Only in politics can you win people’s support by telling them that you want to take more of their money and jobs away. Tell them it’s the “fair” thing to do. And the moral thing to do.
Just look at the Obamacare debate. It was never really a question as to whether Obamacare would raise insurance rates and cause healthcare costs to rise. Even Kathleen Sebelius admitted as much. Healthcare is going to get more costly, and the quality is going to suffer. But it’s all so that everybody is “taken care of.” We don’t want people dying in the streets because of a lack of health insurance, do we? So, the government is simply fulfilling its role in “promoting the general welfare” of the people. That way, people won’t be dying in the streets anymore. Instead, they’ll be at the mercy of “death panels” who will decide who is worth keeping and who needs to give up the ghost. So, see? It’s financially conservative, because they’re concerned about keeping unnecessary costs down. It’s compassionate too, because they’ll be putting people out of their misery.
It comes as no surprise that in unveiling his new energy policy, Obama is calling for more and more regulations that will potentially cripple the coal industry. Reuters reported:
“Obama’s long-awaited climate plan, detailed in a speech at Georgetown University, drew criticism from the coal industry, which would be hit hard by carbon limits, and Republicans, who accused the Democratic president of advancing policies that harm the economy and kill jobs.”
Back in 2008, Obama didn’t mince words when he pointed out that energy costs will “necessarily skyrocket” because of his policy’s new regulations:
“So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted. Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to, uh, retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.”
He acknowledges that prices are going to have to rise substantially, but it’s OK, because it’s for a good cause. Pollution not only kills people and makes them sick, but it also contributes to global warming which will certainly end in a conflagrative cataclysmic event if we don’t “do something” about it now. So, we should be willing to do whatever it takes at whatever cost is necessary to save the planet from destruction. It’s the “moral” thing to do.