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States Committing Suicide? Tariffs Added to HR 2454 / 2998 / Cap & Trade At Their Insistence Puts Bill Over The Top in the House

Updated July 9, 2009

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Some have postulated that the current period resembles that of the early 1930s in America. It’s difficult to argue.

The Smoot-Hawley tariff act was a very ill-advised measure taken by the Hoover administration that seriously crippled the ailing US economy during the 1930s. It levied tariffs on a large number of  imported goods, which touched off reciprocal measures by foreign countries.

In an effort to protect American manufactures, the unintended consequences resulted in the opposite effect intended. The whole move helped slow the US economy.

Click the picture to read the Denver Post article
Click the picture to read the Denver Post article

The Denver Post article, above, dated July 5, notes that there was a protectionist measure added by to HR 2454 at the last moment that could have a similarly damaging effect on trade; tariffs will be levied on items manufactured in countries that do not implement carbon reducing measures.

The Post article points out that HR 2454 presents a trade conundrum for the U.S.

The conundrum is that if there is no protectionist measure implemented, companies will simply stop buying U.S. manufactured goods because they will cost more due to the increased costs – TAXES – levied by Cap & Trade and the costs of complying with the minute details contained within it.

But, if the U.S. implements tariffs, it could set off retaliatory measures by other countries.

In other words, Cap & Trade is bad for business. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist. The Post notes that the bill may not have passed if the tariff provision had not been added and it seems some states pushed for its addition.

I have a wild proposal: Instead of states pushing for trade protection measures being including in a hideous piece of legislation, how about those states protect trade / business in their own states by standing firmly on “HELL NO” to Cap & Trade?

This particular part of the editorial and the idea that states were complicit in the passage of the bill through the House highlights how far afield all levels of government have gotten from common sense, and how important it is that we all put a lot of pressure on our Governors and state legislators to assert the rights noted in the Tenth Amendment.

Beyond highlighting the states issues, the article correctly notes that the bill stands to have little impact on the very “problem” it hopes to solve (carbon emissions) while threatens to seriously cripple our economy.

Updated July 9:

Thanks to Crista Huff, who puts out an excellent email newsletter, a story in the May 24, 2009, Washington Examiner came to my attention. As of that date, the movement of the bill seemed very much in doubt.

Click the picture to read the full Washington Examiner story
Click the picture to read the full Washington Examiner story

The date projected for a potential vote was sometime prior to the August recess.

The reason the bill’s potential was in doubt at the time, according to the story, is that there were a number of Democrats who were not predisposed to

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Pink Slips! Are Your Representatives Abiding By Their Oaths of Office?

Do YOUR elected representatives in Congress UPHOLD their oaths of office by voting “No!” on legislation that they haven’t read, by voting “No!” on legislation that expands the power and size of the Federal Government?

Do YOUR elected representatives in Congress DEFEND the Constitution by speaking out loudly against legislation that stands to rob your liberty and tramples all over the Tenth Amendment?

If you answered, “no” to either of these questions, then it is time to put your elected officials on notice.

SEND THEM A PINK SLIP

Put this pink slip in an envelope with a letter to your Senator about Cap & Trade!

Tell them to vote “HELL NO” on H.R. 2454 or they are fired!

And “hell no” means, they don’t just vote no, they get REAL LOUD about WHY. They better find a camera with a light on and a working microphone and talk about how terrible this bill actually is, how wrong the process.

If these “Congress Critters” as @reland1 on Twitter calls them, cannot find their spines and fight against these nightmare bills, then they need to be TERMINATED from office!

Of course, the pink slip can be used past Cap & Trade.

The slips are four per page, two versions posted here, pink and white.

FOR A PRINTABLE FULL SHEET OF PINK SLIPS CLICK THE PICTURE

Click on the picture below to get a printable sheet of four Pink Slip forms:

CLICK THE PICTURE FOR A WHITE VERSION TO BE PRINTED ON PINK PAPER
CLICK THE PICTURE FOR A WHITE VERSION TO BE PRINTED ON PINK PAPER

I’ll be using these at my Tea Party on July 4, will you?