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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Obama's War On Our Standard of Living

When Barack Obama was campaigning for the 2008 Democratic nomination for President in Oregon, he made some very revealing comments about his plans to "fundamentally transform the United States." On January 17, 2008, he told the San Francisco Chronicle that he would put an aggressive cap and trade system in place, "more aggressive than anybody else's out there," and that he is willing to let the coal industry go bankrupt. Obama said: "So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted. That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, and other alternative energy approaches. ... We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times -- and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK."

In one of those "other countries," Australia, a political earthquake has just ended the six-year reign of the leftist Labor party, which had imposed a steep "carbon tax" on electricity bills. In September, Australians elected a new government pledged to ax that tax. He is Tony Abbott, a Christian conservative, whom the media predicted was unelectable, calling him "a right-wing throwback to a bygone era." His first act as prime minister was to abolish the tax-funded Climate Commission. Tony Abbott was not intimidated when his enemies dug up his comments from earlier years about virginity, abortion, and men women having different abilities, global warming, immigration, and big government. American voters should learn a political lesson from Tony Abbott's stunning victory.

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