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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EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 25th, 2009
11:12 am

I HAVE LICE ALL DAY I HATE THE GOP AND UNICORNS SMELL FUZZY ROSES. I EAT MY OWN POO AND PLAY WITH MY DONKEYS DING DONG. AH HATE REPUBLCUIASMS YOU CAN’T SPELL I CAN WHATS MY NAME YA YA YAQ1

Munch

June 25th, 2009
11:23 am

That stupid liberal media just won’t leave the GOP alooooonnne…..

From the Washington Times: “Extramarital affairs, gambling, alcohol abuse, prostitution and sexual pursuit of minors have taken a toll on the GOP.”

Stupid liberal Moonie Times.

conservative democrat

June 25th, 2009
11:24 am

You’re right, Jim when you write, “…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 will probably do nothing more that make Al Gore and his partners rich, but we’ve got to start somewhere. I can hardly see the skyline from six flags hill.

The Truth

June 25th, 2009
11:26 am

Copyleft hit the nail on the head right on. If the GOP who is far in the bed with the religious right would not constantly shove morality down our throats, this would be a tragic story. I hated the fact that a good man like Bob Livingston got knocked out of being a Speaker of the House due to an exposed affair. Instead, we were stuck with do nothing Denny Hastert who like Saxby Chambliss, did nothing but rubber stamp what President Cheney told him to.

Look, we need to quit all of this partisan bickering and do what is right for us collectively. Stop living and dying with Rush, Hannity, Olberman and the like and start making your own informed decisions. He said she said partisan politics plus the worthless W got us in this mess in the first place.

Ray Pugh

June 25th, 2009
11:30 am

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oldtimer

June 25th, 2009
12:05 pm

Cap and Trade: Tell your congressional representitives to vote NO, NO, NO!!! That is if you want to protect capitalism.

Get Real

June 25th, 2009
12:08 pm

Honestly Wooten, would you be saying no news here if this was a democrat? I highly doubt it. In fact, I believe you’d be saying how this reinforces the Republicans ‘family values’ mantra. You’re a serious hypocrite, but I hope you can live with that.

david wayne osedach

June 25th, 2009
12:09 pm

Sanford acted out like a child. He should give up his Governorship. Before he brings down the party and gets thrown out anyway.

Get Real

June 25th, 2009
12:12 pm

Munch @ 11:23, the Washington Times is a conservative rag. You’re mixing it up with the Post. Your own party is criticizing itself and you want to blame democrats, lol.

One Voice

June 25th, 2009
12:25 pm

1984,

Palin worries me because we just had 8 years to see what having a ditz in the White House does. Sorry, I prefer a president with more education than me who knows more than I do, and she ain’t it. And Palin is nothing like Reagan. He wasn’t a religious nutcase and he was far more moderate and diplomatic than conservatives like to remember.

Being a D does make one better than being an R, as long as the Republicans continue to be on the wrong side of history- on civil rights for gays, on climate change, on clean energy, on science, on unmitigated capitalism, on health care.

There’s obviously a disconnect in your “statistical model” if you think that most of the country consider themselves conservative. Only about 20% identify themselves as Republicans. About 60% support Obama. 73% support a public health care option (socialized medicine). Almost 70% support repealing don’t-ask-don’t-tell, and the majority support equal rights for gays. Hmm… That does not seem to support your own questionable hypothesis. Sounds to me like most Americans have become progressives and are becoming progressively progressive. You’re on the wrong side of progress.

conservative democrat

June 25th, 2009
12:37 pm

Truth,
You truthin’ now…
What happens in Buenos Aries…”Extramarital affairs, gambling, alcohol abuse, prostitution and sexual pursuit of minors…” should stay there.

Richard

June 25th, 2009
12:47 pm

Isn’t it intersting how the only people that are upset over Mark Sanford cheating on his wife are Republicans? Us Democrats could care less who he sleeps with.

