As we approach the topic of global warming, it is my opinion that we see Republicans on both sides of this issue. One side believes in global warming and a tax on our carbon footprint (cap and trade). This leads to excessive taxation. Another side (the one I adhere to) sees global warming as extremist and that we must thwart any/all legislative initiatives that would prop up its viability.
However, the constant back and forth of quasi-conservative Republicans is confusing. As a conservative, I believe we should care of the earth. We should take the environment seriously and ensure we are preserving the earth for future generations. However, placing a tax on carbon that limits economic growth and proposing bogus initiatives that drain taxpayers is not the answer.
Most conservative Republicans will tell you that they do not support Cap & Trade legislation. They refuse earmarks that dump money into green initiatives and reject legislation like the Green New Deal. Good for them! We do not need this kind of regulatory policy suffocating our economy.
However, there are some left of center Republicans who believe that “climate change is real.” Unfortunately, this thinking threatens everything from the economy to national security. Their proposal is a market-based system in which mass polluters comply with restrictive radical environmental regulation without compromise. What do you think their definition of a market-based system entails? A market-based system is code for excessive taxation!
We see that some Republicans are trying to remain true to their base by denying the cries of environmental desolation from the Left, but they also propose that greenhouse gases are real and the planet is indeed warming, bringing about the need for a price on carbon. I believe they do this to win votes come election season. But what is the truth?
Republicans hate excessive taxation! That is a fact! We can see language in both the SC and National Republican Party Platforms that confirms this fact.
The South Carolina Republican Party Platform:
“We are the party of opportunity and support a tax policy designed to help the economy grow, not stunt the taxpayer or punish achievement. We believe high taxation of both income and capital growth slows economic growth and job creation and call for both lower and less progressive taxation.”
The National Republican Party Platform:
“Republicans consider the establishment of a pro-growth tax code a moral imperative. More than any other public policy, the way government raises revenue — how much, at what rates, under what circumstances, from whom, and for whom — has the greatest impact on our economy’s performance. It powerfully influences the level of economic growth and job creation, which translates into the level of opportunity for those who would otherwise be left behind. Getting our tax system right will be the most important factor in driving the entire economy back to prosperity.”
As Republicans, we must come to an agreement that while we indeed need to ensure we are caring for the earth and being smart about what we do, we do not support excessive taxation and mass government regulation over our activities as a way to “preserve the earth.” Republicans figured out a long time ago that the Democrat Party use “green initiatives” as a way to increase government intervention in the free-market economy and to have a hand in the daily lives of Americans. Their intent is not to make the world a better place. The motives are purely about money and power. We need to wise up as Republicans and realize when we are being sold a lie by quasi-Republicans who’d love a slice of the money and power. The global warming initiatives being pushed by the left are nothing more than a redistribution of corporate and personal wealth. Getting anywhere close to that global warming “fire” is not good public policy for conservatives.
The recent $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill that William Timmons told me he likes is loaded with Green New Deal initiatives.