You hear one of these stories and it reminds you why we tolerate subzero temperatures nine months out of the year. Take a look at sunny California: dominated by big-government democrats, their elected leaders have driven the state’s economy straight into the ground long before any mention of a recession. Faced with a staggering unemployment rate of 12.6%, some folks got together to propose a common sense ballot measure that would suspend tax-and-cap energy taxes until jobs picked up again. How has the left responded? In typical fashion.
When the renewed socialist movement in America approaches, it won’t come marching down the streets holding Marxist signs and chanting proletariat slogans…it will enter our political mainstream cloaked in the mantle of environmentalism. It’s already occurring in California, where a ballot measure that would suspend impending tax-and-cap energy legislation —until some semblance of a recovery occurs—is being met with enormous resistance by far-left activists. Welcome to the Golden State! What, leaving already?
The contentious energy law, known as AB32, is yet to be implemented, but it’s already forcing businesses to move out or downsize operations in anticipation of higher costs. Now, proponents of the bill are being smeared by environmentalist wackos as shills of big oil, instead of concerned citizens trying to save their state from financial ruin. But Scott, what does this have to do with me? The fate of national cap-and-tax legislation may hang in the balance.
If AB32 — passed by a Democratic legislature and signed by GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — is defeated in California, it could be the death knell of similar measures in other states. If these follow suit, a mandate against job-killing energy taxes would probably be established, forcing democrats to stop their breathless push for this truly harmful piece of legislation. The environmental lobbyists realize this, and since many of them stand to profit directly if cap and trade passes, they’re pouring millions of dollars into this campaign to make sure AB32 becomes law. They need to be defeated.
This country can’t bear more “change” being driven by Speaker Pelosi’s base.
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