Category Archives: Environment

Role call of H.R. 2454

Quick & Dirty roll call of Cap & Trade bill.  See source here

 

Alabama

No

AL-1

Bonner, Jo [R]

No

AL-2

Bright, Bobby [D]

No

AL-3

Rogers, Michael [R]

No

AL-4

Aderholt, Robert [R]

No

AL-5

Griffith, Parker [D]

No

AL-6

Bachus, Spencer [R]

Aye

AL-7

Davis, Artur [D]

Alaska

No

AK-0

Young, Donald [R]

Arizona

Aye

AZ-1

Kirkpatrick, Ann [D]

No

AZ-2

Franks, Trent [R]

No

AZ-3

Shadegg, John [R]

Aye

AZ-4

Pastor, Edward [D]

No

AZ-5

Mitchell, Harry [D]

Not Voting

AZ-6

Flake, Jeff [R]

Aye

AZ-7

Grijalva, Raul [D]

Aye

AZ-8

Giffords, Gabrielle [D]

Arkansas

Aye

AR-1

Berry, Robert [D]

Aye

AR-2

Snyder, Victor [D]

No

AR-3

Boozman, John [R]

No

AR-4

Ross, Mike [D]

California

Aye

CA-1

Thompson, C. [D]

No

CA-2

Herger, Walter [R]

No

CA-3

Lungren, Daniel [R]

No

CA-4

McClintock, Tom [R]

Aye

CA-5

Matsui, Doris [D]

Aye

CA-6

Woolsey, Lynn [D]

Aye

CA-7

Miller, George [D]

Aye

CA-9

Lee, Barbara [D]

Aye

CA-10

Tauscher, Ellen [D]

Aye

CA-11

McNerney, Jerry [D]

Aye

CA-12

Speier, Jackie [D]

No

CA-13

Stark, Fortney [D]

Aye

CA-14

Eshoo, Anna [D]

Aye

CA-15

Honda, Michael [D]

Aye

CA-16

Lofgren, Zoe [D]

Aye

CA-17

Farr, Sam [D]

Aye

CA-18

Cardoza, Dennis [D]

No

CA-19

Radanovich, George [R]

Aye

CA-20

Costa, Jim [D]

No

CA-21

Nunes, Devin [R]

No

CA-22

McCarthy, Kevin [R]

Aye

CA-23

Capps, Lois [D]

No

CA-24

Gallegly, Elton [R]

No

CA-25

McKeon, Howard [R]

No

CA-26

Dreier, David [R]

Aye

CA-27

Sherman, Brad [D]

Aye

CA-28

Berman, Howard [D]

Aye

CA-29

Schiff, Adam [D]

Not Voting

CA-30

Waxman, Henry [D]

Aye

CA-31

Becerra, Xavier [D]

Aye

CA-33

Watson, Diane [D]

Aye

CA-34

Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D]

Aye

CA-35

Waters, Maxine [D]

No

CA-36

Harman, Jane [D]

Aye

CA-37

Richardson, Laura [D]

Aye

CA-38

Napolitano, Grace [D]

Aye

CA-39

Sanchez, Linda [D]

No

CA-40

Royce, Edward [R]

No

CA-41

Lewis, Jerry [R]

No

CA-42

Miller, Gary [R]

Aye

CA-43

Baca, Joe [D]

No

CA-44

Calvert, Ken [R]

No

CA-45

Bono Mack, Mary [R]

No

CA-46

Rohrabacher, Dana [R]

Aye

CA-47

Sanchez, Loretta [D]

No

CA-48

Campbell, John [R]

No

CA-49

Issa, Darrell [R]

No

CA-50

Bilbray, Brian [R]

Aye

CA-51

Filner, Bob [D]

No

CA-52

Hunter, Duncan [R]

Aye

CA-53

Davis, Susan [D]

Colorado

Aye

CO-1

DeGette, Diana [D]

Aye

CO-2

Polis, Jared [D]

No

CO-3

Salazar, John [D]

Aye

CO-4

Markey, Betsy [D]

No

CO-5

Lamborn, Doug [R]

No

CO-6

Coffman, Mike [R]

Aye

CO-7

Perlmutter, Ed [D]

Connecticut

Aye

CT-1

Larson, John [D]

Aye

CT-2

Courtney, Joe [D]

Aye

CT-3

DeLauro, Rosa [D]

Aye

CT-4

Himes, James [D]

