"The Group of Eight may be waking up to the cost of fighting global warming, but in Australia, the opposite is happening. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has promised to implement an emissions trading scheme by 2010, claiming it would be "reckless not to act." Rhetoric aside, Mr. Rudd just wants to do what every Labor politician likes: tax industry and redistribute the proceeds, at huge cost to the economy."
Minister Wong confirmed the course today. Australia is treading where most others fear to tread. And all the vultures are gathering to dismember the carcass. Bribes, exemptions, compensation, handouts, subsidies and rhetoric will be used to mute the opposition, while the luckless consumers and taxpayers are scared witless by forecasts of doom and endless repetition of loaded words like "carbon polluters", "pollution tax", "dangerous climate change" and "the huge costs of inaction".
Even the scheme has been renamed "The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme".
Once this monstrous scheme to tax and redistribute is embedded, it will infect every branch of our society and be very hard to eradicate.
Hopefully we will have an election before they can do irrevocable harm, if we can find some skeptical candidates not yet infected by this "Madness of Crowds".
What with Senator Wong’s statement at her National Press Club Address today, (16.07.08), that: “It is not business as usual; there will be a fundamental transformation of the entire economy. There will be an enormous economic transition.”
Her words brought to mind Jose Ortega Y Gasset’s remarks from his book titled The Revolt of the Masses:
"This is the greatest change that today threatens civilisation: State intervention - the absorption of all spontaneous social action by the state ... Society will have to live for the State, man for the governmental machine. And as, after all, it is only a machine whose existence and maintenance depend on the vital supports around it, the State after sucking out the very marrow of society, will be left bloodless, a skeleton, dead with that rusty death of machinery, more gruesome than the death of a living organism.”
Precisely what happened to the now disbanded Soviet Union.
It is obvious that with the many caps, gateways, scheme caps,
and reviews that the new economy will be a Fascist one reinforced by Soviet rules.
Indeed a massive fundamental transformation that can only end in abject poverty and disaster for the entire population.