Sen. Graham crosses the aisle to work with Kerry, Democrats on Senate cap-and-trade bill
In a Sunday New York Times editorial entitled Yes We Can (Pass Climate Change Legislation), Graham and Kerry write that they “agree that climate change is real” and are “convinced that we have found both a framework for climate legislation to pass Congress and the blueprint for a clean-energy future that will revitalize our economy, protect current jobs and create new ones, safeguard our national security and reduce pollution.”
Senators, if you want to revitalize the economy, cut taxes on business and reduce energy costs seen by American families at their kitchen tables as they pay bills every month — don’t increase them.
And if you want to protect current jobs, don’t sign off on a bill which will kill the coal industry in America, an industry which Barack Obama already admitted to dreaming of its bankruptcy, an industry employing 55,000 Americans in one coal-rich state–West Virginia–alone.
Furthermore, if you want to create new jobs, consider the 250,000 to 750,000 new jobs which would be created by drilling in ANWR, or the hundreds of thousands more which would be created by offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern and western seaboard.
In terms of national security, consider the security which would accompany true energy independence. We are the Saudi Arabia of coal. We have more than a century of energy buried in now-accessible oil shale. We have the ingenuity to build new nuclear facilities. And we have copious amounts of oil and natural gas just waiting to be tapped, not to mention plenty of sunlight and an abundance of hot air, especially coming from Capitol Hill. Do something. Now. And do something that does not require losing American jobs, or importing fuels which we already have in spades.
And, finally, with regard to reducing pollution, I can only wonder if the cap-and-trade bill being worked on by Graham and Kerry will somehow apply to the Chinese. Or to India. Because if they don’t get on board with the same standards–which they will not–then our entire manufacturing base, or what’s left of it thanks to the regulatory and tax burden already in place, will go there. Where the cost of doing business is exponentially less. Also, the simple “border tax” on items produced in those countries suggested by the two senators would have far-reaching consequences in trade and beyond. Prices on those goods would increase, forcing the American people to bear the brunt of legislation meant to save the world from a complete lie.
Is Graham’s support for the Democrats’ new climate bill a surprise? Of course not. Lindsey Graham, while a very nice man in person, is a younger version of failed presidential candidate and former war hero Sen. John McCain. He’s never met an illegal immigrant he doesn’t want to provide with amnesty. He buys into the colossal hoax which is climate change. And he does so enough that he’s willing to destroy the American economy for the sake of saving the Earth from this mythical threat concocted solely as a vehicle for global socialism.
Unfortunately, Graham is not up for re-election until 2014. Fortunately, by that time, I’ll have been down in the Palmetto State for four years and, depending upon how much of my student loan debt has been paid off by then, I’ll either vigorously work for whomever is looking to put Graham to pasture — or, dag-gummit, I’ll do it myself. I’ve had enough.
Graham needs to explain, to the people of his state, exactly what his cap-and-trade bill will do to the industrial base, especially toward the mountains. After all, the three largest industries in the state are textiles, transportation equipment manufacturing, and wood product production. How will those folks be affected by anti-growth measures proven detrimental, instituted in the name of protecting us against a farcical threat perpetuated by junk science? What’s going to happen to the hard-working Americans employed by BMW, Electrolux, Michelin Tire, Westinghouse Electric, and Sonoco-Crellin?
I know the folks in the Golden Corner. I know the people in Seneca, in Easley, in Clemson, Central and the rest of Pickens and Oconee County. I know the folks in the Lowcountry. Most of that state is absolutely clamoring for real conservative leadership [that won't take weekend trips to the proverbial Appalachian Trail]. Most of the folks I met during the time I worked for that tiny little newspaper, they don’t want a senator who talks about what the government can do for them, and then orchestrates what the government will do to them — they want someone that will get government out of the equation and just let the people be.
It makes me so angry that I can taste it. Graham needs to spend more time in Walhalla and less in Washington. Those people are in trouble economically. They need jobs. They need food on the table. Chasing this climate change hoax with unbelievably costly solutions simply will not help any of them, and it saddens me thinking about how many of those kind people I met while working in that area, already teetering on the edge of financial ruin, will be pushed over by the actions of a man who has an unreconcilable hunger for big government, yet who talks about fiscal conservatism out of the other corner of his mouth as if he has any credibility in the matter.
I’m done with Graham. Absolutely, positively done with Graham. During the immigration debate, he ranted about the “loud folks,” concerned Americans who stuck up for our sovereignty and for the rule of law in the same way that so many voiced their opinions on health care reform. He lost me then. Now, he’s downright offended me.
Mark my words. If there is even a glimmer of light at the end of my own financial tunnel by the time 2014 rolls around, and if there is nobody else ready for the challenge, I will singlehandedly take Senator Lindsey Graham down in the Republican Party primary.