“Senate defeats bill to drop new rules on coal emissions”
Coal in America is now all but dead. Which means Obama will have kept his promise that the cost of electricity will necessarily skyrocket — and it will do so in an economy already stagnant.
So growth in America — and the potential for a private sector recovery — is also now all but dead.
But all that was to be expected: after all, Obama told us he was going to do these things, but some of us were less interested in what he was saying than they were with patting themselves on the back for (ironically) concerning themselves not with the content of his character, but with the color of his skin.
Historic President!, they told us. And I voted for him! Look at me!
All of which pales in comparison to the actions of several Republican Senators who crossed over and voted with the Democrats to kill off coal in the US — to stifle growth, to further burden those already struggling with the loss of equity in their homes, to ensure that the economy remains moribund, all for the cheap grace of pretending to support a cleaner environment.
Because not only did these GOP Senators — Lamar Alexander, Scott Brown, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and Kelly Ayotte — cross over to help the Democrats defeat the Inhofe bill, the fact that they crossed over allowed several Democrat Senators up for re-election to themselves cross over and pretend to be conservative and pro-growth without costing their Party the vote.
This is why it isn’t enough to elect someone just because he or she plays for “our” team; Republicans can be statist wannabe dictators, too. And when the rolling blackouts and brownouts start, I hope the first states to beg for relief aren’t those whose Senators voted to hurt their own constituencies — not to mention the US economy and rule of law as a whole.