Politicians learn from drug dealers

We’d all better hope that U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is right. “This bill coming out of the House is going nowhere in the Senate,” he said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”  The bill he refers to is the Nancy Pelosi cram-down, with the support of eight wayward Republicans, of a cap-and-trade monstrosity guaranteed to raise the cost of living in America.

The eight House Republicans are: Reps. Mary Bono (Calif.), Michael Castle (Del.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Leonard Lance (N.J.), Frank LoBiondo (N.J.), John McHugh (N.Y.), David Reichert (Wash.) and Christopher Smith (N.J.). Forty-four Democrats, including U.S. Reps. Jim Marshal of Macon and John Barrow of Savannah, voted against the bill, which passed, 219-212.  This raises a question, but we’ll never know the answer:  Had their votes been needed to pass the bill, would Marshal and Barrow have voted yes.  Republicans in the Georgia delegation contend that the so-called “Blue Dog Democrats”  vote conservative when Pelosi doesn’t need their votes.

Had Michael Jackson lived, it’s likely that Americans would have paid more attention to the extraordinary costs and to the high stakes in the 1,200-page legislation that passed Friday night.  It’ll have negligible impact on so-called global warming, but the hidden taxes involved will stagger this economy.  Heritage Foundation Senior Policy Analyst for Energy and the Environment, Ben Lieberman, testified before the Senate Republican Conference that under this bill “electricity costs go up 90 percent by 2035, gasoline by 58 percent, and natural gas by 55 percent by 2035. The cumulative higher energy costs for a family of four by then will be nearly $20,000.”

That’s not all, he said. Pass-through costs from manufacturing will raise that same family’s costs by $2,979 per year between 2012 and 2035, with a total cost in  2035 of more than $4,600.  The costs will go up. That’s because more than 60 percent of the “pollution permits” will be offered for free in the early years. That’s a lesson politicians have learned from drug dealers:  Hook ‘em and then fleece ‘em.

The House also has a provision in the bill that is guaranteed to start a global trade war.  It will impose tariffs on goods from countries like India and China that don’t match U.S. efforts on global warming.  This bill is a disaster for the economy and for the family budget.

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Peadawg

June 29th, 2009
8:31 am

he Obama White House left open the possibility Sunday that the president would break a campaign promise and raise taxes on people earning less than $250,000 to support his health care overhaul agenda.”

http://www.ajc.com/news/content/sharedgen/ap/US_President_And_White_House_Advisers/US_Obama_Health_Care.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstab

LOL WOW!!! How many more promises is he doing to break?

bob

June 29th, 2009
8:34 am

Ron Reagan invented the cocaine trade, Evil said so.

MadMommy

June 29th, 2009
9:07 am

What really upsets me is that I am all for saving the planet anyway we can, but to raise taxes on something that we all use and need is just crazy. I could see it if we had other options, but we don’t. Just wait until all these extra taxes go through and everyone is trying to come up with the extra money to pay this tax all while companies are leaving at a break neck speed to develop their products in China or some other 3rd world country because they don’t have to pay our high taxes and deal with all the regulation handed down from their own government.
Breakdown, from what I have learned watching C-Span.
1. Each person’s taxes are going to be raised by $3,000-$7,000 per year.
2. Pay more tax when they purchase and consume gas and its products, while absorbing the higher cost due to companies being charged more in taxes.

I sure hope everyone is happy with the “Change” they are getting.

Speaking of “Change” how great is it that Oblama wants to now tax our health benefits. He wants to take away an employee benefit like employer sponsored health care, so that we are stuck taking his socialized medicine plan, which is going to cost each American more and won’t be half as good. Well, that is if you are a working American who follows the rules and pay your taxes.

