Mitt, you have a problem — Holdren is on Line One!

Russ Steele

The business and conservative press are beginning to see through Romney. Here is a editorial from the Investor’s Business Daily:

Romney’s John Holdren Problem

Campaigning: The GOP front-runner for 2012 sought advice on global warming and carbon emissions from the president’s current science czar — an advocate of de-developing America and population control.

Politics is said to make strange bedfellows, but no coupling in our view is more bizarre than when John Holdren, now President Obama’s assistant for science and technology, once advised GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on environmental policy.

Holdren’s bizarre views are best suited for an adviser to someone like, say, Pol Pot.

He views humanity as a plague on the planet and the Industrial Revolution as a tragic mistake. The fewer people, he believes, the better, and he’s not shy about the ways he would use to reduce their number.

Why Gov. Romney, a reasonable person, would pick such a man to advise him on anything is beyond us.

You can read the rest HERE, but the article concludes:

Romney, speaking at a University of New Hampshire town hall on June 3, said: “I don’t speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that.”

So do Holdren and Al Gore.

In June, Gore, on his blog, praised Romney’s climate stance: “While other Republicans are running from the truth, he is sticking to his guns in the face of the anti-science wing of the Republican Party.

It may be time to go all in on Herman Cain HERE  and HERE.  What sane conservative could vote for the RINO Romney, who cannot figure out he is being duped by the global warmers.  If Romney can be duped by global warming, what else can he be duped by?  We need a real leader in the White House.

H/T to National Review on Line for the tip to the IBD editorial.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

33 Responses to Mitt, you have a problem — Holdren is on Line One!

  1. gjrebane says:

    Good post Russ. Your tracking of the Republican candidates is much appreciated. If Romney does not grow the cojones to repudiate RomneyCare and AGW, he will be a hard pill to swallow for conservatives. If he does, then I believe he will be the stronger candidate for facing down Obama, especially if he picks a good VP from the ample field available.

  2. RL Crabb says:

    I see a pattern here…The “never let a good crisis go to waste” syndrome. The Dems saw it too, by nominating the long-awaited progressive rather than the more moderate and experienced Hillary. What they got was Obama, who has stumbled through three years of failed initiatives. (I was disappointed in him for sure. I hoped he would buck the ultra-left platform and do something truly daring like reforming the tax code, which would have done more to get the economy going than all that stimulus money.)

    Instead, he and the House put together the flawed healthcare bill, which is slowly but surely unraveling. The final piece of the puzzle will come next summer when the individual mandate is decided by which side of the bed Anthony Kennedy gets up on that morning.

    Now we have the Repubs doing the same dance. Here is your big opportunity to get a true-blue conservative into the White House, instead of going with a pragmatic leader who can work across party lines. Good luck, boys.

  3. steve enos says:

    Herman Cain? Really? Is that some joke?

    I would love to have Cain run against President Obama. I bet President Obama would also love to run against Cain or Perry vs. Romney. But Cain will not be running against President Obama in 2012, nor will Perry.

    Russ is on record saying he will not vote for Romney in 2012. Perfect, thanks for the help in getting President Obama re-elected in 2012!

  4. Russ says:

    Well there is still this issue, will Obama be the Democratic candidate? Things could happen between now the election. The economy is not recovering and we are headed for bankruptcy. If so, it will be Obama bankruptcy and the Democratic Adults may think seriously about another candidate.

  5. steve enos says:

    The Nevada R debate was a hoot. So wasn’t it Dan Logue that went to Texas and begged Perry to run? Yikes… Perry really should have stayed in Texas and should have stayed clear of this. Thanks Dan, sure glad you made that trip to Texas. I don’t see Dan out working to grow support for Perry any more. No more press releases or media pushes from Dan about how wonderful Perry is.

    I figured Perry was smart enough to stay in Texas and that he would not run. I was wrong and now what for Perry?

    And what’s up with Bachmann? It was almost sad to see her and listen to her at the debate. She’s lost, but that’s nothing new.

    Newt looked to be the grown up in the group at the debate and I like a lot of what Ron Paul has to say.

    Cain? Go Cain! I hope the Tea Party continues to push for Cain. Cain and the Koch brothers info is getting out now. No wonder the Tea Party is now backing Cain since the Tea Party is really a Koch brothers operation. I sure hope Cain is picked by the R’s to run against President Obama. But sadly that will not happen.

  6. Any of the Republicans on the podium will beat the pants off of Obama. Obama is a stupid fool and the country is rejecting him big time. Please SteveE, keep supporting him and his failed policies. We lobe it!

  7. steve enos says:

    Dan Logue also was going to Nevada and screaming California needs to be just like Nevada. Dan kept saying that California should learn how to do things right and grow an economy just like Nevada. Dan kepp going to Nevada and holding workshops in Nevada asking Nevada how they do it… seems Dan no longer talks about how wonderful Nevada is.

