Monday, December 07, 2009

Unrepresentative Representation

I hope I am not the only person in the nation appalled on a daily basis at the failures of the adminstration and legislature to acknowledge what the people they represent are saying.

Now, I will be the first to point out that true leadership does not operate by consensus or majority rule. Doing what everybody wants can often be incredibly wrong. Take a class of kindergarteners and ask them what they want for dinner and the majority will go for ice cream every day. That isn't leading. A great leader will often have to be transcendent. He/She must rise above the mundane and take the greater vision into consideration. That may involve forcing the bitter medicine down unwanting throats. That isn't what we've got rampant today.

This leadership is neither majoritarian nor transcendent. They are decidedly confrontational and increasingly duplicitious. They simply ignore what the voters are telling them or asking them to consider while with incredible mendacity they pervert the facts to support their lust for power. At some point it can no longer stand.

We've talked here before about the healthcare debacle which is unfolding before our eyes. Today we've got to revisit the climate change debate as Copenhagen convenes:

Don't Exhale, We're Counting Them

Once again to be fair let's acknowledge that maybe the incriminating emails and statements unfolding in "Climate-gate" are simply innocent banter and not indicative of a conspiracy. But, there is certainly enough damning evidence to merit taking a deep breath and seriously reviewing the bidding before we leap into a deep end.

We are in a recession. Unemployment is up, growth projections are down, and the national debt is stratospheric. Those are the core ingredients for a poverty stew that we may never recover from. Yet we have this on the pending announcement declaring carbon dioxide an dangerous pollutant:

An "endangerment" finding by the Environmental Protection Agency could pave the way for the government to require businesses that emit carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases to make costly changes in machinery to reduce emissions -- even if Congress doesn't pass pending climate-change legislation.

For those of you who flunked out of American Government 101, let me point out that the EPA is a regulatory agency under the executive branch which operates at the direction of the President. He could with the raising of an eyebrow toward Carol Browner, the leftist director of the EPA delay this precipitous action.

Is it critical to take a bit of time to evaluate this first? Why?

An EPA endangerment finding "could result in a top-down command-and-control regime that will choke off growth by adding new mandates to virtually every major construction and renovation project," U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue said in a statement.

Won't you just love a society in which the executive branch has that much power? If you think it is altruism which drives this bunch, I've got some bad news for you. It is power. Raw and unbridled power.

Electricity generation, transportation and industry represent the three largest sources of U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions.

Such a simple sentence which says so much. Ponder total government control of those three segments of the economy. Review what you use electricity for and try to remember the last time the power went out. How did you do? Consider what you are dependent upon that comes to you through the transportation system of the country. What will you lose or have to pay significantly more for? Ponder that one word "industry" and see it throttled by government control. If you associate that with massive job losses, factory shut-downs, industry collapses and economic disaster, you've got the picture.

And, one last little tidbit from that Wall Street Journal piece:

The vast majority of increased greenhouse-gas emissions is expected to come from developing countries such as China and India, not from rich countries like the U.S.

Isn't that special. The problem will come from two nations that together total ten times our population yet our President is about to crush us on the altar of dubious climate data with no apparent good outcome in sight.

And, let me offer you a physiological tip. Did you ever get excited or apprehensive and find yourself hyper-ventilating? You keep trying to breath faster yet you can't seem to get any oxygen? Someone tells you to slow down or take deep breaths but you can't do it. Do you know what the problem is? You are experiencing a shortage of carbon dioxide! Breath into a paper bag for a minute. The CO2 intensified intake will calm you down and get your breathing back to normal.

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