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Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) Calls it Quits

Citing good health and wishes for Congress to return to a more Centrist platform, Senator Olympia Snowe has announced that she will not seek reelection this year. Senator Snowe explained her decision in the following statements, courtesy of Fox News:

“After 33 years in the Congress this was not an easy decision. My husband and I are in good health. We have laid an exceptionally  strong foundation for the campaign, and I have no doubt I would have won  re-election,” she said in a statement.

“I do find it frustrating, however, that an  atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions,” she said.

Saying that she does “not realistically expect the  partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term,”

What Senator Snowe does not explain in her statements above, are the reasons why there is so much partisanship in American politics today.  America is approaching $16 trillion dollars worth of Greek-style debt insolvency.  America’s irresponsible debt-spending must stop, and therein lies the divide in Congress today. On one side of the aisle, you have responsible representatives seeing that dangers of America having her credit downgraded [again] and the resulting austerity measures that will come with it, while on the other side you have the irresponsible big government debt-spenders who have no regard for the future of America. Liberal Democrats and their allies have controlled both houses of Congress for four straight years and still control the United States Senate and the White House. What has that gotten America?  Historically massive amounts of record  yearly deficits  of over $1 trillion dollars for every year since 2008 when Democrats took over Congress.

Senator Olympia Snowe has voted with the big government debt-spenders of the Democratic party on virtually every single spending bill of the past 5 years as can be seen here and in the latest revelations about Senator Snowe voting against Republicans more times than with them… by a very large margin. From The Washington Post:

Snowe is known for her independent streak, often voting with Collins against many of her Republican colleagues. According to the just-released National Journal 2011 vote rankings, only Collins voted with Democrats more than Snowe last year.

As America watches Greece go up in the flames of chaos and citizen discontent due it’s massive debt-load and the resulting austerity measures, expect more irresponsible RINO-Republicans and big debt-spending Liberals to run out on the very people who voted them into power, and leave Congress in 2012. Olympia Snowe was a big government spender not a conservative, and future generations across America will be made to pay the price one day for the trillions of dollars of debt these people have racked up. Bi-partisan cooperation in Congress used to mean that representatives across America came together to do what was best for the people. Now it has been perverted into being nothing more that a steal-the-tax-dollars-while-adding-to-the-national-debt free-for-all by the shameless elitists and their crony-capitalists in big government. Greek style debt-chaos and austerity measures are coming to America, and with the current trillion-dollar deficits and refusal to enact measures to control spending, it is coming a lot sooner than most people expect.

The only question left to ask is whether Senator Snowe will take the other big government debt-loving RINO  from the Northeast, Senator Susan Collins with her into retirement? Maybe then we could actually start moving America forward towards ensuring a stable financial future for generations to come.

 

 

Progressive Senators Gang Up on Rand Paul to Allow EPA to Apply Cap and Trade by Fiat

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky submitted a resolution in the U.S. Senate on Thursday which would have stopped the EPA ( as in Extreme Political Activists) from enforcing the very same cap and trade laws that were previously voted down in Congress. The EPA regulations Senator Paul was trying to block is just the latest one titled, the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.(CSAPR) This new rule will become the law of the land on Jan. 1st, 2012 for the main category of mandated pollution regulations, and May 1st, 2012 for the remaining categories, as you can see in the EPA above link.

Not only did all Senate Democrats vote this resolution down, but the progressive puppets of the Republican party also joined in to allow the EPA to ignore our Congress and pass cap and trade laws by executive fiat. The vote failed by a tally of 56-41, with Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire; Scott Brown of Massachusetts; Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine; Mark Kirk of Illinois; and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee all voted against Paul’s resolution. If your Senator is on this list, give them a call and ask them just why they chose to allow the EPA to bypass Congress and once again illegally pass cap and trade laws by executive fiat?

Whether you agree with the new regulations or not, the U.S. Constitution declares that it is Congress, and only Congress, who is authorized to pass laws onto the people. Check out How a bill become law. In it we see the following facts:

Under the chairmanship of George Washington, the Constitutional Convention established a strong federal government in 1871. Lawmaking powers were vested in a national congress.