Personally, if you’re a public official in my district/state/country, I’m not electing you to screw your wife. I’m electing you to not screw your constituancy (most of all, me).

jconservative

June 25th, 2009
12:57 pm

Do not know why but way to many men allow their brains to slide down between their legs when they hit middle age. The affliction knows no race, religion or political party.

1984

June 25th, 2009
12:58 pm

One Voice, Obama is doing a hellava job, eh? 10% unemployment, record record record deficits, 5.5% shrinkage in the economy and more and more jobs moving over seas. GM going bankrupt and Iran and NK threatening us day after day. Yeah, his book smarts have really helped him. NOT! Sarah Palin has managed to successfully run a state. Look at every democrat controlled state and you get crap. Michigan, NY and California. ALL HEADED FOR BANKRUPTCY.

AND NO, BEING A DEMOCRAT DOES NOT MAKE YOU BETTER! Your logic is retarded.

1984

June 25th, 2009
1:00 pm

One Voice, you wrote: There’s obviously a disconnect in your “statistical model” if you think that most of the country consider themselves conservative

Ok, here goes dip $hit:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/120857/conservatives-single-largest-ideological-group.aspx

san francisco perspective

June 25th, 2009
1:01 pm

the Southern, fundamentalist wing of the GOP has stated often that they reject the right of privacy in sexual matters: they backed sodomy laws until struck down by the Supreme Court (remember adulterer and ga. attorney general Mike Bowers ?); they favor intrusive laws into the sex lives of the poor (see Gingrich/Clinton welfare reform); they seek to strip women of reproductive freedom (witness the ongoing terror campaign against abortion clinics); they have demonized and stigmatized unwed mothers (unless they are a member of the Palin family). the list could go on and on…….so forgive us Wooten when we are less than charitable with the “move along it’s private” hypocrisy you offer on this…….

1984

June 25th, 2009
1:02 pm

Ya know, if democrats and republicans hate the religious right so much, please, STAY OUT OF OUR CHURCHES! Democrats pandering to black churches and republicans pandering to white churches. End it! Problem is, both sides know that there are more Christian voters than ANY other group. If it were not so then both sides would stay out of the churches.

1984

June 25th, 2009
1:05 pm

san francisco perspective, terror campaign against abortion clinics?

Let’s look at the numbers shall we:

4 million babies were aborted(MURDERED) last year.

1 abortion doctor was murdered.

Hmmmmmmm, do the math San Fran.

Munch

June 25th, 2009
1:05 pm

Get Real…turn up your sarcasm detector. You missed a big dose of snark.

Seriously, though, a thought occurs that connects the dots from Sanford to the Hoochie Coochie Wasilla Wench.

Is Sanford’s wayward dick responsible for the emergence of Sarah Palin on the national stage? Everyone knows that Sanford was vetted to run as McCain’s #2. Did the vetters (no, not the Vitters!) uncover Sanford’s passion for Latina p00ntang? Is that why we have to endure Dusty’s slobbery love notes to Sarah Plain?

Damn that pious Republican and his animal passions!!!

1984

June 25th, 2009
1:06 pm

Monsters like san francisco perspective want to kill babies. I say we start a watch list on baby killers.

1984

June 25th, 2009
1:08 pm

Munch, yeah, the same can be said of John Edwards who cheated on HIS WIFE WHO HAS CANCER.
I GUESS THAT CALIFORNIA POON TANG WAS JUST TOO SWEAT FOR EDWARDS TO STAY WITH HIS WIFE WHO HAS CANCER.

STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES, EH MUNCH!

catlady

June 25th, 2009
1:09 pm

Sanford got caught newting. There is a difference between cheating on your wife and newting. When you newt, you cheat on your wife while piously pointing out others’ moral failures. To newt: a new verb. Use it; make it your own.

