Barbara Boxer: Senate Version Of Cap N Trade Bill Written And Ready For Debate And Vote

Barbara Boxer: Senate Version Of Cap N Trade Bill Written And Ready For Debate And Vote

October 14th, 2009 Posted By Pat Dollard.



A major Senate climate change bill is written and ready to be debated before the Environment and Public Works committee, the chairwoman of the panel said Tuesday.

Sen. Barbara Boxer’s legislation would distribution of tens of billions of dollars of pollution allowances to power plants, manufacturing, and other industries. It will mirror cap and trade legislation passed by the House in late June with, she noted, “a few tweaks.”

The legislation has been sent to the Environmental Protection Agency for analysis, which should be completed by the end of the month.

Boxer’s move is another piece of good news for climate advocates. On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham co-authored an op-ed with Sen. John Kerry pushing for a climate bill – a signal, said environmentalist, that Democrats may attract bipartisan support for a carefully crafted bill.

“It’s happening,” said Boxer. “We’re making progress.”

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, however, also plans to draft legislation dealing with the pollution allowances.

“My position is that’s great, he should do that as well,” said Boxer. “At the end of the day this should be a collaborative process.”

Boxer is planning three days of hearings, kicking-off on October 27, with Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar all expected to testify.

Boxer expects to mark-up the legislation in early November. A final bill will then be complied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid with input from five other committees.

“Our bill will reflect the priorities of our committee,” said Boxer. “Once it gets out of the committee it will be taken up by the whole body and people will be speaking to Senator Reid for what they want.”

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Who’s behind the White House war on Fox News?

Who’s behind the White House war on Fox News?

By Michelle Malkin  •  October 14, 2009 05:06 AM

President Obama with Anita Dunn, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, and Robert Gibbs (via White House Flickr stream)

My syndicated column today follows up on yesterday’s Fox News Derangement Syndrome post. Who has Obama stocked his communications shop with, you ask? Beltway flacks for corruptocrats. Meet some of the key people behind the White House war on Fox News.

Birds of a feather…


Who’s behind the White House war on Fox News?
by Michelle Makin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2009

White House interim communications director Anita Dunn assumed the role of lead Fox News Channel-basher this weekend. The attack was a dud. The left-leaning Nation magazine ridiculed President Obama’s press shop for turning him into the “whiner-in-chief.” AOL media columnist Jeff Bercovici called the war on Fox a “loser’s strategy” that “signals weakness.” And that’s the friendly fire.

Dunn found refuge in rival CNN’s green zone, where she blasted Fox News as a “research arm of the Republican Party.” Unhappy with headline-generating Fox News hosts who have wrested control of the news cycle from Team Obama, Dunn complained about “opinion journalism masquerading as news.”

Well, that is certainly an apt description of an Obama-sympathizing “news” segment on Wolf Blizter’s CNN Politics show, which purported to “fact check” a Saturday Night Live skit mocking the president’s lack of accomplishments. Yes, the “real” news fact-checked the fake news to cover for Obama’s deficiencies. Zero complaints from the White House communications office about that. Or about authentic CNN journalist Anderson Cooper using his prime-time show to make vulgar sexual jokes about Tea Party activists. Or about the joint White House-ABC News health care reform infomercial that aired earlier this summer.

Some “opinion journalism” is more equal than others.

Debates about the blurred lines between opinion and journalism are all well and good. But don’t the talking points-crafters in the Oval Office have something better to do than carp about the talking points they don’t like hearing on the one cable network that hasn’t been completely overrun by Obama sycophants? (Full disclosure: I’ve been a Fox News contributor since 2001.)

Where are the seasoned press gurus to help Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama appear more presidential and less petty and thuggish?

The corruptocrat affiliations of Obama’s communications team are illuminating. His press shop can’t rise above the fray because they’ve been entrenched in the Beltway fray for years. They can’t help themselves.