I know that the system is broken on health care and that changes are needed, but not these kinds of changes. Has History not taught us anything? Ever wonder how a monster like Hitler was able to come into power? Take five and look it up and you might see a few warning signs that we are experiencing at the moment, caused by our own hand. I’m not saying that Obama is the next Hitler, but the aftermath of what he is doing should scare the living daylights out of you.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 29th, 2009
9:35 am

The potential buyer of General Motors’ Hummer division will begin
formal talks with Chinese regulators to seek approval for its
acquisition,

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 29th, 2009
9:36 am

Microsoft has hired Morgan Stanley to sell Razorfish, its digital
agency, and French marketing company Publicis Groupe is thought to be a
possible bidder,

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 29th, 2009
9:37 am

The New York Times Company hopes to sell a newspaper in central
Massachusetts along with The Boston Globe and wants the buyer of the
papers to take on $59 million in pension liabilities.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 29th, 2009
9:38 am

Novartis is in talks to buy parts of its Irish peer Elan, including its
multiple sclerosis products and its Alzheimer’s disease drug pipeline,

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 29th, 2009
9:39 am

With a payment of 3 billion to 5 billion Swiss francs ($3 billion to $5
billion), UBS hopes in the next two weeks to settle a lawsuit over the
tens of thousands of American clients suspected of tax evasion,

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 29th, 2009
9:41 am

A last-minute bidding frenzy erupted Friday for a steak lunch with the
billionaire investor Warren E. Buffett, as bidders offered as much as
$810,100 on the final day of a charity auction on eBay’s Web site.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 29th, 2009
9:42 am

A federal judge ruled Friday that he would review the decision to grant
bail to R. Allen Stanford, the Texas billionaire who is accused of
masterminding a $7 billion fraud against 30,000 investors.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 29th, 2009
9:43 am

General Motors and the Obama administration have reached a deal for the
carmaker to assume responsibility for product liability claims filed
after it emerges from bankruptcy as a new company, even those claims
involving vehicles made by the old company.

Chris Broe

June 29th, 2009
9:46 am

CNN just reported that Michael Jackson’s was cryogenically frozen. So now, he’s the King of Popsicle.

Fox News reported that Jackson had recently signed with the Cooking Channel to do a recipe show: it was going to be called “Moonwok”.

Munch

June 29th, 2009
9:50 am

Here’s Wooten, allegedly “retired”, and he’s still taking blog comments. But his replacement Baby Kyle is still too frightened of the hammering he knows he’ll receive for his ill-thought scribblings to allow blog comments. Typical pi$$ypants wingnut.

Howard

June 29th, 2009
9:50 am

Jim…more evidence that a majority of voters in this country are morons for voting in this dcitatorship. People wanted a bunch of left-wing socialists runnning things…so voila, they have it.

Get Real

June 29th, 2009
9:53 am

Any statistics or so-called ‘facts’ from the Heritage Foundation will be taken with a grain of salt because as the website proudly advertises, its purpose it “to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.”

Limited government and individual freedom doesn’t seem to matter with you folks when “blue laws” and Sunday liquor sales are the topic of discussion. And free enterprise is sure working here in Georgia, which has the highest number of bank closes of any state in the union. You’d think Wooten would take the time to discuss that at some point, showing how much free enterprise works and the correlation to bank closings, but he doesn’t have time for that.

As for cap-and-trade, conservatives would rather have companies continue to pollute and claim that it creates jobs, even with the manufacturing sector of this country in shambles. Wooten and others claim that high taxes and debt will place such a large burden on their ‘kids and grandkids’, when really it will be all the pollutants in the air that may be the biggest burden. Voluntarily letting these companies regulate themselves, as W did, was a big mistake because no reduction in greenhouse gases has yet to be found. So instead of Wooten attacking a policy, and quoting Lindsey Graham at the same time, I would ask what’s his plan to cut carbon emissions? Surely he has one.

