26 June 2009

Energy and Liberty

The Waxman-Markey energy bill is up for a vote today, and my guess is that it will pass the House of Representatives. 1,201 pages - which no one will read until after it has passed -of money-grabbing, power-taking, industry-killing, public-impoverishing drivel.

This bill, should it pass the Senate and be signed into law by President Obama, would take enormous amounts of money out of the open economy and funnel it into government regulatory Hades from which it would never return. The statist-leftists claim that Waxman-Markey is required so as to save the planet; left unsaid is that it must be saved from us horrible, eco-devastating humans. Their chant, their message: It's for the planet! Don't we have a right to a clean planet! Down with CO2! (Never mind the plants...)

The actual result of the Waxman-Markey plan, however, for the common folks (those folks which Mr. Obama and statist-leftists like him claim to champion) will be a poorer, meaner life. And in taking people's earned income away from them, the government will take their personal liberty as well.

And that's the point. Energy "reform", health insurance "reform", and soon-to-be education "reform" will all cause power to gravitate to Washington D.C. and away from states, municipalities, and most importantly individual citizens. That's the point of these efforts by Mr. Obama and the statist-leftists. They seek to expand governmental power at the cost of trillions of dollars and untold amounts of individual liberty. Mr. Obama and the statist-leftists have and will tell the citizenry that these efforts are all for the citizenry - everyone has a right to (fill in the blank with high-cost, unattainable universality here). We will end up with far less liberty, far less freedom, and far, far less personal wealth. But we'll have government; we'll have our kind, loving Big Brother.

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