Aye

CT-5

Murphy, Christopher [D]

Delaware

No

DE-0

Castle, Michael [R]

Florida

No

FL-1

Miller, Jeff [R]

Aye

FL-2

Boyd, Allen [D]

Aye

FL-3

Brown, Corrine [D]

No

FL-4

Crenshaw, Ander [R]

No

FL-5

Brown-Waite, Virginia [R]

No

FL-6

Stearns, Clifford [R]

No

FL-7

Mica, John [R]

Aye

FL-8

Grayson, Alan [D]

No

FL-9

Bilirakis, Gus [R]

No

FL-10

Young, C. W. [R]

Aye

FL-11

Castor, Kathy [D]

No

FL-12

Putnam, Adam [R]

No

FL-13

Buchanan, Vern [R]

No

FL-14

Mack, Connie [R]

No

FL-15

Posey, Bill [R]

No

FL-16

Rooney, Thomas [R]

Aye

FL-17

Meek, Kendrick [D]

No

FL-18

Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R]

Aye

FL-19

Wexler, Robert [D]

Aye

FL-20

Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D]

No

FL-21

Diaz-Balart, Lincoln [R]

Aye

FL-22

Klein, Ron [D]

Not Voting

FL-23

Hastings, Alcee [D]

Aye

FL-24

Kosmas, Suzanne [D]

No

FL-25

Diaz-Balart, Mario [R]

Georgia

No

GA-1

Kingston, Jack [R]

Aye

GA-2

Bishop, Sanford [D]

No

GA-3

Westmoreland, Lynn [R]

Aye

GA-4

Johnson, Henry [D]

Not Voting

GA-5

Lewis, John [D]

No

GA-6

Price, Tom [R]

No

GA-7

Linder, John [R]

No

GA-8

Marshall, James [D]

No

GA-9

Deal, Nathan [R]

No

GA-10

Broun, Paul [R]

No

GA-11

Gingrey, John [R]

No

GA-12

Barrow, John [D]

Aye

GA-13

Scott, David [D]

Hawaii

Aye

HI-1

Abercrombie, Neil [D]

Aye

HI-2

Hirono, Mazie [D]

Idaho

No

ID-1

Minnick, Walter [D]

No

ID-2

Simpson, Michael [R]

Illinois

Aye

IL-1

Rush, Bobby [D]

Aye

IL-2

Jackson, Jesse [D]

Aye

IL-3

Lipinski, Daniel [D]

Aye

IL-4

Gutierrez, Luis [D]

Aye

IL-5

Quigley, Mike [D]

No

IL-6

Roskam, Peter [R]

Aye

IL-7

Davis, Danny [D]

Aye

IL-8

Bean, Melissa [D]

Aye

IL-9

Schakowsky, Janice [D]

No

IL-10

Kirk, Mark [R]

No

IL-11

Halvorson, Deborah [D]

Aye

IL-12

Costello, Jerry [D]

No

IL-13

Biggert, Judy [R]

No

IL-14

Foster, Bill [D]

No

IL-15

Johnson, Timothy [R]

No

IL-16

Manzullo, Donald [R]

Aye

IL-17

Hare, Phil [D]

No

IL-18

Schock, Aaron [R]

No

IL-19

Shimkus, John [R]

Indiana

Aye

IN-1

Visclosky, Peter [D]

Aye

IN-2

Donnelly, Joe [D]

No

IN-3

Souder, Mark [R]

No

IN-4

Buyer, Stephen [R]

No

IN-5

Burton, Dan [R]

No

IN-6

Pence, Mike [R]

Aye

IN-7

Carson, André [D]

Aye

IN-8

Ellsworth, Brad [D]

No

IN-9

Hill, Baron [D]

Iowa

Aye

IA-1

Braley, Bruce [D]

Aye

IA-2

Loebsack, David [D]

Aye

IA-3

Boswell, Leonard [D]

No

IA-4

Latham, Thomas [R]

No

IA-5

King, Steve [R]

Kansas

No

KS-1

Moran, Jerry [R]

No

KS-2

Jenkins, Lynn [R]

Aye

KS-3

Moore, Dennis [D]

No

KS-4

Tiahrt, Todd [R]

Kentucky

No

KY-1

Whitfield, Edward [R]

No

KY-2

Guthrie, Brett [R]

Aye

KY-3

Yarmuth, John [D]

No

KY-4

Davis, Geoff [R]

