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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Elephant Whip

June 25th, 2009
2:06 pm

1984:

Does your name indicate that you are a “Roth” fan? Or are you a “Haggar” junkie?

Just curious. Either way, Eddie and his brother on drums made the band.

catlady

June 25th, 2009
2:07 pm

Maybe “sentient” is too difficult a qualification, come to think of it.

conservative democrat

June 25th, 2009
2:08 pm

Orwellian Scarey Guy 1984,
“If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.”
Winston Churchill

1984

June 25th, 2009
2:14 pm

Elephant Whip, no, more about the LA Olympics. Good year.

conservative democrat, why do you consider me scary? I state my opinion just like any other blogger. Thanks

Stop Pretending!

June 25th, 2009
2:15 pm

1984,
You keep talking about John Edwards cheating on his wife who is battling cancer. Please see below:

*Newt Gingrich has been married three times. He married Jackie Battley, his former high school geometry teacher, when he was 19 years old (she was seven years his senior at 26 years old).[29][30] They had two daughters and divorced in 1981. Jackie Battley Gingrich supported him through graduate school and two unsuccessful congressional campaigns. She had undergone uterine cancer surgery during the successful 1978 campaign, which Gingrich was not averse to mentioning in his speeches. Eighteen months later, they separated. While in the hospital recovering from another uterine operation, according to his friend Lee Howell, “”Newt came up there with his yellow legal pad, and he had a list of things on how the divorce was going to be handled. He wanted her to sign it. She was still recovering from surgery, still sort of ‘out of it,’ and he comes in with a yellow sheet of paper, handwritten, and wants her to sign it.” According to Howell, friends in her church had to raise money for the separated wife of the congressman and her daughters. Later, Jackie Battley Gingrich went to court for adequate support, before the divorce decree. In his financial statement, Gingrich reported providing $400 per month, plus $40 in allowances for his daughters. Gringrich claimed to be unable to afford more, but the same financial statement lists his expenditures for his food/dry cleaning etc. (one person) as $400.[31]

In 1981, six months after his divorce was final, Gingrich wed Marianne Ginther.[32] He remained married to Ginther until 2000, when they divorced. Shortly thereafter, Gingrich then married Callista Bisek, with whom he was conducting an extra-marital affair at approximately the same time he was leading the Congressional investigation into allegations that Bill Clinton lied under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky*

I don’t care what political party you belong to. Neither democrats or republicans have a patent on infidelity. The difference of course is how each party is portrayed. If you walk around handing out scarlet letters (repubs), your letter is going to appear larger and redder when you receive it!

1984

June 25th, 2009
2:17 pm

catlady, my point about Palin is that you can’t be a horrible governor and have high approval ratings. No, they don’t have as many people as other states but the fact that she took on her own party says something about her. She’s a normal person. Not an academic like Obama. Academics are people who can’t do so they teach. Nothing against teachers but they don’t really do anything. People are waking up to his bad policies and high unemployment percentage. You can’t have a great presidency and have a terrible economy. Look up Bush 41 and Jimmy Carter.

1984

June 25th, 2009
2:18 pm

Stop Pretending!, I never defended Newt. I agree that he is a hypocrite. Again, we need more than a two party system. We need honest people who put country first.

conservative democrat

June 25th, 2009
2:19 pm

catlady,
You’re right about Newt and then he did it AGAIN in the nineties. But, Edwards kept claiming he was innocent and not the father of the love child. Now, how’s that love child gonna feel one day when he looks back on that footage and see ole dad denying, denying, denying. I think you just like Edwards because he so cute:)

conservative democrat

June 25th, 2009
2:23 pm

Orwellian Scarey Guy 1984,
“Great and good are seldom the same man.”
Winston Churchill

conservative democrat

June 25th, 2009
2:25 pm

Newt,
“You have all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”
Winston Churchill

conservative democrat

June 25th, 2009
2:33 pm

Orwellian Scarey Guy 1984,
I had a dream about Hilary Clinton that was reeeeeally scarey. She was wearing a skirt with a slit instead of a pants suit.
You get sorta scarey when you type in ALL CAPS!!! It’s like you’re yelling.
Professor Gingrich was a really good history teacher… maybe you hit on something there. Some teacher’s really do something, like those who teach kids to read or think independent thoughts.

1984

June 25th, 2009
2:40 pm

conservative democrat, I don’t mean to YELL! Just trying to emphasize my points. Anyway, I could care less about Newt because Newt will never run for president. He’s a talk show host now. Again, I was not trying to rail on teachers.

Elephant Whip

June 25th, 2009
2:43 pm

1984:

You mention the old, jealous phrase: “Those who can do; those who can’t teach.” Had Obama so desired, he could have probably had a half-a-million dollar salary at some big firm, TEACHING clients, partners, and courts about constitutional law and other areas, through legal briefs, memoranda, trials and appeals. But he chose to DO public interest work and TEACH at the Law School.

