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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Truth About The Climate Tax

5th District Congressman (and 1st rate goof) Tom Perriello sums up the Democrats' reasoning behind passage of that massive climate tax, calling it ...

... "pro-market, pro-innovation, pro-nuclear and biofuels and pro-job creation."

Pro-market.

Pro-innovation.

Pro-job creation.

Now, let's hear from those who didn't fall on their heads as children and lose their cognitive skills:
The Economic Consequences of Waxman-Markey: An Analysis of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
by David Kreutzer, Ph.D., Karen Campbell, Ph.D., William W. Beach, Ben Lieberman and Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation

After a truncated debate and last-minute changes, the House of Representatives narrowly passed climate-change legislation on June 26, 2009, designed by Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA). The 1,427-page bill would restrict greenhouse gas emissions from industry, mainly carbon dioxide from the combustion of coal, oil, and natural gas.

Since energy is the lifeblood of the American economy, 85 percent of which comes from CO2-emitting fossil fuels, the Waxman-Markey bill represents an extraordinary level of economic interference by the federal government. For this reason, it is important for policymakers to have a sense of the economic impact that accompanies any environmental benefits.

Analysis by The Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis (CDA) makes clear that Waxman-Markey promises serious perils for the American economy for the years and decades ahead. Waxman-Markey requires arbitrary and severe restrictions on the current energy supply and infrastructure. These restrictions can be met only through large-scale deployment of still-undeveloped or uneconomical technologies and alternative energy sources. In addition to the direct impact on consumers' budgets through higher electric bills and gasoline prices, the resultant increase in energy costs will reverberate throughout the economy and inject unnecessary inefficiencies at virtually every stage of production. It would suppress economic activity and reduce employment, especially in the manufacturing sector. Virtually all costs would eventually filter down to the American people. [link]
The folks at the Heritage Foundation provide us with a revealing bar graph that illustrates the impact the climate tax will have on America's job pool in years to come:

Devastating.

In short, Tom Perriello's global warming bill is:

Anti-market.

Anti-innovation.

Anti-job creation.

Someone needs to smack the boy upside the head and make him pay closer attention. Wise up, Tom!

Click on the image to enlarge it.

Good News!

In this morning's Roanoke Times:

Va sees 74 percent drop in gyspy moth defoliation

Good. Maybe now they'll quit spraying up here on Big Walker Mountain and I'll quit glowing in the dark.

Oh, Those Climate Induced Crises

You may recall the article that appeared in the New York Times the other day (actually, no need to recall, here it is) in which it was stated that global warming would, among many other frightening scenarios, bring about weather catastrophes the likes of which man has never witnessed before.

"Violent storms." "Water crises [?] and catastrophic flooding [!]." On and on.

The purpose of the article wasn't to inform; it was to propagandize.

But more importantly, is any of it true?

Here's something to consider with regard to global warming and those "violent storms":
Scientists mull quiet ’09 hurricane season
If global warming equals more storms, where are they?
Graham Wood, Metro

The now iconic image of murky dust rising from a smokestack in the shape of a hurricane on the cover of Al Gore’s global warming documentary draws a distinct correlation between rising temperatures and stronger storm patterns.

But here’s an inconvenient truth: This year’s hurricane season has gotten off to the slowest start in 17 years. And yet global warming alarmists continue to ring their doomsday sirens.

The official start of the hurricane season is June 1. And not since 1992 — the year of Hurricane Andrew — has the Atlantic Ocean been silent past Aug. 4. Meteorologists have yet to name even a single tropical storm in the Atlantic in 2009.

So is global warming really doing anything? [link]
I think Al Gore and his freaky environmentalist friends would argue that this is beside the point. It's not a matter of what global warming is causing. It's about what global warming will someday cause. Somewhere. Soon. Without doubt. Just you wait and see. But don't wait; it'll be too late. Fear the future, not the present. Don't let your eyes deceive you.

Donations to the Sierra Club can be mailed to ...

Point, Counterpoint

The Washington Post:

Coal's Future Wagered on Carbon Capture

Carbon capture. A silly notion dreamt up by Democrats.

From On High:

Coal's future depends on (a) facts and data being gathered and released that prove CO2 (that carbon thingie) to be a benefit to mankind, not a bane, and (b) driving every nitwit Democrat who buys into such nonsense as carbon capture into exile.

