I thought Obama was voted in to CHANGE what Bush did not make it worse!
I guess then you are in the camp of Cap and Trade. So be it. But don't try and tell people that it is not a tax. A tax that is going to hurt the most vulnerable people of our society the worst.
This doesn't hurt the fat cat rich guys, this clobbers those working poor people you counsel about credit in Appalachia. This raises their electricity and other energy costs.
But I guess that is ok by you so long as it doesn't come from the IRS you can look 'em in the eye and say "But Obama didn't raise your taxes."
I look at the big picture, and some of the steps to achieve the goals of the big picture are not what I like, but those steps have to be taken anyway. I can either be mature and accept that or I can nitpick it and whine and act like a naive sheep and drone when told that it is the wrong step. I chose to look at the long path.
You look at Cap and Trade on the short term, based on what YOU read, I look at its long term benefits for the future.
You look at any increases in utilities as a result as a tax [and they are], I look at the aggregate and work on getting THAT number down, not focusing on one issue at the expense of others.
I liken your threads to a person who sees a room full of knobs and switches and dials and gauges and questions the operator for each and every decision on each and ever flip of a switch or turn of a knob without understanding either the total input or the expected output of the system...or what is expected of the system during each of the adjustments. "But somebody told you that the sixth switch should always be off!!!" so that guides your entire thought process as the operator flips it on, never questioning that the person that told you might have been incorrect.
Learn what the system does and what the expectations of the WHOLE outcome are expected to be before trying to microquestion each switch flip. Of course that will require going back and reading ALL of the policy papers of all of the current players and their current goals. And having objective conversations instead of just trying to "win".