Rep. Henry Waxman has always been one of the most dim-witted, bitterly partisan men in American politics. That’s why sensible people have tried to keep him away from positions of influence. Unfortunately, we lost the last fight in that battle last November. Girded with newfound power and thinking he has a mandate from God, President Obama and Rep. Waxman is in the process of declaring economic war on America’s heartland.

Fortunately, Mike Pence is doing the fighting on our side:

After weeks of political horse-trading in Washington between senior House Democrats and their nervous rank-and-file members over climate change legislation, a compromise is making its way through Congress. But all the window dressing that this “compromise” has prompted does not change the fact that it is an economic declaration of war on America’s heartland. Citizens nationwide should beware because if Washington’s latest energy charade becomes law, it will have a devastating impact on the price at the pump and utility bills.

For weeks, Democrats from states like Indiana and Ohio pleaded with Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to make substantial changes to the proposed cap-and-tax legislation. The cautious moderates represent states that rely heavily on carbon-based energy to heat homes and power businesses. And they understand that this legislation, which dramatically hinders the use of coal, will devastate their state’s families, small businesses and family farms.

Barack Obama said it best during the presidential campaign when he declared that under his energy plan, energy “prices would necessarily skyrocket.” But you don’t have to take just President Obama’s word for it. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, recently proclaimed that “nobody in this country realizes that cap and trade is a tax, and it’s a great big one.”

This isn’t just another energy bill. This is a bill that will destroy industries. That isn’t just my opinion. Then-Candidate Obama said that he was willing to push coal-fired power plants into bankruptcy:

I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.

Let’s briefly summarize. President Obama hasn’t objected to coal-fired power plants going bankrupt in the name of fighting global warming. He’s also said that energy “prices would necessarily skyrocket.” Add those statements with Rep. Dingell’s statement that “nobody in this country realizes that cap and trade is a tax, and it’s a great big one” and it gets clear that the National Energy Tax will unnecessarily cripple the U.S. economy.

When talking about jobs, President Obama talks in terms of jobs saved or created. It’s a nice-sounding term that means nothing because it can’t be proved. If, God forbid, the National Energy Tax becomes law, Republicans should add a new category to President Obama’s jobs categories: jobs intentionally destroyed. We should make it clear that these jobs were destroyed to appease his environmental extremist allies. We should tell people that President Obama and Rep. Waxman destroyed these jobs because they refused to increase reliable energy production contained within the continental United States and on the OCS.

Some estimates suggest anywhere between 1.7 million and 7 million jobs could be lost under the Democrats’ energy tax plan. Manufacturing plants, and the jobs they create, will just relocate to foreign countries with less stringent environmental regulations and transport pollution to other parts of the world. Washington will inflict a lot of pain on American families for a policy that won’t achieve its ultimate goal of reducing carbon emissions.

I don’t know which estimates Rep. Pence is referencing but they don’t seem unrealistic given the things President Obama and Rep. Dingell have said.

SIDENOTE: I’m checking with Rep. Pence’s office on what studies he’s referencing. I’ll update as soon as I get that information.

Let’s also dismiss those citing the MIT study on the cost of this legislation. They often say that the cost is much lower than cited by Republicans. Here’s Rep. Pence’s response:

Chairman Pence said that they’re aware that liberal bloggers are trying to debunk that study. He said that they’d debunked the debunking by talking with the MIT scientist that’s saying the cost wasn’t $3,128. Chairman Pence said he asked this scientist why he thought it would cost considerably less than the GOP’s figure.

The MIT scientist said he assumed that much of the revenues would be rebated back to the consumers. This scientist said that he didn’t have a problem with the $3,128 figure if they didn’t rebate that money back to the people. Chairman Pence then said the Waxman-Markey bill didn’t include a rebate provision in it, meaning that the figure is valid.

In other words, the MIT scientist that Democrats have been pointing to for proof that their national energy tax isn’t expensive undercuts their own argument. The MIT scientist assumed that “much of the revenues would be rebated back to the consumers.” Unfortunately for consumers, there isn’t a rebate provision in the bill, meaning that the MIT scientist thinks that the $3,128 figure is fairly accurate.

What family will say, especially during such difficult financial times, that they can afford writing the checks for an additional $3,000 for heating bills this year? During the stimulus debate, President Obama told us time after time that we faced the worst economic times since the Great Depression. Though I disagreed with that dire of a prediction, I didn’t disagree that we were facing serious challenges.

With that in mind, what monster would propose heaping thousands of dollars of new expenses on already burdened families, many of whom are already dealing with the mortgage crisis and rising unemployment? That President Obama and Chairmans Waxman would pursue such a strategy indicates that they’re driven more by their political allies wish list than by what We The People want.

That’s totally unacceptable. Burdening struggling families with that type of financial burden right now borders on being evil and immoral.

Theoretically, Blue Dog Democrats are more fiscally responsible. Let’s see whether Blue Dog Democrats support this huge tax increase. If they do, then they should be targeted for defeat in 2010. If the Blue Dogs support this bill, then they should be lumped in with radicals like Rep. Waxman because there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between them on killing jobs and raising taxes.

On the Senate side, let’s see how the DLC types vote on cloture. If they vote for cloture, that’s the same as voting for the bill.

Rep. Pence nails it with this statement:

Senior Democrats doled out just enough crumbs to their shaky colleagues to ensure that this national energy tax makes its way through Congress. Sadly, this compromise is nothing better than political cover for a Democrat-controlled Congress that wants to tax energy, control the market and restrict freedom. Enactment of this legislation will be devastating to our economy, while exporting American jobs overseas.

Seriously, why would manufacturers stay in the United States when they can save hundreds of millions of dollars in energy costs just by moving to Thailand, Mexico or South Korea?

Democrats whined about President Bush’s role in outsourcing jobs to India. Democrats now appear willing to chase jobs from the U.S. economy. Vice President Biden even said that coal-fired power plants should be built in China rather than being built here in the United states. He said in the context of Cap and Trade, aka the National Energy Tax.

I’ve said before what I’ll repeat now: The National Energy Tax is a nasty tax increase masquerading as environmental policy. It’s destructive to jobs, too. Finally, it’s important that I remind you what Bob Weisman, professor of meteorology at St. Cloud State, said about global warming:

Despite disagreeing with him “100 percent, politically,” Weisman said he agreed with Horner that the Obama administration’s cap-and-trade program likely won’t do anything to effect climate change. “Like the Kyoto treaty, it won’t bring down global warming,” Weisman said. “You’d need something more like a 40 percent cut in emissions (to do that).”

You can’t say it any more authoritatively than that. The National Energy Tax is a job-killing tax increase that has little to do with global warming.

8 Responses to “Obama, Waxman Declare War On America’s Heartland”

  • J. Ewing says:

    Here is where Republicans need to switch tactics. Under the theory that “he who names a thing seals its fate,” Republicans must insist, in every venue and every opportunity, that this is the “Skyrocketing Energy Tax Bill,” or some such focus-tested term, if necessary. Once that label sticks in the public mind, Democrats will only pass it at their peril.

  • Gary Gross says:

    What do you think they’re doing calling it the National Energy Tax?

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