There are some teachers who obviously could not do what they teach; but there are just as many others who have been so good at what they teach that they don’t need money anymore, or who have a philanthropic/public interest motive in teaching.

conservative democrat

June 25th, 2009
2:57 pm

Orwellian Scarey Guy 1984,
Newt really was a good history professor. I was one of his students. I earned a B which was one of only two Bs he awarded. There were no As.
On the other hand, this guy Lewis is an idiot. Administrators should not be allowed to earn $1 more than their systems highest paid teacher (opposite of current law) These criminals violated their oath and should go to jail if they altered the test scores. It amounts to lying for money which is by definition FRAUD. (IN RE: DeKalb County School Superintendent Crawford Lewis issued a memo Wednesday to school system employees urging them to rally around two longtime administrators accused of altering results on the high-stakes CRCT.)

GayGrayGeek

June 25th, 2009
2:57 pm

Elephant @ 2:43: Both of my parents were teachers who graduated from the same small college in southern West Virginia. They claimed it was “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach; those who can’t teach, teach teachers”. :-D

1984

June 25th, 2009
3:33 pm

Elephant Whip, again, I’m not ragging on teachers at all. Just saying that many academics are there for a reason.

conservative democrat, I’m sure he was. He is a student of history and like Buccanan, knows his stuff.

findog

June 25th, 2009
3:38 pm

Just got a call from 877-648-0958 and talked to Brian, who works for a company he identified as Account Services.
They can reduce my interest rates on all the credit cards I don’t have.
Almost identical to the people who could help me get extended warranty’s on cars I don’t own…
Best part is that the number they called is a temporary office number for me at a hazardous waste site.
I love those robo-call companies; I look forward to the same offer to come to my cell phone!

conservative democrat

June 25th, 2009
3:41 pm

Administrators are those who got into education for the money. The superintendents in the Atlanta area school sysems are making more money than Obama in a state where 32% don’t graduate from HS.

Munch

June 25th, 2009
3:58 pm

Breaking News…

Activist justices on the Supreme Court have taken away the right of school principals to strip search students suspected of carrying over the counter medications. Only Longdong Thomas had the courage to argue for the right of adults to compel young girls to show their naughty bits.

Peter

June 25th, 2009
3:59 pm

Hey 1984…I agree more than a 2 party system is really a requirement at this point…..but how does that happen with the silly Electoral College ruling the Presidential election ?

SaveOurRepublic

June 25th, 2009
4:15 pm

Carbon taxation is a key objective behind the Enviro-fascism movement. Beneath the thin “save the world” & Green (= new “Red”) veneer (& endless propaganda), is the true objective…more Big government empowerment. Man-made/caused global warming is a scam from the word go & just a (false) mechanism for further control by the (Globalist Elite controlled) Feds.

Jackie

June 25th, 2009
4:34 pm

@Robert Byrd

You are hiding behind some fictitious name to articulate your racist attitude.
It appears to me that you do not have enough courage to same what you actually feel, therefore you try to use comedy and other methods to soften your vile and vicious speech.

It is folks like yourself that do not have the gonads to stand up and say how they feel. It makes those of us to whom you are directing your diatribes open our eyes and ears to comprehend how you actually are, all talk, no backbone!!!!

Chris Broe

June 25th, 2009
4:37 pm

Reading Wooten on Sanford the past two days, with his total commiseration, denial, and compassion in support of his good friend from South Carolina, one realizes that both Wooten and Sanford are special.

Peter

June 25th, 2009
5:51 pm

Basically what we have here folks is Jim saying what’s good for the “Goose” is Not Good for the “Sanford”.

Jim really IS the double talking, speaking with Forked tongue baloney thrower he is really all about.

Jim says the guy disappointed him, and that is it……. PERIOD………. then he throws a curve ball in about allowing pollution to be OK….since there ” IS ” Big Energy involved, and it will cost them money to stop the pollution effecting all Americans, and perhaps that will cost others as well.

Today we DO see other Republican’s being REAL AMERICAN’S…..wanting Sanford to resign.

It looks like Sanford may have Broken the Law by not passing his authority along, before taking his two timing Hiatus to a foreign country, and allowing his staff to lie about it to the American people.

When is Jim going to walk the walk, and speak true words about a Prominent Republican Party Member who let his Penis get in the way of his responsibilities to a State, his ” FAMILY ” and the American people ?

Today we really have learned ALLOT about Jim’s ……”Family Values “….. and what he thinks about American’s in general……One not much…and Secondly…… who cares as long as he can protect Big Energy and a “Prominent Republican” !

1984

June 25th, 2009
5:56 pm

Peter, the electoral college was a brilliant design. It keeps it honest. Take it away and anyone can buy off the presidency.

Pubs keep losing elections

June 25th, 2009
6:04 pm

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….and from Sanford …Yeah. We’ve been working through this thing for about the last five months. I’ve been to a lot of different–I was part of a group called C Street when I was in Washington, it was a Christian Bible study of some folks that ask Members of Congress hard questions that I think were very very important. I’ve been working with them…But I am — I am here because if you were to look at God’s laws, there are in every instance designed to protect people from themselves. I think that that is the bottom line with God’s law — that it’s not a moral, rigid list of dos and don’ts just for the heck of dos and don’ts.

