I’ve always considered it easier to complain about what Congress is doing than actually get in touch with my representative and tell her (my rep is Betty McCollum) how I would like her to vote. But I read this morning that Congress will be considering the Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade bill this week. It sounded as if this might be another rush job, like the unpopular ”stimulus” bill earlier this year. There is the Fourth of July weekend coming up and what better place to kill public interest in a controversial vote than in a long weekend of barbecuing, family fun, and patriotism?
So I found the phone number for Betty and politely told her to please vote “no” on the cap and trade bill. Why no? Under the guise of environmental responsibility, it will seek to tax production. The simple minded among us will shout “hurrah” that nasty businesses pay taxes for their sins, but the rest of us know that these costs get passed along to consumers. In other words, the Congress is considering passing a hidden tax on everyone. I’ve heard numbers bandied about suggesting that the cost isn’t that bad. Poppycock. No matter what the rosy promises might be, in fact this bill will tie an anchor around the American economy. We don’t need that now. We don’t need that period.
So I would encourage you to get in touch with your representative. If you haven’t done it before, it’s pretty painless. Just look up your rep’s phone number here.