An elite group of Republicans, and not the most conservative Republicans at that, want to raise your taxes. Yet again, they are relying on the media to equate Republican with conservative, but if you remember your history, James A. Baker, III, and Hank Paulson were the moderates in their respective cabinets. George P. Schultz is arguably the most conservative of the lot, and even he was more middle of the road than much of Reagan’s cabinet. Schultz served in the Nixon Administration before the Reagan Administration. Baker was Reagan’s Secretary of Treasury, Chief of Staff, and George H. W. Bush’s Secretary of State and Chief of Staff. The media, at the time, praised his moderating influences against conservatives in both Administrations. That’s him next to Barack Obama in the picture above.
Now Paulson, who gave us TARP and bank bailouts under George W. Bush, along with Schultz and Baker, want the government to raise taxes on the American people. They claim it’ll just be a carbon tax on energy companies and please pay no attention to the energy companies passing the cost along to you and me.
While a carbon tax is a vastly better scheme than what Barack Obama came up with, it is still a ridiculous measure. Note this from the New York Times:
Whatever the fate of the plan, it is a notable moment because it puts influential members of the Republican establishment on the record as favoring action on climate change — a position that is publicly held by few Republicans at the national level, though many quietly say they would like to throw off the orthodoxy in the party that opposes action.
What’s going on here is the New York Times and other organizations think they can pressure Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump into getting the President to have his “Sister Souljah” moment. That’s where a political leader of a party berates his own side into rejecting their existing orthodoxy as Bill Clinton did when he lectured Democrats about embracing rapper Sister Souljah. Souljah had asked in an interview “if black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?”
Clinton, in a speech to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition responded by saying, “If you took the words ‘white’ and ‘black,’ and you reversed them, you might think David Duke was giving that speech.” The media heralded his bravery and began hoping Republicans would have “Sister Souljah Moments” against conservatives on abortion, guns, and now the environment.
As Mike Needham at Heritage Action notes, this is an elitist proposal to raise your taxes.
“Replacing Obama’s destructive regulatory regime with a destructive taxation regime will not make American companies more competitive or bring jobs back to abandoned communities. Beyond the policy implications, the Climate Leadership Council’s carbon tax proposal is just the latest example of policy solutions crafted by and made for cultural elites. There is no room in the Republican Party for a carbon tax. These so-called Party elders might want to meet with former Secretary Clinton to discuss this idea.”
He’s right. The Obama Administration program should be repealed and the GOP should not replace it with a tax increase.