by Katy Grimes, E&E Legal Senior Media Fellow
As appearing in the Flash Report
As the California Legislature voted Monday to extend the corrupt Cap and Trade taxing and regulatory program by 10 years, eight turncoat Republican legislators voted with the Democrats. They received support from the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Manufacturing and Technology Association, along with several other big biz groups. But they didn’t just reach across the aisle and vote with compadres – Republicans provided cover for three Assembly Democrats in targeted seats who couldn’t or wouldn’t vote for the cap and trade extension.
That’s how phony this deal is. Think about this: there are three Democrats who are in targeted Assembly seats, so they didn’t think voting in favor of extending cap and trade would sit well with their constituents. They didn’t have any real system of ideas and ideals that forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy. They are just counting votes.
Democrats don’t care about reducing pollution, or asthmatic children in Los Angleles, or the dorrupt scheme of cap and trade: they care about money and control. And Republicans don’t care about it either apparently.