The cap and trade bill passed in the House, 219- 212. More than forty Democrats voted against it, but a half dozen or so Republicans crossed over, enough to give them a majority.
Here’s where you can read the roll call results to find out how your Congressman voted. Those suckers passed on it “unread”.
If you’re not sure what district you’re in, here’s the page which permits you to type in your zip code+4. Don’t worry about those last four digits if you don’t know them. Make one up (we’re so small that the extra four digits are ludicruous). This will give you your Congressman’s email page. That worked for me, but if you’re from a large city or town, you probably need the real numbers.
They passed this shameful fraud because they wanted to get out of town for the July 4th holiday. The rest of us get July 4th off. They get a week or more. In fact, who knows when they'll return from this recess. Will it be to push through another huge, unread bill, this time on health care? We’re two for two now: the Stimulus Attack and the Energy Fraud.
By the way, one of the features of Cap and Trade is that your local agency for building codes will be by-passed. They’re going to set up a building code bureaucracy in Washington and fill it full of time-servers. Which means you can wait till hell freezes over to get an approval or inspection.
Does this mean your local agency will shut down? Heavens, no! They'll just be the go-between. You'll have more hoops to jump through, is all. The Imperial Congress strikes again! Practice your hoop-jumping; it's a non-productive skill you'll need to survive in this brave new world.
Here’s the letter I wrote to my Congressman at his contact page:
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This message needs no response.
Congressman Perriello: Your “yea” vote on the cap and trade bill is a betrayal of the people in our district.
I have never gotten involved in election campaigns before, but 2010 will be different. I will devote my energy towards your defeat.
You do not represent me, you impoverish me and the others in this district who are not going to profit from this.
For shame on the committee for producing a gargantuan bill and then moving sideways with that 300 page addendum.
For shame on all 219 of you who voted without reading this mess.
NO ONE could have read and researched that thing. Your vote was irresponsible at best.
I hope the Senate kills this travesty.
Whether or not they do, we have established that you cannot be trusted to vote for our welfare.
See you at election time, Congressman.
Believe me, I’ll be out there with big signs for whomever is running against this guy. We need someone who cares what it’s going to cost us when he votes.
Again, from the Heritage Foundation (the numbers lead to footnotes which you can find at the site):
Heritage is not alone in its assessment. The National Black Chamber of Commerce and the Brookings Institution also project huge job losses. Proponents of a national energy tax will quickly point to a recent Congressional Budget Office memo and Environmental Protection Agency analysis suggesting low per family costs. Those estimates are grossly inaccurate, as both the CBO memo and the EPA’s analysis contain flaws too serious for use as measures of the economic impact of the Waxman-Markey bill.
While national numbers are startling, many Members of Congress may be tempted to assume that their congressional districts will not be affected because they “cut a deal” or they have an incomplete view of how the American economy functions. Thus, it is crucially important that the Members making decisions, and the people affected by those decisions, understand how their congressional districts will be impacted by Waxman-Markey, or any type of national energy tax.
They have a table in Appendix One which permits you to see the breakdown of the costs by Congressional District. See “How the Waxman-Markey Climate Change Bill Would Affect the States, by Congressional District”.
To see our losses, just scroll down to Virginia, District Five, Congressman Tom Perriello. We suffer less than some of the other districts in our state, but the cap on our trade is still pretty stiff.
We’ll have to wait and see what the Senate does when they get the full blow-back from concerned citizens. With any luck, this monster will die there.
If not, there is always the vote in 2010. That is, if ACORN isn’t here stuffing the ballot boxes.