No

KY-5

Rogers, Harold [R]

Aye

KY-6

Chandler, Ben [D]

Louisiana

No

LA-1

Scalise, Steve [R]

No

LA-2

Cao, Anh [R]

No

LA-3

Melancon, Charles [D]

No

LA-4

Fleming, John [R]

No

LA-5

Alexander, Rodney [R]

No

LA-6

Cassidy, Bill [R]

No

LA-7

Boustany, Charles [R]

Maine

Aye

ME-1

Pingree, Chellie [D]

Aye

ME-2

Michaud, Michael [D]

Maryland

Aye

MD-1

Kratovil, Frank [D]

Aye

MD-2

Ruppersberger, C.A. [D]

Aye

MD-3

Sarbanes, John [D]

Aye

MD-4

Edwards, Donna [D]

Aye

MD-5

Hoyer, Steny [D]

No

MD-6

Bartlett, Roscoe [R]

Aye

MD-7

Cummings, Elijah [D]

Aye

MD-8

Van Hollen, Christopher [D]

Massachusetts

Aye

MA-1

Olver, John [D]

Aye

MA-2

Neal, Richard [D]

Aye

MA-3

McGovern, James [D]

Aye

MA-4

Frank, Barney [D]

Aye

MA-5

Tsongas, Niki [D]

Aye

MA-6

Tierney, John [D]

Aye

MA-7

Markey, Edward [D]

Aye

MA-8

Capuano, Michael [D]

Aye

MA-9

Lynch, Stephen [D]

Aye

MA-10

Delahunt, William [D]

Michigan

Aye

MI-1

Stupak, Bart [D]

No

MI-2

Hoekstra, Peter [R]

No

MI-3

Ehlers, Vernon [R]

No

MI-4

Camp, David [R]

Aye

MI-5

Kildee, Dale [D]

No

MI-6

Upton, Frederick [R]

Aye

MI-7

Schauer, Mark [D]

No

MI-8

Rogers, Michael [R]

Aye

MI-9

Peters, Gary [D]

No

MI-10

Miller, Candice [R]

No

MI-11

McCotter, Thaddeus [R]

Aye

MI-12

Levin, Sander [D]

Aye

MI-13

Kilpatrick, Carolyn [D]

Aye

MI-14

Conyers, John [D]

Aye

MI-15

Dingell, John [D]

Minnesota

Not Voting

MN-1

Walz, Timothy [D]

No

MN-2

Kline, John [R]

No

MN-3

Paulsen, Erik [R]

Aye

MN-4

McCollum, Betty [D]

Aye

MN-5

Ellison, Keith [D]

No

MN-6

Bachmann, Michele [R]

Aye

MN-7

Peterson, Collin [D]

Aye

MN-8

Oberstar, James [D]

Mississippi

No

MS-1

Childers, Travis [D]

Aye

MS-2

Thompson, Bennie [D]

No

MS-3

Harper, Gregg [R]

No

MS-4

Taylor, Gene [D]

Missouri

Aye

MO-1

Clay, William [D]

No

MO-2

Akin, W. [R]

Aye

MO-3

Carnahan, Russ [D]

Aye

MO-4

Skelton, Ike [D]

Aye

MO-5

Cleaver, Emanuel [D]

No

MO-6

Graves, Samuel [R]

No

MO-7

Blunt, Roy [R]

No

MO-8

Emerson, Jo Ann [R]

No

MO-9

Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R]

Montana

No

MT-0

Rehberg, Dennis [R]

Nebraska

No

NE-1

Fortenberry, Jeffrey [R]

No

NE-2

Terry, Lee [R]

No

NE-3

Smith, Adrian [R]

Nevada

Aye

NV-1

Berkley, Shelley [D]

No

NV-2

Heller, Dean [R]

Aye

NV-3

Titus, Dina [D]

New Hampshire

Aye

NH-1

Shea-Porter, Carol [D]

Aye

NH-2

Hodes, Paul [D]

New Jersey

Aye

NJ-1

Andrews, Robert [D]

No

NJ-2

LoBiondo, Frank [R]

Aye

NJ-3

Adler, John [D]

No

NJ-4

Smith, Christopher [R]

No

NJ-5

Garrett, Scott [R]

Aye

NJ-6

Pallone, Frank [D]

No

NJ-7

Lance, Leonard [R]

Aye

NJ-8

Pascrell, William [D]

Aye

NJ-9

Rothman, Steven [D]

