June 16, 2009

"Remaking America"

FROM- The Leaf Chronicle

Cap and trade would enslave

by Susan Stamper Brown

Capitalism is alive and well — in Baghdad. Dictator Saddam Hussein is gone, and free enterprise without oppressive government control is flourishing. In an April 10, 2009, Associated Press article about Iraqi automobile dealerships, reporter Sameer N. Yacoub wrote, "Showrooms are popping meet the demand. ... During Saddam Hussein's rule, the most popular brands were Toyota Corollas...."

Granted, the Iraqi people have oil under their soil to fund running Hummers and V8 engines, but so do we. Difference is, Iraqis do not have left-wing soothsayers shoving global-warming-cap-and-trade junk science down their throats.

It snowed for the first time in a century in Iraq on Jan. 11, 2008. Tennessee had a frost warning May 18, 2009. Junk-scientists explain this global cooling period to be a side effect of global warming. That makes about as much sense as saying, "My hypothermia is a side effect of my fever."

Most on the left do not care about global warming. Instead, they use it as a means to gain control over our daily lives. Cap-and-trade may be better defined as "cap-and-control." If drilling for oil would lead to government control, Obama, Pelosi and Reid would be in Alaska today, drilling oil by hand.

Obama's promise that 95 percent of Americans would receive a tax break will become an "inconvenient mistruth" when his cap and trade bill passes. cap and trade will become "cap and Tax" when taxpayer dollars are suctioned from our wallets to the White House in order to fund absurd schemes such as establishing a cow flatulence tax. Cow farmers could be taxed out of business, and beef prices will soar. ABC's Charlie Gibson suggested we curb cow consumption, but maybe developing bovine Beano would be a better idea. Cows have been around for centuries and suddenly the left concurs that cow flatulence is a crisis of epic proportion.

On Jan. 17, 2008, Obama blatantly boasted to raise electricity rates when he said to the San Francisco Chronicle, "Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." Speaking about Obama's plan, May 19, 2009, AP reporter Tom Krisher said, "Nearly everybody else will drive smaller cars, and more of them will run on electricity." Obama's cap and trade standards for automobile manufacturers will raise production costs at least $1,300, which will be passed on to the consumer. Pick-ups and vans will become unaffordable or unavailable to middle-class Americans. Soccer moms will be forced to stuff their children into electric sardine cans with wheels.

Promised tax relief has evolved into "cap and cost" with increased car and electricity fees. Certainly, this comes as a big surprise to the Obama voters who erroneously believed he would provide them with free cars and gas.

Obama taught students out of Saul Alinsky's book, "Rules for Radicals." Alinsky encourages those who are seeking to radically change a government to "create crisis" in order to promote change. Sound familiar? Alinsky wrote, "... revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive...attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution..."

Alinsky's quote motivates me to make a revolutionary radical change to trade in my Jeep for a monster dump truck fueled by cow flatulence.

Dishonest coercion and enslaving the American people with unnecessary environmental shackles is behavior becoming of a dictator rather than an American president. Free enterprise, without oppressive government control is the American way. Who would have ever thought we might be able to learn a lesson or two from our Iraqi allies?


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