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  • Morning Bell: An Offer We Can Refuse

    Barack Obama’s energy adviser Jason Grumet told Bloomberg last week that an Obama administration would not “insert political judgments to interrupt the recommendations of the scientific efforts.” His promise was made in reference to the Environmental Protection Agency’s impending decision on whether or not to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. Later in that same interview Grumet also said: “The EPA is obligated to move forward in the absence of congressional action. If there’s no action by Congress in those 18 months, I think any responsible president would want to have the regulatory approach.”

    Apparently, Grumet either doesn’t understand the regulatory process or he has a peculiar definition of what “insert political judgments” means. Either the science dictates EPA must regulate carbon under the Clean Air Act or it does not. Nowhere in the Clean Air Act does it say that the EPA can choose not to regulate a dangerous pollutant if Congress passes some other measure to regulate carbon.

    As the Wall Street Journal summarizes: “Well, well. For years, Democrats — including Senator Obama — have been howling about the ‘politicization’ of the EPA, which has nominally been part of the Bush Administration. … Now it turns out that a President Obama would himself wield such a finding as a political bludgeon. He plans to issue an ultimatum to Congress: Either impose new taxes and limits on carbon that he finds amenable, or the EPA carbon police will be let loose to ravage the countryside.” Or as Don Corleone might say: “I’ll make them an offer they can’t refuse.”

    The American people ought to refuse both the Obama-EPA carbon regulations and a congressional-enacted cap-and-trade program. The European Union’s cap-and-trade program has been a complete failure. Not only has it failed to actually reduce carbon emissions, but even if they were met it would have no impact on world temperatures. Worse, cap-and-trade programs are job killers. Don’t believe us? Just ask the Europeans. Italian Environment Minister Stefania Prestigiacomo said last week, “Does it make sense to ask companies for such a large sacrifice, and risk hitting citizens’ pockets at such a delicate moment, all for environmental policy whose efficacy is questionable?” Prestigiacomo’s skepticism was joined by both Germany’s largest trade bodies and the German Mittelstand — the small and medium-sized businesses that form the backbone of the economy. Or just ask the United Nations’ top climate official, Yvo de Boer, who explained international rejection of carbon capping to the AP last week: “You can’t pick an empty pocket.”

    Obama’s EPA approach would be just as disastrous for the U.S. economy. Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis will soon release a study based Global Insight’s U.S. Macroeconomic Model of the American economy that shows EPA’s plans to regulate carbon under the Clean Air Act would: reduce aggregate gross domestic product by $6.9 trillion by 2029 and reduce employment in the manufacturing sector by 2.9 million jobs by 2029, including machinery manufacturing by 57% and durable manufacturing by 28%. The EPA plan would touch every aspect of Americans’ lives. Once carbon is classified as a pollutant, EPA can regulate lawnmowers, hotels, restaurants, churches, and even set speed limits.

    Obama’s 18-month window for congressional action is a completely fabricated 100% political timeline. The EPA has already begun the regulatory process. You can tell them what you think at Stop the EPA.

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    11 Responses to Morning Bell: An Offer We Can Refuse

    1. Michael J O'Bri says:

      We all should be preparing for a U.S under an Obama presidency, with the House and the Senate deeply left, Pelosi and Reid in charge, Barney Frank in charge of Finance, Dodd in charge of Housing. It will be a very bleak 4 years and the effects of these cold and gray 4 long years will take many more years to undo. Carbon capping is also being proposed by the McCain group as well. However, under Obama things will be much worst: active pro unionism, higher taxes, socialism [tax refunds to those that pay or have no tax liability], free abortions, lack of military strength and foreign policies, less talk radio, more money to a failed education system, etc, etc. The liberals will be in charge, and they are taking every step necessary to assure a victory. Just consider the following that appeared this a.m. on the front page of the New York Post and also reported by Fox News:

      “The New Yorkers and nine other members from across the country are accused of packing themselves into a modest three-bedroom house in Columbus, waiting 30 days – and then registering, even though the Buckeye State is not their permanent residence.

      Under Ohio law, a person who comes to the state for "temporary purposes only," without the intention of making it the "permanent place of abode" is not considered a resident. New permanent residents must live in Ohio 30 days before registering.