Aye

NJ-10

Payne, Donald [D]

No

NJ-11

Frelinghuysen, Rodney [R]

No

NJ-12

Holt, Rush [D]

Aye

NJ-13

Sires, Albio [D]

New Mexico

Aye

NM-1

Heinrich, Martin [D]

Aye

NM-2

Teague, Harry [D]

Aye

NM-3

Lujan, Ben [D]

New York

Aye

NY-1

Bishop, Timothy [D]

Aye

NY-2

Israel, Steve [D]

No

NY-3

King, Peter [R]

Aye

NY-4

McCarthy, Carolyn [D]

Not Voting

NY-5

Ackerman, Gary [D]

Aye

NY-6

Meeks, Gregory [D]

Aye

NY-7

Crowley, Joseph [D]

Aye

NY-8

Nadler, Jerrold [D]

Aye

NY-9

Weiner, Anthony [D]

Aye

NY-10

Towns, Edolphus [D]

Aye

NY-11

Clarke, Yvette [D]

Aye

NY-12

Velazquez, Nydia [D]

Aye

NY-13

McMahon, Michael [D]

Not Voting

NY-14

Maloney, Carolyn [D]

Aye

NY-15

Rangel, Charles [D]

Aye

NY-16

Serrano, José [D]

Aye

NY-17

Engel, Eliot [D]

Aye

NY-18

Lowey, Nita [D]

Aye

NY-19

Hall, John [D]

Aye

NY-20

Murphy, Scott [D]

Aye

NY-21

Tonko, Paul [D]

Aye

NY-22

Hinchey, Maurice [D]

No

NY-23

McHugh, John [R]

Aye

NY-24

Arcuri, Michael [D]

Aye

NY-25

Maffei, Daniel [D]

No

NY-26

Lee, Christopher [R]

Aye

NY-27

Higgins, Brian [D]

Aye

NY-28

Slaughter, Louise [D]

Aye

NY-29

Massa, Eric [D]

North Carolina

Aye

NC-1

Butterfield, George [D]

Aye

NC-2

Etheridge, Bob [D]

No

NC-3

Jones, Walter [R]

Aye

NC-4

Price, David [D]

No

NC-5

Foxx, Virginia [R]

No

NC-6

Coble, Howard [R]

Aye

NC-7

McIntyre, Mike [D]

Aye

NC-8

Kissell, Larry [D]

No

NC-9

Myrick, Sue [R]

No

NC-10

Mchenry, Patrick [R]

No

NC-11

Shuler, Heath [D]

Aye

NC-12

Watt, Melvin [D]

Aye

NC-13

Miller, R. [D]

North Dakota

Aye

ND-0

Pomeroy, Earl [D]

Ohio

Aye

OH-1

Driehaus, Steve [D]

No

OH-2

Schmidt, Jean [R]

No

OH-3

Turner, Michael [R]

No

OH-4

Jordan, Jim [R]

No

OH-5

Latta, Robert [R]

Aye

OH-6

Wilson, Charles [D]

No

OH-7

Austria, Steve [R]

No

OH-8

Boehner, John [R]

Aye

OH-9

Kaptur, Marcy [D]

No

OH-10

Kucinich, Dennis [D]

Aye

OH-11

Fudge, Marcia [D]

No

OH-12

Tiberi, Patrick [R]

Aye

OH-13

Sutton, Betty [D]

No

OH-14

LaTourette, Steven [R]

Aye

OH-15

Kilroy, Mary Jo [D]

Aye

OH-16

Boccieri, John [D]

Aye

OH-17

Ryan, Timothy [D]

Aye

OH-18

Space, Zachary [D]

Oklahoma

Not Voting

OK-1

Sullivan, John [R]

No

OK-2

Boren, Dan [D]

No

OK-3

Lucas, Frank [R]

No

OK-4

Cole, Tom [R]

No

OK-5

Fallin, Mary [R]

Oregon

Aye

OR-1

Wu, David [D]

No

OR-2

Walden, Greg [R]

Aye

OR-3

Blumenauer, Earl [D]

No

OR-4

DeFazio, Peter [D]

Aye

OR-5

Schrader, Kurt [D]

Pennsylvania

Aye

PA-1

Brady, Robert [D]

Aye

PA-2

Fattah, Chaka [D]

No

PA-3

Dahlkemper, Kathleen [D]

No

PA-4

Altmire, Jason [D]

