The Evils of Politics
Posted by jemartynowski on June 4, 2008
H.R. 6049, better known as the Renewable Energy and Jobs Creation Act, is currently being presented by Congress as a no-brainer bill that helps all Americans. The only entities hurt, supporters claim, are the big oil companies. This incorrect thinking or (more likely) all out lie illustrates the evils of politics in exactly the way that makes most Americans distrust and dislike politicians.
Supporters of the bill in the House are laughing at and criticizing those who voted against it and insulting the Bush Administration for saying it would be vetoed. They mock these opponents and ask how somebody could be against a bill that offers tax credits for differing energy actions and creates jobs.
The answer to that question is this: whereas most everyone supports tax credits for using renewable energy and conservation, the bill has many additional parts that are completely unfavorable to our economy and our freedom. As a matter of fact, calling it the “Jobs Creation Act” is a complete fallacy, as in the long run it will probably do the opposite.
What they don’t tell you is that the bill also would increase business taxes by about $55 billion over the next ten years. I don’t have to tell you what would happen to people who’s salaries are currently paid by that money, but I’ll bet it’s not “job creation.”
Plus, the bill included federal mandates that would drive up the cost of American construction projects. Again, “job creation?”
Now, this misinformation is bad enough. But the worst part of this bill is what it really means. See, when elections for seats in the house come up, anyone who doesn’t vote for this bill will get called out by his opposition as “opposing a bill that creates jobs”, or “voting against renewable energy tax credits.” The problem is that there was so much more in this bill. Things completely unrelated to renewable energy. Changes in tax laws and such that are all bad for American businesses were thrown in as a way to offset the cost of giving these tax credits to Americans. How about a cut in the pay of members of Congress next time. Or the ridiculous benefits that come with the position that are completely unnecessary. This playing the game of politics is what gets American voters angry.
In the end, mocking the opponents of this bill probably will not go over as well as they think. Despite claims that it is for the “common man” organizations who oppose this bill include National Taxpayers Union, Associated Builders & Contractors, Citizens Against Government Waste, and Independent Electrical Contractors.