June 24, 2009

Democrats and Their Lobbyists Pack Pork into Cap-and-Trade in Backroom Deals

Not content with passing the multi-generational financial rape—AKA, stimulus bill—that was flush with economy-crippling pork projects that have actually damaged the economy, House Democrats are presently attempting to rush through their global warming hysteria-fueled cap and trade energy bill H.R. 2454.

The bill, which will provide a profit to a handful of heavily Democratic states at the expense of the rest of the country measured in hundreds of millions of dollars a year, has now come under fire for growing an additional 300 pages in the proverbial dead of night:

So, where along the line does the bill suddenly expand by 300 pages? According to the New York Times, the various committee chairs held behind the scenes meetings and hashed out a compromise with no allowance for public input. (What lobbyists were involved in those meetings?) And now we are expecting a Friday vote on a bill that has had no public hearing in a committee with jurisdiction over it and that is not yet available in the main engine of public disclosure, THOMAS.

This raises serious questions about how we expect Congress to disclose their activities to the public. Is a bill posted to the House Rules Committee and not THOMAS truly publicly available? While the bill may be available for 72 hours prior to consideration, the public does not have reasonable access to it. Nor does the public know how the final details were reached.

And that isn't even the worst part. This, apparently, isn't even the final bill. The final bill will be a manager's amendment that will be drafted later this week! From a posting on the House Rules Committee, we know that the deadline to submit amendments is Thursday at 9:30am. And there is talk that this will be voted on on Friday. Thus, the final version of this bill will likely only be available for less than 24 hours.

As we all know, the $787 billion dollar "stimulus" bill has been an utter failure. Unemployment is higher now than the projections estimated they would have been if the government had done nothing at all.

The Democratic pipe-dream of cap and trade will do nothing to impact the overall global climate while simultaneously increasing the cost of energy for all Americans and wrecking the economy.

Democratic politicians will get richer, their lobbyists will get richer, and the rest of us will get poorer.

How many hundreds millions are you willing to spend on a lie? How much deeper in an economic depression are you will to fall because of destructive pipe dreams?

It's time to contact your Representatives folks, and demand they stop ruining your lives to chase fantasies based upon junk science and nonexistent viable alternative energy sources.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at June 24, 2009 09:57 AM

i live in vermont if it weren't for global warming i guess,we would be having blizzards

Posted by: poppi at June 24, 2009 12:24 PM

Thank you for this post! The earth has been cooling since '98. Does that matter at all anymore??

ps. Link Exchange??

Posted by: Steve at June 24, 2009 12:39 PM

The chart is a bit misleading.

It shows where the taxes are collected, not where the tax are passed along to consumers.

You folks in CA and NY will be paying too.

Posted by: Neo at June 24, 2009 11:52 PM

I've been on this, and the EPA coverup, forever, it seems, and every hour it gets more insane. Waxman--about half an hour ago, sent the bill down with a placeholder in it. They just don't give a rat's ass.
The only prayer is that, as they usually do, they will overreach and kill it through stupidity.

Posted by: cbullitt at June 26, 2009 03:07 PM