This Wheel’s On Fire For the Democrats, trouble is coming.

This Wheel’s On Fire

For the Democrats, trouble is coming.

BY Matthew Continetti

April 9, 2010 11:49 AM

As liberals engage in one of their periodic celebrations of how open-minded and intelligent they are, it’s worth taking a moment to assess just how bad a political situation they’ve created for the Democrats. Consider:

Gallup says the Democrats are at their lowest level of approval in 18 years.

The new Fox poll has Obama at 43 percent job approval.

The Pollster.com poll of polls has Obama’s disapproval at 48 percent.

Democratic congressmen continue to flee the sinking ship.

Nate Silver says there’s a better than one-in-ten chance that Democrats lose more than 55 House seats on Election Day.

Obamacare is no more popular than it was before passage (indeed, opposition is on an upward trajectory), and the idea of repeal is relatively popular.

Liberals tend to blame the economy for this horrible situation. But the macroeconomy is slowly recovering (GDP, stocks, and jobs are up), while Democratic fortunes continue to fall. Another tactic is to blame an “anti-incumbent” environment. But, as John Podhoretz points out, those incumbents are all Democrats.

Obama, Pelosi, and Reid misread the 2006 and 2008 elections and embarked on an agenda of which the public heartily disapproves. The stimulus failed. Government-centric housing policy has failed. Health care became law despite public resistance. The Obama budget projects massive deficits and debt far into the future. Taxes, regulations, and interest rates are all set to rise. Absent a massive change in policy and tone on the part of Congress and the White House, it’s hard to see how the Democrats avoid a very, very bad November. Of course the sluggish economy will play a role. But overall, it’s the agenda, stupid.

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If you own a home or want to buy one – must read this!

 If you own a home or want to buy one – must read this!
 
 
  Don’t want to be bothered with “Political stuff?”  You’d better  read this one. It will come as a huge shock to you if you aren’t  informed as to what Obama is up to, and it has already passed one  hurdle.  It will take very little now to put it into actual law!!  YOU’D BETTER WAKE UP AMERICA !!!!
 
 So you think you live in a free country.
 
 Boy have you got a surprise coming.
 
 A License Required for your HOUSE?
 
 If you own your home you really need to check this out. At the end  of this email is the Google link to verify.  If the country thinks  the housing market is depressed now, wait until everyone sees  this. No one will be buying homes in the future.
 
 We encourage you to read the provisions of the Cap and Trade Bill  that has passed the House of Representatives and are being  considered by the Senate. We are ready to join the next march on  Washington ! This Congress and their “experts” are truly out to  destroy the middle class of the U.S.A.
 
 A License will be required for your house…no longer just for  cars and mobile homes….Thinking about selling your house?  Take  a look at H.R. 2454  (Cap and Trade bill).  This is unbelievable!  Home owners take note and tell your friends and relatives who are  home owners!
 
 Beginning one year after enactment of the Cap and Trade Act, you  won’t be able to sell your home unless you retrofit it to comply  with the energy and water efficiency standards of this  “Cap &  Trade” bill, passed by the House of Representatives. If it is also  passed by the Senate, it will be the largest tax increase any of  us has ever experienced.
 
 The Congressional Budget Office (supposedly non-partisan)  estimates that in just a few years the average cost to every  family of four will be $6,800 per year. No one is excluded.  However, once the lower classes feel the pinch in their wallets,  you can be sure that these voters will get a tax refund (even if  they pay no taxes at all) to offset this new cost. Thus, you Mr.  And Mrs. Middle Class have to pay even more since additional tax  dollars will be needed to bail out everyone else..
 
 But wait. This awful bill (that no one in Congress has actually  read) has many more surprises in it. Probably the worst one is  this: A year from now you won’t be able to sell your house without  some bureaucrat’s OK. Yes, you read that right.
 
 The caveat (there always is a caveat) is that if you have enough  money to make required major upgrades to your home, then you can  sell it. But, if not, then forget it. Even pre-fabricated homes  (“mobile homes”) are included. In effect, this bill prevents you  from selling your home without the permission of the EPA  administrator.
 
 To get this permission, you will have to have the energy  efficiency of your home measured. Then the government will tell  you what your new energy efficiency requirement is and you will be  required to make modifications to your home under the retrofit  provisions of this Act, to comply with the new energy and water  efficiency requirements.
 