Years ago I dreamed about a person who was sick. Everyone was standing around saying he had the Gingrich. I said no, his symptoms weren’t right. You had to have a hardened heart (maybe something else) and a massively swollen ego to have the Gingrich. I woke up laughing out loud. I don’t know what will cure the Gingrich, by the way. Maybe losing your influence over national politics. The only thing is, one exposure does not cure you.

1984

June 25th, 2009
1:10 pm

san francisco perspective, are you gonna defend the millions of dead babies who’s mothers had them killed by abortion doctors?

1984

June 25th, 2009
1:10 pm

catlady, nah, he caught pulling a Clinton and an Edwards. Newt never got caught like those two did.

John Edwards

June 25th, 2009
1:11 pm

Ah neva! Just cause I banged dat California woman don’t mean I dit luv my wife! I love EEEElizabeth like I luv my hair! Hur canca ain’t gone kill ha.

Bill Clinton

June 25th, 2009
1:12 pm

I neva had sexual relations wit dat woman! ……………Indeed I did have sexual relations wit dat woman.
It depends on what your definition of “is” is.

Dong Muncher

June 25th, 2009
1:14 pm

Munch, come back home will ya! I did not mean to grab your breast. Now come home.

Robert Byrd (D) KKK member since 1952

June 25th, 2009
1:15 pm

All da hub bub ova a woman? I’z hung me some negra menz da oda day in West Viginia. Ain’t hurtin no one cept da negra menz. Da south will RISE!!!!!!

catlady

June 25th, 2009
1:17 pm

1984: depends on what you mean by “caught”. Did the truth come out? Yeah. The difference for Clinton and Edwards was they did not go around playing the piety card, as far as I know. If they did, they newted.

Jackie

June 25th, 2009
1:20 pm

@Robert Byrd

You racist ignorance is showing badly. Please return to your cave!

1984

June 25th, 2009
1:20 pm

catlady, they didn’t? Um, I remember Bill Clinton getting plenty of pity from Jesse Jackson and his 5 Methodist Pastors who said they’d cured Bill of womanizing! LOLOLOL

John Edwards cheated on his wife who has cancer. Can’t get any lower than that. Stupid hick ambulance chaser.

Jackie

June 25th, 2009
1:21 pm

@Robert Byrd

My post should have read “Your racist ignorance is showing badly. Pleasure return to your cave!”

Robert Byrd (D) KKK member since 1952

June 25th, 2009
1:21 pm

Jackie, Ah ain’t gone go to no cave. Wench, git me my broom so I’z can hit’u wit it! Rememba, use a democrat and use will and have voted for menz like me!

Robert Byrd (D) KKK member since 1952

June 25th, 2009
1:23 pm

I’z a democrat and like allz democrats, we’z hate da black menz! Da souf will RISSSSSSSSS!

AmVet

June 25th, 2009
1:23 pm

Waxman-Markey is fraught with problems and it will not help the environment.

A double loser. But a politician’s and corporatist’s wet dream.

A revenue neutral carbon-tax is much more sound. Environmentally, politically and especially economically.

The bottom line is that responsible, ethical people everywhere and mainstream environmental groups are thrilled that climate-change deniers are not in command of politics any more. And we no longer endure a science-free White House…

John Edwards

June 25th, 2009
1:24 pm

It’s amazing, as a lawyer and a fatha, that all of you democrat voters voted for me in 2004. How dare you speak out against infidelity!

Mr. Wizard

June 25th, 2009
1:26 pm

AmVet, you neither have a degree in any of the sciences, nor do you work in the scientific field. You are a hack and a bad actor. Please, go try out for the next Michael Bay Transformers movie. Your bad acting is not going to get you anywhere here.

san francisco perspective

June 25th, 2009
1:26 pm

1984,
clinics have suffered numerous bombings, staff and doctors endure harassment and death threats, and many doctors have been shot (some of those killed) by the fundamentalist sects that are given such warm welcome in the modern GOP (including by the likes of Sanford).

but you know this already. and from your comments you support it. math isn’t necessary to see any of that…….

