Speaking from the point of view of the mark in the cap and tax scam, Indiana Says ‘No Thanks’ to Cap and Trade

…The largest scientific and economic questions are being addressed by others, so I will confine myself to reporting about how all this looks from the receiving end of the taxes, restrictions and mandates Congress is now proposing.

Quite simply, it looks like imperialism. This bill would impose enormous taxes and restrictions on free commerce by wealthy but faltering powers — California, Massachusetts and New York — seeking to exploit politically weaker colonies in order to prop up their own decaying economies. Because proceeds from their new taxes, levied mostly on us, will be spent on their social programs while negatively impacting our economy, we Hoosiers decline to submit meekly.

The Waxman-Markey legislation would more than double electricity bills in Indiana. Years of reform in taxation, regulation and infrastructure-building would be largely erased at a stroke. In recent years, Indiana has led the nation in capturing international investment, repatriating dollars spent on foreign goods or oil and employing Americans with them. Waxman-Markey seems designed to reverse that flow. “Closed: Gone to China” signs would cover Indiana’s stores and factories.

Our state’s share of national income has been slipping for decades, but it is offset in part by living costs some 8% lower than the national average. Doubled utility bills for low-income Hoosiers would be an especially cruel consequence of the Waxman bill. Forgive us for not being impressed at danglings of welfare-like repayments to some of those still employed, with some fraction of the dollars extracted from our state.

And for what? No honest estimate pretends to suggest that a U.S. cap-and-trade regime will move the world’s thermometer by so much as a tenth of a degree a half century from now. My fellow citizens are being ordered to accept impoverishment for a policy that won’t save a single polar bear.

Well said, sir.  Makes me glad I voted for you.

As did 58% of Hoosier voters last November, giving him “the largest vote total of any statewide candidate in Hoosier history.”

Comments he made in an interview recently:

NJ: What do you think is the biggest lesson that the Republicans haven’t quite learned yet from the last election?

Daniels: Always have a better idea…

NJ: Do you think the Republicans in Congress can do more to demonstrate they’re sincerely interested in bipartisanship?

Daniels: To me there’s not a lot of upside in whining. I hear Republicans whining about, you know, the Democrats not being bipartisan. You know, “We weren’t included in this, we weren’t at the table in that.” Well, get over it, that’s the way those folks are.

And, you know, I don’t think the public is ever particularly impressed with process arguments. What they should say instead is, “Well, here’s the way we would spread health insurance and not ration care and not take away your freedom in the process. If they’d let us in the room, this is what we’d suggest.” I’d concentrate on your better answer, recognize that the other side won an election. They are ruthless about what they want to do to seize territory for the government from private life. Go to work on alternative ideas that maybe one day we’ll get the chance to try.

The national Republican leadership should listen to him.

H/T  Hot Air

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