Democratic media consultant Dunn’s claim to fame is her decade-long service as chief strategist for disgraced Democrat and former Senate Majority Leader-turned-health care lobbyist Tom Daschle. She was in the thick of his failed re-election campaign as Daschle asserted a bogus property-tax homestead exemption claim on his $1.9 million D.C. mansion – which he listed as his primary residence despite voting in South Dakota and claiming it as his primary residence in order to run for re-election. And Dunn was with Daschle during the years he failed to pay gobs of taxes on a luxury car and driver provided to him by crony donor Leo Hindery, Jr.

After working as communications manger for Obama’s political action committee and then as senior adviser to his 2008 presidential campaign, Dunn “trained” White House press secretary and anti-Fox sniper Robert Gibbs. Deputy communications director Dan Pfeiffer is another young protégé of Dunn’s who worked with her on the disastrous 2004 Daschle re-election campaign.

(Another Daschle connection: Obama transition adviser John Podesta, who served as Daschle’s counselor and has helped staff the administration with many alumni of his left-wing think tank, the Center for American Progress. One CAP fellow, Hugo Chavez-admiring radical Mark Lloyd, has attacked conservative talk radio – second home of several Fox News hosts — and is now the FCC’s “Diversity Czar.”)

Dunn is married to Robert Bauer, a Washington, D.C. corporate lawyer who served as general counsel for Obama for America. It was Bauer who lobbied the Justice Department unsuccessfully last fall to pursue a criminal probe of American Issues Project (AIP), an independent group that sought to run an ad spotlighting Obama’s ties to Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers.

It was Bauer who attempted to sic the DOJ on GOP donor Harold Simmons and sought his prosecution for funding the ad. It was Bauer who tried to bully television stations across the country to compel them to pull the spot. All on Barack Obama’s behalf.

While conservatives revel in the Left’s hysteria over Fox News Channel’s dominance, more of Obama’s friends hope he’ll wipe his nose and man up. Fat chance. As long as he’s surrounded by career flacks who demonize dissent to distract from the Beltway stench, the White House will remain an all-whine zone.

Obama The Impotent: A Dangerous Delusion

Obama The Impotent: A Dangerous Delusion

By Matt Patterson

A meme is forming in the popular consciousness that Barack Obama is a do-nothing president.

Saturday Night Live recently poked fun at this image in a much-discussed skit, with comedian Fred Armisen as Obama admitting, “When you look at my record, it’s very clear what I’ve done so far. And that is nothing.” The ludicrous decision of the Nobel Committee to award the Peace Prize to Obama — who had been ensconced in the White House a mere 12 days before the nomination deadline in February — only solidified the image of Obama as more people-pleaser than policy-maven, more speech-giver than history-maker.

This meme is a dangerous fantasy: Obama is doing much, and much that is destructive to both our economic health and our national security.

The Obama administration has vowed to “reset” our relations with strategic adversaries like Russia — a country which has been gobbling up and threatening its smaller democratic neighbors. Obama is equally proud of his “outstretched hand” to declared enemies like Iran, which for years provided the Iraqi insurgents with the munitions to kill American soldiers, and which recently has been shooting its own people in the streets. Meanwhile, loyal allies like Poland and the Czech Republic are sold out and left defenseless when Obama reneged on the long-planned deployment of anti-missile systems in Eastern Europe.

The administration’s disastrous economic stewardship has destroyed the dollar. Countries all over the world are reportedly preparing to ditch the dollar as the reserve currency; experts warn of a global shift away from a dollar-centric world economy. Here at home, Obama’s economy continues to hemorrhage jobs, with unemployment now nudging near 10 percent — 17 percent if you count those who have given up looking for work altogether, or those who have had to take part-time work because they can’t find full-time employment. Obama’s budget and stimulus package, packed with pork and political paybacks, have exploded the deficit to a ruinous and record $1.4 trillion

Do nothing? This man is systematically taking a wrecking ball to our economy…and this before his planned government takeover of the health care and energy sectors. Do nothing? Obama has never met a tyrant he wouldn’t appease, seemingly clueless to the lessons of history that such behavior puts us all in grave danger.

