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March 03, 2010

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Pofarmer

Yes $7 gas will bring us right out of our economic calamity. Just think of all the jobs saved or created.

We are cooling, folks; for how long even kim doesn't know.

Any policy to encumber carbon is soon going to look very ill-considered as we cool for at least the next 20 years.
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Clarice

You can still buy into my SHARPENED PIKES R US at a reasonable price.
Just saying,

macphisto

the notion of burning Harvard researchers for fuel is becoming increasingly attractive.

Rick Ballard

"the notion of burning Harvard researchers for fuel is becoming increasingly attractive."

The pollution fines would probably make it uneconomical but it may be worth a try.

Pofarmer

Alternative Researcher Energy. I like it.

Mike G in Corvallis

Best of all, the proposed tax would increase the cost of goods made in thhe U.S., driving even more manufacturing to China, India, or Indonesia -- countries that use fossil fuels less efficiently than we do, and which have announced that they don't give a crap about reducing greenhouse gas emissions if that stands in the way of their prosperity.

So we win the trifecta: we raise the prices of American-made products, we lose American jobs, and we cause a net increase of greenhouse gas emissions! But hey -- we feel good about ourselves for "saving the planet"!

Rob Crawford

You can still buy into my SHARPENED PIKES R US at a reasonable price.

Just FYI, I've claimed the rope distributorship. I've already got 537 20' segments of really, really rough rope.

daddy

Just to avoid TM linking and making us read Tom Friedman's yippee story on this massive gas tax that he'll write in a day or 2, let me write it in advance.

Hi , I'm Tom Friedman. This is exactly what America needs, a $7 gallon of gas. This will save the planet's environment, force us to progress to planet friendly fuel alternatives, push us into sensible mass transit, spur tons of development in the energy creation sector, and wean us of irresponsible wasting of energy in unnecessary driving. Plus the tax revenue will boost Federal coffers and allow our marvelous President to spend it to help reduce the deficit and fund important welfare programs.

Brilliant job Mr President. We are all in awe.

There. Done that.

Do I need to write one now for Modo or Rick or Kruggy as well, or is that enough?

Ignatz

--the notion of burning Harvard researchers for fuel is becoming increasingly attractive.--

Yes, but we have proven reserves of tens of thousands of low watt politicos and bureaucrats on the banks of the Potomoc which should be tapped first.

Pofarmer

Main question is-Will they still let us have beer to cry into when all this is over?

Ignatz

daddy,
Excellent job, but you left out the paragraph telling us that the Chinese could easily impose $7 gasoline and what an advantage it is to them how easily they could line up and shoot anyone who objects, because they're not saddled with inconvenient things like voters and elections.

Rob Crawford

Yes, but we have proven reserves of tens of thousands of low watt politicos and bureaucrats on the banks of the Potomoc which should be tapped first.

Unfortunately, they're extremely low-quality, and burning them would leave us choking on clouds of smug.

bgates

Geez, you guys are pessimists. Just as likely as TM's $5/gal tax is the probability that Iran announces it's a nuclear power and gas spikes to $9/gal, in which case getting back to $7/gal would require a federal subsidy of $2/gal.

It appears I am also a pessimist.

Pops

Do we have to burn them for fuel? Can't we do it just for the warm glow and refreshing crackles?

I would hope McConnell is currently informing Reid that he can take any unanimous consent requests and any chance of needing less then 60 votes on any legislation and shove it up his 'no one is talking reconciliation' ass.

Obama went Nuclear, where is the Republican return salvo?

matt


This is simply the largest tax grab proposed in history. 0- $700 Billion in 3.8 seconds.

I really think we need to bring back the old concept of the penurious university professor. These people need to start teaching classes instead of doing wacky research projects.

matt

Rick;

it would be so worth it. We could set it up on the banks of the Charles and hire professional mourners from India. It would be very colorful, which would help tourism, and then when it had full religion status, we could all take a tax deduction.

Start with Harvard Law and work from there.

narciso

Speaking of low watt politicos, Eric Massa, Mr. I'm voting for health care, even if my
district is against it" is stepping down because of a sexual harassment scandal

Dave (in MA)

narciso, another NY Donk hornball.

