Sunday, November 2, 2008

Staring Down The Double Barrels Of Trouble

We should fear a President Obama. If he wins on Tuesday, or whatever day the election is finally called, he will end up screwing us big time.
Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.
And that, my friends, is the basis of Socialism. Companies have to pay more, so they in turn jack up their prices and we end up being the ones who get screwed.

3 comments:

R said...

no. that is a capitalist principle, these are costs passed on to consumer. The idea of regulation is in line with a liberal democracy, just not the minimal government of the New Right.
That is not socialism, it's not even close. Socialism would have those industries owned by the government, not simply having a regulation applied, there would not be an energy market to pass the costs on...
America is not socialist, is not going to be socialist under Obama.
This cost increase passed on to the customer has more in common with Regan era tax policy than any socialist principles.
I strongly suggest that anyone scared by the prospect of a president Obama, should develop a proper understanding of the different Left theories.

A starting point. If everything that isn't New Right is Left, then Left and socialist aren't interchangeable terms. There are different types of Left theory (in the same way there is more than one 'Right'... otherwise those fools who call anyone who supports the Right a nazi would be correct... which would be like calling all lefties 'socialist')

R said...

The closest thing to socialist policy that america is likely to see is something you already have, and that is heavily protected markets...
Subsidises for farmers to support 'an acceptable standard of living'. Where farmers (and some other industries) are unable to live on the proceeds from selling their crops in an international marketplace, markets in which america producers can't compete with other nations with lower costs (Wheat? Cattle?) the US government pays farmers so they can support a standard of living.
Sounds fair?
...sounds like the most 'red' idea a government could put into policy eh comrades?

Deoduce said...

Yeah, we can expect food and energy prices to go up, and inflation, too. It's going to be a rough 4 years.