Sorry to not have posted for well over a week.  I was on a combined business and family trip and have gotten way behind.  While I was gettting behind, Congress was busy railroading through Mr. Obama’s latest emergency legislation:


Email your Senator now.  Tell him or her to stop the lunacy and vote against the hurry-up “Cap and Trade Bill”.  Like almost every other bill on Mr. Obama’s agenda, the Cap and Trade Bill is being rushed through Congress so that critics don’t have time to show taxpayers the flaws.  Mr. Obama’s strategy is clever.  If every bill is done on an emergency basis, there will not be time for opposition to form.  The Cap and Trade Bill is a classic example of a bill that would not have a chance if it saw the light of day.  Hidden in the hurry-up it actually stands a chance to pass and to penalize our country with unilateral sacrifice that will not occur in many other countries.

Cap and Trade is the classic Class Warfare law.  It doesn’t penalize government.  It doesn’t penalize academia. It doesn’t actually accomplish anything significant except to send jobs to countries who laugh at the folly of the thing.  It gives elected and unelected government people the power to further regulate what you do and how you do it.  It is based on several shaky assumptions that its backers don’t want called into question.  It wants you to leave unquestioned the “scientific facts” of “Global Warming.”

What would happen if an elite group of capitalists (leaders of large companies and industry groups) proposed a “cap and trade” law limiting social security and healthcare benefits for all those who worked for government agencies or universities?  It could go something like this:  Since salaried government employees and college professors don’t actually produce a direct benefit or add value (like a farmer or a welder or a miner or a builder) they would only get between 10% and 20% of the Social Security Benefit of the “productive class.”  How well would that sit with the ruling elites?  That’s about the effect this bill will have on those who are not in the protected classes, like government and academia.

No questioning of the key premise is allowed – “Man and his industrial activities are at the root cause of ‘Global Warming’”.  No one is allowed to question if the King is really naked or if he truly has magic clothes.  Anyone who brings up evidence contrary to the religion of Global Warming is silenced or at least discredited.  It takes true bravery for anyone in government or the scientific community to question Global Warming.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal told a story of a person with just such unbelievable guts.  A longtime advocate of the Al Gore position that humans are the cause of Global Warming, he actually admitted that the ‘Global Warming Deniers’ may have some science on their side and it might make sense to look at it.

According to the article, “The collapse of the “consensus” has been driven by reality. The inconvenient truth is that the earth’s temperatures have flat-lined since 2001, despite growing concentrations of C02. Peer-reviewed research has debunked doomsday scenarios about the polar ice caps, hurricanes, malaria, extinctions, rising oceans. A global financial crisis has politicians taking a harder look at the science that would require them to hamstring their economies to rein in carbon.  Credit for Australia’s own era of renewed enlightenment goes to Dr. Ian Plimer, a well-known Australian geologist. Earlier this year he published “Heaven and Earth,” a damning critique of the “evidence” underpinning man-made global warming. The book is already in its fifth printing. So compelling is it that Paul Sheehan, a noted Australian columnist — and ardent global warming believer — in April humbly pronounced it “an evidence-based attack on conformity and orthodoxy, including my own, and a reminder to respect informed dissent and beware of ideology subverting evidence.” Australian polls have shown a sharp uptick in public skepticism; the press is back to questioning scientific dogma; blogs are having a field day.”

We didn’t stop the folly of a 1200 page “Stimulus Bill” passing without having been read by those who voted on it.  Maybe we can slow this bill down and take the time to open our minds and see if their really is solid scientific evidence backing the extreme measures this bill proposes.  our economy and our energy future depend on it.

Once again, by crying “Emergency,” Mr. Obama and the Democrats in Congress are trying to have their way without allowing desent.  It appears that closed minds are ruling the day and we will all be worse of for it.  If the Administration and Congress had an ounce of integrity, they would debate this bill like any other and give it a few months to be polished by the people, the press, and yes, even the opposition party.