Jim,MtnViewCA,USA

Off topic--
when Pres Bush pleaded for up/down votes on judge nominations how did then-Sen Obama react?
a) not at the Senate, busy running for the Presidency.
b) asked his colleagues to support Bush's request
c) refused to support up/down votes on the judges

no agenda, no tricks, I just don't recall....

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100303/ap_on_bi_ge/us_health_care_overhaul

Extraneus

Yup. Married father of two.

Eric Massa to retire amid allegations he sexually harassed a male staffer

daddy

Ignatz,

That was foolish of Tom Friedman, errr me, leaving out praise for the ChiCom's. But you know, doing that 1 minute exercise in scribbling really makes me realize how simple it is to be a lefty pundit.

Simply with those mediocre unrealistic talking points, I could blab compassionate autocracy with the best of them on NPR, and probably have Charlie Rose swooning over his softballs I could drive over the fence. No need to be realistic or to consider human nature or economics or personal incentives etc., and definitely never any reason to worry about being challenged on those views by anybody from the MSM. Simply feign compassion for the well being of everyone, and wait for my Pulitzer while real freedom withers and the Republic crashes to the ground like a lead balloon.

narciso

Friedman I've found insufferable since I read
"From Beirut to Jerusalem" and almost invariably found a reason to blame Israel
vs. the PLO or Syria, for everything wrong.
His later books have become progressively more cliched over time. Over is Arabia, Mo is
remarking on the new liberalism under King
Abdullah, yes I'm not making it up.

Thomas Collins

See LUN for an article on how Obama's Department of Energy used a leftist organization's shoddy work to support the "going green creates jobs" mantra.

matt

daddy;

there is, I'm sure an English copy of Pravda's authors guidelines sitting around most newsrooms.

1 - remember to praise Comrade Sta..I mean Obama at least once per paragraph.

2 - When in doubt multiply wheat harvest by 5.

3 - Glorious socialist tractor factories/Stimulus bills always exceed production targets.

4 - When in doubt, invade someone.

5 - Blame Bush

Porchlight

Massa barely scooted in on the Obama wave in 2008. Since Obama's coattails are of negative length at this point I wonder if he would have survived November even without the scandal.

Clarice

Friedman lives in Bethesda in a house so big he'd have to spend $7 in gas for a motorcycle ride from the road to the front door.

Another hypocrite.

syn

"Yes $7 gas will bring us right out of our economic calamity."

This is a possibility. In a 2007 Washington Post article our all-knowing Dr Krauthammer lectures how gas tax reduces consumption whereby saving the planet from green-house gases, as well as, reducing dependence on foreign oil-funding-terrorism:

" Tax gas to $4 a gallon. With oil prices having fallen to $55 a barrel, now is the time. The effect of a gas-tax hike will be seen in less than two years, and you don't even have to go back to the 1970s and the subsequent radical reduction in consumption to see how."

The know-it-alls may be on to something. Save economic calamity by making work too cost-ineffective to do business while ignoring the fact oil is a fungible commodity meaning tyrannical nations will still get their oil-funding-terrorism money anyway.

The next know-it-all lecture will be on how all Americans should embrace a billion General Electric squiggly mercury bulbs Made in China

They will reduce our dependence on foreign oil-funding-terrorists and end greenhouse gasses.

Jim Ryan

Years ago Vodkapundit used to post about how Friedman was brilliant regarding diagnosing problems, such as the Israel/Palestinian one, but bone-crushingly stupid in proposing solutions.

Dave (in MA)

Hey Rob, I took your advice from yesterday.

JM Hanes

Pofarmer:

"Will they still let us have beer to cry into when all this is over?"

Of course they will!

JM Hanes

macphisto:

"the notion of burning Harvard researchers for fuel is becoming increasingly attractive."

A Bonfire of the Vanities! I like it.

narciso

Meanwhile it's like Groundhog day all over again, in the LUN

Jim Ryan

With global warming gone by the boards, Cap and Trade will be pushed on national security grounds that it will reduce consumption of fossil fuels, enhance green energy production, and therefore reduce reliance on terrorist states. It won't fly with a public that is by now awake and angry.

