By Michael R. Fox Ph.D
March 18, 2009
Recently Larry Kudlow wrote that “Obama has declared war on investors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, large corporations, and private equity and venture-capital funds.” Kudlow’s famous expertise in economics cuts through the fuzzy euphemisms concealing the true agenda of President Obama’s confiscatory tax plans. He also notes that nations which tax their citizens more produce less, and nations which tax less produce more. When a nation produces more, there’s also more prosperity, more jobs at higher wages, and more innovation. No nation has ever taxed its way to prosperity.
The “declared war” analogy is much more apt than perhaps even Kudlow and many of his readers realize. Many of our older citizens have personal experiences with the major benefits of energy use in the United States. During the last 60 years, for example, our nation has had abundant low cost electrical energy. This has revolutionized our nation and made it the most prosperous and productive nation in the history of the world.
Many environmental groups, leftists, and their political and financial friends also recognized the benefits of low cost energy and yet they have been opposed to nearly all of them. Being politically astute, and in need of millions of uninformed citizens, they don’t directly use guns and bombs to destroy these energy sources. They use taxation, litigation, false claims, and costly regulations.
For example, over the past 40 years they have succeeded in stopping the construction of new nuclear power plants in the United States. Such power plants would provide low-cost electricity reliably, day and night, wind or no wind, and all the while alleviating CO2 issues across the country. As we should know by now, France already generates nearly 80 percent of their electricity from nuclear sources and they have some of the cleanest air in the industrialized west.
Many recognize that when a nation is being attacked they have few choices, either surrender or fight. Many do not realize that this attack is taking place and certainly don’t recognize its international supporters. Maurice Strong, a Canadian billionaire socialist as well as a major power broker in the UN, was the head of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and the Executive Officer for Reform in the Office of the Secretary General of the United Nations. He stated at the 1992 conference “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”
While living in Hawaii, I had the honor of interviewing Patrick Moore, the founder of Greenpeace, who has gained a clearer picture of the “greens agenda” and their activities. He shared with me his views of today’s ‘greens’, which also are almost identical to the awful agenda of Strong described above. Moore said “…they have become far more extreme and their politics are little more than neo-Marxism in green garb!” Moore was quite specific and pointed out some of the characteristics of the environmental movement today. They tend to be:
1. Strongly anti-human
2. Anti-science and technology
3. Anti-trade and anti-capitalism
6. Invariably misleading
People are beginning to realize that environmentalism is really just another name for collectivism. There’s plenty of evidence for that, especially now that the global warming fraud is finally being exposed.
Dr. Mike Fox is a Senior Fellow for Science at The Grassroot Institute. Please visit Dr. Fox’s Blog at www.foxreport.org and watch for his regular reports MICHAEL R. FOX here at GIR and at HawaiiReporter.com.