Proponents of the legislation in the Senate are reworking the proposed emissions rules and have jettisoned the term "cap and trade." The system for reducing emissions now is being called "reduction and refund". Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told CNBC last week "the term cap and trade is not in the lexicon anymore."
Yeah. OK. And I got a bridge right out my window that I can sell you on the cheap....
This reminds me of two things - first, an episode of The Simpsons entitled "Bart to the Future", where President Lisa Simpson is flummoxed over how to handle a massive budget deficit:
Lisa: If I'm going to bail the country out, I'll have to raise taxes, but in my speech I'd like to avoid calling it a, "painful emergency tax."
Milhouse: What about, "colossal salary-grab."
Lisa: See, that has the same problem. We need to soften the blow.
Milhouse: Well, if you just want to out-and-out lie ... [Lisa doesn't object] Okay, we could call it a, "temporary refund adjustment."
Lisa: I love it !!
The second, of course, is Atlas Shrugs:In the words of Eugene Lawson, the resident idealist:
We must not let vulgar difficulties obstruct our feeling that it's a noble plan motivated solely by the public welfare. It's for the good of the people. The people need it. Need comes first, so we don't have to consider anything else.
Mr. Thompson, the Head of the State, seconds Lawson's message but wants prettier packaging: "That's the line, Wesley. Tone it down and dress it up and get your press boys to chant it – and you won't have to worry."
And that's what Obama and Salazar are counting on. For the press to follow their lead, call climate legislation "reduction and refund", paint the Republicans as haters, and confuse enough Americans to get another "colossal salary grab" passed.
Problem is, we're smarter than the Left assumes us to be. And we won't get fooled again.
But if it didn't stop them from passing health care reform, and believing the bullsh*t that they peddled, what would stop them now, especially as they need the money to pay for the aforementioned reform.
"Temporary refund adjustment", here we come....!