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Cap and Tr…ojan Horse

In the epic poem “The Aeneid“, Virgil told of how the Greeks built a large, wooden, hollow horse, inside of which elite fighters were hidden. As the story goes, the Greeks pretended to sail away and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city of Troy as a symbol of their victory. At night, the men hidden inside the horse came out to open the gates of the city, allowing the rest of the Greek army to enter and destroy the city, resulting in their victory in the longstanding war. The “Trojan horse” has now come to symbolize a trick or diversion that allows a foe into what was thought to be a protected or safe place.

Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the cap and trade bill, passing it by a vote of 219 to 212. The goal of H.R. 2454 is supposedly to reduce carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse” gas emissions, thereby helping reduce so-called global warming.

There are many problems with this legislation, in my opinion. This blog entry is not to get into those things, which are many. My main problem with this bill and this is seemingly happening more and more lately, is that a large chunk of the bill was added in the middle of the night before the vote, only a few hours before debate was to begin before the vote. From what I’ve gathered, not one Representative read the original bill, not to mention the 300 pages of amendments.

The story was largely under reported, especially considering this Democratic-led Congress promised a change from the inept and corrupt leadership of the previously Republican-controlled Congress. They promised a more open and transparent government but we continue to see the same old same old. Big surprise, huh? I understand the need for amendments but 300 pages and in the dark of night at the last minute with no time for anyone to read it? The whole situation smells.

How often are we going to permit our politicians to bring in these Trojan horses before we get wise and demand they start playing it straight?


One Response

  1. […] Inhofe, R-Okla., has ordered an investigation into why the report was suppressed in light of the recent cap and trade legislation that barely passed the house by a 219-212 […]

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