UNITED NATIONS – We pause a moment to reflect on some of the lunacy emerging from the left.
Item 1: The “carbon tax.” A more accurate name for this disaster would be the “Put China First” tax.
The leftist-green geniuses in Washington (with support from some libertarians) propose taxing fossil fuels – gasoline, oil, natural gas and coal – based on how much carbon dioxide these fuels produce. Coal, for example, would be taxed more than natural gas because it produces more CO2.
They base this on the (questionable) assumption that carbon dioxide emissions are bad and must be curbed. Of course, if you believed that (and weren’t a hypocrite) you’d stop breathing, or at least breathe less, since we all exhale carbon dioxide.
Eliminating human beings rather than CO2 may be the real goal of some of the tax’s advocates, but we can only guess because politicians and ideologues typically hide their true objectives beneath high-minded rhetoric.
Here’s what we do know: A carbon tax would cost every American home and business that uses energy (that’s everyone) and raise the price of everything from gasoline and electricity to groceries and mail delivery.
It would put U.S. businesses and industries at a further disadvantage to foreign competitors and drive more jobs overseas.
A carbon tax guarantees more American jobs and factories would move to China where there is no “carbon tax.”
And that is the central flaw in the scheme.
Even if, for the sake of discussion, you accept the notion that reducing carbon dioxide is worthwhile, the carbon tax is actually counterproductive.
China is the world’s No. 1 carbon emitter, producing twice as much carbon dioxide as the U.S. and almost a third of all the CO2 in the world.
A carbon tax will actually increase China’s emissions. Making it more costly to do business in the U.S. will drive more companies to China, which burns more coal and hence energy is dirtier.
If the greens were truly serious about reducing CO2, they’d be pushing a carbon tariff on Chinese imports rather than a carbon tax on American products.
They should want to tax imports from countries like China that produce more carbon per BTU of energy used. That would punish the offenders while helping American manufacturers and others who play by the rules.
Rather than taxing Americans, Greens should support Trump’s plan to put a tariff on Chinese imports.
If they aren’t, and they aren’t, you must ask if their real goal is to Put America Last and Put China First.
Item 2 in the liberal logical inconsistency file is the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order barring the state from doing business with companies or organizations that boycott Israel.
This brought immediate protests from the BDS crowd who whined that Cuomo was violating their right to conduct a boycott.
They think boycotts are good, except when Cuomo boycotts the boycotters.
It’s tough being pro-boycott and anti-boycott at the same time.
And finally, Item 3: the pups.
This group of oddballs asks for respect and recognition. (Or else they will bite?)
Says pup Tom, “It feels like you can be gay, straight, bisexual, trans and be accepted. All I want is for the pup community to be accepted in the same way.”
So I ask:
When will the federal government mandate species-neutral fire hydrants on all public streets?
It could happen if Hillary wins.
After all, Bill is known as the Big Dog.
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