 Then you will have to get your home measured again and get a  license (called a “label” in the Act) that must be posted on your  property to show what your efficiency rating is; sort of like the  Energy Star efficiency rating label on your refrigerator or air  conditioner. If you don’t get a high enough rating, you can’t sell.
 
 And, the EPA administrator is authorized to raise the standards  every year, even above the automatic energy efficiency increases  built into the Act. The EPA administrator, appointed by the  President, will run the Cap & Trade program  (AKA the “American  Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009”) and is authorized to make  any future changes to the regulations and standards he/she alone  determines to be in the government’s best interest. Requirements  are set low initially so the bill will pass Congress. Then the  Administrator can set new standards every year.
 
 The Act itself contains annual required increases in energy  efficiency for private and commercial residences and buildings.  However, the EPA administrator can set higher standards at any  time. Sect. 202 – Building Retrofit Program mandates a national  retrofit program to increase the energy efficiency of all existing  homes across America.
 
 Beginning one year after enactment of the Act, you won’t be able  to sell your home unless you retrofit it to comply with its energy  and water efficiency standards. You had better sell soon, because  the standards will be raised each year and will be really hard  (expen$ive) to meet in a few years. Oh, goody!
 
 The Act allows the government to give you a grant of several  thousand dollars to comply with the retrofit program requirements  IF you meet certain energy efficiency levels. But, wait, the State  can set additional requirements on who qualifies to receive the  grants. You should expect requirements such as “can’t have an  income of more than $50K per year”, “home selling price can’t be  more than $125K”, or anything else to target the upper middle  class (that includes YOU?) and prevent you from qualifying for the  grants.
 
 Most of us won’t get a dime and will have to pay the entire cost  of the retrofit out of our own pockets. More transfer of wealth,  more “change you can believe in.” Sect. 204 – Building Energy  Performance Labeling Program establishes a labeling program that  for each individual residence will identify the achieved energy  efficiency performance for “at least 90 percent of the residential  market within 5 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.”
 
 This means that within 5 years 90% of all residential homes in the  U.S. must be measured and labeled. The EPA administrator will get  $50M each year to enforce the labeling program. The Secretary of  the Department of Energy will get an additional $20M each year to  help the EPA. Some of this money will, of course, be spent on  coming up with tougher standards each year…
 
 Oh, the label will be like a license for your car. You will be  required to post the label in a conspicuous location in your home  and will not be allowed to sell your home without having this  label. And, just like your car license, you will probably be  required to get a new label every so often – maybe every year.
 
 But, the government estimates the cost of measuring the energy  efficiency of your home should only cost about $200 each time.  Remember what they said about the auto smog inspections when they  first started: that in California? It would only cost $15. That  was when the program started. Now the cost is about $50 for the  inspection and certificate.
 
  Expect the same from the home labeling program. Sect. 304 –  Greater Energy Efficiency in Building Codes establishes new energy  efficiency guidelines for the National Building Code and mandates  at 304(d) that one year after enactment of this Act, all state and  local jurisdictions must adopt the National Building Code energy  efficiency provisions or must obtain a certification from the  federal government that their state and/or local codes have been  brought into full compliance with the National Building Code  energy efficiency standards.
 
 CHECK OUT a few of the sites;
 
 Cap and Trade: A License Required for your Home
http://www.nachi.  org/forum/ f14/cap-and- trade-license- required- your-home- 44750/
 
 HR2454 American Clean Energy & Security Act:  http:// http://www.govtrack .us/congress/ bill.xpd? bill=h111- 2454
 
 Cap & Trade A license required for your home: http:// http://www.prisonplanet.com/cap-and-trade-a-license-required-for-your- home.html
 
 Cap and trade is a license to cheat and steal:
 
http://www.sfexamin er.com/opinion/ columns/oped_ contributors/  Cap-and-trade- is-a-license- to-cheat- and-steal- 45371937. html
 Cap and Trade: A License Required for your Home: http:// http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2393940/posts
 
 Thinking about selling you House? Look at HR 2454:
 
 
http://www.federalobserver.com/2009/10/01/thinking-about-selling- your-house-a-look-at-h-r-2454-cap-and-trade-bill/
 
 http://www.google.com/ search?hl= en&source=hp&ie=ISO-8859- 1&q=A+License + required+ for+your+ home-+Cap+ and+Trade&btnG=Google+ Search

Back to business: Stop the cap-and-tax bill

Michelle Malkin 

Lead Story

Back to business: Stop the cap-and-tax bill

By Michelle Malkin  •  July 6, 2009 11:21 AM


Photoshop: Leo Alberti

We celebrated our freedoms this Independence Day. Now, it’s time to fight for them. Hope you are feeling energized. There is much work to be done.