      Four group members, including two of the New Yorkers, have already cast ballots, and six others requested absentee ballots from the county elections board.

      Franklin County, Ohio, prosecutor Ron O'Brien launched the investigation after student reporters at palestra.net, a Fox News affiliate, discovered the mass registration effort at the home in a working-class neighborhood on Brownlee Avenue.

      "Our board of elections referred 13 suspicious registrations to us, all from people with out-of-state addresses, all of whom claim to be living in a three-bedroom house in Columbus," O'Brien said Friday.

      Vote From Home is registered to the East 82nd Street brownstone of Heather Halstead, daughter of Halstead Properties founder Clark Halstead Jr. She and her husband, NYU grad Marc Gustafson, are among those under scrutiny.

      A subsequent Post review of election-board and other records found the New Yorkers involved are:

      * Joel Speyer, 39, a New York CPA who lives in Brooklyn and works for Mellon bank here. He owns the Brownlee Avenue house and rented it to Vote From Home in June for an undisclosed period for $2,500, Federal Election Commission papers show. Speyer is a registered New York voter and cast a ballot in February's primary. He re-registered in Ohio Sept. 1, and last week voted absentee.

      * Halstead, 34, and Gustafson, 31, both longtime New York voters. Halstead last cast a ballot in the state's February primary. Gustafson voted in Manhattan in 2007. Both requested Ohio absentee ballots.

      * Daniel Hemel, 23, a Harvard grad and former Sun reporter from Scarsdale, Westchester County. He registered to vote in Ohio Oct. 1, casting a ballot the same day. Hemel later returned to Oxford University in England, where he and other Vote From Home workers attend as Marshall Scholars.

      * Also under investigation are three daughters – Jennifer, 20, Tania, 21, and Michael Anne, 24 – of Brooklyn resident David R. Kyle. He is CEO of a firm that raises money for schools in India and is one of two major financial backers of the PAC. The three women, whom records show most recently lived in the Washington, DC, area and Connecticut, have requested absentee ballots.

      This is probably the tip of the iceberg, also consider ACORN. We are doomed.

    2. Craig Benson Thompso says:

      My comment is not related to your post; however, there is a possablity that it might be a useful as an addition to John's current tax policy. I remember when I made quite a lot of money in one year, but not the next. In that year second year I was not taxed simply on what I made the second . but on the average of both years.

    3. Bill Reuter, Winder, says:


      Thanks for inviting me to be politically active.

      Based on the pending election with a party that believes in voting rights for unrepentent terrorists, felons, illegal aliens, fictional characters, cartoons, and stupid (including 4 of my highly educated brothers and sisters and their children), homeless, alcoholic, drug-addicted (and dead) people.

      A pending election which could yield a socialist, leftist government that will open our borders, validate dictators of enemy governments, remove the first and second amendments, re-impose the fairness doctrine, has approved access to my bank account by the treasury secretary to spread my wealth around, and that is just January 21st, 2009…

      You idiots, they'll shoot me on the 22nd trying to escape…..


    4. Bill Reuter, Winder, says:


      On further reflection, Give me Liberty or Give me Death.


    5. E Paul Lian, Scottsd says:

      I woke up again this morning greatful for the life I've been privileged to lead….a self employed business owner, retireed after a 32 year career in the life insurance-pension business. I say this because those days might be over for the next 25 year old who has stars in his eyes. The tax structure and other regulations have become so restrictive in the United States it has taken the incentive out of being self employed. To pay 15% off the top as a, "self employment tax"….give me a break. With Obama preaching the "wealth distribution concept", give me another break. As I said in the beginning, I'll be forever greatful I lived during a time that encouraged the free enterprise approach.

    6. FRED HAYWARD says:

      With reference to the EPA and carbon emissions domestically, we should start with the largest source first. The emissions from class III maritime shipping far exceede any other source because they burn the lowest grade diesel fuel.

      Congress could restrict ships entering our ports to those that meet a much tighter emissions standard. Yes,increased shipping costs would be passed on to all of us as consumers, but the result would be a more rapid net gain due to improved air quality and the preservation of domestic jobs. Subsequently, domestic energy and mfg. facilities could be retrofitted.


    7. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      With regards to ACORN encouraged voter frauds surfacing in several states, the election is turning out to be a joke. It is a joke as it was in USSR.

