As bad as the health-care bill is, I don't think it is the central threat to liberty right now. The central threat is the global warming hysteria and "cap-and-trade" energy rationing. Why is this a greater threat? Because global warming is the only issue that can be used to justify total control of all aspects of our lives, since everything we do uses energy. It is a justification for dictatorship.
And we won't have to wait long to see the dictatorship.
Analysts digging through the current House and Senate versions of the cap-and-trade bill have discovered a provision that gives the president essentially dictatorial powers in the case of a "climate emergency," which will be triggered when atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations reach 450 parts per million—which they are projected to do soon.
If this analysis is correct, the cap-and-trade bill could serve as a kind of enabling act for the creation of an environmentalist economic dictatorship.
"Obama as Climate Strongman: Taking the Chavez Adoration a Step Too Far," Christopher C. Horner, Big Government, November 10
So it seems that both the House-passed Waxman-Markey bill House bill and Senate EPW Committee-passed version of Kerry-Boxer both have buried in them what the Washington Examiner's Mark Tapscott describes, in revealing the measure, a "nasty bureaucratic provision that requires President Obama to act like Venezuelan strong man Hugo Chavez." Requires might seem strong, in that you would assume a moderate president or simply one not engaged in an effort to "fundamentally transform America" would feel no obligation to seize a loophole installed for such an activist leader.
But you would be wrong, on both counts. The provision is quite clearly installed for green pressure groups to sue to force the chief executives' hands to seize all manner of power otherwise unavailable to him under our system but desired by the greens and whatever they can convince the federal court's 9th Circuit is in our interests. That is, the bill actually does mandate that a "climate emergency" be declared by the federal government when global greenhouse gas concentrations—which are not something which the bill or the United States can control and over which we have a decreasing influence each day—reach 450 parts per million. Which the bill's authors knew would already be the case by the time the bill was adopted.
At that point President Obama, using powers he worked to craft and signed into law, would "direct all Federal agencies to use existing statutory authority to take appropriate actions…to address shortfalls" in achieving needed greenhouse gas reductions….
But as we have been warning you in detail, this agenda transparently is not about GHG concentrations, or the climate.
It's about what this provision would bring: almost limitless power over private economic activity and individual liberty for the activist president and, for the reluctant leader, litigious greens and courts…. And after Obama is gone, just what this means won't be up to the president any more, but the greens, their lawyers, and activist courts.