By the way, how is Senator James Webb these days? Has he regained his sanity?

Like I Said

Creigh Deeds is a desperate man. Forcing him to dig his hole a lot faster.

Ramesh Ponnuru:
Desperate Deeds*

Democrat Creigh Deeds, down in the polls in the race for governor of Virginia, has decided to campaign against Republican Robert McDonnell for having spent too much time during his career trying to restrict abortion. Here are five reasons why this tactic is unlikely to work:

1) Most people don't enjoy discussions of abortion, and react negatively when people bring it up. The people who vote on the issue already know where the candidates stand and aren't going to be swayed by ads.

2) Virginia isn't a strongly pro-choice state. Its current governor, after all, is a nominally pro-life Democrat.

3) A lot of voters know that governors can't ban abortion--and that Democrats have the White House, the House, and the Senate, and have just made an appointment to the Supreme Court.

4) Voters have other things on their minds, such as the economy, and will find it odd for a gubernatorial candidate to be talking about something else.

5) This campaign tactic puts Deeds in an impossible position. He has to persuade the voters that the candidate who isn't talking a lot about abortion is the one who is dangerously obsessed with the issue. Good luck with that.
These are truly the deeds of a desperate politician.

* "Desperate Deeds." Nice header. See "Dese Days Draw Desperate Deeds Deeds."

We're Number 2, With a Bullet

Is it any wonder that America's corporations are becoming Chinese corporations?
U.S. Lags while Competitors Accelerate Corporate Income Tax Reform
By Scott A. Hodge and Andre Dammert, Tax Foundation

New data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows that the U.S. corporate tax rate has fallen even further out of step with the rest of the industrialized world as countries such as Canada, the Czech Republic, Korea, and Sweden have cut their corporate rates in 2009, lowering the average statutory corporate tax rate of all OECD nations to 26.5 percent.

With a combined federal and state corporate tax rate of 39.1 percent, the U.S. continues to impose the second-highest overall corporate rate among industrialized countries. Only Japan's 39.5 percent combined rate is higher. [link in .pdf format]
The report includes a very illuminating line graph that shows how, while the U.S. corporate tax rate remains steady at an onerous 39.5 percent, the tax rate in the rest of the industrialized world is plummeting. Even in Canada.

Meanwhile Obama plots to make it even worse.

My God.

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A footnote: "American Graduates Finding Jobs in China."

A second footnote: The Roanoke Times calls for higher corporate taxes. With their help we'll soon be Number 1!

A Reminder

9th District Congressman Rick Boucher will be holding two town hall meetings in coming days. You will want to be there, time and schedule permitting, with your questions about health care, his climate tax, and why he's more beholden to Washington than to the people of Southwest Virginia.

The dates:

Tuesday, August 18, 2009
9:00 AM Edwards Hall
New River Valley Community College
Dublin, Virginia

Thursday, August 20, 2009
9:00 AM Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
Abingdon, Virginia

Should be a rollicking good time.

What Does This Say?

All you folks who are frightened by Obama's attempt to take over our health care system and who show up at town hall meetings around the country to voice your opposition have been accused of being "astroturf." Fake grass roots. An organized group of rowdies. The mob.

Well, if you're astroturf for reading this blog and deciding you've had enough, and go to one of those town hall meetings to raise hell, what do you call those who get paid to go to the same town hall meetings to chant glee and worshipfulness over ObamaCare?

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"Motivated staff." Motivated by the profit motive. Not by Obama. But by cash.

If that doesn't encapsulate the mess our president has gotten himself into, nothing does.

One The Democrats Got Right

They took a real hard look at nominating Hillary Clinton for president last year, saw her for what she is, and went elsewhere.

This is ever so revealing about the emotional makeup of Bill Clinton's wife:
Lost in Translation: Clinton Says She, Not Bill, is the Secretary of State
By Jake Tapper, ABC News

ABC News' Kirit Radia reports: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost her cool Monday after a Congolese student, speaking through a translator, asked her what "Mr. Clinton" thought about a Chinese trade deal with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

"You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?" Clinton replied, clearly irked by the thought of being her husband Bill's spokeswoman.

