1001 ways to be taxed

cap-and-trade tazxSo, the US House has just passed what the Obama Administration and Some Democratic Party proponents hail as transformational legislation that puts us on a path towards clean energy for out nation.  Forgive my ignorance, but I could swear that we have been and still are on this path.  When did we get off that path?  Even the older cars in my driveway are much cleaner than their smog filtered ancestors from the 70’s.

Referring to an AP/Yahoo News,

The legislation would require the U.S. to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 and by about 80 percent by mid-century.

How the 1200 page brick of legislation works is basically by attaching government collected fees to producers of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.  Said fees would be used to,

…create millions of “green jobs” as the nation shifts to greater reliance on renewable energy sources such as wind and solar and development of more fuel-efficient vehicles — and away from use of fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal.

But said fees are also being used for political deals like this,

Rep. Alan Grayson, a first-term Democrat, won a pledge of support that $50 million from the proceeds of pollution permit sales in the bill would go to a proposed new hurricane research facility in his district in Orlando, Fla.

And said fees would also ultimately be handed down to the everyday people in this nation to the estimated tune of  $175-$770 per household.   I don’t like this path of taxing the American people under at least a partial guise of climate change.   Why is it that the government can’t just either stay out of this or just offer tax reductions rather than fees and penalties?

Why; because neither would produce cash for political deals.  That answer was neither rocket science, nor climate science, it was political science.

This just barely passed through the House of Representatives in a 219-212 vote, with 44 from Democratic Party showing a moment of clarity and voting against the Obama Adminstrations revenue plan.  This still has to make it through the Senate which, with the close House vote, is certainly not in the bag.

President Obama know that this tax program will have rough go of it in the Senate and is calling on all Senators to have courage.  I’m calling on all of you to have the courage to contact our Senators and politely let them know that you are against this tax legislation.

Member Name Electronic Correspondence
Senator Patty Murray (D- WA) http://murray.senate.gov/email/index.cfm
Senator Maria Cantwell (D- WA) http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

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