MayBee

Ha! JMH!

matt

cell phones for Chile. Mi blogicito.LUN

pagar

The Washington Examiner explains it this Way.

"
And with Graham already on board, Democrats would only have to round up all 59 Democratic-controlled votes."

Any time there is a chance to work against the US, one finds the Pew Center.

"
"I don't think the climate and energy issue is dead in the Senate," Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, told The Examiner. "The real question is what kind of bill can you put together that can pass."

I'm sure I've seen the Pew Center in two or three other AGW articles today

narciso

Pinera, the incoming President,is a rightwing billionaire, Matt, then guess where their leanings would go

Clarice

Massa: Cancer is reason for retirement, not 'salty language'
THE HILL ^ | 03/03/10 03:41 PM ET | Aaron Blake


Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that he has used "salty language" with staff but that it's not the reason he's retiring.

Massa announced he would retire from Congress after just one term, but said reports that he is under investigation for sexually harassing a male staffer are besides the point.

"There are blogs who are saying that I'm leaving because there are charges of harrassment against my staff," Massa said. "Do I or have I ever used salty language when I'm angry — especially in the privacy of my inner office or even at home? Yes, I have. And I have apologized to those where it's appropriate. But those kind of articles, unsubstantiated without fact or backing, are a symptom of what's wrong with this city."

Massa said he recently underwent his third major cancer recurrence scare, in December.

A 20-year Navy veteran who is married and has children, he was originally diagnosed with non-Hogkin’s lymphoma while he served in the military.

“I'm a very salty guy and a very direct guy, and I run at about 100 miles per hour," he said. "My doctors have made it clear to me that I can no longer do that."

Sue

How would salty language transfer into sexual harassment? Did he call someone a "fag" or something? It sounded like he made a pass at a male staffer.

hit and run

"Necessarily skyrocket" is a phrase Obama made famous,afterall.

Dave (in MA)

Salty language.

"Gee, attractive male staffer, your male staff tastes salty."

I am so sorry.

Not really.

hit and run

Slightly less famous,was this from Obama:

But to encourage a transition toward alternatives, Obama favors legislation that would make fossil fuel more expensive. Doesn't that mean more pain to come under an Obama presidency? "There is no doubt that in the short term, adapting to this new energy economy is going to carry some costs." But, he adds, citing the coal industry's ability to adapt to stop acid rain in the 1980s, "I would never underestimate the power of American innovation."

Obama told me that if he was elected president,American innovation would produce stellar ideas to combat the pain he would inflict on American citizens. And he was right!

the notion of burning Harvard researchers for fuel is becoming increasingly attractive.
--macphisto

MikeS

Spoze U.S. energy had gone in the same direction as France in the 1970s instead of caving to enviros. I haven't done that analysis, but my gut tells me the U.S. would emitting more than 14% less CO2 now.

Jane

Matt,

Another great piece. Is there anything these people have not screwed up? What a bunch of incompetent morons.

Dave (in MA)

Also not going to happen, the reelection campaign of state Rep. Brian Wallace (D-Southie), who as recently as 2 weeks ago was collecting signatures to get on the ballot. He's quitting to spend time with his family and it has nothing to do with an inquiry by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, so put that idea out of your mind this instant.

Cowboy Steve

Dave,

Wasn't he the "save Bunker Hill Day" guy?

Glad to see him go.

Dave (in MA)
Hey Rob, I took your advice from yesterday.
I guess they didn't like my comment over at the Herald, because it's gone.
rse

I think Jacobson nails it with this post and the House Dems need to remember.

If they pass the Senate bill, Obama will sign it.

Nothing matters to him but himself.

LUN

daddy

JMH,

""Will they still let us have beer to cry into when all this is over?"

Of course they will!"

My computer's slow today and it took about 3 minutes just to download the top of the bottle in your link, by which time I could read "NA" (non-alcohol) and immediately terminated the download, realizing it wasn't even worth waiting for in cyberspace, much less waiting for in reality. Ughh.

