation. As signaled by Obama giving him an attaboy at Monday's press conference.
Inevitable? Only if cowardly, spineless representatives to whom we entrust our confidence to do right by us in Washington refuse to fight for our interests. Inevitable? That's the white flag of surrender waved by a man whose loyalties to Southwest Virginia were abandoned long ago, my friends.
Boucher, knowing that this global warming bill is aimed at the heart of the coal industry, should be fighting with his every fiber to preserve jobs here; to preserve the way of life of those still able to scratch out a living in Wise and Tazewell and Lee and Dickenson and Russell and Scott Counties - a way of life that is under assault by those who have Rick Boucher's first allegiance. He should be doing everything he can to prevent the citizens of the coalfields from slipping further into abject poverty. He should be thundering his hatred for those who are trying to do grievous harm to his - our - neighbors. He should be drawing a line in the sand and daring anyone who intends to bring hardship on his people to cross it. He should be defending us.
Not shrugging his shoulders and asking, "What's for lunch?"
Inevitable? Not in this life. Not by a damn sight.
Go home, Rick. Wherever home is these days. And let someone else take over. You've worn out your welcome. We need someone who will fight for us. Not someone who submissively says to the president, "Sure, we don't mind slipping further into poverty if that's what our environmentalist friends want. If that'll bring 'green' jobs to New York City."
Go home, Rick, We're tired of you. And we don't know you anymore. Go.
Or we're going to force you to go.
The hot winds of change are blowing, old man.