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Why Are We Allowing Congress to Commit American Economic Suicide? by The Elephant's Child
June 23, 2009, 9:38 pm
Filed under: Energy, Environment, Freedom | Tags: , ,

There are big differences in the way that Conservatives and Liberals address policy.  Liberals are sure that things are better done by a wise and authoritative government, namely themselves.

Conservatives, believing firmly in free enterprise, competition and learning from mistakes remain unconvinced that government is wise and don’t care much for being bossed around.

Liberals, having decided that a policy is a good, spend great amounts of time determining just how to pass the policy into law.  Horse-trading, bullying, threatening, focus groups to see what language is most appealing to voters.

Conservatives study the policy to understand the costs and benefits and the consequences that it might entail down the line.  They study the history of such policies to see how effective they have been elsewhere.

President Obama said in today’s press conference “the House of Representatives is moving ahead on historic legislation that will transform the way we produce and use energy in America.  It …will finally spark a clean energy transformation that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and confront the carbon pollution that threatens our planet.”

To be as polite as I can, this is hogwash.  Carbon is not pollution, but an element essential to life. Barack Obama should have learned that in high school biology.  The carbon emitted by internal combustion engines, SUV exhausts, coal-fired power plants, human breathing and cow burps is not the cause of the small amount of warming over the last century.  There is no climate crisis. The earth is always warming and cooling, and it has not warmed since 1998.

The rising sea levels, submerged Manhattan, killer hurricanes, melting Arctic and Antarctica, all the disasters arise from flawed computer climate models that cannot predict anything because they are programmed with guesses and estimates and output nonsense.  The legislation, in its entirity, would not reduce climate temperatures at all.

The President went on to say: “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….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 cannot 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 we breathe.”

Does he actually believe these things, or are these just focus-group-tested phrases?  Carbon emissions are not dangerous, do not contaminate the water nor pollute the air.

Wind energy is a proven job killer, in Spain killing two jobs for every one “created”.  Wind blows only occassionally, seldom when it it most needed, and requires backup from an ordinary power plant when the wind does not blow.  Solar is not cost effective.  When a wind farm or large solar array is planned, the environmental activists who demanded clean energy quickly file suit to prevent harm to an endangered species or because they make too much noise.  Environmental activists want to remove the blight of humanity from mother earth.

Economist Martin Feldstein says that the cap-and-trade program would raise the average family’s cost by $1,600 a year.  Heritage Foundation says $1,870.  Nancy Pelosi wants the House of Representatives to pass this Economic Suicide bill by Friday.  It’s time to get on the phone, and contact your Representative by calling the House switchboard at (202) 225-3121.  Tell your Representative to vote No on H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act. You can also send your Member an e-mail by going to and following instructions to find your Representative’s website.

Liberals have trouble with basic economic common sense.  You would think that they would understand that raising taxes or consumer costs during a recession is not a winning policy.  When tax receipts go down because so many are unemployed, their natural reaction seems to be to raise taxes rather than cut expenses.  Go figure.

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Man, I love how global warming can supposedly cause a certain action to occur, and simultaneously cause the opposite action to occur…..

So, maybe if I drink water, global warming will help me to absorb it faster, and yet at the same time cause it to absorb slower…..YAY!!!!


Comment by Mike Lovell

Because “coservative” policies have driven the country to the edge of the precipice.

You have no currency for critical appraisal.



Comment by Zen Bonobo

You have your liberal talking points down, but your store of knowledge is lacking. “Coservative” (sic) policies have been absolutely correct in refusing to surrender to the “global warming” hogwash. Cap-and-trade has a history in Europe. It has been a disaster. There is no reason to trade permits for emitting CO2. We have too little CO2 to get us through the coming cold climate without declining harvests and starvation among the world’s poorest.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

Zen Bonobo,

If you think conservative policies are responsible for the economic crisis and recession, you are highly misinformed.

The housing crisis and subsequent financial crisis was caused by liberal policies — namely federal housing policy that forced and encouraged risky loans to be made to people who couldn’t pay them back. These bad loans were the source of the financial crisis. These bad loans were the poison that made the “toxic assets” we have all heard about “toxic” to begin with.

Liberal Democrats passed the Community Reinvestment Act which forced banks to make these loans, liberal lawyers, like Barack Obama, sued banks using the CRA, to force them to make more risky loans, and ever since have pushed and through a combination of lawsuits, laws, incentives,regulations and false promises of government backing, encouraged them to make more and more and more until there were millions of people in homes they couldnt afford to pay for.

Worse than that, President Bush, Chairman Alan Greenspan and Republicans sounded the alarm bells, and warned that if we did not reform Fannie and Freddy, and stop these liberal policies, that the entire financial industry was in danger when the housing bubble inevitably burst and they tried to pass reform that would have prevented the financial crisis over 25 times. The public record proves this.

But it was DEMOCRATS who filibustered reform of Fannie and Freddy every single time. Democrats like Barney Frank, Maxine Waters and many others are on the record blocking these reforms, callng them unnecessary, saying there was nothing wrong with Fannie and Freddie, and even calling Republicans all sorts of names for daring to try to reform their corrupt cash cow.

And notice how Democrats who constantly blame the economic crisis on President Bush and Republicans can NEVER point to which policies of theirs allegedly caused the crisis, and can never explain how it happened. All they can do is blame Republicans, they can never explain what it is Republicans supposedly did. Because Democrats are filthy, reprehensible liars.

That you believe their vague, baseless accusations in the face of specific evidence to the contrary does not speak well of you.


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