Submitted By Todd on March 17th at 10:35am
Eight Senate Democrats are opposing speedy action on President Barack Obama's bill to combat global warming, complicating prospects for the legislation and creating problems for their party's leaders.A fight over cap and trade will put an early crack in the Obama machine, and foment disunity in his party. That hurts the government's ability to respond to one thing the President should be focused on - the economy.
The eight Democrats disapprove of using the annual budget debate to pass Obama's "cap and trade" bill to fight greenhouse gas emissions, a measure that divides lawmakers, environmentalists and businesses. The lawmakers' opposition makes it more difficult for Democratic leaders to move the bill without a threat of a Republican filibuster.Using the budget is a technique that the 'transparent' President favors to minimize public awareness and discussion of big issues like cap and trade.
"Enactment of a cap-and-trade regime is likely to influence nearly every feature of the U.S. economy," wrote the Democratic senators, mostly moderates. They were joined by 25 Republicans. "Legislation so far-reaching should be fully vetted and given appropriate time for debate."Ah, so that's how you change the way Washington does business! The White House is also hoping to jam through health care reform without debate.
There also has been speculation that the expedited rules could be used to pass a health care overhaul bill, but senior Senate Democrats such as Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., oppose the idea, saying health reform must be enacted on a bipartisan basis. The White House is open to the idea of using the fast-track rules for both global warming and health care.These efforts will fail, and the diffused efforts of this administration - which cares more about pushing the country further away from its constitutional roots than it does about staving off economic disaster - will carry a huge cost for the nation. And, of course, the idea that he'll ever cut spending is a total lie.