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The Country Lost In, “The Obama Dream World”

June 27, 2010

It has occurred to me, there are basically two kinds of citizens under this administration; Those who feel, it is all right for the government to grow larger and appear to take care of them with more programs and Stimulus plans. Then there are those, who see that when more people climb into the wagon than are pushing it, it becomes impossible to move forward. That is where we are at.

With the new health law, it is predicted that small businesses will fail under the burden of health insurance cost. There is a good chance that the average American will be fined and eventually end up in jail, or worse. You won’t be able to get a drivers license, or a job if you don’t have some kind of health insurance. Make no mistake, this is a mandatory system.

The new worry coming soon, is the Cap and Trade bill. Some are calling it the Cap and Tax bill. No matter what you call it, this bill that if it becomes law, will hit the average American hard, and will place many in a position of eating, medical care, or allowing the government of taking care of you.

These bills are designed to do just that, to force you into the arms of the government. They are designed to control not necessarily to help. The health bill (now law) does just that, forcing most of the population to the governments plan when all is said and done. No that’s not a good thing. Under this plan only the larger companies will pull through, leaving the “Mom and Pops” for dead.

The Cap and Trade bill is said to be in trouble because of democrats disagreements on parts of the bill. So as with the Healthcare bill that the media told us was dead, it is the same with this bill. However, we see the same strategy happening that got the Healthcare bill pushed through.

On Thursday, (06/24/2010) Obama met with senate lawmakers in hopes of getting the needed 60 votes to avoid a filibuster by the Republicans. It seems that the one thing we have going for us in not getting this passed is that you can count on democrats to screw themselves. However, Obama has shown that he can resurrect bills that were thought dead, given enough time to threaten the right people.


The House took up the subject shortly after passing its version of Health Insurance Reform, narrowly passing the Clean Energy and Security Act with a vote of 219-212 in June of 2009. It was unclear up to the time of voting how the critical “yeas” and “nays” would be cast, but pressure from the Obama Administration and House leadership managed to keep Democrats united enough to pass the bill. The legislation puts forth some of the most sweeping changes in energy policy in decades, and would significantly change the way the U.S. handles regulation of carbon emissions. The centerpiece of the bill is a new economy wide cap and trade system aimed at cutting carbon emissions 17 percent by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050.

If this bill becomes law, you will see close to $7.00 a gallon at the pumps according to a study done by Harvard. I have found a breakdown on the paper over at BelferCenter. Below are their bottom lines.

Bottom Lines

Harder Than it Looks. Reducing oil consumption and carbon emissions from transportation is a much greater challenge than conventional wisdom assumes. It will require substantially higher fuel prices, ideally in combination with more stringent regulation.

Higher Gasoline Prices Essential. Reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the transportation sector 14% below 2005 levels by 2020 may require gas prices greater than $7/gallon by 2020.

Tax Credits Expensive. While relying on subsidies for electric or hybrid vehicles is politically seductive, it is extremely expensive and an ineffective way to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the near term.

Climate and Economy Not a Zero Sum Game. Aggressive climate change policy need not bring the economy to a halt. Even under high-fuels-tax, high-carbon price scenarios, losses in annual GDP, relative to business-as-usual, are less than 1%, and the economy is still projected to grow at 2.1-3.7% per year assuming a portion of the revenues collected are recycled to taxpayers.

As far as $7.00 or higher gas by 2020, depends on the global price for a barrel of oil. Also they left out the effect that a decrease in the consumption of oil will have on the price.

So as we sink deeper into the Nanny State, one thing is clearer. The wagon has flat tires and exceeds the weight limit.


Ps. Don’t think for a minute the vote on the Jobs Bill wasn’t about control.

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