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McCain Toady in Bed with Obama and GE to Push Renewable Energy Bill

By Jerry A. Kane

Sellout Senator Lindsay (Gramshi) Graham (R-SC) is working with GE lobbyists to draft “the Clean Energy Act of 2009,” which will mandate that 20 percent of electricity come from “clean energy sources” by 2020 and 50 percent by 2050.

GE CEO, Jeff Immelt, bet the farm in developing “green” energy-generating products and Graham has been out front among Republicans regurgitating the myth that fossil fuels destroy the planet to undercut free markets and increase energy prices on the American people.

“Immelt does not want to compete in the open marketplace. Rather, he wants to game the political system by working with Congress to mandate demand for GE’s products, either by increasing the price of fossil fuels through a cap-and-trade system or via a Graham-type bill that requires power generation from renewable energy sources,” writes Tom Borelli in “Lindsay Graham Seeks to Bail Out General Electric and Rescue Obama’s Energy Policy.”

From the rubble of the anthropomorphic global warming scam, America does not need to dig out renewable energy laws. But GE needs mandates to push its wind and solar power products, and South Carolina’s gelding appears to have been for sale. His clean energy definition mirrors GE’s business strategy for renewable energy, clean coal technology, and nuclear energy

“Several sources said General Electric Co. helped Graham in crafting the legislative language. GE has the world’s largest gas turbine manufacturing plant, in Greenville, S.C., and the company also is leading development of new nuclear reactors and a “clean coal” technology known as integrated gasification combined cycle, which has the capacity to capture and permanently sequester carbon emissions,” the New York Times reported.

John McCain has mentored his toady well, i.e., wait until victory is at hand; then board your ass, cross the aisle, insert your dagger deep in the back of your party leader, and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory to the chant of “Maverick! Maverick!” from the adoring gaggle of gathered propagandists commissioned to praise your heroic deeds.

Graham has been a patsy for the political left since his days on the Hyde Committee, which processed the impeachment of Bill Clinton. He double-crossed Henry Hyde and was the only Republican to join with Committee Democrats and vote against the perjury charge, the keystone article of the three articles of impeachment.

Gramshi is a big-government, self-promoting RINO who is out of step with the beliefs of most Republican voters, but he won’t be up for reelection until 2014, which means the party must endure another five years of his treachery.  But it’s not too late to do something about the treacherous actions of his mentor.

Megan’s faux conservative daddy is facing a bona fide conservative challenger in J.D. Hayworth for the senate seat in Arizona. If Arizona Republicans are serous about saving their party and ridding the country of the tyrannical policies of the progressive Democrats, they will send Graham’s maverick mentor home to spend time with his insufferable daughter.

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“The commonwealth by this resolution serves notice to the federal government, as its agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.”—Virginia House joint resolution memorializing Congress to honor state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment.

“[T]he Tea Party movement has gotten to so many people’s attention and … shown so much agitation and discontent with what’s going on in Congress … the speaker just had to recognize … a way to channel this energy, or this discontent…”—Delegate Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William)

Virginia’s GOP-dominated House has passed a resolution memorializing Congress to honor state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment. The House approved the following measures:

  • prohibit federal regulation of state-made guns and ammunition,
  • block federal terrorism suspects from being held in state prisons or local jails,
  • propose a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and
  • block the federal government from requiring a state resident to have health insurance (approved also by the Democrat-controlled Senate). 

Several states have passed similar resolutions emphasizing a state’s right under the 10th Amendment to override federal laws mandating residents have health insurance.

I.M. Kane

 


 

GOP-dominated Va. House asserts states’ rights

By Olympia Meola

During U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes’ brief visit to the House of Delegates this week, the speaker of the House quipped that maybe he could take some tips back to Washington.

But delegates are sending a lot more than tips to Capitol Hill. They’re telling the federal government to back off.

The GOP-dominated chamber has approved measures to prohibit the potential federal regulation of state-made guns and ammunition and to block federal terrorism suspects from being held in state prisons or local jails.

It has passed a resolution memorializing Congress to honor state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment, which reserves for the states powers not expressly granted to the federal government. It passed another resolution to propose a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

And the Democrat-controlled Senate bucked President Barack Obama by joining the House in approving a measure meant to block the federal government from requiring a state resident to have health insurance.

“There’s a long history in Virginia of our expressing our discontent with actions of Congress going back to our denunciation of the Alien and Sedition Acts in the late 1790s,” said Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, who sponsored the “Health Care Freedom Act” in the House.

The discontent isn’t exclusive to Virginia. Several other states have passed similar resolutions asserting states’ rights under the 10th Amendment and to thwart federal mandates included in the federal health-care legislation that has stalled in Congress.

In Virginia’s House of Delegates, Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, this year relaxed his previous practice of discouraging resolutions that call on Congress to act.

“The catalyst has been the flurry of unprecedented and misguided federal legislation that’s been proposed by an overreaching administration and an unresponsive Congress who are not listening to the people and oftentimes seem to be willfully ignoring them,” said Howell’s chief of staff, G. Paul Nardo.

Marshall, who sponsored the measures on health care and terrorist suspects, attributes the growing chorus, at least in part, to the Tea Party, which grew out of intense frustration with the federal government.

“I think the Tea Party movement has gotten to so many people’s attention and the public hearings that were going on with health care have shown so much agitation and discontent with what’s going on in Congress, I think the speaker just had to recognize there’s got to be a way to channel this energy, or this discontent,” Marshall said.

The House joint resolution memorializing Congress to honor state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment states: “The commonwealth by this resolution serves notice to the federal government, as its agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.”

If the Senate agrees to the joint resolution, the House clerk would send copies to the speaker of the House of Representatives, the president of the Senate and the Virginia congressional delegation.

Del. Christopher K. Peace, R-Hanover, is a patron of that resolution, which, he says, makes the point that states and localities know better how to govern their constituents.

Referring to particular issues before Congress, Peace said, “If they haven’t taken final action, we want to send the message we’re watching.”

And for a chamber asking the federal government to step back, the House passed a joint resolution urging Congress to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget.

Del. Mark L. Cole, R-Spotsylvania, who sponsored that legislation, said the flux of bills and resolutions this year reflects the electorate.

“They feel like the system has gotten out of control and Washington is just not being responsive to their needs,” he said.

As to whether the measures appease conservative voters more than work to change minds in Congress, lawmakers maintain it’s worthwhile to send the message.

“If they don’t work, shame on them,” Marshall said. “That’s like saying if you flag down a car not to go off a cliff, does it work? Well, if it doesn’t work, the one driving off the cliff has the problem.”

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