Avoid temptation; watch cap-and-trade tax

The temptation today is to return to South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s affair.  Undoubtedly, his chances of being the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 are nil as a result of his personal misconduct.  Even though his wife had asked for a trial separation over a period that included Father’s Day, his absence then will haunt any future campaign efforts.

Sad for his family, for the wife and four sons, for him and perhaps for the country that might have chosen him to be President of the United States.  Critics will gloat. For me, it’s deep disappointment.

En route to the 1996 Republican convention in San Diego, I spent 2-3 hours seated with then-Congressman Sanford and his wife, Jenny.  In the years since, I’ve watched his sons grow via the informal family portait on each year’s Christmas card.  From that conversation, from the political commitment he honored to abide by term limits, and from his ability to articulate sound and consistent conservative positions, I became convinced that the Republican nomination in 2012 was a realistic prospect.  No more.

But, disappointment aside, more important public policy issues abound. One in particular is a 1,200-page cap-and-trade bill to regulate carbon emissions that could cost consumers $2 trillion in pass-through costs within five years. Democrats say the cost per family would be under $200 per year;  other estimates are that the impact could be up to $7,000 per year. It would force carbon-emitting industries, such as coal, oil, natural gas and oil, to purchase credits for emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouses gases.  It’s a hidden pass-through tax that could push the cost of gasoline and electricity sharply higher. ”Cap-and-trade is nothing more than a tax which starts accruing the moment you flip on your light switch,” opines Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to push the bill through the House by the end of this week.  This, far more than the life travails of the South Carolina governor, should concern us.

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Jenny Sanford:

June 25th, 2009
8:24 am

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Peter

June 25th, 2009
8:27 am

I agree Jim, every time a public servant does what Sanford does, no matter what party, it is an embarrassment for all.

What strikes me even more is your push to allow companies to get away with polluting our environment, and if you speak for the Republican’s and the like, Money to you is more Important than peoples health, and our future generations.

No wonder you and your party is not the voice of true America.

Honest to goodness!

June 25th, 2009
8:37 am

Jim,

You have failed…. You consistantly write about the importance of “traditional” families and the need to hold that relationship sacred, but in this case you give in to your love affair with Mark Sanford and fail to forcefully condemn him for his actions. He lied to to people of South carolina, He betrayed his wife and (again) undercut the position of the moralist on the right. This is a man that violated every social covenant that the right jumps up and down and rants about and you don’t blast him for doing so. Should we take this as you giving a pass to a guy because you like him? I don’t agree with most of what you say, but at least I thought you really believed and stood by your beliefs…. My fault… Now I completely know the truth. You are a hack for the right and another one of your idols has been voted off of the island. You stand by him, so you must go as well!

Howard

June 25th, 2009
8:41 am

Jim…if Sanford had been a Democrat, it would have been a resume enhancer…look what it did for Clinton and the Kennedy family. Sanford and other pols who ignore the commandment “Thou shalt not commit adultery” and change it to “Thou shall not ADMIT to adultery”…when they are caught, they always invoke God’s name!! It makes me sick! Oh,no wonder Gov. Sanford refused the stimulus package for his state…he already had one in Argentina. Did the doofus not think he’d get caught???? Still…I contend if he had been a liberal Democrat, he’d gotten away scot-free!! Maybe he should pull an Arlen Spector and change parties…then he would shut up the newspapers and get to stay in office!!
As for cap-and-trade…it still has to pass the Senate where that’s not a sure-fire done deal. Oh well, people were stupid enough in this country to allow Obama and his party of fascists to take over things. People need not complain of anything that happens within this country and outside it!!! American’s chickens are coming home to roost!!!

Churchill"s MOM

June 25th, 2009
8:42 am

Am I the only Republican who is NOT running around

conservative democrat

June 25th, 2009
8:50 am

We should get all the democratic and republican politicians together for a meeting in the phone booth outside of Manuel’s Tavern tonight at 7pm.

The Anti-Wooten

June 25th, 2009
8:54 am

Jim, retirement must seem an especially attractive proposition just now for you. I mean, your legs must be soooo tired from having to backpedal. But seriously, is that as close as you come to a retraction of the guff you placed at the feet of the GNOP sheeple yesterday?

Republic’s wedding vows: Until something better comes along or the stalls get wider.

One Voice

June 25th, 2009
9:14 am

Sad for the country, Jim? Seriously? Yes, it’s sad that we won’t have Mark Sanford as president, with all of his redeeming qualities- irresponsibility, immorality, hypocrisy, dishonesty. Well, I guess those are Republican family values. Jim, I’ve always questioned your judgment, but you truly display legitimate traits of brainwashing.

We dodged a bullet and avoided having the Palin bimbo in the White House; now we dodged another one with yet another morally bankrupt Republican. You guys have to come up with someone better to lose to Obama in 2012. At least make it interesting.

1984

June 25th, 2009
9:17 am

This Sanford story should remind everyone that NO politician, democrat or republican, is to be idolized. It’s funny how liberals laugh and point fingers yet many of their own party members do the same thing. John Edwards, Elliot Spitzer, Bill Clinton and JFK all come to mind. The biggest problem is when these politicians come out against infidelity yet are the same ones who cheat on their wives. When Bill Clinton cheated on Hillary the media went nuts and trashed “the other women” yet gave him a free pass. Same with John Edwards. The media definitely treats democrats differently than republicans. They are all douche bags.

1984

June 25th, 2009
9:19 am

One Voice, yeah we really did dodge a bullet with John Edwards in 04. Another morally bankrupt democrat. Palin has done NOTHING wrong and yet you idiots continue to bash her.

Obama Hussien in 2012 will be nothing but a washed up Jimmy Carter.

One Voice

June 25th, 2009
9:22 am

And in calling out Sanford on his hypocrisy, I forgot to call out Wooten on his. Twice a week he writes about how our society is collapsing because fathers aren’t living up to their responsibilities. Hmm… I guess for Wooten, you’re only condemned as an inadequate father if you’re Black and a Democrat. If you’re a white Republican, then it’s perfectly acceptable to cheat on your wife and abandon your four children on Father’s Day. How very Christian. Wooten, once again you prove your hypocrisy.

1984

June 25th, 2009
9:23 am

John Kerry: world class idiot

“Too bad,’’ Kerry said, “if a governor had to go missing it couldn’t have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin.’’

The Democratic-centric crowd laughed.

You liberal clowns are going to eat your words. Much like you do when you eat your own $hit.

1984

June 25th, 2009
9:24 am

One Voice is too busy cheating on his life partner with the family donkey.

Jackie

June 25th, 2009
9:26 am

If one is to be believe that only those who were caught having an affair is not really paying attention. Repubs and Dems are guilty of this act to be qualified with “not all.”

Citizens can make determinations about the political viability of those who commit such acts. If we are to judge that person based upon their being caught, then we have to go back to the beginning of the Republic and roundly criticize many of our exalted leaders.

Copyleft

June 25th, 2009
9:28 am

The interesting thing is, Democratic officials “get away” with their affairs (aside from having their careers and personal lives ruined, of course) because they don’t claim to be morally superior and preach at everybody about how they OWN family values.

Republican officials, however, base their CAREERS on such silly and irrelevant claims… so when they’re caught cheating, the hypocrisy makes headlines. If these GOP losers would just quit pretending they’re moral saints and focus on stuff that actually MATTERS instead, they wouldn’t have these problems.

Gee, it almost looks like the liberals are right and the conservatives are wrong. Again. I just love watching hypocrites shoot themselves in the foot and then blame everybody else for noticing!

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 25th, 2009
9:29 am

WHEN THE GOP FAKE CHRISTIANS FALL,THEY FALL HARD AND FAST,BECAUSE THEY ARE CAMPAIGNING BASED ON LIES AND FALSEHOOD,FAMILY VALUES MY @$$ THESE COUNTRY HICKS ARE BEING EXPOSED AS FRAUDS AND FAKES,THE GOP PARTY ARE JUST LIKE THE BLACK AND WHITE BAPTIST PREACHER STEALING MONEY FROM THEIR CONGREGATION!

P.S.LITTLE BOY 1984 CHE RAGNAR RATBOY WHICH EVER ONE YOU ARE TODAY,YOU ARE A COWARD THAT CANT FIGHT THE TRUTH,BUT YOU ONLY USE FALSEHOODS AND LIES,TYPICAL REDNECK THOUGHT PROCESS,LIE LIKE BUSH SUXBY SONNY SANFORD,I`M GLAD THAT THESE HICKS ARE BEING SOLDOUT BY THEIR OWN KIND!

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 25th, 2009
9:41 am

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY CHEAT ON YOUR WIFE,LEAVE YOUR FOUR BOYS BEFORE FATHERS DAY TO BE WITH YOUR MISTRESS,GO TO MINN AND USE THE BATHROOM IN A AIRPORT AND ASK FOR MALE SEX WITH ANOTHER MALE,GET CAUGHT IN ANOTHER ILLEGAL MONEY LAUNDERING SCAM LIKE PAT SWINDALL,YOU DONT NEVER HEAR THESE REDNECKS TALK ABOUT THESE TYPE OF EVENTS.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK G.O.P SELLING THESE REDNECKS RACIST OUT,I LOVE THE FACT THAT THESE REDNECKS ARE WITHOUT WORK,YOU STUPID HICKS VOTED TO RETURN SUXBY AND PHIL GOOD THAT THOSE WHITEBOYS SAID PHUCK RURAL GEORGIA,YOU GET WHAT YOU VOTE FOR HICKS,FROM 2000 TO 2009 THE GOP HAS SENT YOUR JOBS OVERSEAS TO THEIR CHEAT LABOR BUSINESS PARTNERS!

Shawny

June 25th, 2009
9:41 am

It is amazing how people equate a scandal involving an individual as a black eye to the party that they belong. The Gov cheats and it is bad for Republicans. Why? Just because he was one of several?

Was McGreevey, Clinton, Spitzer, the cat that stuffed cash in the fridge, John Edwards, et al a problem for their party?

Californication

June 25th, 2009
9:43 am

News Flash South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has just received an offer from the Obama administration to be the “Morals Czar”, As Obama stated in his speech this is just what we need, a person that has the democratic morals firmly in place, we will convert him, resistance is futile.
As for the Cap and Trade tax, just another Obozo lie, where is the tax break that 95% of us were supposed to get? Are the American people so stupid that they believed him? Like let’s give people a tax credit then hike the energy tax 900%, so in reality we are getting a tax INCREASE. Now you know why the liberals have taken over the schools, this keeps the sheeple fat happy and stupid.

Northern Songs Ltd

June 25th, 2009
9:44 am

EVIL – you really need to step away from the meth….

On topic: Americans should ask themselves whether this annual tax of $1,600-plus per family is justified by the very small resulting decline in global CO2. Since the U.S. share of global CO2 production is now less than 25 percent (and is projected to decline as China and other developing nations grow), a 15 percent fall in U.S. CO2 output would lower global CO2 output by less than 4 percent. Its impact on global warming would be virtually unnoticeable.

Cap and trade has never worked and it will not work. It’s just another example of where the President’s campaign rhetoric (”no taxes on anyone making less than $250,000) runs into the brick wall of reality.

Churchill"s MOM

June 25th, 2009
9:47 am

Bookman is writing about our next President and you are all about this loser/friend Sanford, who is the conservative in this. If my husband tried a stunt like this he would have more things to worry about than his political future. Any government program cost more than we are told up front, W’s “drug benefit” is now estimated to cost several times his original estimate, maybe all of congress should stay with their mistress in South America and leave the taxpayer alone.

Pa

June 25th, 2009
9:48 am

That Wooten and Dusty might learn day to listen to Pa. Yesterday, they was actin’ like the mall cop over at the Okefenokee Point Mall a-standin’ over Mary Lou Bethany Picklesimer as she was a-throwin’ up her food court hotdog. “Nothin’ to see here,” ol’ Wootie and Dusty said. Pfft. I told ‘em they oughta wait a spell, ’cause what that Sanford done shore did look and smell funny when they was apologizin’ for him.

Churchhilll's MOM's husband

June 25th, 2009
9:50 am

I’ll be working late again, dear. Don’t wait up. Oh, and darn, it I have a sudden five-day business trip thrust upon me for the Fourth of July weekend.

Aquagirl

June 25th, 2009
9:50 am

Nice try, Jim. Nobody gives a crap what the Republicans are saying about fiscal conservatism. Until they purge the party of the “family values” crowd, they’ll go nowhere.

You can cover your ears all you want, but copyleft @ 9:28 summed up the point nicely. There is a difference between fallible human behavior and hypocrisy. Most of us understand the difference. Apparently Republicans don’t. Neither do you.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 25th, 2009
9:51 am

American International Group, the bailed-out U.S. insurance company,
announced Thursday that it had reached an agreement to reduce its debt
with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York by $25 billion.

Under the deal, A.I.G. will give the bank preferred interests in its
two largest life insurance units outside the United States — American
International Assurance, or A.I.A., and American Life Insurance
Company, or Alico.