On the front-burner: Defeating the cap-and-tax bill.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee begins hearings on Tuesday.

Spruiell and Williamson have an excellent rundown of Waxman-Markey’s garden of piggish delights. The unions get a cap-and-pay-off. Heritage must-read research and analysis here.

Which senators to target? Here:

Democrats and the two independents who caucus with them control 60 Senate seats. But more than a dozen have expressed concern over costs. They include Democrats from industry-heavy Ohio and Michigan, coal-dependent Indiana and oil-rich Louisiana.

Only a few Republicans appear open to emissions limits, notably two moderates from Maine — Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe — and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who championed emissions limits in his presidential campaign (though he has expressed reservations about the House bill).

The Senate bill will emerge from several committees — including the finance, foreign relations, commerce and agriculture committees — with dramatically different memberships and priorities.

The energy committee already has approved its chunk with wide bipartisan support. It includes a requirement to produce more electricity from renewable sources, but also expands drilling — a possible deal-breaker for environmentalists.

Boxer’s committee will center its work on cap and trade. The House bill would cut U.S. emissions by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83% by 2050. Environmentalists expect Boxer, who said she was “looking closely” at those limits, to strengthen them.

Yes, the fate of cap-and-tax is in the hands of Republicans like John McCain. As I warned last May, Sen. McCain has been a member of the global warming hysteria cult for years. A reminder:

Climatologist Patrick Michaels had McCain pegged four years ago, when The Maaaveerrick convened ridiculously, eco-Chicken Little-stacked hearings:

Recent U.S. Senate hearings into alleged global warming, chaired by Arizona Republican John McCain, were among the “most biased” that a noted climatologist has ever seen – “much less balanced than anything I saw in the Clinton administration,” he said.

Patrick J. Michaels is the author of a new book “Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media.” He is an environmental sciences professor at the University of Virginia who believes that claims of human-caused “global warming” are scientifically unfounded.

Michaels spoke with CNSNews.com Thursday following a panel discussion sponsored by the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., where Michaels also serves as a senior fellow in environmental studies.

“John McCain, a Republican, has probably held the most biased hearing of all,” Michaels said. McCain is a big proponent of limiting greenhouse gas emissions, which he believes are causing “global warming.” The Arizona senator also “is trying to define himself as an environmental Republican, which he is going to use to differentiate himself from his rivals for the (presidential) nomination in 2008,” according to Michaels.

You can bet McCain won’t be visiting with Michaels on his climate change tour anytime soon. The truth would get in the way of his crusade:

Citing a visit he had to the Arctic with several U.S. senators last summer, McCain made it clear that he believed human-caused “global warming” was a certainty.

“It was remarkable going up on a small ship next to this glacier and seeing where it had been just 10 short years ago and how quickly it’s receded,” McCain told the New York Times…

…McCain also warned about what he saw as the rapid pace of Arctic warming, evidenced by the arrival of wildlife that had never previously been seen in the region. “The Inuit language for 10,000 years never had a word for robin and now there are robins all over their villages,” he told the Times.

Michaels refuted McCain’s assertions about the North Pole, noting that the Arctic has actually been warmer in the past than it is now.

“It was warmer 4 to 7,000 years ago [in the Arctic.] Every climatologist knows that. I saw no mention of that in the Arctic report that was paraded in front of McCain,” Michaels said. He added that the past warming of the Arctic couldn’t possibly be blamed on greenhouse gas emissions since it occurred long before the industrial era.

In 2003, Iain Murray debunked McCain’s anecdote about how he got interested in global warming:

He is on record as saying that the reason he became interested in global warming in the first place is because he recognized how much hotter it was getting at his home in Sedona, Ariz. Unfortunately, the data don’t back him up on this. If we look at the temperature records from the nearby Childs weather station, we can actually see a downward trend in temperature of slightly over 1° F. since 1986, when McCain was elected to the Senate. Another nearby station, Fort Valley, shows a very slight upwards trend. You can see these trends for yourself by looking at the official records available at the CO2science.org website. Certainly there are upward trends elsewhere in Arizona, but these are balanced by downward trends — Tucson has cooled while Tombstone has warmed. Arizona makes a poor poster boy for global-warming theory.

