I’m not sure if it’s official , butt this is definitely in the running for our 2012 WTF campaign slogan:
I guess we just have to do a better job getting our message out, since Big Guy’s fund raiser yesterday wasn’t quite sold out.
I don’t know what more they expect from Big Guy: he’s done everything he promised.
So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.
That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel and other alternative energy approaches.
The only thing I've said with respect to coal, I haven't been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as a (sic) ideological matter as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.
So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can.
It's just that it will bankrupt them.
And while not quite able to get Congress to ram Cap and Trade up our butts, he did get the EPA to implement it behind the veil of regulation:
Consumers could see their electricity bills jump an estimated 40 to 60 percent in the next few years.
The reason: Pending environmental regulations will make coal-fired generating plants, which produce about half the nation's electricity, more expensive to operate. Many are expected to be shuttered.
The increases are expected to begin to appear in 2014, and policymakers already are scrambling to find cheap and reliable alternative power sources. If they are unsuccessful, consumers can expect further increases as more expensive forms of generation take on a greater share of the electricity load.
…One company that expects to benefit from the changes is Chicago-based Exelon Corp., which has a large fleet of nuclear power plants that have low emissions and are cheap to run compared with coal plants.
And we can still count on David Axelrod -
although not technically on our Big White team any more – to work the strings behind the curtain to ensure that
crony capitalism Big Guy’s policies are being effectively implemented:
David Axlerod, Obama's campaign strategist and chief domestic policy adviser (who had the office closest to the Oval one before he left the White House to return to the 2012 campaign trail), has reaped quite a few rewards from doing business with Commonwealth Edison, which became part of the Exelon octopus through corporate mergers (this corporate history is linked to Rahm Emanuel, see below).
Axelrod's firm, ASK Public Strategies, is the "gold standard in Astroturf organizing" (Astroturf organizations are fake grassroots groups that are actually funded and promoted by corporate interests).
And rest assured that Big Guy will not rest until all of you have realized his American Dream.
And he’s done his part to get us there: so far we’ve managed to squash the oil and gas producing industry, we’re well on our way to kiboshing the coal industry, we’ve managed to double gas prices, electricity prices are posed to “sky rocket,” we’ve saved the auto industry – or at least the important part of it, the UAW, and it’s only a matter of time before we
finish destroying the world’s best health care system make health care affordable and available.
As Big Guy told us Monday in North Carolina (between DNC fundraising events):
"We need to solve our medium and long-term debt and deficit problems, not for abstract reasons, but because they are a concrete impediment to growth and jobs,"
And we’re well on our way to solving that problem too, by raising the national debt ceiling into the stratosphere.
So yes, I think the campaign slogan might actually work: “You’re Welcome, America!”
Alternatively, there’s always this: Obama 2112: “Stupid is as stupid does!”
Or possibly: “Give yourself to the Dark Side. It is the only way you can save your friends.”
"You don't know the power of the dark side!"
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