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Where's The Rich Liberal Sacrifice?

Ted Kennnedy, demanding financial sacrifice from America's wealthy during the recent Presidential election:

The President says the war on terrorism requires us to tighten our belts. But he refuses to ask the wealthiest taxpayers to share the burden; in fact, he proposes the opposite. In the midst of repeated calls to sacrifice, he is advocating massive new tax breaks primarily for those with the highest incomes. But under the Bush tax plan already enacted, the wealthiest 1% of taxpayers will each save an average of $50,000 a year. Now he proposes to give each of them even more - an additional $25,000 a year. He sees no need for them to share in the national sacrifice. That policy is wrong. We cannot say it is wartime for the rest of America, but still peacetime for the rich.

That's all well and good, but what about the sacrifices Teddy is willing to make? Currently there is a plan to build windmills off the coast of the Cape Cod that would provide 75% of the needed power for the Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard communities as well as much of the surrounding areas. Clean, eternally renewable energy no less.

Now these windmills would be located far enough out to see that they'd be visible only as small blips on the horizon, but they would be visible (on clear days) from Teddy's Cape Cod compound. Is Teddy willing to sacrifice a small portion of the view from his deluxe abode for the greater good?

Hell no.

Which is really sort of amazing, isn't it? There is almost no downside to these windmills, environmentally or economically, yet it may well be that they won't get build thanks to the influence of Ted Kennedy and other rich liberals who don't want to have to look at the windmills while swilling cocktails.

It kind of reminds me of how John Kerry demanded that Americans drive more efficient vehicles he himself trucked around in one of the biggest SUV gas-hots on the market.

By Rob Port of Say Anything.


Comments (11)

NIMBY? Meet BANANA (Build A... (Below threshold)
D:

NIMBY? Meet BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody).

Of course he doesn't want t... (Below threshold)

Of course he doesn't want to look at the windmills while swilling his Chivas: the spinning of the windmills compounded by the spinning of the room would be more than even man of Teddy's intestinal fortitude could stand.

Weak.Goldberg assert... (Below threshold)
Just John:

Weak.
Goldberg asserts that Ted is against the windfarm with no source. There's also no source to suggest the resaon for the speculated opposition. He asserts that Ted "recruited" with no evidence to support it.

What is RFK Jr.'s stated reason for opposing the farm?

There are some reasons to b... (Below threshold)
blueeyes:

There are some reasons to be anti-wind farm. After all, enough windmills could significantly effect climate patterns. They also cost twice what nuclear power does, watt per watt.

But when you're anti-nuclear power, can't use solar cells, and aren't willing to start new oil drilling, well, then giving up on windmill generators is just not a good idea.

I heard that TFK (I have NO... (Below threshold)
moseby:

I heard that TFK (I have NO idea [and don't care] if his midddle initial is "F"--it just fits) is going around saying he invented the windmill. That's what perplexes me...he's against his own invention...???!!!

"I did it first. I invented the windmill...tell em Fred...Hoo Hoo"

Teddy is a one-man windfarm... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Teddy is a one-man windfarm....connect a generator to both ends and enjoy almost unlimited power from a just a quart or two of cheap booze each day. OBTW, OSHA will probably require some warning signs advising folks not to get downwind of him when he's generating.

Isn't that the standard lib... (Below threshold)
Kman:

Isn't that the standard liberal creed?

"Do as I say to do, not as I do."

Rules, laws, taxes, etc? Those are for everybody else.

Why complain about a tax cu... (Below threshold)

Why complain about a tax cut for the only ones paying taxes? Poor people won't be sacrificing a damn thing, they'd get a tax cut too but you can't cut what they don't pay. You could double their taxes they'd never notice. Two times nothing is still nothing. I'm sure the rich would love to share burden, point me at the person that wants to shoulder some of my load.

TFK?I think it's E... (Below threshold)
Just John:

TFK?

I think it's EMK, but I don't know what the M is for . . .

Moore... (Below threshold)
Just John:

Moore

Of Kennedy? No, not Moore -... (Below threshold)

Of Kennedy? No, not Moore -- LESS!




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