No

PA-5

Thompson, Glenn [R]

No

PA-6

Gerlach, Jim [R]

Aye

PA-7

Sestak, Joe [D]

Aye

PA-8

Murphy, Patrick [D]

No

PA-9

Shuster, William [R]

No

PA-10

Carney, Christopher [D]

Aye

PA-11

Kanjorski, Paul [D]

Aye

PA-12

Murtha, John [D]

Aye

PA-13

Schwartz, Allyson [D]

Aye

PA-14

Doyle, Michael [D]

No

PA-15

Dent, Charles [R]

No

PA-16

Pitts, Joseph [R]

Aye

PA-17

Holden, Tim [D]

No

PA-18

Murphy, Tim [R]

No

PA-19

Platts, Todd [R]

Rhode Island

Not Voting

RI-1

Kennedy, Patrick [D]

Aye

RI-2

Langevin, James [D]

South Carolina

No

SC-1

Brown, Henry [R]

No

SC-2

Wilson, Addison [R]

No

SC-3

Barrett, James [R]

No

SC-4

Inglis, Bob [R]

Aye

SC-5

Spratt, John [D]

Aye

SC-6

Clyburn, James [D]

South Dakota

Aye

SD-0

Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie [D]

Tennessee

No

TN-1

Roe, Phil [R]

No

TN-2

Duncan, John [R]

No

TN-3

Wamp, Zach [R]

No

TN-4

Davis, Lincoln [D]

Aye

TN-5

Cooper, Jim [D]

Aye

TN-6

Gordon, Barton [D]

No

TN-7

Blackburn, Marsha [R]

Aye

TN-8

Tanner, John [D]

Aye

TN-9

Cohen, Steve [D]

Texas

No

TX-1

Gohmert, Louis [R]

No

TX-2

Poe, Ted [R]

No

TX-3

Johnson, Samuel [R]

No

TX-4

Hall, Ralph [R]

No

TX-5

Hensarling, Jeb [R]

No

TX-6

Barton, Joe [R]

Not Voting

TX-7

Culberson, John [R]

No

TX-8

Brady, Kevin [R]

Aye

TX-9

Green, Al [D]

No

TX-10

McCaul, Michael [R]

No

TX-11

Conaway, K. [R]

No

TX-12

Granger, Kay [R]

No

TX-13

Thornberry, William [R]

No

TX-14

Paul, Ronald [R]

Aye

TX-15

Hinojosa, Rubén [D]

Aye

TX-16

Reyes, Silvestre [D]

Aye

TX-17

Edwards, Thomas [D]

Aye

TX-18

Jackson-Lee, Sheila [D]

No

TX-19

Neugebauer, Randy [R]

Aye

TX-20

Gonzalez, Charles [D]

No

TX-21

Smith, Lamar [R]

No

TX-22

Olson, Pete [R]

Aye

TX-23

Rodriguez, Ciro [D]

No

TX-24

Marchant, Kenny [R]

No

TX-25

Doggett, Lloyd [D]

No

TX-26

Burgess, Michael [R]

Aye

TX-27

Ortiz, Solomon [D]

Aye

TX-28

Cuellar, Henry [D]

Aye

TX-29

Green, Raymond [D]

Aye

TX-30

Johnson, Eddie [D]

No

TX-31

Carter, John [R]

No

TX-32

Sessions, Peter [R]

Utah

No

UT-1

Bishop, Rob [R]

No

UT-2

Matheson, Jim [D]

No

UT-3

Chaffetz, Jason [R]

Vermont

Aye

VT-0

Welch, Peter [D]

Virginia

No

VA-1

Wittman, Rob [R]

No

VA-2

Nye, Glenn [D]

Aye

VA-3

Scott, Robert [D]

No

VA-4

Forbes, James [R]

Aye

VA-5

Perriello, Thomas [D]

No

VA-6

Goodlatte, Robert [R]

No

VA-7

Cantor, Eric [R]

Aye

VA-8

Moran, James [D]

Aye

VA-9

Boucher, Frederick [D]

No

VA-10

Wolf, Frank [R]

Aye

VA-11

Connolly, Gerald [D]

Washington

Aye

WA-1

Inslee, Jay [D]

Aye

WA-2

Larsen, Rick [D]

No

WA-3

Baird, Brian [D]

No

WA-4

Hastings, Doc [R]

No

WA-5

McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R]

Aye

WA-6

Dicks, Norman [D]