No, far from being a do-nothing president, Obama is in fact a busy body of the worst sort: He is bombing the moon instead of Iran’s nuclear facilities; he deploys himself to Europe to help bring the Olympics to Chicago, but fails to deploy the troops necessary to win the war in Afghanistan. And it is our children who will pay the price for all of this — they will live with a maniacal Islamist regime blackmailing the free world with nuclear weapons; they will struggle to pay this enormous and disgraceful debt that Obama is shoveling onto their backs.

Conservatives who believe that Obama is politically impotent are dangerously mistaken. Yes, the president has had some bumps along the road. But the delayed closing of Guantanamo, the August town hall uprisings; these are temporary, tactical victories at best.

Barack Obama may not get everything he wants, but make no mistake – his policies are statist in design, intent, and effect. Just because he won’t achieve total success doesn’t mean he can’t cripple the Republic in the trying.

Matt Patterson is a National Review Institute Washington Fellow and the author of “Union of Hearts: The Abraham Lincoln & Ann Rutledge Story.” His email is

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What Soros Wanted, Obama Delivers

What Soros Wanted, Obama Delivers

By Kyle-Anne Shiver

In January 2004, George Soros proclaimed to the world, “I have made rejection of the Bush doctrine the central project of my life.”  To which he added, “America, under Bush, is a danger to the world.  And I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is.”  Soros then waged a nearly one-wallet war against Bush, put more than $25 million of his own cash into Kerry’s election bid and came out of the whole gambit with a tattered I-Voted-for-the-other-guy t-shirt. 


In 2006, Soros declared in a depressive-mood pity party at the Council on Foreign Relations:  “In the future, I’d very much like to get disengaged from politics.  I’m interested in policy and not in politics.”


If only he had stayed depressed and kept to his better intention.


But no such luck would come America’s way.


Soros supported Barack Obama’s candidacy, telling Judy Woodriff in May 2008, “…Obama has the charisma and the vision to radically reorient America in the world.”  When Woodriff queried Soros on whether it might be a concern that Obama lacked experience to lead in this dangerous time we live in, Soros responded, “…this emphasis on experience is way overdone…” 


Experience was actually far underrated in that contest, but we’ll have to save that subject for another day. 


Now, it would seem that all Soros wanted, Barack Obama is delivering.


On “reorienting America in the world,” President Obama started doing that before he even won election with his people-of-the-world speech in Berlin:


The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand.  The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand.  The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand.  These now are the walls we must tear down.


These words were surely music to Soros’ ears as he has been a lifelong Esperantist in the footsteps of his father.  Soros is one of the world’s few native Esperanto speakers and was wont to quell his youthful depression in London’s famous speaker’s corner, proclaiming the virtues of creating the Esperantist version of the tower of Babel in the modern world.  For readers who might never have heard of Esperanto, it was the invention of a 19th century Jewish doctor, who dreamed of a world free of nationality.  He invented a trans-European language to push the ideology and Soros’ father, Tivadar was one of its leading proponents.


No American president thus far has professed more affinity for this absurd goal than Barack Obama.  And he even has the preemptively awarded Nobel Peace Prize to prove it.  Whether George Soros had anything to do with the award, we might never know, but it seems mighty darned fishy and definitely in keeping with both Soros’ international influence and his aim of “reorienting America in the world.”


We have gotten some idea what Soros means by “reorienting America” from his book, The Bubble of American Supremacy.  According to Soros’ written rants, America, under the leadership of George W. Bush, had gotten way too big for her britches.  Soros saw our lone superpower status and stubborn fidelity to the principle of national sovereignty as painful thorns in his internationalist side. 


Writing in The Bubble of American Supremacy, Soros expounded upon his belief that 9/11 was horribly mishandled by the Bush administration, should have been dealt with by criminal investigations not war, and that Bush’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were merely the results of the President’s faulty “supremacist ideology.” 