Tricky D

June 29th, 2009
9:55 am

When will Wooten talk about all the bank closings in this state?

itamazesme

June 29th, 2009
9:56 am

Low Chris really Low and might I add quite CORNY!!

booger

June 29th, 2009
10:20 am

Jim,

These numbers just can’t be correct. Jay just told us Friday that cap-and-trade would only cost $175 per year per household. He also called the person who said it would cost a lot more a liar.

Please check your numbers.

booger

June 29th, 2009
10:26 am

Get Real,

Voluntary self regulation has produced no greenhouse reductions…….

Guess what. In Europe, those countries with cap-and-trade have seen no greenhouse reductions. They have also paid a high price for their lack of results.

Copyleft

June 29th, 2009
10:30 am

For once, Booger is right. Voluntary self-regulation of corporations never works.

We always have to step in and FORCE corporations to do what’s in America’s best interests, and it’s high time we quit pretending otherwise. Pass some damn regs already!

Chris Broe

June 29th, 2009
10:38 am

CNN just reported that Madoff claims Michael Jackson owed him money.

Farah Fawcett was the poster child for pinup girls.

I’ll be here all week.

Churchill's MOM

June 29th, 2009
10:45 am

I thought you were gone, You need to write about our next President Sara or VP Jenny, get with it old man.

SULLIVAN’S ISLAND, S.C., June 28 — This is the place where the betrayed wife took her stand.

As her husband’s affair with an Argentine woman exploded onto the global stage and publicly humiliated her family, Jenny Sanford, 46, and their four sons sought refuge here at their large beachfront cottage on this lush island enclave outside Charleston.

In marked contrast to elsewhere across the state, where residents remain riveted by the scandal of Gov. Mark Sanford’s disappearing act and affair, Sullivan’s Island is the cocoon protecting Jenny and the boys as they strive for normalcy.

But it has also been the first lady’s war room, where she has given her wayward husband a public thrashing. In the process, she seems to have drawn a new path for the aggrieved spouse of a philandering politician, an episode that has become something of a ritual in American politics.

Outside the Sanford home, on Atlantic Avenue near the towering lighthouse, the cameras had disappeared this weekend. Kids splashed in a pool next door and their parents laid under the hot Carolina sun, while other residents biked and jogged along narrow streets lined with palm trees.

The entrance to the Sanford family’s driveway was blocked by a security agent in a black sedan with tinted windows, but the Sanford boys could be seen riding their bicycles underneath a basketball hoop. Inside, Jenny Sanford packed to take them on a vacation and visitors streamed through. Her sister stopped by with her new baby, as did the family lawyer, in shorts and sandals and carrying a canvas beach bag.

It was just as Jenny Sanford would have it, her friends here said. She is not a victim, they said, but a survivor.

“Jenny is the hero in this story,” said Cyndi Mosteller, a longtime friend and a prominent Republican operative here. “She’s the hero to her children, and I think she’s the hero to this state. In the midst of this tragedy, she is standing strong to who she is and what she believes in. . . . I think Jenny has not had these types of ambitions, but I think every woman in South Carolina would vote for Jenny Sanford for governor right now.”

For Mark Sanford to move South Carolina past a sex scandal that gripped the nation and embarrassed his state last week, family friends here said, he may need help from his wife, who has long been his chief political strategist.

When her husband first ran for Congress in 1994, Jenny Sanford had a 15-month-old and a newborn to care for. She ran the campaign from the basement of the cottage, a role she continued to play in other campaigns.

*************Handel 2010************Palin Sanford 2012********************

Chris Broe

June 29th, 2009
10:47 am

Fox News just reported that pitchman Billy Mays was killed after he tried to sell the Pocket Fisherman to Japanese Whalers.

Chris Salzmann

June 29th, 2009
10:48 am

Trust Jim Wooten to quote the Heritage Foundation, a completely discredited Think Tank if there ever was one. From Wikipedia about the Heritage Foundation:

“Heritage Foundation has actively pushed for privatization, deregulation, cuts in social spending, and pre-emptive military strikes. It played a key role in the march to war against Iraq. In domestic policy, Heritage is a proponent of supply-side economics, which holds that reductions in the marginal rate of taxation can spur economic growth.”