Aye

WA-7

McDermott, James [D]

No

WA-8

Reichert, Dave [R]

Aye

WA-9

Smith, Adam [D]

West Virginia

Not Voting

WV-1

Mollohan, Alan [D]

No

WV-2

Capito, Shelley [R]

No

WV-3

Rahall, Nick [D]

Wisconsin

No

WI-1

Ryan, Paul [R]

Aye

WI-2

Baldwin, Tammy [D]

Aye

WI-3

Kind, Ronald [D]

Aye

WI-4

Moore, Gwen [D]

No

WI-5

Sensenbrenner, F. [R]

No

WI-6

Petri, Thomas [R]

Aye

WI-7

Obey, David [D]

Aye

WI-8

Kagen, Steve [D]

Wyoming

No

WY-0

Lummis, Cynthia [R]

 

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Cap and Trade: Stand Up Today; Take Back Your Government – Make A Call

As you may have noticed, I’ve been twittering quite a bit about the Waxman Markey (Cap and Trade) bill.

Please contact your representative and tell them to vote no on this massive taxing/spending bill.

Rep. Robert Latta had a great video on this bill and it’s impact:

The Heritage Foundation has analysis.  Among the ramifications:

1.    Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $9.6 trillion
2.    Destroy an average of 1-3 million jobs, every year
3.    Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation
4.    Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent
5.    Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent
6.    Raise an average family’s annual energy bill by $1,500 annually
7.    Increase the federal debt by 26 percent, which is $29,150 per person

Newt Gingrich provides a forum for finding your representative, their contact information and recording how many of us call, here. Or call the main switchboard at (202)224-3121.  Vote expected today as you are finishing up a weeks’ work and looking forward to the weekend.  Don’t let them slip this through when you aren’t looking.

Call and tell your representative they work for YOU, tell them YOU want them to vote NO and YOU will actively organize to ensure they do not get re-elected if they do not represent YOUR wishes.  This is YOUR country, take it back, take back YOUR government.

Now go, get busy.

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To My Representatives Re: Cap and Trade

Here is a copy of the email I sent to my representatives yesterday via Visible Vote:

 

My name is {insert name}. You are my elected representative.  As you know, Ohio has some the of the highest corporate, income and personal taxes as well as unemployment and utilities rates in the nation. 

The cost of living continues to increase, however my salary cannot keep up the pace. 

Yet Congress continues to spend.  It spends my money under the assumption that I am working for YOU. 

We’ve been forced to alter our lifestyle but Congress refuses to alter their spending. 

I cannot afford to continue to subsidize those who will not pull their own weight and I cannot afford to finance every Congressional whim. 

ENOUGH.  Vote NO on cap and trade.  Do not lay another spending bill at my door.  Keep your hands out of my pocket. Stop enslaving this country. We cannot afford this out-of-control government you are forcing down our throats.

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Cap and Trade – End of the American Lifestyle

From the Heritage Foundation:

Cap and Trade Top Ten List
1. Cap and Trade Is a Massive Energy Tax
2. It Will Not Make A Substantive Impact on the Environment
3.
It Will Kill Jobs
4. It Will Cause Electricity Bills and Gas Prices to Sharply Increase
5. It Will Outsource Manufacturing Jobs and Hurt Free Trade
6. It Will Make You Choose Between Energy, Groceries, Clothing or Haircuts.
7. It Will Be Highly Susceptible to Fraud and Corruption
8. It Will Hurt Senior Citizens, the Poor, and the Unemployed the Worst
9. It Will Cost American Families Over $3,000 a Year
10. President Obama Admitted “Electricity Rates Would Necessarily Skyrocket” under a cap-and-trade program. (January 2008)

See the rest of the piece here.

If this passes, American life as we know it will cease.  Call or write your representatives today.

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Americans – for a moment

The American culture has coarsened over the years.  We are inundated with commercials pushing tampons, feminine pads, PMS cures, male enhancement/enlargement/readiness, we’re told we will be happier if we have a full head of hair or reduced wrinkles or larger breasts.  The only way to connect with our spouse or children is by taking a cruise.  We need a bigger house, better appliances, whiter teeth, a luxury car.  And we need them now.  And you can get it financed at a low introductory rate!

