Cap and Trade bill is dying…

HotAir has excellent analysis on why the Democratic coalition on this bill is falling apart. Waxman-Markey bill mutiny

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. The hidden tax on EVERYTHING that would take place due to cap and trade is becoming evident, even to Democrats, and not a second too soon. I predicted early on that this would be dead on arrival because it would destroy many small businesses and even larger ones.

In Europe, where they have much ballyhooed cap and trade, if you do some digging, you find that cap and trade is actually very weak, and has turned into a bureaucratic mess.

Europe’s Problems with Cap and Trade

I also ask you to ponder this… The basic idea behind global warming and climate change is that temperatures have been rising. Well, the question becomes how one would measure the temperatures. I’ll post a longer set of ideas on this over the upcoming weekend, but here’s the backstory…

  1. The so-called “hockey stick curve” in global temperatures is badly flawed.  Read this article to find out why
  2. The debate over climate change takes no account of the fact that sunspots have been decreasing.  When sunspots decrease, usually the result is lower temperatures here on the Earth.  In extreme cases, such as during the Mauder Minimum, a mini Ice Age results.  We’ve had cooler than normal summers for the last few years and longer than normal winters in the northern US.  That’s not consistent with global warming theory. Here is an article: Harvard astrophysicist comments on sunspots and temperatures
  3. Even if we accept the “panic and do something” ideas of the liberals, the economic impacts of cap and trade are quite dire.  Google “Cap and Trade economic impacts”, or check out this paper:  Analysis of Cap and Trade Impact

So, if you put it all together, it is quite right to ask

  1. Are the liberals and environmentalists out to pass this because they know it has adverse consequences for the economy?  By putting a huge brick on top of the capital markets and extra hidden taxes into play, they exert more control over what each of us can do in our ordinary lives.
  2. The bill would allow goverment to regulate anything that has to do with greenhouse gas emissions.  That means what car you drive, how much electricity you can consume, whether you can fly to your business trip cheaply, and the list goes on and on.
  3. Do the liberals also realize the hidden costs this will impose on everyone?  Any product/good/service you buy will go up in price.  We already pay a lot of our income to the government, so why are we being asked to pay more to businesses when that extra cost does not go into the businessman’s pocket to create jobs or growth in that business?

I leave you with this thought… The liberals have studied for years how to get changes done by “stealth”.  Cry, scream and put the fear of Armageddon into you.  Then, write a bill that is not very well structured and vague on a lot of details.  Pass it and use the vague language as a means to enforce whatever they want.

The Constitution is a document that is “negative rights” focused.  Meaning if the right or enforcement power is not explicitly stated, it is not granted to the government.  Maybe it is time we insist our laws be written and enforced the same way.

Katia the Conservative Dachshund

Hello to all…

This is my opening post.  First a bit about me.  I’m an 11 year old dachshund living in the Minneapolis suburbs. I reside with my two dachshund cousins, Tobias and Peaches. All three of us live with my human Mom and Dad.

My parents often argue and debate politics. All the years I’ve lived with them, debating the current events of the day has been a blood sport. As I’m the thinking dog in the family, I often like to ponder life’s questions over a nice bone as I sit in my bed in the corner. Though, as you’ll see in the picture below, I’ve been known to pick up an erudite publication from time to time to browse through.

So, after all the debates… My dad said to my mom one day, why don’t we consider losing political party labels? My ears perked up at that one.  Apparently, my human parents, who have always been loyal Republicans have had it with the narrow politics that define both that party and the Democrats.  According to them, Political beliefs have to come from a set of principles that can stand the test of time and place.  So, they are reading and thinking about what it means to be a libertarian and conservative.  Somewhere along the way, those two terms gained a pejorative meaning among the mass media in this country, but I digress…

Being a dog, political parties don’t matter that much to me either. But, some truths about life do matter. Let me put some ideas on paper here. Call them guiding principles of how I see the world and politics. Maybe in these ideas, we can find some places to begin thinking constructively about what our world and country should be.

Katia’s Observations…

  1. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a liberal or a conservative. Our democracy flourishes when we have opposing points of view, BUT, the key is we all must be informed about our viewpoints and those of the opposition.  This means that one HAS to get news and information from a variety of sources.  It can be a great struggle to arrive at your own views, but active citizenship demands that you do so.  Therefore, read something new each day.  Go read blogs and websites from your political opposition.  Absorb their views and test your own principles against those ideas.
  2. Our Founding Fathers wanted a Republic where vigorous public debate was the norm of the day, and people could speak freely because each side had principles that they held dear.  Sure, many fisticuffs and duels resulted, but back then, one could be reasonably sure that if someone said something, it was what he/she believed.  Furthermore, those statements would be defended, tooth and nail. Personal honor is a noble thing, and defending it upon the altar of a strongly held belief is something that should be respected.  When it is not, the whole system of give and take in modern politics begins to break down irretrievably.
  3. Our political system today is broken and has been in a state of disrepair for many decades. I hope to explore with you why that came about, but let us all recognize that the failures come about because of a LACK of active, informed citizenship.  As I said in the items above, we all have to come to views that we can hold passionately and defend with thoughtful insights.  That only comes from research, thinking and learning from history.  Accepting the line you hear on CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News or any of the big 3 each day isn’t the approach to take if well-informed ideas are to make it to the forefront of public debate.
  4. The deplorable state of politics today (and for the last generation, approximately) reflects a political class in Washington that does not really care about the country’s well-being in the long-term.  We as citizens do not do enough to demand that they do so.  Many solutions can be devised to force this, and we can debate those solutions in this space.
  5. We need to be unafraid to test our ideas by debating them with others.  The Founding Fathers were famous for debating issues, sometimes to the point of blows or duels. While no violence is required, we all lose something when we verbally spar with someone who just walks away.  Defense of well-held ideas that you possess is no vice.  Just ask Tobias and Peaches when they come and try to get my bone at night…
  6. It is important to know who you are, and where your history as a family and culture comes from.  My parents have my breeding papers and I can be traced back through many generations of dachshunds.  They’ve even gone to Gergweis, Germany where the modern dachshund was bred almost 150 years ago.  My point is that knowledge of your own personal past grounds you and teaches you truths about yourself that can withstand anything that life or anyone else throws at you.  The old saying about us stand on the shoulders of others is true…
  7. Being a liberal at its root is NOT about large government or progressive traditions.  Early liberalism was actually based on some things that Republicans/conservatives believe today.  I’ll leave the reader to research and discover that for yourselves.
  8. As we go through this journey on this blog… I’ll post one or two must read items each day with comments.  I encourage you to do the same. Most of all, bring your friends and let’s have good debates on here. If there are links you want me to post or highlight, I’m happy to do so.
  9. All I ask is that you respect others on here. I will report abusers to (the owner of this site) for removal. That means that personal attacks of any kind will not be tolerated.
  10. Thanks for starting this journey with me.  Now, back to my bed in the corner for a nap…