Lets see, DEREGULATION has NOT worked and in fact helped get us in the financial mess we are in today, cuts in SOCIAL SPENDING do not work because private enterprise will prey on those who fall to the way side (health insurance is a prime example) and we all know what a GREAT IDEA the WAR IN IRAQ was. SUPPLY SIDE ECONOMICS, the mantra and Wunderkind of the Bush Administration has also been completely discredited as a solution to our economic mess.

Typical conservative hogwash: Repeating the same failed ideas of the past………………….

Chris Broe

June 29th, 2009
10:48 am

Michael Jackson saved Sanford’s career.

booger

June 29th, 2009
10:54 am

Copyleft,

Just been watching a segment on TV about the EPA bullying scientist who didn’t sign up to the man made global warming mantra. Some of their top scientist were giver a gag order not to share their findings. Alan Carlin was fired for violating this order and sending his research out to the world. On the other side of the pond, several Europeon scientist who originally agreed with US findings on Global warming, have backed off after seeing the flawed and sloppy scientific methodology used by EPA researchers.

According to Carlin, I was the EPAs desire to keep all this dissention quiet at least until after cap-and-trade was signed.

It is quite simple. As long as the EPA has this giant crisis called global warming they get more funds. Crisis goes away, funds go away.

Chris Broe

June 29th, 2009
10:54 am

People that knew her said that Farah Fawcett was stuck up.

AmVet

June 29th, 2009
10:55 am

To the point made at 9:53,

Neo-con “accounting” – as solid as soup and an oxymoron if ever there was one.

The party of NO. No ideas. No alternatives. No prospects…

Steve

June 29th, 2009
10:55 am

George Washington was against allowing the average person the right to vote. Reason – not smart enough. You are now reaping the liberal agenda that has sent California down the toilet. Now the US will follow. Tax and spend, back room deals with agricultural states, blantant say one thing and then do the opposite. Yes, you intelligent voters are now going to realize the results of your ignorance – much higher taxes – just like Atlanta. Don’t ask government to live within its means – just raise taxes. This is for everyone from the far left to the far right. Bailouts, stimulus, tax increases and what is next?

AmVet

June 29th, 2009
10:58 am

booger, I gather you complained as vociferously when for the previous eight years of a science-free White House, the same thing was happening?

NO???

Hmmm…..

1984

June 29th, 2009
10:59 am

Wait, wasn’t Obama Hussein a crack head? Oh, and Bill Clinton was a dope addict. I guess democrats really do love drug addicts.

1984

June 29th, 2009
11:01 am

AmVet, I don’t think science would ever be able to cure your stupidity.

AmVet

June 29th, 2009
11:05 am

Oh boy, the leg humper arises from his stupor.

oh well, duty calls and it’s time to go make money.

Enjoy your day folks.

And remember, don’t feed the troll…

booger

June 29th, 2009
11:10 am

AmVet,

No, I only complain when something totally inane is being pushed down everyone’s throat with no real basis other than flawed research.

Chris Salzmann

June 29th, 2009
11:12 am

1984 June 29th, 2009 10:59 am SAID: Wait, wasn’t Obama Hussein a crack head? Oh, and Bill Clinton was a dope addict. I guess democrats really do love drug addicts.

CHRIS: Wasn’t GW an alcoholic??? Rush addicted to Oxycontin??? What’s that saying about lighting matches while standing in a pool of gasoline? LMAO

retiredds

June 29th, 2009
11:12 am

Jim, too bad your party has wasted its credibility over the last ten years. Even if the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, is relatively close with its projections, I don’t believe them, just like I don’t trust anything the Republican “stick to the party line” machine puts out anymore. Jim, you and your party had ample time to make things right and you blew it, totally. So write on, your faithful 20% will follow you wherever you go. The majority of the country is leaving you behind to stew in the dustbin of what was once a grand party.

