The Man Behind the Curtain

Imagine, if you will, the snake-oil salesman of old in his rickety old traveling wagon. He opens the wooden shutters, pulls back the curtain and the show begins. With greasy hair and raspy voice he croons to the gullible: "Do you want to DIE from palpitations? You must take my elixir! My secret syrup will cure worms and neutralize poisonous air! Do you want to DIE from the vapors? Then buy my special mixture! It will not only heal the vapors, but twitches, stuttering and memory loss!" The naive willingly line his pockets with their hard-earned money because they want to believe his outrageous claims.

Fast-forward to the 21st century where another gullible public is lining up, ready and willing to swallow the elixir of global warming. Pull back the curtain and what do we see? Snake-oil politicians poised and ready to line their pockets. The Brits have already begun listing the many ways they can line their pockets with the hard-earned currency of the naive and gullible via taxation on global warming.

HARD-WORKING families face crippling new bills as the Government fights global warming with a raft of stinging taxes.
Typical families with two children could have to pay up to £1,300 more every year, according to estimates.
“And people will effectively be forced to buy energy-saving televisions and long-life lightbulbs by a nannying Government. Their whole way of life will alter forever.”

More global doom and gloom:

"The green proposals are revealed as leaked documents show people living in crime-free areas are to be penalised with a giant hike in council tax.

The Stern Report will warn that nearly half of the world’s species face extinction if there is a two per cent increase in global temperatures.

The rise in temperature would wipe out 40 per cent of all life and turn 200 million people into refugees.

And a similar rise would treble the cost to Britain of dealing with annual river floods, the doom-laden report warns.

Sir Nicholas will urge countries to spend one per cent of the world’s economy — around £184billion — now to avert disaster in the coming years.

He forecasts it will cost 20 times that to deal with the failure to tackle the huge problems facing the globe.

And that will damage global economies — sparking a depression not seen since the US Wall Street crash of 1929.

The 700-page document warns countries will be crippled trying to deal with the costs of environmental catastrophes.

The 200 million people would be made homeless by rising river and sea levels.

The dossier also warns that it is not enough for just one or a handful of countries to take action now.

The report was commissioned by Chancellor Gordon Brown and has taken a year to compile.

It is the first compiled by an economist rather than a scientist and carries huge weight.

Mr Brown has recruited ex-US vice-president Al Gore as his green guru. He will advise the Chancellor on international environmental issues.

Tory leader David Cameron vowed yesterday to erect an energy-generating wind turbine on No 10 Downing Street if he wins the next general election."

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If this flies in Britain, then we're next. A new tier of taxes to save the world!

I feel the vapors coming on. Where did I put my bottle of elixir?

Posted by Mutti at October 30, 2006 12:26 AM | TrackBack