We get catalogs and magazines in the mail that show teens and pre-teens in unzipped jeans, waist bands sitting just above the rump, sweet pink sweatpants that proclaim Do Me! on the fanny, super-short shorts, see-through shirts, stiletto heels, that just outta bed (if ya know what I mean {wink}) rumpled look., that just scored some drugs, sold some drugs, did some drugs or killed someone gangsta look, I’m addicted to heroin but boy am I skinny in these jeans look.  Our kids want to look like that…now.

We are subjected to movies and television, graphically bombarding us with topics that used to be considered private – sex, pre-marital sex, unplanned pregnancy, homosexuality, drugs, alcoholism, foul language, gangs, violence.  The list goes on and on.

Our kids are fascinated by games – no, not Scrabble or Monopoly.  Video games like Grand Theft Auto that feature rape, murder and mayhem.  Our kids are listening to music that features foul language, violence against women, violence against law enforcement and more.

I’m not saying that any of these things in and of themselves make us coarse;  but the constant indoctrination has desensitized us and broken down our resistance.  We would rather accept than speak out.

Too many Americans have fallen into the politically correct culture.  We don’t say something is wrong because we 1) don’t want to appear insensitive or biased or 2) we don’t want to suffer the backlash that invariably comes when one says “that’s not right”.

The American people have become immersed in the go-go, gotta get it now, immediate gratification lifestyle.   Even when we know that there’s a problem, even when we are moved to act, it doesn’t last long.  Our leaders know this.  Corporations know this.  They count on it.  An issue may create a furor, but they know it won’t last long.  The American people will be on to the next thing in a couple of weeks and they won’t pay attention to the business as usual in our cities, states, and nation.

How worked up were the American people on the following issues?

Foreign ownership of American assets – Winter 2006

Americans said NO! to the concept of a Middle East company owning domestic ports.  After the deal with the UAE fell apart, the public stopped paying attention.

Illegal immigration – Spring 2006

Thousands of Americans said enough is enough at the prospect of open border and amnesty for illegal immigrants.  They resented the idea that people breaking the law would get a pass.  That the American citizen was the interloper in this country.  After the initial spurt of rage, American’s settled back into to their lives.

High energy costs – on-going

American citizens were outraged at the incredible increase in the price of gasoline.  They told anyone who would listen – including lawmakers – that something had to be done.   After the cost of gasoline started to decline, the importance of the issue began to decline as well.  The issue isn’t solved, prices of gasoline, diesel, heating oil and natural gas will begin to rise again soon and we have done nothing, except lose momentum.

Inappropriate advertising to children – Spring 2007

Parents said ENOUGH at the sexualization of young people when Abercrombie & Fitch used increasingly risque ads in their advertising campaigns.

An initial victory resulted in Abercrombie pulling ads.  Parents got complacent.

Abercrombie went back to business as usual.

Image from current Abercrombie home page.

Now it’s the economy.  Nothing else matters.  We are single-taskers.

Americans used to be a hearty lot.  Tough, strong, determined.  We were multi-taskers.  Able to deal with many things at once, because we had to.  Willing to see a thing through.  Too few of us are willing to see a thing through anymore.  We wait until we are really riled up to demand responsibility from our leaders and our corporations and after initially pacified, we shut up.   We are too easily pacified – gotta get it now; and once gotten, we move on to the next thing.

We do not keep on them for permanent change.

Perhaps the change we should be seeking is change within ourselves, not via Barack Obama or John McCain.  Politicians are always politicians.  They won’t change.  We need to.

NOTE:  Kurt from Dancing with Fire wrote to suggest that I rewrite my original final paragraph above, fearing it might be interpreted as an endoresement for Obama’s ‘we are the change we have been waiting for’ theme.  So, to be clear, please refer to my post here and this edit to my final thought on this post.

An idiom of Barack Obama’s has been “we are the change we have been waiting for”.  Change for change’s sake is not always good.  The change American’s needs to make is individual – not dictated by someone else, not legislated by a governing body.  A tagline in a speech will never effect long-lasting, meaningful change;  Significant change it will not come via a political party or social movment.

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoi

Stand up for your values.  Listen to your soul on issues of right and wrong.  Make your decisions based on what’s right, not what’s easy.  Refuse to be bullied into submission.

The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Take back your government; it has not served you well.   Refuse to be deceived by their sleight of hand; refuse to be divided by party or issue or class.  Take responsibility for yourself, and expect your government to be responsible with the power you give it.  They work for you.

We must hang together or assuredly we shall hang separately.
Benjamin Franklin

A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Abraham Lincoln

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