Friday, June 5, 2009

Rep. McCarthy, Er, Broun Weighs In On Waxman-Markey

Aside from the odd Congressional junkie (yours truly included), the mention of Representative Paul Broun (GA) may evoke a fleeting memory of last year's general election campaign. Why would even the casual political follower retain any knowledge of the two-term Congressman?

Oh, that's right: because he likened then President-elect Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler. In his post-election rant to the Associated Press, Mr. Broun also dubbed the President a "Marxist."

It seems it was only a matter of time until Mr. Broun weighed in with his patented cutting edge early 20th century insult comedy when it came to the American Clean Energy and Security Act. And man was it a doozy, if not completely and utterly predictable (via Talking Points Memo):
Rep. Paul Broun has a bit of a joke for you. "The Waxman-Markey Cap-and-Trade legislation is just another disguise and it's high time that we call it what it really is: a Wacky-Marxist Tax-and-Cap bill that will suffocate America's small businesses, ultimately strangling America's respiratory system."


In his press release, Broun [...] limited [his] critique of cap-and-trade legislation to the false claim--based on an intentional misreading of an M.I.T. study--that climate legislation will cost the average household thousands of dollars.
And thus another shocking turn in the debate on clean energy, wherein opposition forces egregiously distort the truth, come up with a catchy (inaccurate) catchphrase, and hurl insults that would arguably be relevant in a Felix the Cat film.