I was watching CSPAN today and listening to talk radio. The House passed the massive energy tax this afternoon by a vote of 219-212. It is euphemistically known as “Cap and Trade.” CBO estimates show that this legislation will result in 2 million job losses per year [Correction: The CBO failed to analyze the total economic impact of this legislation on the US economy and, in fact, underestimated the impact. CBO admissions of job losses led to an outlay in the legislation providing billions of dollars for workers who would lose their jobs under this bill. The studies and statistics on job losses were provided by other sources. An upcoming post will present these studies] Additionally, it is expected to drive up energy bills to the residential consumer by 90%. And it’s all based on alarmism intiated by false science concerning “global warming.”
I will speak more on this subject in the coming days, but I wanted to focus on the vote. There were 42 Democrats who sided with the GOP in an attempt to defeat this bill. Before you get all giddy – realize that a few of those included leftist nuts like Dennis Kucinich who felt that the bill didn’t go far enough. Mostly, though, the Democrats were conservatives or Dems in unsafe House seats who heard the message from their constituents loud and clear. Apparently, the House switchboard melted down with people calling in to voice their displeasure over this legislative piece of crap. The overwhelming number of calls were reported to be in opposition to this irresponsible sham.
On the other side, 8 “Republicans” sided with the Democrats on this legislation – thus providing them with the necessary margin need for victory. I will list their names and phone numbers below. I was listening to Mark Levin while the vote was going on. He had Reps. John Shadegg (AZ), Mike Pence (IN), Eric Cantor (VA) and John Boehner(OH) on the radio during that time. Cantor (minority whip) and Boehner (minority leader) both came on after the final vote was counted. Levin pressed them on the 8 GOP traitors. Cantor was diplomatic but did note that people would respond via the ballot box. Boehner, surprisingly, was more incredulous and almost promised that those 8 defectors would hear about what they had done. The minority leader was as pumped and determined as I have ever heard them. I was really proud of his response.
This measure will go to the Senate now. Boehner feels that this legislation will not become law. But we don’t need to rest on his reassurances. If more celebrities die shortly before the Senate vote, I might buy into some sort of conspiracy theory. I’m not sure that Americans were focused on the 1200-page monstrocity and its repercussions. And this 1200 page bill only merited 3 hours of debate in the House. A 300-page amendment was introduced at 3:09 am this morning. I can assure you, that the Senate will operate under the full glare of American voters when their time comes to vote on this. At least they will have time to read it before they cast a vote.
In the meantime, here are the names and office numbers of the 8 RINOs who voted for this garbage. Our campaign against their reelection begins today. Feel free to call and express your feelings – especially if you are in their district. In the coming months – as the primaries ramp up – I will be coming back to these people and feature their opponents. And I can almost guarantee you that each one will face primary opposition.
Mary Bono Mack (CA – 45th) 202-225-5330
Michael Castle (DE – at large) note: Castle is thinking about the Senate race. I’ll be there for him too. 202-225-4165
Mark Kirk (IL – 10th) 202-225-4835
Leonard Lance (NJ – 10th) 202-225-5361
Frank LoBiondo (NJ – 2nd) 202-225-6572
John McHugh (NY – 23rd) 202-225-4611
David Reichert (WA – 8th) 202-225-7761
Chris Smith (NJ – 4th) This one saddens me. But he is toast now. 202-225-3765
Anyone see any pattern above? Same ole, same ole.