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October 13, 2009
Dear Senator Graham,
As an active blogger for my own site (Rossputin.com), for the Denver Post, FreedomWorks, and the National Taxpayers Union, and as a contributing columnist for Human Events magazine, I spend a lot of time studying the intersection of politics and economics. Within that realm, there are few current topics as important as “cap and trade” – and few pieces of legislation with as much destructive potential.
It was with great disappointment that I read your op-ed co-authored with Senator Kerry. Your implication that the Boxer-Kerry bill may be worth supporting with the addition of incentives for nuclear power production is akin to cheering the addition of lobster to the last meal of a man about to be put to death by lethal injection. There is simply no way to improve the necessary ultimate outcome of the bill, namely to impose the biggest tax increase in our nation’s history, to savage our nation’s manufacturing sector, and to raise the cost of essentially everything. And all in a quixotic quest to prevent the “warming” of a planet that is cooling, and under the incorrect assumption that humans have a substantial impact on the Earth’s climate.
Perhaps in your desire for “bipartisanship” (which you may have noticed – in part because you are, sadly, such a prime example) you ignore the data and common sense in order to “get something done.” But in case you are actually open to thinking about facts, please allow me to offer you a few:
With all this in mind, Senator Graham, I strongly urge you to reconsider your support for any bill that includes “cap and trade”. The plan is simply the first giant step toward government regulation of anything that requires energy to produce or to transport, which is to say every physical product made or sold in America. It is antithetical to everything which Republicans are supposed to stand for, particularly given that it will have zero impact on climate.
If you want to support nuclear power – a goal which I strongly agree with – do it on its own, not as part of an unmitigatable disaster like Boxer-Kerry which will damage the country, assault employment, and harm our standard of living, all while giving aid and comfort to the enemy, both in terms of domestic and international politics and economics.
As it stands, your behavior represents exactly what has so turned off Republican voters in the last two election cycles. Democrat-like behavior is not just bad for the nation; it’s also a political loser. I believe that if you support the Boxer-Kerry bill, regardless of whether they add lobster to the economy’s final meal, you will encourage a primary challenge to yourself in your next election…and you will encourage me to support that challenger.
Ross G Kaminsky