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West Virginia Activist Writes About Cap and Tax Next Steps
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West Virginia Activist Writes About Cap and Tax Next Steps

FreedomWorks Congressional Action Team member Alice Click was published over the weekend as a guest commentator in the Hinton News.  The article, "How do Higher Energy Costs Help Open Idle Steel Mills or Struggling Auto Makers" nailed the crux of the debate: the legislation kills jobs.  Click went on to urge readers to contact Sen. Rockefeller.

06/30/2009
Germany Taking the Path Less-Traveled
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Germany Taking the Path Less-Traveled

It looks as if President Obama and Congress could take a few economics lessons from Chancellor Angela Merkel. While the US is going to try to spend her way out of the financial crisis by putting more taxes on the American people to finance the stimulus package, Chancellor Merkel has opted for the path less-traveled—the more laissez-faire path that is. Although hardly a perfect model (Germany did spend billions of euros to bail out her banks), Chancellor Merkel is not going to implement higher taxes in an attempt to fix the economy. With elections on the horizon and a projection of a 6% drop in GDP, the Chancellor is getting serious about making economic growth her priority.

06/30/2009
Protectionism: Another Reason To Kill Waxman-Markey Energy Tax Bill
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Protectionism: Another Reason To Kill Waxman-Markey Energy Tax Bill

If the taxes the Waxman-Markey bill would effectively levy on Americans were not enough to delight you, then a provision this bill contains that would further alienate China - just as several pieces of recent news suggest a trade war with China might be brewing - ought to do the trick.

06/29/2009
Dissent, Not Denial: Informed Opposition to the Science of Climate Change Is Growing
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Dissent, Not Denial: Informed Opposition to the Science of Climate Change Is Growing

Beneath the surface of a Cap and Tax debate that has only just begun to rage in this country, a basic premise is largely being taken for granted. Prominent fixtures of the political class, from Al Gore to Newt Gingrich to John McCain, have accepted and declared as fact that the Earth is getting warmer, the icecaps are getting smaller, carbon is to blame, and only government can save the day.

06/29/2009
Temecula Activists Stage Impromptu Cap and Tax Protest
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Temecula Activists Stage Impromptu Cap and Tax Protest

This past Saturday, June 27, a group of Temecula, CA free-market activists led by Bridget Blanton staged a spur of the moment protest against the cap and trade legislation that passed the House the previous evening.  The demonstrators urged passerby to get involved and call their Senators as the legislation progresses.  

06/29/2009
Responding to the "liberal middle"
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Responding to the "liberal middle"

My long-lost friend Scott Jones wrote a comment to my note yesterday (on my own blog at http://rossputin.com about “What we’re up against” which I think is representative of potentially the majority of Democrats in society (not the majority of Democrats in Congress.) So for today’s note, I’m going to offer my response to Scott. For the record, Scott is NOT lazy or blinded by Obama’s cult of personality, but I certainly intend to make the most of a part of his comment which describes many people who are both of those things.

06/27/2009
Cap and Tax Passes House
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Cap and Tax Passes House

Waxman-Markey passed the House today and liberals took their first step towards a huge new energy tax.  The fight continues and we will have our work cut out for us in the Senate after the July 4 Recess.  See below for detail on the vote break-down:Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade passes… 219 YES, 212 NO8 Republican YES (Bono Mack, Castle, Kirk, Lance, LoBiondo, Reichert, Smith, McHugh)168 Republican NO211 Democrat YES

06/26/2009
Congress Votes to Make Energy More Expensive, Make American Industry Uncompetitive
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Congress Votes to Make Energy More Expensive, Make American Industry Uncompetitive

Washington, DC –   The Obama administration scored a major legislative victory in making gasoline, electric, and other forms of energy more expensive today when the House of Representatives passed Cap and Trade legislation.   As America’s manufacturing sector struggles with competition and a poor economy, higher energy prices could be the knock out blow for hundreds of thousands of jobs.   Just how do higher energy costs help open idle steel mills or the struggling auto makers?  How do higher prices at the pump and skyrocketing electric bills help families struggling through a recession? Congress voted 219 to 212 today to kill real jobs and replace them with hypothetical ‘green’ jobs by two vote.  Only 8 Republicans voted for the final passage.  Congress could have embraced ‘all of the above’ energy policies that would have encouraged the development of nuclear, renewable, and traditional forms of energy that would lower energy prices for Americans.   Due to its astronomical costs and questions regarding its so-called greenhouse-gas emissions benefits, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) had many lawmakers undecided as it was brought to the floor. Thanks to some last-minute backroom deals, Pelosi managed to gain the support of just enough moderate and “blue dog” Democrats to pass the bill. The bill now moves to the Senate, where it faces a tough fight. Under the new act, as many as 7 million jobs could be lost in addition to increased energy costs by as much as $3,100 per family. The bill includes a price tag of $646 billion, adding further stress to a mounting deficit and debilitated economy. According to various studies, the resulting reductions of CO2 from such legislation are negligible at best. Most recently, billionaire investor Warren Buffett, a supporter and on-again, off-again advisor of President Obama, slammed the Waxman-Markey bill as nothing more than a “regressive” national energy tax on all Americans. This is an understatement. H.R. 2454 could turn out to be the largest tax hike in American history. FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe observed: “The Waxman-Markey Cap-and-Trade legislation is just another piece of legislation in a long line that will continue to strangle our economy during tough times. This bill does nothing to stimulate the economy, nor will it result in any meaningful environmental change for the better. It is all cost and no benefit. Unfortunately, that cost will be incurred by the average American family for many years to come.”

06/26/2009
Government Strikes Again
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Government Strikes Again

A recent CNN article states that:

06/26/2009
Chicago-style Politics in Oregon
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Chicago-style Politics in Oregon

In a last-minute effort to confuse appeals voters in Oregon, the Ways and Means Committee of the House Legislature adopted House Bill 2414, which fundamentally changes the way referrals of legislative measures are treated.

06/25/2009

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