"My husband is not secretary of state, I am," she replied. "If you want my opinion I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channeling my husband."

The only problem? Apparently the translator made a mistake and the student had wanted to know what President Obama thought of the deal. A State Department official tells ABC News the student went up to Clinton after the event and told her he was misquoted. No immediate word yet how Clinton responded. [link]
You really have to see the anger that rises up and consumes the woman. Over a question posed by a young student in a foreign land.

Here's the video. It ain't pretty:


Hillary gives the word BITCH new meaning.

On The Flimsiest Of Evidence

I suppose we have progressed in the last sixty years. In 1945 the Russians, when capturing German officers on the eastern front, would summarily shoot them and leave their corpses to rot alongside the road.

We have progressed ... right?
Ex-Nazi Officer Gets Life Sentence
By Judy Dempsey, New York Times

Berlin — A Munich court on Tuesday sentenced a 90-year-year-old former Nazi officer, Josef Scheungraber, to life in prison for murdering Italian civilians as a reprisal for the killing of two Nazi soldiers.

In one of Germany’s last Nazi trials, he was convicted on 10 counts of murder and also found guilty of attempted murder.

Prosecutors said that, after Italian partisans had killed two German soldiers, Mr. Scheungraber commanded his soldiers to shoot three Italian men and one woman. The prosecutors said he then ordered that another 11 civilians be herded into a barn that was then blown up. [link]
The "evidence" against Scheungraber?

Prosecutors said there were no known living witnesses who had heard Mr. Scheungraber give the order to kill the civilians. They said, however, that he had been seen in photographs at the burial of the two German soldiers for whose deaths the reprisals were carried out.

During hearings last month, a former employee testified that he recalled Mr. Scheungraber saying to him in the 1970s that he could not visit Italy because of what had happened during the war which has to do with “shooting a dozen men and blowing them into the air.”

The witness, whose name was given as Eugen S., testified that he did not remember Mr. Scheungraber saying he had given the order, though he added that the defendant told the story “as if it were his decision.”
No witnesses.

No one heard Scheungraber give the order. Or even shoot anyone.

Hearsay, vague recollections, and a photograph.

And that's it.

In truth, this 90-year-old man was convicted for having fought for the Nazis many, many years ago.

For the love of God.

A Look Into The Abyss

The editor of Fortune magazine has taken a close look at the fine print in the health care legislation that has passed the House of Representatives and is working its way through the Senate and comes away troubled. Shawn Tully on those freedoms that we will soon lose, if it passes Congress:
5 freedoms you'd lose in health care reform
If you read the fine print in the Congressional plans, you'll find that a lot of cherished aspects of the current system would disappear.
By Shawn Tully, editor at large, Fortune

New York (Fortune) -- In promoting his health-care agenda, President Obama has repeatedly reassured Americans that they can keep their existing health plans -- and that the benefits and access they prize will be enhanced through reform.

A close reading of the two main bills, one backed by Democrats in the House and the other issued by Sen. Edward Kennedy's Health committee, contradict the President's assurances. To be sure, it isn't easy to comb through their 2,000 pages of tortured legal language. But page by page, the bills reveal a web of restrictions, fines, and mandates that would radically change your health-care coverage.

If you prize choosing your own cardiologist or urologist under your company's Preferred Provider Organization plan (PPO), if your employer rewards your non-smoking, healthy lifestyle with reduced premiums, if you love the bargain Health Savings Account (HSA) that insures you just for the essentials, or if you simply take comfort in the freedom to spend your own money for a policy that covers the newest drugs and diagnostic tests -- you may be shocked to learn that you could lose all of those good things under the rules proposed in the two bills that herald a health-care revolution.

In short, the Obama platform would mandate extremely full, expensive, and highly subsidized coverage -- including a lot of benefits people would never pay for with their own money -- but deliver it through a highly restrictive, HMO-style plan that will determine what care and tests you can and can't have. It's a revolution, all right, but in the wrong direction. [link]
Go to the article and read the whole thing.

I'm reminded why the Founding Fathers, in writing a Constitution back in 1789, placed as many restrictions on the application of power by the federal government as they did. They were afraid of Obamas taking control and having a power-mad Congress start restricting our freedoms en masse.

It's time someone forced our elected representatives to read that which the Founding Fathers wrote.