A couple of stomach-turning items of interest today come from the two hotly-debated legislative pushes of the day: health care reform and cap and trade.
Obama administration budget director Peter Orszag was asked by Chris Wallace whether the public option government health plan would use taxpayer money to fund abortions. Orszag hemmed and hawed about the bill still being in committee, but said he could not rule it out (HotAir has the video). Of course the final bill hasn’t been hammered out yet, but such a shameful inclusion would be an ideologically-driven “screw you” to well over half the country. No matter where you stand, abortion is too thorny an issue to start making taxpayers fund them under the guise of health care reform.
Equally troubling are the comments of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke before the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai indicating that American taxpayers should pay for the carbon emissions of other countries since we consume their goods. From Reuters, his exact words:
It’s important that those who consume the products being made all around the world to the benefit of America — and it’s our own consumption activity that’s causing the emission of greenhouse gases, then quite frankly Americans need to pay for that.
The Commerce Department sent the Wall Street Journal a weakly-worded rebuttal saying Secretary Locke believes American companies shouldn’t be disadvantaged by Chinese companies “not bound by responsible policies to reduce carbon emissions.” The statement isn’t really a denial, however, of what Secretary Locke was saying, and the fact that a Cabinet member is floating the idea of Americans paying the bill for Chinese pollution ought to be more than a little concerning.
From these two administration officials, we can see warning signs of the agenda and thought process of this administration. Taxpayer-funded abortions? If the budget director hedges on ruling it out, there’s a significant chance we might see them. Paying for the pollution of other countries? Well, we deserve to pay it, it’s our fault the Chinese pollute so much! I can’t fathom how anyone can think that either of these will benefit America, either to bring us together or get us out of our economic downturn. Any fantasies of moderation or centrist governance ought to be smashed to bits at this point, as it’s more than obvious that the ideology of the far left appears to be what’s driving the ship at this point.