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Smart people are dangerous because they can fixate on one aspect of an issue and ignore the rest.
Perhaps the issue is ensuring that lower income people have their needs taken care of. They make the first presumption that someone else needs to take care of these lower income people. That's the first presumption of the communist philosophy, but it just sort of slips by. Then, since someone else needs to take care of these lower income people, someone else needs to do it through payments to the government that will ensure proper redistribution to these lower income people. That's the second presumption of the communist philosophy.
Are these smart people communists? They would never admit to that. They don't see themselves as that at all. They see themselves as enlightened and compassionate... they have empathy.
Actually, what they have is sympathy and guilt. They feel sorry that these other people have made life choices that have restricted their incomes and capabilities. They feel guilty that their own accomplishments and financial success has allowed themselves to live so well while others are not. It is only fair that some of what people like them have should go to people who are not like them.
Then along comes a smooth-talking fellow who says he can fix the situation.
- We will all move back into central cities and ride public transportation... and force other people who can't move into central cities to pay much more for their transportation and fuel.
- We will all move to perfect climates where it is not too hot or not too cold so that we minimize our energy consumption... and force other people who can't afford to live in perfect climates to pay much more for their heating and cooling plus pay more taxes on the higher expenses.
- We are too busy to volunteer or unwilling to be responsible for selecting a charity that helps people in need, so we will allow government bureaucrats to choose for the rest of us how our money should be used.
All of those unsympathetic people will get what they deserve... a system that makes them into good people.
H.R. 2454: American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009And that is how smart people elect people like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid. That's what makes these smart people so dangerous... and their decisions so stupid.
Requires: (1) the Administrator to implement the Energy Refund Program to give low-income households a monthly cash energy refund equal to the estimated loss in purchasing power resulting from this Act....
The problem is that Barack and Nancy and Harry don't really share the attitudes of these smart people. Barack and Nancy and Harry are only interested in heading up a system that makes lots of other people dependent on them. They want a system that is so expensive and onerous that other people need the government... with them as leaders... to take care of those other people. How else will people like Barack and Nancy and Harry keep their power and special health care benefits and political perks that other people can't have?