Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

06/26/2009 (2:36 pm)

Cap and Trade Update (Updated)

American Conservative Union just emailed me and said they’d heard that Speaker Pelosi has postponed debate on HR 2454, the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill. This is excellent news; it means she counted her votes and didn’t think she had enough to pass.

Please, call your representative right now and urge him or her to vote “No” on HR 2454. We need to ratchet up the pressure to make sure this anchor does not sink the US economy into the ocean.

UPDATE: HR 2454 passed the House by a vote of 219 “yea” to 212 “no” at around 7:15 PM EDT. Eight Republicans voted in favor of the measure, while 44 Democrats voted against it. The bill will now move to the Senate, where plenty of pork will likely be added; there may be additional opportunities to stop this disastrous legislation in the Senate.

The eight Republicans who voted for the measure were Reps. Mary Bono Mack (CA), Mike Castle (DE), Steven Kirk (IL), John McHugh (NY), Leonard Lance (NJ), Frank LoBiondo (NJ), Dave Reichert (WA), and Chris Smith (NJ).

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June 26, 2009 @ 2:48 pm #

Thanks for the update. I am very concerned about this bill passing and that witch just keeps pushing right through like the wrecking ball she is.

I will continue making calls and asking friends to call as well.

United We Stand!

June 26, 2009 @ 2:58 pm #

Keep an eye on this. I’ve heard reports that this rumor is only being floated to lull the oposition into slowing down/stoping their calls.

June 26, 2009 @ 4:43 pm #

Naturally, Phil, our Congressman supports this bill wholeheartedly.

I am just amazed at the level of detachment that elected officials have on what is actually going on in the economy.

I speak with contractors who have no work, have had no work and don’t see any work in the near future. Shovel ready for them means that they are digging their own grave. I am very thankful that I have been busy, but that is due in no small part to my own decision to wield the axe upon my own business. Much belt tightening here.

There seems to be no understanding on the part of elected officials that the reason tax revenues are falling is because the economy is failing. Increasing taxes only further retards the economy. It is completely lost upon them that what they should be doing is slashing government spending drastically. And yes, that mean firing people – lots of people. Government is once again the problem.

Back when I had time to do such things, I played a very early version of SimCity on my Macintosh Classic. One of the troublesome parameters in getting the city to grow was to figure out what the optimal tax rate should be. It didn’t take me long to figure out that the way for me (in the role of government) to maximize tax revenue was to deceive the populace into thinking that there tax rate was zero until the last possible moment. I then paused the game by hitting the space bar, reset the tax rate to something pornographic like 100%, took all their money, stopped the game again, reset the tax rate to zero, then went about building roads and fire stations.

Anyone else feel like a Sim in ObamaCity?

Phil, I wish that Jeff Perry would run for Congress. He might just find the stars aligning in his favor on election night 2010 if this nonsense keeps up.

June 26, 2009 @ 5:57 pm #


(a) You were a lot more creative than I at cheating SimCity. I’m impressed, but remind me not to play poker with you.
(b) Being fairly new to the Cape, and living downcape a good 20 miles from you, I had to look up who Jeff Perry is. He sounds good, though. Hey, maybe *I* oughta run against Rep. Delahunt. I’ve always had a macabre taste for martyrdom…
(c) The vast majority of legislators are attorneys. Most of them know how laws are written, and how to write them so they’ll be intelligible in court. Most of them know less about economics than they know about overhauling their lawnmowers — and I’m betting more than half of them don’t even know to empty the gas tank on their lawnmower in the fall.

June 26, 2009 @ 10:27 pm #

Well, it looks to me like they passed the boat anchor (noose is more appropriate, I think). I just read this at “The Hill’s Briefing Room”, the timestamp on the article is 7:17pm.

219 to 212; 44 dems voted against it, 9 RINO’s voted for it.

Here’s a link, I’m going to say a prayer for our newly deceased economic engine.


June 26, 2009 @ 10:29 pm #

Sorry, 8 RINOs voted for it.

June 27, 2009 @ 2:15 am #

Confirmed: Delahunt of Massachusetts, aye.

On this issue alone he should be defeated.

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