Article I of the Constitution gave “all legislative powers” to Congress, and specified that laws could originate either in the House or the Senate. The only exception was revenue bills, which had to originate in the House. ( emphasis mine)

The conservative grassroots movement that elected the likes of Scott Brown and Kelly Ayotte to the U.S. Senate in the 2010 elections apparently did not help to get conservatives into office, but instead elected Progressive Republicans – a great example of how politicians will say anything to get elected today, and when they get a whiff of power, they turn their backs on the very people whom elected them. Brown and Ayotte campaigned on a platform of government that obeys the U.S. Constitution, yet they vote to allow the EPA to trample that very same constitutional law that says only Congress will pass laws in this country.

The new Cross-State Air Pollution law that will be forced onto Americans in 2012, resulting in Barack Obama’s promised “skyrocketing electricity prices” surely must apply to every state in the country right? It is based on air pollution blowing across state lines, so it must apply to all states. Not quite, as the following map shows us. Is your state on that map?

When looking at the above map of states whom will see skyrocketing electricity prices next year, we must use common sense in asking two very simple questions:

First, why isn’t the smog capital of the United States being put under these new illegal cap and trade laws? That’s right,the Liberal Obama-supporting state of California isn’t getting slapped with these new pollution regulations. Are we so ignorant as to not see the problem with that fact here today? The new laws are based on pollution blowing from one state to another. Does the EPA expect us to believe that California’s world famous smog will stay in California and somehow not blow into, say Arizona?

Secondly, what about Mexico’s pollution blowing into Texas? Are the wizards of the EPA telling us that they can control that too?

Lastly, let’s move on to the blatant false propaganda that the EPA website contains about the massive costs to the American people that this law will create. Senator Paul’s above-linked informative site says this:

These new regulations will cost over $2 billion and over a course of a decade or more may well exceed $100 billion. We add these new regulations to over $2 trillion worth of regulations already on the books.

To which the EPA tries to deny with false and very impossible-to-prove statistics about supposed savings in healthcare that will result form the CSAPR in the following chart:

The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule provides cleaner air and healthier lives for millions of Americans

“Estimated Annual Number of Adverse Health Effects Avoided Due to Implementing the Proposed Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR)

Health Effect Number of Cases Avoided Premature mortality 13,000 to 34,000 ( between 13k and 34k? Talk about guesswork there)    Non-fatal heart attacks15,000     Hospital and emergency department visits19,000    Acute bronchitis19,000    Upper and lower respiratory symptoms420,000    Aggravated asthma400,000    Days when people miss work or school1.8 million (yes, I took the liberty to correct the spelling mistakes the geniuses of the EPA have on their info-site)

So, we are being led to believe that this new EPA law will save between 13,000 and 34,00 lives by 2014, simply by supposedly regulating state to state air pollution.  What happens if a hurricane blows into the U.S from South America and brings all that pollution with it from countries who basically have no pollution laws? What happens to those false numbers then? What happens if the Gulf of Mexico winds blow all of their pollution into Texas for say, 10 straight months? How many lives will this farce of a stealth cap and trade law save then? Yes , as we see right here, the CSAPR is all built upon one massive cap and trade lie, period. There are no concrete, proven savings that can be counted from this scam. The one thing that all Americans that live in the EPA cherry-picked states that this new law applies to next year can count on is fewer jobs and skyrocketing electricity prices. Look at the bright side, there’s one promise Obama has kept.  

Get ready folks, the man who says he will not tax the middle class and poor just did just that, and it is coming in two short months in the form of skyrocketing electricity costs, thanks to the U.S. Senate Progressives of both parties allowing the EPA to pass this cap and trade law illegally.

2012 just can’t get here fast enough !

 

The Enemies Within

Just because someone is a Republican, does not make them conservative. It only makes them a politician. A few from New Jersey, and one from Maine are figuring that out.Cap and Trade

Senator Snowe from Maine, Representatives Lance (NJ), Smith and LoBiondo all resemble Rhinos (RINO) more than elephants. Political pets aside, all are voting in a non-conservative manner. They are all taking an anti-trade, anti-economy,anti-energy policy stance that will make it impossible for America to evolve its economy for the next century. They are helping the left Europize us by voting for a government-run carbon trade exchange. In another CDN post, we discuss the challenges that cap and trade presents to the American economy.

Some supporters of cap and trade would argue that someone has to lead the way, but China, India, and other Asian nations have no interest in controlling emissions.  By going first, we are going alone and following Europe into a money pit and fundamental power-shift.

A leader, running into opposition, with no one behind him, is not a leader – he is a victim.