Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Peek Into Cap and Trade (and Tax, Tax, Tax)

Rich Lowry at NRO has an insightful column today. A sample:

The formulation of the so-called Waxman-Markey bill was less traditional legislative sausage-making than an unspeakable practice out of The Jungle. Its architects bought off every possible interest group no matter what the policy consequences until they had a bare majority to slam it through the House sight unseen (a physical copy of the final bill didn’t yet exist when it passed). Mission accomplished, although at the price of a ramshackle bill that won’t succeed on its own terms, even as it introduces costly distortions and invasive bureaucratic controls into the economy.

Monday, June 29, 2009

EPA Supressing Internal Reports

Stephen sent me this story today from CNET. Someone at the EPA authored a 98-page report questioning the regulation of carbon dioxide based on current science and observable evidence. Unfortunately, reports about real science are not welcome at the EPA, whose current mission seems to be the destruction of our modern economy based on fictitious fears of climate devastation. A few excepts:

After reviewing the scientific literature that the EPA is relying on, Carlin said, he concluded that it was at least three years out of date and did not reflect the latest research. "My personal view is that there is not currently any reason to regulate (carbon dioxide)," he said. "There may be in the future. But global temperatures are roughly where they were in the mid-20th century. They're not going up, and if anything they're going down."

Carlin's report listed a number of recent developments he said the EPA did not consider, including that global temperatures have declined for 11 years; that new research predicts Atlantic hurricanes will be unaffected; that there's "little evidence" that Greenland is shedding ice at expected levels; and that solar radiation has the largest single effect on the earth's temperature. . . .

That appears to conflict with an e-mail from McGartland in March, who said to Carlin: "I decided not to forward your comments... I can see only one impact of your comments given where we are in the process, and that would be a very negative impact on our office." He also wrote to Carlin: "Please do not have any direct communication with anyone outside of (our group) on endangerment. There should be no meetings, e-mails, written statements, phone calls, etc." . . .

"All this goes back to a decision at a higher level that this was very urgent to get out, if possible, yesterday," Carlin said. "In the case of an ordinary regulation, these things normally take a year or two. In this case, it was a few weeks to get it out for public comment." (Carlin said that he and other EPA staff members who were asked to respond to a draft only had four and a half days to do so.)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Russian SU-35

Obama and the Democrats are capping and trading and spending us into oblivion for useless, graft-filled programs. Meanwhile, the Russians are doing this:

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sobering Thought

In a society where anything goes, everything, eventually, will. A society that stands for nothing will fall for anything - and then, of course, will just simply fall. - John Underwood

Friday, June 19, 2009

Iranian Crackdown

Here is a post containing Iranian twitters from today. The picture looks grim, but the sheer size of the demonstrations may count for something.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sounds About Right...

The more readily the peasant pays, the more he is made to pay.
- Ammianus

Monday, June 15, 2009

A Real Tea Party

In case you haven't been following it, hundreds of thousands of Iranians are throwing a very big tea party right in the middle of Tehran. See some great pictures here. Andrew Sullivan's blog has much more. We need to support these people as they struggle against the grip of fascism. We might also want to start figuring out how to keep our own country free from the totalitarian statism so popular in recent days . . .

More Conservatives Than We Thought

Gallup shows that, as in 2004, most people again consider themselves to be conservatives. Now if we can just get all these people (and everyone else) to read Mark Levin's excellent Liberty and Tyranny and figure out just what that is supposed to mean. Because pretty much every policy being considered and/or implemented in the last six months at the federal level is the exact opposite of conservatism. Seriously, READ THIS BOOK IMMEDIATELY. If you have even a lingering doubt as to what the true conservative might think regarding any important issue, you will find the well-reasoned answer here. Mark Levin has finally given us the definitive "conservative manifesto".

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Obama's Economic Plan & Stimulus News

Kevin Hassett at Bloomberg has figured it out: tax businesses into "bailouts".

Also, last night Drudge linked to a Cincinnati Enquirer story about the stimulus. This little slice is typical:

In Woodlawn and Lincoln Heights, taxpayers will spend $100,000 to resurface one-seventh of a mile of Prairie Avenue, and install curbs for 20 houses along the way - a project that Rev. Jesse O'Conner hopes will stop the flooding in his basement. Without curbs or gutters, rainwater comes down the street and settles on his property.

So, to review, we borrowed $100,000 from the Chinese and/or inflationary money printing that the children from every state in the union will have to pay in taxes and lost wealth in a few years--all so some guy in Cincinnati can have his basement fixed for "free". And Obama says this will save the economy, all the while raising taxes on "rich" people and employers. The audacity of insanity. . .

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Government Health Care

One more item from NRO: Obama sent a letter to Senators Kennedy and Baucus outlining his "plan" (3 pages) for taking over U.S. health care. Basically, health coverage would be mandated and provided (at extreme cost) to most Americans. An independent commission would then magically work out all the little details of what benefits will be cut, where the money will come from and how long your wait will be for an x-ray or brain surgery. Utopian schemes always sound nice at the beginning, but in the real world WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY. Not even all of us put together can pay for this type of program! Our only chance is to stall until 2010--better start up more tea parties . . .

NRO on School Choice

Question: If an education policy allows over 20,000 students get a better education for less money and saves taxpayers over $32 million each year, are Democrats for it or against it? Milwaukee's unprecedented and highly successful school choice program will soon be a thing of the past if state Democrats, now in the majority, get their way. Once again, Democrats side with teachers' unions and career educrats over citizens and students. Read more at NRO.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Grown-Up Sighting

We've had another grown-up sighting (the last was Cheney's recent speech on terrorism). Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock has temporarily halted the Obama administration's move to take over the U.S. car industry. Maybe the rule of law does have meaning . . . Way to be a grown-up!

Georgia Denied Control of Voting Roles

In between all the nationalization and irresponsible foreign policy, the Obama administration's "Justice" Department has put the brakes on Georgia's plan to comb through its voter roles and remove all illegal or dead people listed there. Democrats will need all the help they can get in 2010. So much for federalism--welcome to the United State of America. Andy McCarthy has a good post on The Corner.