WILL THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT JOIN THEM?
The leaders of twenty-one free market, limited government organizations banded together this week to oppose crippling new energy taxes – specifically a proposed levy on carbon emissions.
Sound familiar? This is the same scheme first advanced by U.S. president Barack Obama (with some help from liberal U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham) back in 2009. It has also been embraced by Marco Rubio – the favorited of the “Republican” establishment for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
“Taxing carbon-based energy increases the cost of doing business in the U.S. by increasing the cost of electricity, ships jobs overseas and punishes the American people with higher consumer costs,” said Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government (ALG). “Low energy costs for the future is the key to America emerging from Obama’s economic malaise and reviving our job producing manufacturing sector.”
Manning’s organization and its partners urged lawmakers to support H.Con.Res. 89, legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise affirming the sense of Congress “that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy.”
In a letter to Scalise (.pdf here), the organizations made it clear they believe the proposed tax would hurt low and middle-income families already struggling to make ends meet in Obama “recovery.”
“As organizations that support free markets as a fundamental pathway to American prosperity, we oppose government policies – such as a carbon tax – that punish some and reward others in accordance with the government’s prevailing viewpoint on market ideals,” the letter stated. “Such marketplace manipulation represents a recipe for unintended consequences and self-inflicted economic damage. Too often, poor and middle class families bear the burden.”
Here’s the thing: Carbon taxes don’t work. Just look at Australia, which imposed such a levy in mid-2012. The result? A ten percent spike in energy costs for families and a whopping 10,600 business failures – which was 12 percent more business failures than Australia saw at the peak of the global recession. Oh, the tax also failed to curb emissions .
Australia scrapped the failed experiment in 2014, with Liberal party leader and former prime minister Tony Abbott describing it as “a useless, destructive tax which damaged jobs, which hurt families’ cost of living and which didn’t actually help the environment.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves …
In 2009, Graham was the only “Republican” member of the U.S. Congress to support Obama’s push for a carbon tax. Graham masked his support for the tax hike in clever language (i.e. “pricing carbon,”) but no one was fooled … least of all us. In fact when liberal special interests tried to come to South Carolina masquerading their money behind “Republican” groups, we exposed the scam (here, here, here and here).