Reports of the death of the Warner-Lieberman bill have been greatly exaggerated

Written by Paul Zannucci on 8:23 AM

Debate in the Senate over this bill should begin today, and word is that it doesn't stand much of a chance of getting passed. And even if it does manage to scrape its way out of congress, President Bush would only veto it. Even as the bill prepares to, we hope, go down in flames, we get wind from this CNN article that "supporters concede that the debate will set the scene for action in 2009."

And why shouldn't the supporters of the bill be optimistic? For all the conservative anger over Bush, everyone should realize he's the last president we'll have for awhile who would veto this bill. A quick trip to the presidential candidates' websites gives us this information:

Ms. Puerto Rico supports: "A new cap-and-trade program that auctions 100 percent of permits alongside investments to move us on the path towards energy independence"

Barack Obama supports: "Cap and Trade: Obama supports implementation of a market-based cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions by the amount scientists say is necessary: 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050."

John McCain believes: "Climate Policy Should Utilize A Market-Based Cap And Trade System."

So any failure this year should really only be seen as a first step to passage in 2009. A "cap and trade" system has many features, after all, that a visionary, progressive politician could grow fond of. What's not to love about having more control over businesses, raising billions of tax dollars through carbon auctions, and getting to decide where to redistribute that wealth?

Is there still time to prevent this overwhelming infringement upon liberty? Well, there is an election in November, and all the House of Representatives is up for grabs, but if you've been following public opinion lately, you likely know how this is going to turn out. And why should anyone be motivated by liberty anymore anyway? After years of suffering low blows at the hands of the righteously indignant left, conservatives have become a bunch of feel good appeasers and enablers for the erosion of freedom.

Ah, America. What have you done? Where have you gone?

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  1. 1 comments: Responses to “ Reports of the death of the Warner-Lieberman bill have been greatly exaggerated ”

  2. By Anonymous on June 2, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    I feel your pain man. It's getting to the point where claiming to be a conservative is going to get the same results as claiming to be a Christian. And this whole carbon limiting garbage - when are these politicians going to start listening to the scientists who are telling them global warming isn't a man made issue and its been happening in cycles for years? Too much time spent absorbing Al Gore's idiocy I think.

    And feel free to include my site on your blogrole. Glad to be tied in.