Jim Miller

Minor point: In the Seattle area, the price of gas is close to $3 a gallon, so we would only need a tax of a little more than $4 a gallon.

Or do these researchers think a tax this high would drive down the bas price of gas?

Jim Miller

bas = base

Sorry about that.

daddy

Well Dave the story says he was a Sailor so perhaps he's still into seamen.

mefolkes

I note that the vast majority of the folks who are pushing for a steep increase in the price of gasoline are either so darned wealthy they are immune to such a rise, or they live in urban or suburban areas with good access to subsidized mass transit. They don't give a rat's posterior for those of us who are out in the hinterlands, for whom such a vast increase in gasoline prices would be the death knell. Who will grow their food or support the agricultural sector when they've killed us off?

JM Hanes

Bless your little heart, daddy. You just had to go and spoil the surprise, now didn't you? Guess you missed the funny part at the bottom!

jimmyk

Or do these researchers think a tax this high would drive down the bas[e] price of gas?

The $5 might include the existing taxes, which average around $0.45/gallon. But it's probably reasonable to assume that the base price of gas would go down since imposing such a tax would make economic growth would grind to a halt.

mefolkes

To complete my comment from a few minutes ago, the slogan of the elites has morphed from "let them eat cake" to "let them ride mass transit", ignoring the fact that for many millions of us, we simply do not have that option, yet we share in the subsidy for those people who can use mass transit.

pagar

More on the Pew Centers and their fight to impose Global Warming Fraud into every aspect of our lives.

If you doubt the ability of the Per Centers to manufacture leftists victories over laws in America. Remember back a few years ago when they conned Sen McCain into a garbage Campaign Finance Bill which is still causing trouble.

"The campaign finance incident gave
Pew a big black eye. But it was hardly the first
effort by the charitable behemoth to sway
politicians by using its grants to create an
impression on them and the news media."
LUN

Leftist Trusts are working to destroy America, IMO.

daddy

Instapundit links a story which says "NALP Reports Plunging Law Student Employment."

"The National Association for Law Placement yesterday released a 20-page report...which details plunging employment prospects for law students and graduates."

With all due regard to the wonderful Lawyer's here at JOM, am I wrong to think this might actually be a positive development?

Sue

I heard Sean Hannity quoting our very own Clarice Feldman today.

Clarice

Really,Sue? On what?

****

There's a report which began in the Natl Enquirer and has now been picked up elsewhere that Edwards is about to be indicted for using campaign funds to pay off his girlfriend.

I think this is wrong.

It's prosecutorial overreach.

If candidates choose to waste their money this way it's between them and the dopes who contributed to them.

Is there no limit to what prosecutors feel they have a right to poke into and...worse..try to impose criminal penalties on...?

Ann

File under Obama sucks:

Obama Now Selling Appeals Court Judgeships For Health Care Votes

Interesting comment from Mark Levin: What can be adopted by reconciliation can be repealed by reconciliation!

He was reading from an article by Farah put I didn't catch it.

Did anyone else?

Sue

Clarice,

He read one of your articles from AT.

matt

has Hillary gone to Brazil yet? They just told us to pound sand on Iran. We're batting 1.000 in South America so far.

centralcal

From Ann's link:

Tonight, Barack Obama will host ten House Democrats who voted against the health care bill in November at the White House; he's obviously trying to persuade them to switch their votes to yes. One of the ten is Jim Matheson of Utah. The White House just sent out a press release announcing that today President Obama nominated Matheson's brother Scott M. Matheson, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Wonder what the other nine are getting (or getting threatened with)?

centralcal

Dan Riehl (I know, I blow hot and cold about poor Dan's blog) has my favorite line/words of the day, so far, talking about BOzo and reconciliation:

Reconcile this, you distasteful, malevolent little quisling punk ...

daddy

Clarice,

"Is there no limit to what prosecutors feel they have a right to poke into and...worse..try to impose criminal penalties on...?"

Can I take that as a yes to my question above?

I Won

I know that some of you bitter clinging tea-baggers are still holding on to the untruths of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, but you have to admit that tort reform, deficit reduction, and more personal control over your health care decisions are good choices and the right thing to do for all Americans who overwhelmingly support me. (And how about those SAG "doctors" in the white coats!)