Like Barack Obama, McCain touts a “cap-and-trade” system as the free-market answer to reducing carbon emissions. Analysts who haven’t been bitten by the global warming alarmist bug beg to differ–and evidence from cap-and-trade systems already in operation back them up:

….the world has already witnessed many unpleasant surprises with Europe’s ongoing efforts to impose a cap and trade program under the Kyoto Protocol, the international climate treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In fact, European efforts have racked up significant costs while failing to reduce emissions. Nearly every European country participating has higher emissions today than when the treaty was first signed in 1997. Further, despite ongoing criticism of the United States from Kyoto parties for failing to ratify the treaty, emissions in many of these nations are actually rising faster than in the United States.

The European experience also shows the problem of cap and trade fraud.[6] None other than Enron’s Ken Lay was a strong supporter of carbon cap and trade when the idea was first floated in the 1990s, saying that it could “do more to promote Enron’s business than almost any other regulatory initiative.” These carbon allowances that will be bought and sold have a value estimated at $50 billion to $300 billion annually, and the trade in them would be a huge new business. Enron may be gone, but others ready to take advantage of cap and trade–often at public expense–are not.

Sen. McCain needs to hear from folks other than Al Gore acolytes. Someone might want to introduce him, for example, to Alan Carlin. Sen. McCain’s email form is here and phone contact info:

Phoenix Office:
5353 North 16th Street
Suite 105
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Main: 602-952-2410
Fax: 602-952-8702

Tempe Office:
4703 South Lakeshore Drive
Suite 1
Tempe, AZ 85282
Main: 480-897-6289
Fax: 480-897-8389

Tucson Office:
407 West Congress Street
Suite 103
Tucson, AZ 85701
Main: 520-670-6334
Fax: 520-670-6637

Washington Office:
241 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202-224-2235
Fax: 202-228-2862

The 8 cap-and-tax Republicans…and the 44 Democrats who voted no

Michelle Malkin 

Lead Story

The 8 cap-and-tax Republicans…and the 44 Democrats who voted no

By Michelle Malkin  •  June 26, 2009 10:52 PM

Introducing the GOP’s Cap-And-Tax 8…


Photoshop credit: Leo Alberti

I listed them earlier tonight, but am breaking out a separate post to spotlight them again.

The 8 cap-and-tax Republican turncoats again are:

Bono Mack (CA) (202) 225-5330
Castle (DE) (202) 225-4165
Kirk (IL) (202) 225-4385 (And he’s seriously considering running for Senate!)
Lance (NJ) (202) 225-5361
LoBiondo (NJ) (202) 225-6572
McHugh (NY) (202) 225-4611
Reichert (WA) (202) 225-7761
Smith (NJ) (202) 225-3765

(Phone numbers h/t commenter rightwingmom)

Congrats, congresspeople, you helped the Democrats pass a junk science-based, massive national energy tax. Headed to Disney World now?

We still want to know: What were your payoffs/earmarks?

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Stacy McCain’s message to the NRCC: Not one red cent.

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In case you were wondering, here are the 44 Democrat NAY votes:

Altmire
Arcuri
Barrow
Berry
Boren
Bright
Carney
Childers
Costa
Costello
Dahlkemper
Davis (AL)
Davis (TN)
DeFazio
Donnelly (IN)
Edwards (TX)
Ellsworth
Foster
Griffith
Herseth Sandlin
Holden
Kirkpatrick (AZ)
Kissell
Kucinich
Marshall
Massa
Matheson
McIntyre
Melancon
Minnick
Mitchell
Mollohan
Nye
Ortiz
Pomeroy
Rahall
Rodriguez
Ross
Salazar
Stark
Tanner
Taylor
Visclosky
Wilson (OH)

Reminder: The two Republicans who didn’t vote: Jeff Flake (AZ) and John Sullivan (OK).

Here’s why: Flake had a “family conflict” (his daughter is reportedly in a beauty pageant in Alabama tomorrow) and Sullivan is undergoing alcohol treatment. As I noted earlier today, Dem. Rep. Patrick Kennedy was pulled out of rehab to cast his vote.

And another reminder that the full roll call vote is here.