      With the potential of Obama in the White House (is that racial?)and with Pelosi and Reid in charge of Congress and their Supreme Court appointees in place, this country will resemble Stalin's Russia. Forget about the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

      With indoctrination of kids from grade schools right through College in the "virtues" of socialism and with people clamoring for more goodies for free, the country is on the road to becoming a third world dictatorship.

      The financial mess that we are in is bound to result in a feckless country indentured to China, Middle East and other unsavory regimes. The government keeps printing money at breakneck speed with hyperinflation in the offing.

      Today, I heard the Fed.Reserve Chairman tell Congress that they should consider another stimulus package. Where is the mony going to come from? Why does he not tell the Congress to cut the spending equivalent to all the deficits that we have racked up already? How can he be serious?

      As far as carbon emissions are concerned, it is a pseudo-science firmly planted on the socialist agenda to destroy capitalism, free market, property ownership and individual liberty. The Czech President Vaclav Havel summarized it correctly by saying that the whole man-made global warming hype is to gain power over peoples' lives and has nothing to do with science.

      I just feel helpless that I can not do anything for my kids and grand kids. They will pay the price, I am afraid.

      More than ever, may God bless us to make the right choices and take steps to reverse the slide into socialism.

    8. Henry Los Angeles, C says:

      I'm not voting for Mr. double talk Obama, sounds like Muslim Ideology, you can Lie if it is in the Interest of Alla…

    9. Winter, San Francisc says:

      I have studied this extensively. I highly recommend everyone watch the movie ENRON: Smartest Guys In the Room. You can find it on Google Video, and it is free to watch. In it you will learn that Obama's Carbon Trading Policy was actually invented by Enron. Enron was the biggest bankruptsy in US History, and was a complete scam on the state of California. Al Gore was befriended by Enron CEO Ken Lay and thats where Obama's carbon program comes from. Enron saw carbon trading as cash cow that could generate TRILLIONS in profits and litterally shut down entire countries. Now Obama and Al Gore are set to finish the the nation off for good. Don't take my word for it: GOOGLE: "al gore, enron" "al gore, obama" "enron, smartest guys in the room" this is NO JOKE PEOPLE… WE MUST SAVE OUR NATION NOW. WE MUST STOP THIS NOW.

    10. Dennis J. Weber, Kal says:

      In less than 50 years the American Constitution will be a dead letter and the United States of America will have ceased to exist as we know it. The Constitution has already been ignored in many ways. Declarations of War is the sole function of Congress but since WWII there have been NO declarations of war by any Congress, in spite of the fact that America has fought Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, both Gulf Wars and the Balkens. Congress has only to exercise its Constitution given power but it refuses because it is too "controversial". The Constitution states that national elections are to be held on the first Tuesday in November. Move-on.org, the Democrats and many Liberal organizations have ALREADY STARTED VOTING IN THIS ELECTION!!. Congress and the Federal Government does nothing to stop or to invalidate the votes. Nnow, the EPA, an unelected, appointed part of government, is making laws and threats with the stated future approval of an Obama presidency. Voters have already lost control of our government and the powers that be will not allow us to get them back without a fight.

      Sixty of the 100 U.S. Senators are Lawyers, the Supreme Court [of course] are all lawyers, the Obama Administration, both President and Vice President are lawyers. Thirty seven percent of the House of Rep. are lawyers. Thus, three of the branches of Government are or will be 100 percent lawyers with the House tending in that direction. We are not a nation of laws and legislation. We are a nation of litigation.

    11. E Paul Lian, Scottsd says:

      I still don't believe, or trust, anything coming out of the Obama camp. His trip to Hawaii at this stage in the campaign makes no sense. I believe he's going to retrive and/or destroy birthing records his Grandmother has in her possession. Obama was born in Kenya, not Kansas, or Hawaii as he claims. He's not eligible to be elected President of our GREAT country. He's not a U.S.citizen. Why isn't he bringing his wife & children with him on this emotional, tear wrenching experience? This is a perfect example of the incompetence of all media, FOX News, CBS, Rush Limbaugh, NBC, CNN, NY Times, etc., etc. Stop the presses, we are at the tail end of the ultimate con.

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