As usual Wooten comprehends things on the level of a child.

And since Ensign and Sanford jumped up and down demanding Bill Clinton resign, why haven’t they tendered their resignations yet? Pubtards only want resignation when the Dems do the ectopic schtup.

Critics aren’t gloating about the dynamics of an affair and the collateral damage to hypocrit and liar Sanford’s family. Depending on whose survey as high as about half of mairriages have both partners screwing other people. And Sanford had as much chance of getting elected as Michael Jackson before this happened (whether Jackson is out of cardiac and/or respiratory arrest or not).

But this bible study club that owns the house where Sanford used to hang out when he was in the House and Ensign lived that seems to be outing their ectopic schtupers is full of sanctimonious phonies.

Wooten conveniently forgets that when Bill Clinton was having a series of affairs (and Hillary as well) that Ensign and Sanford were the first and loudest to demand that Clinton resign. Neither Ensign or Sanford has any intention of resigning their current offices.

By the way,by now most of you realize that AJC has deteriorated to the status of a small town high school newspaper taken over by Cox Pubtards. Their newsgathering abilities are dead in the water, and they believe the hicks in Jaw Jaw aren’t entitled to facts and last names.

Sanford’s affair was being conducted with Maria Belen Shapur not as AJC wants to tell you on a grade school level “Maria from Buenes Aires.” She is 43-years-old, has two sons and lives in a 14th floor apartment building in upscale Palermo District, near the Buenos Aires Zoo. It is not known at this time whether she will begin an affair with Hailey Barbour, Bobby Howdy Doody Jindall, or ten time loser Romney, or all of them at once. What is known is that all of them have a much better chance of residing in the Buenos Aires Zoo than winnning any future national elections on the Pubtard ticket.

What is clear is that Pubtards play the game of bringing Christ into every election and moral lapse, and they wouldn’t know real religion if it bit them in the butt. Religion whatever it is supposed to mean, has absolutely no place in politics by any candidate, includuing Obama. No one should give a rat’s butt if they worship the golden calf, Gossip Girl, or whatever. Religion = Superstition and it’s main advantage is when it promotes cultural refinment and education. It has no place in the political running of states and this country. It’s phony values are killing people right and left in Iran and Iraq now.

1984

June 25th, 2009
6:31 pm

MICHEAL JACKSON DIED

Pubs keep losing elections

June 25th, 2009
6:42 pm

Michael Jackson is as dead as all the pubtard candidates. RIP

Pubs keep losing elections

June 25th, 2009
6:52 pm

The Supremes, Scalia of all people in Melendez-Diaz struck a blow for the defense, requiring the prosecution to make so-called scientists or lab rats avaiable for cross by the defense. This is a refinement of the Sixth Amendment confrontation clause which has been one of Nino Scalia’s life long pets. Kennedy, and of course Roberts and Alito who have a perfect record of voting for the prosecution were dissenters along with Breyer of all people who one of the the author of the Sentencing Guidelines, and recently denounced the disparity between sentencing for crack and powder cocaine which favors the white boys and girls and screws the blacks and Latinos.

The much awaited opinion in the firefighter promotion case which the idiots on Cable TV have superficially interpreted reviewing a 2nd circuit panel which included soon to be Justice Sotamayor will be delivered Monday at 10AM. Whatever the opinion does, it will have the impact of a gnat on a freight train for Justice Sotamayor.

1984

June 25th, 2009
6:56 pm

Pubs keep losing elections, the DNC was dead in 2000 and 2004. Oh how times have changed.

Looks like Obama Hussein is pissing off the gays.

PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama slow on pledge to gays

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama promised gay and lesbian voters he would repeal a law banning their open service in the military, would do away with a federal marriage law and would champion their causes from the White House. In his first five months, he’s taken incremental steps that have little real effect and left some people feeling betrayed.

But he’s still willing to take money from a reliably Democratic constituency—he was sending Vice President Joe Biden to a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday evening with gay and lesbian donors.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D991TH9O0&show_article=1

William in Lithonia

July 2nd, 2009
7:32 am

In 1980 Brazil decided to go energy independent and America elected Ronald Reagan and culture wars.

Now, Brazil is energy independent and America is the world’s largest per capita prison population.

It’s a matter of priorities. Dark Age culture wars or cleaner and more efficient energy?

There’s a proposal in the infamous State of Georgia (first in bigotry and prisons, last in education and democracy) to build two more nuclear power plants.

Two nuclear power plants will cost between 12 to 18 billion and produce 2,000 megawatts of power and nuclear waste and you’ll still have a hefty monthly bill.

200,000 solar panels would cost 12 billion and produce 2,000 megawatts of power with no nuclear waste, no huge staff or security threat, and no mining for unranium which may run out in 50 to 100 years like dirty oil.

Also, half of the power of a nuclear plant will be lost in the transmittion grid. And all the power from a nuclear plant can be lost in bad weather. Not so with solar on your own roof top. And, you aren’t dependent on the transmittion grid either.

The smart thing to do would be to invest in solar and wind rather than nuclear and oil wars.