Lisa Lerer over at Politico reported this afternoon that Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) has bailed on Democrats’ plans on cap-and-trade, otherwise known as cap-and-tax… or as a Representative John Dingell (D-MI) said, “ a great big” tax.
Webb: "'In its present form I would not vote for it,' he said. ‘I have some real questions about the real complexities on cap and trade. . . That piece of legislation right now is something that is going to cause a lot of people a lot of concern,’ he said.” (Lisa Lerer, “Webb Bails On Cap-And-Trade,” Politico, 11/16/09)
Personally, I doubt Senator Webb opposes the bill because of its “complexities.” But, his opposition is a sign that maybe he’s got something between those ears after all… at least some political-sense. I mean really, Virginia is coal country and cap-and-trade is a huge tax increase and a job killer.
The Obama Administration has been touting jobs saved or created numbers for months. There is now abundant evidence that the claims made about the pork-laden stimulus package saving or creating jobs is, well, baloney. Worse, what follows makes one wonder if the Obama regime can even track the stimulus money.
Here’s some fascinating nuggets, as reported by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl:
Today President Barack Obama will meet with the Prime Minister of Myanmar. Prime Minister Thein Sein is an unelected leader of a ruthless, barbaric military junta. As we’ve noted here, Obama’s willingness to meet with and engage brutal dictators is disturbing.
Not even sure where to begin with this one. The New York Times is reporting that President Obama said “the reset button has worked,” a reference to “the administration’s early promise to ‘reset’ the bilateral relationship after several years of bickering over a variety of issues from missile defense to Kosovo.” President Obama met with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev during the Asia-Pacific summit in Singapore.
A little more than a week ago, we posted a piece questioning why Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was looking to rush ObamaCare through the House so quickly. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had yet to complete their cost-analysis at the time and it seemed reasonable to us that the reason Nancy was so hell-bent on getting this trillion-plus dollar boondoggle passed was because the CMS study would blow enough holes in the bill to call it Swiss cheese.
A majority of Americans say the government is not responsible for ensuring everyone has health insurance, that health insurance is a personal responsibility and don’t like the idea of government-run health care.