“I said that I had thoroughly studied the U.S. president’s anti-crisis program, that I liked it, as well as that it is socially oriented and primarily aimed at supporting poor people and enhancing the state’s role. I said all this to President Obama,” he said.
Sort of makes you think, huh ?
The Senate is pushing back action on cap-and-trade:
The leading Senate committee responsible for developing the climate change legislation has delayed by at least a month its crafting of a bill, leaving less time for Congress to fulfill Obama’s desire to enact a law this year.
“We’ll do it as soon as we get back” in September from a month-long break, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer announced.
Senator Charles Grassley, the senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which also has a significant role in developing the climate legislation, was more pessimistic. “I don’t even expect it to come up this year” in the Senate, he told reporters.
It wasn’t that long ago that the former Governor of Florida was talked about as a possible Senate candidate. While he eventually ruled that option out, it appears that Jeb Bush is looking to become a more prominent spokesman on the national stage:
(CNN) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told an interviewer that he could not say whether or not President Barack Obama is a socialist, and that the president would not have been elected if he had been honest with Americans about his agenda.
They at least hope that they can control the weather.
The leaders of the G8 nations (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, U.K., and U.S.) are currently meeting in Italy for their annual get together. They released a 40-page declaration today which included the following:
We reaffirm the importance of the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and notably of its Fourth Assessment Report, which constitutes the most comprehensive assessment of the science. We recognise the broad scientific view that the increase in global average temperature above pre-industrial levels ought not to exceed 2°C.
Cool. I wish I could control the weather.
Several members of Congress are saying that the Central Intelligence Agency has been deliberately deceiving Congress
WASHINGTON — The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon E. Panetta, has told the House Intelligence Committee in closed-door testimony that the C.I.A. concealed “significant actions” from Congress from 2001 until late last month, seven Democratic committee members said.
For those concerned about stimulus spending, the General Services Administration sends word tonight that $18 million in additional funds are being spent to redesign the Recovery.gov Web site.
The new Web site promises to give taxpayers more information about where their money is going than the current version of the site.
As I mentioned a couple days ago, Democrats plan to finance their expansion and eventual takeover of health care with a surtax on incomes over $250,000.
Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute points out that such a surtax coupled with President Obama’s tax increase proposals will push the United States well above the OECD average.
This tax burden does not make the United States more attractive to companies looking to expand, nor already existing companies already inside the country.
Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) isn’t a fan of President Obama’s cap-and-trade proposal, at least in it’s current form:
The 91-year-old Byrd, D-W.Va., was released from an unidentified Washington, D.C. hospital last week after a month-long stay for a staph infection. He expects to return to the chamber before the Senate begins debate on “cap and trade” - which is tentatively set for this fall, according to Byrd’s office.
When Republicans were in the majority in Congress, many Democrats complained that their patriotism was questioned on certain issues, such as the war in Iraq. It’s was a legitimate point and Republicans should be taken to task for it. A day after Al Gore essentially compared climate skeptics to Nazis, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) says the critics of the Obama Administration are “rooting against the country”: