IS SOMEHOW TYPICAL of the breed of left-collectivist nostrums in that it substitutes for actual substance and accomplishment — the creation of value and prosperity — a regime of corruption unparalleled in human history and a free-fire zone for fascistic mischief in the collusion between large industry and the state to the detriment of the individual citizen.
Two main things to understand about Waxman-Markey: First, it will not reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, at least not at any point in the near future. The inclusion of carbon offsets, which can be manufactured out of thin air and political imagination, will eliminate most of the demands that the legislation puts on industry, though in doing so it will manage to drive up the prices consumers pay for every product that requires energy for its manufacture — which is to say, for everything. Second, it represents a worse abuse of the public trust and purse than the stimulus and the bailouts put together. Waxman-Markey creates a permanent new regime in which environmental romanticism and corporate welfare are mixed together to form political poison. From comic bureaucratic power grabs (check out the section of the bill on candelabras) to the creation of new welfare programs for Democratic constituencies to, above all, massive giveaways for every financial, industrial, and political lobby imaginable, this bill would permanently deform American politics and economic life.
–Stephen Spruiell and Kevin Williamson writing at NRO
People, when I say that Democrats are affirmatively, consciously, and intentionally evil, this is what I mean. Waxman and Markey — and every Congressman who voted for this pile of stinking, hard, little turds — ought to be brought up on charges of violation of their oaths of office, tarred, feathered, drummed out of Congress, and out of town on a rail.
What law did they break?
Uh… the Constitution?
Yebbut, where is the penalty prescribed for that?
How about fraud? Compared to these guys, Bernie Madoff is a piker. There’s a class-action suit for misappropriation of funds just waiting for the right bottom-feeding lawyer to happen along, and the “class” is 300 million-plus strong.