MayBee

If candidates choose to waste their money this way it's between them and the dopes who contributed to them.

Is there no limit to what prosecutors feel they have a right to poke into and...worse..try to impose criminal penalties on...?

I would agree, except that candidates get that money tax free. That obligates them, in my opinion, to spend it legitimately.

Of course, my solution is that campaigns should have to pay income tax on their income.

matt

how soon can we set up a tea party in DC?

Danube of Thought

If prosecutors are ever going to overreach a little bit, this is one I'm most likely to give them a pass on.

Extraneus

I heard it, too, Ann. Here.

BobDenver

Here's a question for the parliamentarians in the room regarding RSE's comment at 5:37. It seems to be settled that the House must pass the Senate bill, then the House and Senate will both pass the reconciliation provisions. However, Obama can just sign the bill if reconciliation fails; or, he could just sign the bill BEFORE reconciliation is attempted.

Question: if the House passes the Senate bill, when does it go to the President? Can the House hold it indefinitely or is there a time limit?

PaulL

Jay Cost: Challenge for Obama: give one major speech WITHOUT attacking the Hon. Mr. Straw Man (R).

Captain Hate

daddy, tonight is senior night against Dook. I'm counting on a more inspired game at the Comcastle than they had in front of those imbecilic "crazies".

Clarice

Let him pay any tax then like they did Geithner and countless other nominees to the Dept of Treasury and elsewhere.

You have to consider where this goes---it is not rare for people to be put on campaign payrolls because they are someone's honey, or chauffeur or babysitter..The candidate's or someone high up the rung of the campaign--this case would open a Pandora's box to intrusive , partisan carp--and whenever that happens, the playing field is in the hands of the gougers and kickers.

Sue

Obama's poll numbers are going up. How do you explain that?

PaulL

Sue, I'd guess that it's disillusioned Dems who are holding out a little hope for "health care reform". A few points worth of them swing back to Ibama when they think he might be successful.

Janet

matt, Your blogicito was great today. Loved this..."We are rewarding grifters and ignoring the people who follow the rules and work hard once again.". So true. And you are right, it DOESN'T make sense.

Pops

I'm thinking a good amendment to tack onto reconciliation would be one that includes all of Obamas campaign speeches from begginning to end, and demand that the entire amendment be read and object to any Democrat request to end the reading.

But who would possibly object to hearing his speeches just one more time...

Pops

""Obama's poll numbers are going up. How do you explain that?""

Poll was taken during working hours.

Extraneus

So there's a meeting tonight for Obama to bribe 10 House No votes?

The Chicago Way: Obama Names Brother of Undecided Democrat to Appeals Court

This could easily work. Who among them doesn't have a price?

Captain Hate

The Chicago Way: Obama Names Brother of Undecided Democrat to Appeals Court

He's not even trying to hide the obvious crookedness; give or take 200 pounds and a few bean-dip mega-farts, what would be the difference having Chavez in charge?

MarkO

Captain, is Gary sweating yet?

We [Duke and I] have a chance if our Big Three and shoot from outside and our Three Bigs can hold on to the ball.

It does give me pause that two of our big guys have names that could have been invented by P. G. Wodehouse.

daddy

Wow,

This Link has it all. The UK Telegraph tells us that ">http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/7351856/Scientists-find-mathematical-formula-for-the-perfect-wife.html"> Scientists have discovered the mathematical formula for the perfect wife!

Simply subtract 5 years, add a dozen IQ points, and ensure they enjoy the same sitcoms. Voila, the perfect marriage!

Conversely if you're a chick, simply find somebody 5 years older and a bit stupider, and who sorta' speaks the same language as you. Again, Perfection!

But wait you say, there's more?

Absolutely!

By great coincidence, the ad gracing the top and right of the current Telegraph story, advertises: "Meet Your Filipino Beauty Today!"

Simply go to the little box next to the fetching Filipino model, type in the sex type you desire, then add or subtract 5 years per the scientific formula. Then enter that value into the 2nd block. and press enter. Why before you even finish the article, your perfect Olongapo Hoo---errr Filipino Fiance', might already be boarding a plane in downtown Manila.

