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Attempting to redefine "markets"
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama?
"Instead of idly debating the precise extent of global warming, ... we need to deal with the central facts of rising temperatures, rising waters, and all the endless troubles that global warming will bring. We stand warned by serious and credible scientists across the world that time is short and the dangers are great. The most relevant question now is whether our own government is equal to the challenge."
None of the above. Instead, John McCain.

As noted previously, it really doesn't matter who wins the presidency, he or she is going to be an advocate for aggressive measures by government to "counter" global warming (we can't seem to figure out how to build a wall on the border after 5 years, but I can promise you, there will be no such problem installing a new tax scheme immediately upon passage).

John Stossel does a good job of laying it all out.
McCain's cap-and-trade system would have a bureaucracy set a limit for CO2 emissions and auction tradable permits to carbon-emitting companies. McCain says the revenue would be "put to good use." Specifically, "We will add to current federal efforts to develop promising technologies. ... We will also establish clear standards in government-funded research, to make sure that funding is effective and focused on the right goals."

We've heard that before. You'd think McCain would have learned that government isn't cut out for this sort of thing.

For all his lip service to markets, there is no getting around the fact that McCain will use force — that's what government is — to accomplish his goals. There are only two ways to do things: voluntary or forced. The market is voluntary. No one is ever forced to buy or sell anything.
So when you hear McCain talk about a "market-based" policy to curb CO2 emissions, don't believe it. We're staring another costly big-government boondoggle in the face.
As Fred S. Singer, president of the Science & Environmental Policy Project, told the Heartland Institute in 2007, "All these schemes are quite ineffective in reducing the global growth of atmospheric CO2 — never mind in having any effect on climate. The schemes do have one thing in common: They will damage the U.S. economy and hurt the pocketbooks of every consumer..."
The era of big-government is back with a vengeance and now it's aiming at the destruction of the economy.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Well, Bruce, it seems safe bet no matter who wins, we’ll all have lots to write about.
Written By: Bithead
"The era of big-government is back..." That, of course, assumes it ever went away in any meaningful sense. The best we’ve been able to manage at any time in my lifetime has been a temporary cessation of its advancement.

I have been hoping that a Rep. President and Dem. Congress would achieve gridlock and assure another hiatus. Unfortunately, it looks like that will not be the case this time around.
Written By: CR
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The best we’ve been able to manage at any time in my lifetime has been a temporary cessation of its advancement.
More of a slow down, really. But there have been good signs at the margins, particularly in areas like gun control.

What it takes, I think, is public interest in the issue at hand. We have an active NRA and assorted 2nd Amendment orgs, but not much dedicated to the 10th.
Written By: Don
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You’d think McCain would have learned that government isn’t cut out for this sort of thing.
Not cut out for identifying, much less focusing on the right goals for developing promising technologies blah blah whatever words he was reading off the teleprompter. But exquisitely suited to the appropriation of an ever increasing share of production, and an ever increasing say in what you may and may not do about it. It’s this acquisition of wealth and power for his own special political class that McCain, like the rest of them, is really concerned with. The speechifying is just done to divert attention from the theft and the increasing tyranny.
Written By: Linda Morgan
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We are so screwed, put your money in gold.
Written By: kyleN

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