Democrats to throw cap-and-trade sucker punch
Democrats set to throw cap-and-trade sucker punch
By Tom Randall
Issue: In a move that should be obvious to Senate Republicans —but probably won't be — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is about to set up passage of Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade legislation by introducing an "energy" bill that does not contain cap-and-trade at all.
It's a move that seems counterintuitive only to those who are unfamiliar with the deviousness of Democrats and the Byzantine ways of Washington. As we have noted previously, it goes like this:
Reid introduces an "energy" bill without cap-and-trade. Global warming alarmists like Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) pretend to protest the lack of cap-and-trade language, as reported by today's Washington Post. As also reported, other senators, such as Evan Bayh ((D-IN) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) lament that the bill without cap-and-trade is all that can be passed.
Soon, the bill will be introduced, it will pass and everyone will go home to engage in the election campaign that appears will be something of a blood bath for Democrats due to the backlash against both them and the Obama Administration. After the election, the House and Senate will go into a lame-duck session called such because it includes members who have already been voted out of office. The senate "energy" bill and the previously passed House bill (which has the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade tax language in it) will go to conference. With nothing left to lose, and their majority still in tact until January 5, Democrats will merge the bills to include cap-and-trade language which will then become the law of the land. Republicans will not have the votes to stop the legislation because only a simple majority will be required.
Comment: We are about to have the single largest tax in American history passed by people who will have already been voted out of office for their tax-and-spend policies.
Comment: Republicans seem likely to find themselves in the majority again, if not after this election then the next. It will be up to them to pull the country back from the ruinous statism and taxation the Democrats have imposed. That means Republicans will have to govern a whole lot better that they did the last time they were in power.
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