Soros took it upon himself in the same screed to define the Bush doctrine, saying it was “built on two pillars”:


1)  The United States will do everything in its power to maintain its unquestioned military supremacy.


2) The United States arrogates the right to pre-emptive action.


Never mind that Soros’ definition of the Bush doctrine is both faulty and ideological at its core (see Krauthammer’s essay defining the Bush doctrines).  What’s important to note here is that since his inaugural, President Barack Obama has defined his own foreign policy in nearly direct antithesis format to the pillars of the Bush doctrine as defined by Soros.  What Soros wanted American foreign policy to be, Obama is delivering in spades.
The final word from Soros in The Bubble of American Supremacy is the unabashed statement of his own preference for American foreign policy.  It boils down to a beneficent America giving lots and lots of carrots to every country in the world as a means of offering “preventive action of a constructive and affirmative nature.”  It’s the liberal answer to every problem that has ever ailed mankind:  throw money at every monster until it gets so fat and happy it no longer wants to cause difficulties or wage war.


And, lo and behold, that’s precisely what President Obama has set out to do since day one.  Obama, too, sees global poverty as the root cause of all evil in the world, including crime, war and terrorism.  His single piece of signature legislation in the Senate was a bill that would authorize an additional $845 billion from American tax payers to eradicate global poverty, and legislate a demand on future presidents to bring America in line with UN mandates on percentage of national GDP given to fight global poverty.


In addition, Obama agreed at the G20 summit in April to give more money to the International Monetary Fund (of which Soros is a huge fan), and then slipped billions of cash and a $100 billion line of credit for the IMF into the emergency war-funding bill passed this spring.


While President Obama continues to dither, American troops die in Afghanistan.  But there isn’t anything that can be added here on that front.  Only time will tell whether our President has as much stomach for protecting our interests in the Middle East as he has for beer summits and throwing our money at every comer.


But it hasn’t been just America’s military supremacy that put such a bee in Soros’ bonnet.  It’s also been our economic superiority. 


Now, George Soros is nearly universally regaled as a wizard at currency speculation and hedge-fund management, skills which one of his sons has said have far more to do with a certain pain he gets in his back telling him when to buy and sell, than with any sage economic formula.  But since 1992, when he earned the title of the man who broke the Bank of England by becoming a major player in the downfall of that nation’s currency, Soros has been more of a prophet reaping the returns on his self-fulfilled prophecies than he has even been a speculator.


It has taken Soros much longer than he perhaps anticipated to bring down the U.S. dollar.  By 2003, Soros was already predicting the downfall of the dollar.  In a CNBC interview, amid a slump in the dollar’s value against the euro, Soros added fuel to that fire by stating that he was already selling dollars.  His statement, in turn, caused a further decline in the international worth of the dollar.


In Davos last year, at the World Economic Forum, Soros even went so far as to say that the current housing “bust” would signal the end of the dollar as the world’s default currency.  “The current crisis is not only the bust that follows the housing boom,” Soros said. “It’s basically the end of a 60-year period of continuing credit expansion based on the dollar as the reserve currency,” he stated to the press.


One would have to be living under a rock these days not to see that the American dollar has been walloped under the leadership of Barack Obama.  Weeding out the truth of which nations are actively working (Some would say, “conspiring.”) to ditch the dollar as the preeminent world currency is proving difficult.  Reports surface only to be denied a day later.


But this much is certain.  Soros has long thought America far too powerful, and has seen the dollar’s supremacy as every bit as dangerous to his internationalist schemes as our military strength.  So far, President Barack Obama has done nothing whatsoever which would seem at odds with those scheming Soros doctrines.


If all of this does not hint at a shadow presidency with a powerful oligarch pulling the strings on a neophyte president, I honestly don’t know what would.


Now, if someone could only burst Soros’ self-inflated bubble before he has a chance to burst ours, we just might pull out of this unfolding nightmare.


Kyle-Anne Shiver is a frequent contributor to American Thinker and a syndicated columnist for Creators.  She blogs at 

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