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.]
Well, the Supreme Court (lovingly known by all as SCOTUS), has announced its decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (lovingly known by all as Obamacare). In a surprise to most people, Chief Justice Roberts joined with the 5-4 majority to uphold the law and the individual mandate. But the case demonstrates just how dishonest the Republican party has become.
After all, the key argument used by the Republicans in their attempt to overturn the law was a little something called the “individual mandate.” And guess who forced the inclusion of the “individual mandate” in the law in the first place. You guessed it – the very same Republicans who used it as the whipping post during SCOTUS deliberations.
The Democrats, you all remember, favored a “public option.” The public option would have created a public option (catchy, isn’t it) for insuring those who couldn’t afford the skyrocketing prices of private insurance companies. The Republicans, of course, wanted to ensure that the hugely profitable big corporate insurance companies kept their huge profits so the Republicans convinced the Democrats that they (the Republicans) would support the bill if they (the Democrats) compromised. So the Democrats dropped their public option idea and took on the Republican idea.
The Republican idea of the individual mandate that the Republicans then turned around and started claiming was un-Constitutional.
What’s more shocking than this abject dishonesty is that the media once again gave the Republican party a pass on it. So much for the “liberal media.”
This follows a pattern with the Republican party. Remember that “cap-and-trade” bill the Republicans railed against? Yep, another Republican idea (Democrats preferred a carbon tax). Republicans originally proposed cap-and-trade as a market based mechanism for dealing with the unequivocal science of man-made climate change. But then when the intentionally ignorant tea party extremist wing got all hot and bothered about it the Republicans simply rewrote all of history, started calling their own signature cap-and-trade idea “cap-and-tax,” and lied left and right about it.
You can add in this political witch hunt, something the Republican party does all the time – lie, then repeat the lie over and over, then hold other people “accountable” as if your lie was somehow not a lie. The truth about the Fast and Furious (non) scandal.
There are more examples, of course. It’s become a habit. Actually, it’s become a political strategy. And this dishonesty is hurting America.