Theodore's World: Boehner Speaking the Truth About Cap and Trade ~ "I have never seen anything this ridiculous"

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June 26, 2009

Boehner Speaking the Truth About Cap and Trade ~ "I have never seen anything this ridiculous"

Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH)

Washington, Jun 25

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today released a new chart underscoring the bureaucratic nightmare that is Speaker Pelosi’s national energy tax. The chart highlights the slew of new government programs Democrats will create in order to take and redistribute trillions of dollars from family budgets and workers payrolls in the form of allowances – all overseen by a confusing web of government agencies.

Make sense? Not really. In fact, in a news conference earlier today, Boehner called it “ridiculous”:

“If you look at this chart, this is how this process will work. With the EPA being in the middle, look at all of these different agencies that are involved. This is the most elaborate thing that I have seen and you know, I have been here a while and I’ve seen some pretty crazy things, but I have never seen anything this ridiculous.”

The depiction of how Speaker Pelosi’s national energy tax will work is bad enough. But its consequences for families and small businesses across the country are even worse. The tax – which may come up for a House vote tomorrow – will be forced upon anyone who drives a car, buys an American-made product, or flips on a light switch. As a result, it will drive up energy costs, send millions of jobs to countries like China and India who do not have national energy taxes of their own, and place an especially heavy burden on rural America. Democratic leaders have been scrambling to round up votes for the legislation, and they initially called in former Vice President Gore to help. But at the last minute, they told him to stay home, realizing that rural Democrats who are already in a difficult situation because of this painful vote would rather not be associated with the former Vice President and other left-swing special interests. Boehner highlighted the on-again, off-again invitation for the Vice President to rally support for Speaker Pelosi’s national energy tax:

“You know, Al Gore stands for higher electricity bills, higher gasoline prices, and shipping millions of jobs overseas. Some of our members still remember his BTU tax from 1993 where he tried this idea of imposing this tax on all BTUs in the country. A lot of Democrat members got burnt on that vote for those of you that might have been around. So it is no surprise that as quickly as Al Gore was invited to come to Washington to help lobby on this, it seems that he was disinvited rather quickly.”

Democratic leaders are poised to march many moderate Democrats over a cliff tomorrow by forcing them to vote for a national energy tax that is unpopular throughout the heartland – and just as Members head home for the July Fourth recess, no less. At the same time, they’ll be marching middle-class families and small businesses off a cliff as well – asking them to pay more than ever for energy at a time when they can afford it least and risking devastating job loss with unemployment already soaring. This will be a decisive vote in the 111th Congress, and the American people will not forget it. Are moderate Democrats ready to support this costly, jobs-killing bureaucratic nightmare?



Wild Thing's comment...........

A radio news report said there were a few Republicans in the House who could vote for Cap and Trade. Who are they?
Bartlett (MD)
Bono Mack (CA)
Castle (DE)
Dent (PA)
Ehlers (MI)
Frelinghuysen (NJ)
Gerlach (PA)
Inglis (SC)
Tim Johnson (IL)
Kirk (IL)
Lance (NJ)
LoBiondo (NJ)
Petri (WI)
Platts (PA)
Ros-Lehtinen (FL)

I hope they don't vote for it, I PRAY they say NO.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67

Posted by Wild Thing at June 26, 2009 06:48 AM


Anyone who votes for this idiotic plan should be voted out in their next election. I'm sorry, but this is the worst thing that will ever happen to America if it goes through. Mark my words-there will be extreme homelessness, tent cities, children in rags because the cost of heating and cooling a home will make it cost ineffective. Foreclosures will rise, unemployment will be sky high (where are all those so called "green" jobs? Hint to America--There ARE none-the technology isn't there yet! Hello, wake up dummies!). And we will starve in the streets because food will be too expensive to afford and the affluent will ignore the plight of the people. Get with the program America and don't let this pass!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Lynn at June 26, 2009 08:26 AM

Lynn, the people will wake up only when it's too late. The Problem is too many people are tired of Freedom in this Country. You can tell by the enormous one party slant in our government, the aftermath of the 2008 elections.

Anyone who votes for this hates America and if they're re-elected then the true will of the people will be self evident. Will the people take Freedom or a government handout. Sadly I believe the people want the latter.

Posted by: JohnE PFC U.S. Army at June 26, 2009 10:46 AM

Well it is set for a vote. It looks like Pisslosi has the votes needed to pass this POS legislation.

In less than 5 months we have watched a properous nation go from Capitalism to Socialism, from there we are headed out the drain. Unless we do something we are finished.

China is now calling for a World Currency...God help us.

Posted by: Mark at June 26, 2009 12:32 PM

This is the biggest tax in American history. It will affect everyone of us in many ways. It is an ideal tax for the politicians to keep growing. It will get bigger and more inclusive. We will live under regulations that will stiffle our personal freedoms.

Posted by: TomR at June 26, 2009 01:18 PM

Here's another angle. Remember the slogan, "If you got it a Truck brought it". What will this do to the trucking industry. Their rates will go up to along with the price of Diesel Fuel, so by the time they're done a loaf of bread will go up to 3 dollars a loaf. It will be one vicious cycle. They also want to raise the tax on gasoline. So we drive less, No more backyard Bar-b-Q's afterall that will mean senseless emission of CO2.

Posted by: Mark at June 26, 2009 04:01 PM