Science. What can't it do?

Sue

Science. What can't it do?

Predict the weather.

Fresh Air

Well, the price is their House seat in quite a few of those cases. What was the reward for doing that again? How many ambassadorships are left to be filled?

Zero is simply adding more outrage to the fire. This thing stinks to high heaven, and it presents a gift-wrapped unifying theme for this fall. Do it at your peril, Mediacrats.

Extraneus

You know, they have to realize that a Repeal! movement will immediately form if they pass this against the will of the American people. And they probably know that, after the November elections, there will be a Republican majority who will pass a repeal bill, which Obama will have to veto. So they know that 2012 will involve a need to replace Obama in order to get the repeal bill signed.

Is this Obama's plan for avoiding the fate of Jimmy Carter, who still has to face the fact that he was ousted for general overall incompetence? Instead, Obama can go down as the progressive hero president who tried to pass national health care, and was ousted for that alone -- not that he was generally incompetent.

Well, it's a strategy. Maybe not a good one, I'll admit, but it's a strategy.

Jane

I cannot imagine that they will call a vote until Pelosi has the votes. Obama wants to wrap it up in 3 weeks - he'd wrap it up today if he had the votes.

So I'm hoping Easter comes soon.

Charlie (Colorado)

I'm sure I've seen the Pew Center in two or three other AGW articles today

Did you see Chris Horner's piece in PJM today?

Captain Hate

Captain, is Gary sweating yet?

His dry cleaner is a very lucky person.

I'm hoping our bigs can be a bit more assertive at home and that our 3 seniors will have nights to remember at their last game at ComCast.

Jim Ryan

The issues now are repeal and nullification, I guess. Repeal possible?

The Virginia senate has already passed a measure stating we don't have to follow federal a requirement to buy insurance. If the government tells me that my catastrophic insurance is unacceptable, I'm not going to budge.

matt

one thing the yahoos in the House will understand is a massive march on DC. They have belittled the Tea Partiers, but if 1,000,000+ show up again, this time with a clear health care message, they wobblies will start to cringe behind their desks.

Obama is attempting to triangulate a la Clinton. By incorporating the Republican measures he has no intention of actually implementing, he is both luring the muddle in the middle and trying to set them up as the fall guys if he fails.

This is the World Series and Super Bowl and World Cup for these scumbags. They will try to prevail by any means necessary.

Could ramming through this legislation by these means be cause for impeachment? If you read the Constitution, the use of anything but an Amendment to effect major change was clearly and extensively outlined in the supporting documents. And with a grab of 20% of thr total economy and socialization of said economy in contravention of the Constitution, I would call this both a High Crime and a misdemeanor.

bunkberbuster

Global gasoline prices (per gallon):
Netherlands Amsterdam $6.48
Norway Oslo $6.27
Italy Milan $5.96
Denmark Copenhagen $5.93
Belgium Brussels $5.91
Sweden Stockholm $5.80
United Kingdom London $5.79
Germany Frankfurt $5.57
France Paris $5.54
Portugal Lisbon $5.35

Yet somehow middle class families in these countries aren't driven to penury. Must be a miracle...

But, hey, at least gas is cheap in Venezuala: $0.12 a gallon!!!

Charlie (Colorado)

Obama's poll numbers are going up. How do you explain that?

The variation is pretty much in the noise still. Literally nothing to see here.

Larry B

Look someone proved socialism causes higher costs with no added benefit.

Charlie (Colorado)

Simply subtract 5 years, add a dozen IQ points, and ensure they enjoy the same sitcoms. Voila, the perfect marriage!

I'm so screwed.

MarkO

The year the Terps won the National Title was one of the finest coaching jobs in the history of the tournament.

It really hurt to write that.

Charlie (Colorado)

Netherlands Amsterdam $6.48

That's not popular now. It'd be even more unpopular if the Netherlands were more that about 30 miles long.

Sue

I don't know the actual distances from one place to the other, but I suspect I drive farther to the grocery store than some of these countries drive from one border to the other.

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