Wonderful Recommendation For Destroying The Economy

From some twittet working for McKinsey (and heading up a non-profit corporation) in London:

If Barack Obama gets his way we could see the unleashing of a green revolution which will lift the economy.

Mr Obama and his team are strong supporters of a cap-and-trade scheme, similar to that operating in Europe, to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Obama version would auction permits to pollute, among companies which burn fossil fuels. Over time the number of permits would fall, ratcheting down the “cap” on total pollution. It’s a simple idea, invented in the US in the 1980s, to combat acid rain.

This is the wonderful idea that even the High and Self-Important one admitted would “cause electricity costs to skyrocket”.  But that’s not a concern to somebody who’s energy costs are completely paid for by the government:

Old economy pundits fear that a cap-and-trade scheme will hit the economy when it is down, by raising electricity prices and slashing energy company profits. Mr Obama doesn’t seem to buy that line. Asked by Time magazine a few weeks ago whether he wouldn’t need to go slow on introducing cap-and-trade, he said that part of the revenue raised by auctioning permits should go straight back to the consumer, maybe through a rebate on payroll tax. John Podesta, the head of Mr Obama’s transition team, has suggested that the revenues could be used to build new clean-energy transmission lines, and to insulate homes, thus giving a short-term stimulus.

Why do I believe that the government will simply keep all the money to spend on things it thinks are important – rather than actually sending any of it back to the peasants.  Because its all right there for everybody to take:

A cap-and-trade scheme could raise around $150 billion a year. The American pipe-fitters union supports carbon caps because they are likely to mean non-exportable jobs in laying a new energy infrastructure. “Weatherisation” (insulating homes) could be the centrepiece of a green new deal that creates “green collar” jobs and simultaneously saves people money on their energy bills. This is FDR in triplicate: creating jobs, cutting energy bills, and boosting hundreds of small companies which are already manufacturing everything from solar components to LED lighting to high-tech coatings for wind turbines (some of which are incidentally, being made from old car parts). Far from being a one-way drain on the economy, green regulation could boost the economy in straitened times.

Your future awaits.  Union thugs stuffing insulation into houses no one can afford because electricity and a mortgage are too expensive, hunched over your latest tax bill reading by the light of your teeny tiny LED and simply hoping the wind blows for another 10 minutes before you go completely dark.

The next generation will really be happy about that.  They won’t even be able to play their iPods since the green taxes on any electronics will be 1000%.

Are you stocking up on candles people?

The Uninsured Health Care Scam

There is a great recap at Power Line:

According to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans officially classified as uninsured in 2007 was 45.7 million. This figure is being used, naturally, to promote the case for radical “reform” that in practice would amount to a government takeover of the health care industry.

However, Sally Pipes, in her Sunday Examiner column, shows that the 45.7 million uninsured figure is misleading as a barometer of the state of health insurance coverage in the U.S. She identifies four groups within that figure: (1) people who will quickly transfer from one insurance plan to another, (2) illegal immigrants, (3) individuals who make more than $50,000 a year but who elect not to purchase health insurance (usually because they are young and healthy), and (4) individuals who are eligible for government assistance with their health care through programs like Medicaid and SCHIP, but who do not avail themselves of that assistance.

According to Pipes, if one subtracts these people from the 45.7 million figure, the number drops to approximately 8 million. If one adds back in those who make between $50,000 and $75,000 a year, the figure is roughly 16 million.

1.  Why in the wide, wide world of sports would the illegals in this country be included in the uninsured number if not just to inflate it?

2.  Why would inflating the number of uninsured be something a fracking government agency would do?

3.  If people are too stupid to get the government benefits (or let’s give them the benefit of the doubt – they are too proud to take government benefits) why would they also be included in the number of uninsured?  By definition they would be insured if they would simply go and sign up.

How about these answers?

a.  The Census bureau has become a sub-committee of the Democrat party apparently.  We fight over this every census – just how many invisible people can we count so federal pork can be delivered to the unknown?  And now seeing that they willingly inflate the uninsured so that Democrats can justify taking over (directly taking over) 20% of the economy just proves it again

b.  Giving illegals government benefits (or proposed ones) is also Democrat policy.  Why?  Well, they know that if they keep the voter id requirements so low that any illegal can vote – they will get more power for the money they take from productive people.

c.  Pride?  Yes – I do believe there are some Americans who are too proud to beg.  Unfortunately I think that the number of people who are just too drug-addled or brainless to get the benefits already on offer is a vast majority of that number

However, with the 700 billion or 1 trillion or fill-in-the-blank Wall Street bailout – the talk about how the government also needs to take over health care seems to be very quiet now.  Thank goodness

Universal Healthcare Scheme Collapses Again

Of course, to a liberal nothing is impossible. You just have to close your eyes and click your heels and wish real, real hard.
clipped from online.wsj.com
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “universal” health-care plan died in the California legislature on Monday, in what can only be called a mercy killing.
Like collapses in Illinois, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, this one crumpled because of the costs, which are always much higher than anticipated.

This reveals that liberal health-care politics is increasingly the art of the impossible: You can’t make coverage “universal” while at the same time keeping costs in check — at least without prohibitive tax increases. Lowering cost and increasing access, in other words, are separate and irreconcilable issues.

So the plan failed because it was too expensive — and because for some Democrats it wasn’t expensive enough.
Democrats also complained that the taxes the plan imposed on business, as high as 6.5% of payroll, weren’t high enough.
Voters are rightly concerned about health care, but they also don’t want to pay higher taxes to finance coverage for everyone.
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