Tea Partiers Release Document of Principles

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Tea Partiers Release Document of Principles


A months-long selection process is over, and tea partiers have unveiled a document stating 10 bedrock principles principles.

On the eve of the tea partiers’ Tax Day protests planned for tomorrow, it will likely serve as a rallying point for conservative activists. It could also become a litmus test for politicians, in the mold of Americans for Tax Reform’s tax pledge, as 2010 congressional candidates will be asked by tea partiers to sign onto the document.

The Contract from America, a play on Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America, has been in the works for several months, as Houston-based activist Ryan Hecker launched it as a website in September and later got the attention of tea party and conservative groups like FreedomWorks and the coalition Tea Party Patriots. Tea partiers began voting for their favorite principles online during the Conservative Political Action Conference in late February.

Tea party groups will tout the document tomorrow during Tax Day protests across the nation.

Hecker’s document has the backing of a laundry list of influential conservative groups, including Americans for Tax Reform, the National Taxpayers Union, Gingrich’s own American Solutions, the conservative blog The Next Right, the College Republicans, and the Republican Liberty Caucus.

The selection process is now over, and the Contract from America has been finalized as a list of 10 principles after 450,000 online votes were cast.

The final list was published online today. Here it is:

The Atlantic.com
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Be Patriotic- Pay More Taxes-Senators Considering New Gasoline Tax

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Well as part of the Obama administration’s brilliant philosophy of making energy prices so expensive the average person will seek alternative sources, in addition to a VAT tax being considered, some Senators are considering a new gasoline tax to drive you away from fossil fuels to something “green” like a bicycle or a horse and buggy.  You have to ask yourself, just what are these people thinking? Add so many new taxes in the middle of the worse recession since the depression and the highest unemployment in 35 years I believe it is? Great job guys ……..you are holding back the recovery by passing Obamacare, later maybe “Cap & Trade” along with your new taxes. Great Job!!!

Estimates put it in the range of 15 cents a gallon. Some oil companies are on board with the plan because it would cost them far less than other proposals to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Senators consider gasoline tax as part of climate bill

Leading voices in the Senate are considering a new tax on gasoline as part of an effort to win Republican and oil industry support for the energy and climate bill now idling in Congress.

The tax, which according to early estimates would be in the range of 15 cents a gallon, was conceived with the input of several oil companies, including Shell, BP and ConocoPhillips, and is being championed by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

It is shaping up as a critical but controversial piece in the efforts by Lindsay Graham, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to write a climate bill that moderate Republicans could support. Along those lines, the bill will also include an expansion of offshore oil drilling (which Obama already did, maybe in anticipation of this Climate bill.) and major new incentives for nuclear power plant construction. (You have to ask yourself, what does Lindsay Graham think he’s doing…supporting a new gasoline tax and amnesty for illegals? Is he wanting to lose his job come November along with many of the Democrats? It certainly looks that way to me.)

Glendale FreewayMotorists on the Glendale Freeway head toward the downtown Los Angeles skyline. The gas tax proposal is shaping up as a critical but controversial piece in efforts by GOP and Democratic senators to write a federal climate bill that moderate Republicans could support. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / February 10, 2010)

Environmental groups have long advocated gasoline taxes to reduce fossil fuel consumption; the oil industry has spent heavily in recent years to fight taxes, which it says would harm consumers.

In this case, though, several oil companies like the tax because it figures to cost them far less than other proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including provisions in the climate bill the House passed last year.

The Senate bill’s sponsors appear to want the revenue raised from the tax to fund a variety of programs that would lower industrial emissions, including helping manufacturers reduce energy use or boosting wind and solar power installations by electric utilities.

But the tax has encountered stiff behind-the-scenes resistance from some Democrats, who fear the political specter of increasing gasoline prices as the national average cost of gasoline is expected to crest $3 a gallon this summer.

And no other Republicans have publicly announced support for the framework legislation that Graham and the others are circulating on Capitol Hill. Attracting significant Republican support for a bill featuring a tax increase would run counter to historical political trends and to the anti-tax outrage percolating among the “tea party” activists in the GOP base.

Sources say the resistance extends to some Obama administration officials. In a statement, White House spokesman Ben Labolt said only that President Obama was “encouraged by the work of Sens. Kerry, Lieberman and Graham to move forward bipartisan, comprehensive energy and climate legislation” and that “we look forward to reviewing the details of the legislation when they are finalized.”

Some industry analysts and environmentalists question how much a tax would do to reduce emissions from gasoline, particularly if the extra cost to motorists is measured in cents, not dollars.

Proponents call the tax approach under consideration a “linked fee,” because it links the extra cost for gasoline to the average cost of greenhouse gas emission permits created through a so-called cap-and-trade system for electric utilities. That system would set a declining limit on emissions from power plants and force utilities to buy permits, on a trading market, to emit heat-trapping gases. Under the linked-fee proposal, gasoline taxes would rise in tandem with the prices of industrial emission permits, or fall if the price of permits declines.

As negotiations build toward a scheduled unveiling of the bill next week, it’s still unclear whether major oil companies and their trade group, the American Petroleum Institute, will explicitly endorse the legislation or at least agree not to fund an ad campaign opposing it. Proponents of a climate bill say such backing would be a major coup.

“It’s not clear that a linked fee creates a path to 60 votes” to overcome Senate procedural hurdles, said Scott Segal, a lobbyist for the Bracewell & Giuliani law firm in Washington who represents utilities and refiners on climate policy.

If oil companies do back the bill, climate activists will find themselves joining forces with an industry they’ve long demonized. The tax could also put senators who vote for the bill at the mercy of election attacks if gas prices spike before November — even though the tax would probably not kick in for several years.

LATimes.com

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