RUSH: Now, ladies and gentlemen, from the Wall Street Journal: ‘Pelosi, Reid Agree to Put [Immigration] Ahead of Energy Bill as Hispanics, a Key Voting Bloc, Grow Frustrated About Inaction — Democrat leaders in Congress…’ We are under a full-fledged assault. It’s not daily; it’s hourly. No sooner did Obama start the process of finishing off Wall Street, then here comes Carol Browner talking about cap and tax, and here comes the Wall Street Journal talking about: No, no! We’re going to do immigration. ‘Democratic leaders in Congress have agreed to try to pass immigration legislation this year, placing the explosive issue ahead of an energy bill on their agenda and upending conventional wisdom that it was dead for now.’ Why not? Amnesty is where the votes are, and they’re going to need ’em. They are going to need ’em. They’re driving themselves off a cliff electorally. They already have the green vote (such as it is) sewn up, but they don’t have the illegal vote because the illegals can’t legally vote. So they gotta fix that. Besides, if the Democrats lose their majorities in November it’s going to be that much harder to destroy capitalism, and that’s the priority. So they’ve gotta win these elections in November.
Now, here’s this afternoon: Andrea Mitchell (NBC News, Washington) and Carol Browner, Director of the White House Office on Energy and Climate. Andrea Mitchell said, ‘There’s been a lot of talk here about cap and trade. Climate change legislation will try to rebrand cap and trade. Lieberman says, ‘You remember the artist formerly known as Prince’? This is ‘market based system for punishing polluters,’ previously known as cap and trade. So it’s going to be cap and trade without calling it cap and trade? It’s just a matter of semantics here?’
BROWNER: It’s not just a matter of semantics. Ah, what Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman have been doing is meeting with individual industry sectors to understand what would be the best way to work with them to achieve the reductions. And so it’s not a one-size-fit[s]-all response.
MITCHELL: So it will be one system for the energy secretary, one system for transportation, and different kinds of trading incentives within different industry sectors?
BROWNER: Right. I — I — I think what’s important is they are working with these industries. Uh, that doesn’t mean that they’re doing exactly what the industry wants in every instance, but they’re understanding what’s important so that we can get the kind of market certainty and predictability so that companies here in the United States will make the investments to create the jobs.
RUSH: They haven’t the slightest clue how to make that happen. So here it’s another attempt at command-and-control over the energy sector of the economy. After they sew up the financial services sector, after they sew up health care, they are making a march. They are unstoppable until November.