The Republican dishonesty about Cap-and-Trade (and everything else)
Cap-and-Trade was actually a Republican idea. Democrats wanted a carbon tax, but no, no, no, cried the GOP. A carbon tax is a tax. Can’t have that.
So the Republicans pushed for a market-based mechanism. They pushed for Cap-and-Trade. The costs of carbon pollution would be captured and companies that were more efficient could make money selling their credits to those who were having trouble meeting basic standards. Those latter companies would have incentive to become more efficient and improve their profits.
Then the Democrats said, okay, let’s try it your way. Let’s agree on a Cap-and-Trade bill instead of a carbon tax bill.
To which the Republicans immediately relabeled their own idea “cap-and-tax,” called it a socialist takeover, and otherwise blatantly and dishonestly railed against their own idea in order to block passage.
The Republican party, especially now that the Koch-owned fake-tea party has taken it hostage along with 99% of the American people, has become a poster child for the most egregiously dishonest elements of corporatehood.
Which one party being blatantly dishonest about everything (remember that the “individual mandate” in the health care law was also a Republican idea), they absolutely cannot be trusted to be in charge of America. The Republican party put us into this economic mess and have worked against Americans and American recovery since Obama walked into office.
It would be utterly insane to put the dishonest wolves back in charge of the chicken coop.
[The above was a comment to a post by Chris Wiegard that you can read here.]
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