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Monday, October 26, 2009

The Attack on Our Standard of Living

The American standard of living is the envy of the world. We live in a country of single-family dwellings, with electricity and indoor plumbing, which are heated in the winter and cooled in the summer. And we all have automobiles that can take us anywhere we want to go. This style of living is unknown in most of the world. Much of the world lacks even clean water and sanitation. But President Obama wants to take away our standard of living. Listen to his own words, and I quote: "We can't drive our SUVs, and eat whatever we want, and keep our homes at 72 [degrees] all the time, ... and keep consuming 25% of the world's resources (with) [when we have] just 4% of the world's population, and expect the rest of the world to say, 'You just go ahead. We'll be fine.' ... That's not going to happen." Obama admitted that this goal is to scale back Americans' consumption, including driving big cars and using air conditioning.

Our answer is, why not? There is no reason why Americans should feel guilty about our success. We in America established a system of government and a free-enterprise economy that produced our high standard of living. If the rest of the world wants to enjoy those same goodies, they can copy our system and build their own country and their economy.

Obama's plan is to use his power of government to change our system, and a major part of this plan is his Cap and Trade bill already passed by the House and now awaiting action in the Senate. Under this bill, every business involved in carbon emissions would be required to buy permits from the government, which would impose huge costs on the economy, change America into a socialist state, and dramatically reduce our standard of living.

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