Elephant Whip

June 29th, 2009
11:16 am

1984:

Let’s not bring drugs into it…unless you’re going to toot a line for Bush, Jr. Brings to mind the Iran-Contra scandal. No body in that equation lacked cocaine residue…or terrorist-support allegations.

AmVet

June 29th, 2009
11:21 am

booger, thanks for the reply. But it’s OK, it was a rhetorical question. I already knew the answer.

And good luck with that “flawed research” argument.

OK, I really have to run and help pay for the occupation and bailouts.

Be excellent to each other…

Pubtards Continue to Lose

June 29th, 2009
11:25 am

Justice Kennedy’s 5-4 Opinion in Ricci v. DeStefano

A couple notes for the legally ignorant pubtards. The 2nd Circuit opinion was issued by the 3 judge panel per curiam. Contrary to popular pubtard belief, while Sotomayor was on the panel, you really get no extrapolation of her thought process in that the opinion which of course you didn’t read but neither did your nutbag attorneys in the Senate, was eight (8) sentences long which is the trouble when a judge and their law clerk won’t take ownership of an opinion that actually costs many thousands of dollars to litigate. The 2nd circuit refused to take the opinion en banc saying they thought it didn’t merit more than 8 sentences.

What the opinion has told the city, is that they can promote the white firefighters without fear of legal retribution in the form of discrimination law suits. Read the opinion (but of course you won’t even though I served it up to you).

Kennedy delivered the majority. Scalia and Alito filed separate concurrences (no surprise there) and Thomas and Scalia joined Alito’s concurrence. Ginsburg filed a dissent in which Stevens, Souter and Breyer joined.

Bottom line–Sotomayor was one of 3 at the Second Circuit who issued an 8 sentence opinion signed by none of them, and the Supremes decided it by the usual narrow party line split 5-4.

Value for stopping Sotomayor–the same chance that you, Wooten, and soon to be defrocked and probably indicted Sanford who was rotating 3 ectopic nookies at once will party tonight with Megan Fox.

1984

June 29th, 2009
11:28 am

Pubtards Continue to Lose, Sodemizer was overturned in Conn. Spin that all you want but she is a racist Mexican who hates whitey.

Chris Broe

June 29th, 2009
11:28 am

The greatest contribution from M Jackson: He made it acceptable for men to scratch themselves in public. In fact, now it’s a mating ritual, and can get you laid in a New York minute, my friend. My advice: Don’t scratch if you don’t want snatch, players.

Pubtards Continue to Lose

June 29th, 2009
11:29 am

What the politically childish Wooten doesn’t understand:

The Senate vote on this energy bill does not take place until fall. There will be a filibuster proof majority in the Senate with Senator Franken whatever the worthless Specter does. Trying to count Senate votes because of what Lindsay Graham or other pubtard idiots say at this point is worthless speculation.in

The bill was not much of a tax at all if you read and understand it (something Wooten never does beyond his tuning into Faux news’ superficial commentariat. It’s not going to impact Wooten at his income level or the majority of readers here.

Redneck Convert

June 29th, 2009
11:29 am

Well, I guess Wooten is like old Lace Manxpile. Old Lace got fired for being drunk and sleeping half the day down at the warehouse. But he kept showing up for work every day after the firing till the boss had to call the police to make him get out of there. I reckon the AJC ain’t too friendly with the police so Wooten will probly stick around awhile longer.

Anyhow, so much for this Obama and his promise not to raise taxes on us. He wants to tax our health insurance and now he wants to make a bunch of his buddies rich while he’s raising our power and gas bills. Anyhow, I don’t want to pay for a bunch of loafers to get free health care. And I sure don’t want to pay more for power and gas while China and India keep pumping so much stuff into the air you can’t see your hand in front of your face. When we catch up with China and India maybe it will be time to talk about air pollution. And this Obama raised taxes big-time on tobacco to boot. Last I looked at my paycheck I sure wasn’t making no $250,000 a year.