The Fed will hold an equity stake in A.I.A. worth $16 billion, and a
stake in Alico worth $9 billion, based on a percentage of their
estimated fair market value, according to the A.I.G. statement.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 25th, 2009
9:52 am

NOTICE THAT FOR ALL YOU HICKS THAT CALL ME OUT,NOTICE THAT YOU FOOLS NEVER SAY THAT I`M LYING BECAUSE EVERYTHING I SAY ABOUT THE LYING CHEATING FAKE CHRISTIAN REPUBLICAN IS TRUE,STOP BEING UNDERCOVER GAYS AND CHEATING ON YOUR WIFE,STOP CLAIMING TO MORAL SUPERIOR TO THE DEMOCRAPS WHEN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS THE PARTY OF LIES STEAL AND KILL,JUST LIKE SATAN YALL FATHER!

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 25th, 2009
9:55 am

Two of Extended Stay Hotels’ junior lenders have accused Cerberus
Capital Management and Centerbridge Partners of scheming to force the
hotel chain into bankruptcy in order to take over the company’s
properties,

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 25th, 2009
9:56 am

The CME Group, parent of the Chicago Board of Trade, on Wednesday
disputed a Senate panel report that blamed commodity index funds for
driving up wheat futures prices.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 25th, 2009
9:59 am

On Thursday, billionaire R. Allen Stanford is expected to have a chance
to formally declare in court he is innocent of charges his
international banking and financial empire was really just a Ponzi
scheme.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 25th, 2009
9:59 am

As he prepares to sentence Bernard L. Madoff next week, a federal judge
on Wednesday deferred for three months any decisions on restitution for
the thousands of victims of the convicted swindler.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 25th, 2009
10:00 am

Most of the foundations that lost 30 percent to all of their assets in
the Madoff scandal had four or fewer board members, according to an
analysis by a charity watchdog organization.

1984

June 25th, 2009
10:05 am

Shawny, you can throw out all the democratic names you like, but the point being none of those loose cannons (adulterers) and crooks preached the goodness of family values

Unlike Newt Gingrich, Michael Bowers, Bob Livingston, Mark Foley, Larry Craig, David Vitter, Rudy Giuliani, John Ensign, Mark Sanford, and my apologies to all the family values soothsayers who I left out.

There is a difference!!!!!!

Copyleft

June 25th, 2009
10:09 am

Shawny: “Was McGreevey, Clinton, Spitzer, the cat that stuffed cash in the fridge, John Edwards, et al a problem for their party?”

If they had built and based their political careers on speeches about “moral leadership” and “family values,” you bet it would’ve been. Of course, they did not… every one of the Republican Scandal League DID.

And that makes all the difference.

Northern Songs Ltd

June 25th, 2009
10:10 am

EVIL – Really, dude, I’m serious. Just push yourself away from the table with those big, fat lines you’ve been snorting, and go take a walk.

Northern Songs Ltd

June 25th, 2009
10:11 am

or at least push the CAPS LOCK button until the little light goes out. just sayin’….

Bo Chambliss LOBBYIST

June 25th, 2009
10:18 am

Don’t forget how Saxby has pushed up the price of food & gas with his support of the Ethanol Lobby. His baby boy has got to eat, and eat well I might add.

One Voice

June 25th, 2009
10:20 am

1984,

The difference between Democrats cheating and Republicans cheating is that Democrats have never tried to legislate morality and bludgeon people with a “family values” mallet. And in case you didn’t notice, genius, Spitzer resigned and Edwards faded away. After calling for others to resign under the same circumstances, your hypocrites, Ensign and Sanford, are still in office.

If you think Republicans will have a shot in 2012, you know nothing about statistics or demographics. Republicans have lost ground in every demographic category over the last 8 years, except for churchgoers. Your base is old white people who go to church, and every single day this country resembles that picture less and less. Young people in particular (you know, the people who will be voting for the next 40 years) are extremely unlikely to be Republicans (they’re Democrats by about 2:1). In addition, Blacks and Latinos combined make up more than 30% of the country, and that number will be greater in 2012. Obviously, both of those groups vote heavily Democratic and will continue to do so. It is clear how you want the world to be, but your statements show your ignorance of how the world actually is. Wishing it was so won’t make it that way. You have no shot in 2012. As I said, at least nominate someone who will make it interesting as they lose to Obama.

And it is Republicans who tend to live on farms with livestock and cheat on their spouses (in case you hadn’t noticed). So when is the last time you squealed like a pig, hick?

Northern Songs Ltd

June 25th, 2009
10:28 am

One Voice: No, no, no. You were doing fine, you’d been courteous and cited some nice statistics. Then this ham handed and totslly unecessary turn to insults. It won’t do. It’s stupid and boring.

