Senate Dems set to raise taxes in lame duck session
Winningreen Issue Alert A062910
Senate Democrats set to raise taxes in lame duck session with Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade
Virtually any energy-related legislation passed in Senate this session will set the stage
By Tom Randall
Date: June 29, 2010
Issue: Cap-and-trade legislation, which would be the largest tax increase in American history, though it will be hidden in rapidly increasing costs of home heating, electricity, motor fuel and virtually every form of goods and services, has already passed the House. It has been held up in the Senate because Democrats lack the votes to pass it.
It has long been rumored around Washington, and now seems to be firming up as the Democrat leadership's plan, that the Senate will simply pass an energy bill that does not contain cap-and-trade language. Then, after the November election the Democrats plan to combine the Senate energy bill and the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill in a lame duck session. Many of those Senators voting may have already lost their seats and would have nothing to lose in passing the tax.
What will come out of that session will be the cap-and-trade legislation that Obama and the socialist left have wanted for years — and it will need only 50 votes, not 60 for passage.
Comment: Democrats will make their sorry plight even worse if they proceed with their plan. A recent Rasmussen poll showed that when voters were asked whether taking steps to prevent global warming or creating jobs should be the number one priority, they picked jobs 71 percent to 21 percent. This response was nearly identical for men and women, all races and every age group — even Democrats picked jobs over climate by 72 percent to 22 percent. Talk about ruling against the will of the governed to satisfy a radical base. This is what brings political parties down.
Comment: In the same poll, voters were asked what they were willing to spend per year to reduce carbon dioxide emissions — 52 percent said zero and 20 percent said less than $100. Again the numbers were nearly the same for men and women, every race and every age group, and even among Democrats. No wonder Democrats want to cook up their cap-and-tax deal behind closed doors.
Comment: Here are the Democrat Senators up for election this year (some have decided not to run but will still be around for the lame duck session): Evan Bayh (IN), Michael Bennett (CO), Barbara Boxer (CA), Roland Burris (IL), Chris Dodd (CT), Russ Feingold (WI), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Daniel Inouye (HI), Ted Kaufman (DE), Pat Leahy (VT). Blanche Lincoln (AR), Barbara Mikulski (MD), Patty Murray (WA), Harry Reid (NV), Chuck Schumer (NY) and Ron Wyden (OR). We would all do well to get on their cases, now.
Comment: Other Democratic Senators, not up for reelection this year who might possibly respond to a bit of constituent wisdom are: Daniel Akaka (HI), Sherrod Brown (OH), Kent Conrad (ND), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Claire McCaskill (MO), Mark Pryor (AR), John Rockefeller, (WV), Jon Tester (MT), Mark Warner (VA) and Jim Webb (VA).
Contact: Tom Randall