One Voice

June 25th, 2009
1:27 pm

1984,

So you think 40% is a “majority” (11:10)? I think it’s time for someone to go back to 6th grade math (Hint: a majority is 51% or more). Obviously, it’s the 60% who support Obama who are the progressives. That’s where the majority lies. Somebody didn’t stay in school long enough. Time to get yourself an education, neanderthal.

Every single one of the issues you mentioned at 12:58 is directly tied to the poor governance of GW for 8 years. Even the least educated among us realize that cycles on the national scale take years, not months. The economy was in a nose dive long before Obama took office and it will probably take him another two years to dig us out of the sh!thole your guy left us with.

But I have actual research to read, so I must go, and I know I’ll never beat you in an argument because as William G. McAdoo once said, “It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.” And you certainly win the medal of ignorance.

1984

June 25th, 2009
1:29 pm

san francisco perspective, how many doctors have been shot and killed in the last 5 decades? Show some numbers friend. Speaking of math, provide the data to back up your rhetoric. HACK!

Again:

4 million babies were murdered last year.

1 doctor was shot.

clyde

June 25th, 2009
1:31 pm

Every game has rules and Bill Clinton understood the rules in the adultry game.Lie in public.That’s to shield the lady participant.Bill made a good stab at it.Sanford,on the other hand,emulated Tammy Fae Baker.He put on a good crying jag.He confessed his sins in public and begged forgiveness.Like Tammy Fae,he cried with one eye and watched how things are going down with the other.

AmVet

June 25th, 2009
1:31 pm

Cogent response 1984CheWhaleboy. I’d expect nothing else from you.

As for “getting anywhere” with you, no thanks nitwit.

I remember when this place wasn’t a near total stupidfest taken hostage by a couple of sociopaths and misanthropes.

Ah, the good old days…

AmVet

June 25th, 2009
1:34 pm

For the non seniorile delinquents here:

http://www.carbontax.org/

1984

June 25th, 2009
1:34 pm

AmVet, yeah, and I remember when people with actual degrees blogged. Get the hint, ScamVet? For someone who claims to be high and mighty you sure do know how to throw your $hit around.

1984

June 25th, 2009
1:35 pm

AmVet, what kind of vehicle do you drive?

AmVet

June 25th, 2009
1:42 pm

Jeez, now the erudite putz has turned into a stalker.

Weirdo…

1984

June 25th, 2009
1:44 pm

AmVet, stalker? I asked you what kind of vehicle you drive so that I could judge whether or not you are full of $hit when it comes to the environment. You know the type. An idiot who screams about global warming yet drives an 8 cylinder vehicle and keeps the air conditioning running at full speed. Al Gore comes to mind.

conservative democrat

June 25th, 2009
1:55 pm

Orwellian Scarey Guy 1984,
In the words of Ludlow, “…everybody I know drives a pickup truck.”

catlady

June 25th, 2009
2:01 pm

1984–LOL on “curing” Clinton. Maybe he will one day say, as Willie Nelso is supposed to have said, that he has “outlived his ****”

Newt was screwing around and divorcing his sick wife in 1980. As he was proclaiming family values here in Georgia.

I don’t think Bill ASKED for pity, even if he got some (heheh). He is the plain-Jane (not enhanced) adulterer.

Edwards is a cad. But he was only committing garden variety adultery because he did not claim to be morally superior while doing it. His is similar to newting because of the sick wife, but the lack of pious rhetoric disqualifies him from the full newt.

Now you can establish your own words and define them any way you choose.

catlady

June 25th, 2009
2:06 pm

Oh, and 1984 “Sarah Palin has managed to successfully run a state.” Well, since Alaska gets enough extra money that they can give each resident money each year, I guess Alaska could be run by almost anyone sentient. When you have money to give away, it makes it not so hard. Let’s give Sarah, say, Alabama to run for a few years and see how she does.