Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann was on the Northern Alliance Radio Network, where she warned that President Obama’s cap and trade system to lower greenhouse gas emissions will turn Americans into slaves to the government. She said that cap and trade will give the government control over all of the activities of our daily lives.
Here is the audio:
Bachmann said, “Well, I tell you what I am concerned about are the current 19 and 20-year-olds that are going to hold this debt. And it’s the mother of all ironies, John and Brian, that the kids who voted en masse for Barack Obama are the ones being fitted with shackles and chains. And they’re going to wake up one morning and find out that their tax rate is 65% or higher. Who is going to get out of bed in the morning if you realize that two-thirds or more of your day is spent earning money? You are working for Uncle Sam and you keep very little.”
Here is her paranoia over cap and trade, “About every 30 years you see a huge piece of legislation that has the potential to change our country forever, that’s what this global warming tax is, the cap and trade. This is the piece of legislation of our time that could change our country forever and that’s why people need to recognize that government will be given control over almost every activity of your life and then we will become servants to government to pay for this level of control. It’s very frightening, the energy tax.”
Everybody run, cap and trade is going to enslave us all!!! How exactly will cap and trade give the government control of our lives? I am not sure about that one at all. Usually, there is some kernel of logic that has been warped or blown out of proportion in Bachmann’s rants, but this, even by her standards, is out of right field. I am also curious about where the 65% tax rate is coming from.
This is getting to be a common event. At least once a week Michele Bachmann says something crazy that makes the GOP look bad. Her paranoia about cap and trade is flat out insane. It is possible to disagree with a policy without sounding like a lunatic, but Bachmann hasn’t figured that out yet.
(h/t: Think Progress)