So I’m ready to impeach this Obama and put Republicans back in the White House and Congress. We need another big tax cut so we can get Trickle Down back to work. And we need to put the clamps on these tree-huggers and the bleeding hearts that want to get into our pocket to pay for all their causes. We need tax cuts and Law and Order and the Death Penalty again. And get rid of these equal rights laws. Leastwise the good Republican Supreme Court put the stops to some of those today.

Have a good day everybody.

Chris Broe

June 29th, 2009
11:31 am

CNN just reported that the hot Argentinian divorce had ended the gubernatorial affair, and that’s why Sanford disappeared for five days, trying to get her back. She apparently had finally gotten sick of all the crumbs in the bed from that sorry cracker.

Cracker Conservatism is dead. Long live whole wheat toast liberalism.

booger

June 29th, 2009
11:35 am

Pubtards,

Problem with filibuster proof senate is that you need a 100% dem. support. They don’t have that. Several dems. see this as an inane response to an unproven crisis.

Chris Broe

June 29th, 2009
11:35 am

These things come in threes, so I wonder what celebrity is getting out of here tomorrow…..

Munch

June 29th, 2009
11:37 am

booger fails to note that the renegade EPA “scientists” are bought-and-paid-for industry hacks installed by the Bushies to undercut the real scientific research. They were not pressured to sign on by anyone, but they were basically told to go sit in the corner and stroke their instrument while the grownups did the real work. Nice spin, anyway.

CheOrwell clings to fantasy in hopes that a narrowly drawn overturn of an unsigned circuit court opinion will derail the Sotomayor confirmation. Not gonna happen, but being wrong was never a barrier to 198fOrwell spouting bullshyte.

And finally, we have the retired Wooten, quoting scare numbers as to the cost of the cap-trade program. Just as he dutifully regurgitated the nonsense about 119 million people “losing” their health care under an Obama plan, here Wooten repeats without thinking the party line. To call Jim’s “journalism” merely animatronic is an insult to Babe the Pig.

And Baby Kyle Wingnut continues to be a coward in the online age.

booger

June 29th, 2009
11:44 am

Munch,

Sorry, but the memos stating that these scientist could not share their findings or discuss their findings with anyone outside the agency have gone public. Also, one of the UKs top scientist has asked that his name be stricken from the list of those supporting our EPA research. Scientists from other countries in Europe are considering doing the same.

1984

June 29th, 2009
11:45 am

Munch, considering you eat $hit for breakfast lunch and dinner, I’ll take your rhetoric with a grain of sea salt. Sodemizer is a racist Mexican who is a joke in her district.

Rmoen

June 29th, 2009
11:46 am

As a nation we need clean, cheap energy — not clean, expensive energy. I am a Democrat and think Congress is overplaying its hand. I fear cap and trade legislation will double our cost of energy over the years — even faster for gasoline. Plus, unintended consequences will abound. The bill is too complicated, with too many moving parts. Why? There are 880 lobbyists registered to lobby on climate change and their fingerprints are all over the bill.

Cap and trade will enrich a new class of financial speculator at a cost of billions of dollars to American consumers. It will also drive-out manufacturing of every description. Even non-polluting Microsoft says it will move jobs overseas because cap and trade “makes U.S. jobs more expensive.” Cap and trade is worse than a tax because only 15% of the proceeds from auctioned permits go into our national treasury.

And the kicker? We’ll never even know if cap and trade ever worked.

If instead the United States had a national mandate to replace coal generation plants with natural gas and nuclear energy, plus if we replaced our commuter cars with battery-powered electric cars, we would drastically reduce our dependence on foreign oil and reduce CO2 emissions faster and beyond the proposed cap and trade targets.

– Robert Moen, http://www.energyplanUSA.com