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Krauthammer’s Take

From last night’s Fox News All-Stars.

On the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse gases are a threat to public health and can therefore be regulated under the Clean Air Act:

Look, it’s blackmail. It is a way of saying to Congress: Either you do cap-and-trade or we will do cap, no trade. We will regulate every aspect of American life if the EPA now has in its power — and perhaps it will enact it over time — to intrude on every aspect of American life. Essentially what it can do is to regulate emissions from any institution, any enterprise, any apartment block that emits more than 250 tons of CO2 in a year, which is a very low level.

 

It [EPA] says it will raise that higher but it doesn’t actually have the authority to actually raise it. …

It really is what Vaclav Klaus, the president of the Czech Republic, said: Environmentalism is the new socialism. It is a way for the feds — for the best and brightest in the federal government — to regulate all aspects of life. It used to be in the name of socialism, which was social equality. Now it’s in the name of the planet.

 

It is a smart strategy on the part of the left, but it is a hell of a way to do it. If you want to do it, at least you do it by the consensus of Congress. If you do it by regulation, there will be a revolution on the administration’s hands.

On Harry Reid’s comparing those who oppose Obamacare to defenders of slavery:

The reason it is sort of cheap and desperate is also because civil rights and slavery were about relieving the shackles on people and increasing freedom. You can make arguments in favor of this health-care reform but an increase in freedom it is not.

 

If anything, it is going to intrude the federal government into one-sixth of American life in a way we have never had before. It will have the government … creating about 118 new regulatory commissions, boards, regulators who will dictate how you get health care. …

 

They will be dictating to health-care insurers exactly what are going to be the ratios of the old and poor paying in. You will not be able to use actuarial tables in which now the elderly pay six times as much as the young. It’s going to have to be — the government will…regulate — it will be two to one or three to one.

All of this will be a net decrease in our freedom in action of life. So I think that makes the analogy to civil rights and slavery particularly inept.

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