I Hate Traffic

June 25th, 2009
10:31 am

What I would like to know is why an army of INS agents wasn’t at the Georgia Dome last night for the soccer game to round up great multitudes of illegals in one big scoop.

I hate EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU who caused a traffic nightmare last night and made many of us miss the first 4 innings of the Yankees-Braves game by backing up I-75 for 2 freaking hours.

Seal the Border, and…

GO, BRAVES !

booger

June 25th, 2009
10:31 am

Cap and trade is a tax, pure and simple. Been tried in Europe. Don’t work. No reduction in emissions but lots of money flowing to the govt.

This is only the beginning of covert tax schemes our government will introduce in the upcoming months, the most incidious being a VAT tax. All of this will be on top of actual tax increases imposed on the doers in our society.

Redneck Convert

June 25th, 2009
10:35 am

Well, things is looking up for us Conservatives. We finally got a couple Republican lawmakers that just run around with reglar women. Instead of picking out young boys or paying women to beat them up in diapers or doing You Know What with mules. This ought to show American voters that Conservatives can be reglar people too.

Only problem is, this Ensign and Sanford are just plain dumb to get caught that way. But I reckon being dumb don’t make you unable to hold public office. Elsewise the whole GA house and senate would be kicked out.

Anyhow, one of these days we’re going to start reading about godly Republicans that don’t fool around and really act like what they say we should do. So I’m going to cheer up and look forward to the day we can elect Republicans again. This is a good start. Have a good day everybody.

Hannibal Lechter

June 25th, 2009
10:36 am

You should cite your sources, Northern Songs Ltd. Or, maybe, I could just have you over for dinner.

One Voice

June 25th, 2009
10:36 am

Northern Songs,

I’ll let you know if I need advice about being ham handed from someone who just wrote “Really, dude, I’m serious. Just push yourself away from the table with those big, fat lines you’ve been snorting.” (Hint: I don’t and won’t. Thanks dude.)

William Casey

June 25th, 2009
10:49 am

The Sopranos have more “family values” than hypocritical Republican politicians.

Northern Songs Ltd

June 25th, 2009
10:55 am

Hannibal: Sorry, didn’t know they let you have access to the Internet from the home. Nice pick-up though.

One Voice: Snark and a serious argument don’t usually mix is all I’m saying; and in case you care, I’m totally with you on this.

JLK

June 25th, 2009
10:59 am

All Alpha males (and many others, male and female) do it at some point. That’s just the way it is; it’s not partisan until partisan people MAKE it partisan. As a Democrat and a believer in individual liberties, I’m appalled at people of either party who seem to think the private behaviors of others is any of their doggone beeswax. That a state’s chief exec went AWOL is news. That he was in another country with a girlfriend is also news, only because of those who voted for him based on his “conservative family values.”

But the PRIVATE CONTENTS OF ONE’S LOVE LETTERS should NOT be news! The wh-o-res on every news channel this morning were reading them aloud like a cheap romance novel. I was embarrassed and disgusted. If anything, I now have a modicum sympathy for this guy. Geez, what a bunch of vultures. Get a life of your own, already!

Northern Songs Ltd

June 25th, 2009
10:59 am

Hannibal: Citing sources doesn’t seem to be requirement for Wooten’s gab-fest.

Dark Knight

June 25th, 2009
10:59 am

Jim Sanford is GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing against my homosexual brethren, but lol at these family values wing nuts who time and time again prove that homophopbia is only present when that person is themselves guilty of that act.
GOP= G.ay O.pen P.arty

clyde

June 25th, 2009
11:06 am

Redneck,
Tell me about YOU KNOW WHAT WITH MULES,will ya?I missed school that day.

It’s fun to read about the priest that runs off with the chief fund raiser and all the money and it’s especially pleasing to read about a sanctimonious Republican caught with his pants down.They look especially stupid,and they say such stupid things afterwards.And they cry real tears.What a hypocrite.

1984

June 25th, 2009
11:10 am

One Voice, remember 4 years ago when the DNC took a beating like never before? Yeah, things changed quickly. You are stuck in this world of democrat and republican. Just because a person has a D or an R after their names doesn’t make them better than anyone else. Democrats are pure scumbags and so are republicans. Sarah Palin scares you because she is in the Reagan mold and democrats are scared to death of what a Reagan type can do. I agree with your point of politicians playing the values card all while doing the exact opposite of what they preach. But what is interesting is the fact that the majority of Americans consider themselves Conservative. There is nothing interesting about being a liberal.