    It was a hoot that the R debate was held in Las Vagas Nevada considering:

    Nevada has the lowest taxes and the least enviromental restrictions in the nation, but it has the highest foreclosure rates, the highest en-employement, the highest bankruptcy rates and the lowest personal income rates in the nation.

    Yep Dan Logue was telling uis he had the cure for California… be like Nevada! The Dan went to Texas to beg Perry to run for President saying Perry would fix our nation. Nevada? Perry?… what a joke!

    • Russ says:

      Steve E,

      Can you find some quotes to support your claims that Dan Logue said CA should be just like Nevada? As I recall, he went to find out why business left CA for Nevada. I think that Nevada’s problems started when Obama started dissing the companies that held business meeting in Las Vegas and Reno. Among liberals it became non-PC to vacation in Las Vegas, based to Obama mantra about how it was on the rich who vacation there. Nevada is now seeing the result of Obama’s economic leadership!

  8. Always a complainer and a critic aren’t you? Nevada attracted a huge number of businesses from California about twenty years ago because if I recall they had no inventory tax. California companies built a gazillion buildings there to store their goods and then transported them to market in California. I remember the Sparks area along I-80 was desert until the movement started and you can see all the buildings along the freeway and railroad tracks. That was amazing wasn’t it? A business could build a huge building there and transport their goods to California cheaper than the TAX California was charging them to store the goods here. You see, there are many other reasons Nevada became a mecca for things like that. Now we see California rules and regulations have seeped into the state and the locals here call it Californication. Our residents have moved themselves and the busy bod rules to Nevada and have been a major part of its decline. My sister lives in Colorado and her husband is in the ENERGY business. She tells me a lot of busty body Californians are moving there too and started the sdecline of her state. Too many SteveE’s moving around the country.

  9. steve enos says:

    I’m sure glad California’s economy isn’t as bad as Nevada’s is… Nevada is in the tank. Even without all those standards and regulations and taxes California has Nevada is in the tank… go figure.

  10. steve enos says:

    Hey Todd, is it possible for you to have a respectful discussion without going into personal attack mode? Can you stick to the issues?

  11. Todd Juvinall says:

    I know many people wgo moved to Nevada in the 90’s to escape the regulatory overload of California. Many people did very well and are now retired. The lovers of regulation followed them and we all get to see what that has done to Nevada. Their are many people like SteveE there now.

  12. steve enos says:

    Cain’s 9-9-9 “plan” is being ripped apart by most everyone, including the right, most conservatives and those that have ran the numbers.

    The general agreement is a family of 4 making 50K a year would see a massive increase in the amount of federal taxes they would pay and the same family of 4 making 1M would see a massive reduction in their federal taxes.

    The reviews of the Cain 9-9-9 “plan” by tax and economic groups from the right and the known neutral, non-political economic and tax groups are saying the same thing within a very small range.

    84% of taxpayers would be paying a lot more federal taxes under 9-9-9 while the top 16% would see a massive reduction in their federal taxes.

    So Cain is the guy the Tea Party is backing? Isn’t the Tea Party against higher taxes?

    This is no surprise considering Cain is the Koch brother’s guy.

  13. Apples and oranges SteveE. He explained it well last night. I personally am opposed to a new sales tax without the demise of the income tax first.

  14. steve enos says:

    Apples and oranges? Cain explained nothing last night.

    So Todd do you support Cain’s 9-9-9 “plan”? Do you disagree with that it would raise taxes on the vast majority of federal taxpayers?

  15. I like the 9-9 plan. Yes all Americans need to pay some federal taxes. How the hell do we keep a military if half the people don’t pay? What about you, do you think all Americans should pay?

  16. steve enos says:

    So Todd supports the Cain 9-9-9 plan… what a hoot!

  17. steve enos says:

    Het Russ, do you also support Cain’s 9-9-9 “plan?

  18. Barry Pruett says:

    Steve: Do you think all Americans should pay federal income taxes or do you believe that it is fair that 47% of people do not pay federal income tax?

    And before you ask, I do not support the 9-9-9 plan. I agree with Michele Bachman that giving Congress another avenue of taxation is a bad idea. If it were a constitutional amendment, then maybe I would reconsider.

    Honestly, though, please directly answer my question with a simple yes or no and please without a personal attack.

  19. I said I supported the 9-9 plan, not the 9-9-9- plan. Of course SteveE never answers any questions so he is irrelevant in the scheme of things except for his negativity. He is a good example of the people in the OWS mass. Just a little get together without any substance or knowledge, not even any alternatives except complaining. As long as the ganga is available, the OWS will be out there.

  20. Russ says:


    I am still open on the 9-9-9 plan. I do agree with Bachman that giving Congress a new way to tax citizens is not a good idea, unless we have some protection from escalation.

    On the other hand I do support Cain for his innovative thinking and attempt to attack the problem of a bloated IRS code riddled with special interest provisions.

  21. steve enos says:

    Hey Barry, yes, everyone should help pay for government “services”. But it’s nice to hear you do not support the B.S. 9-9-9 “plan”. Also don’t forget Federal taxes come in many forms including the federal taxes on buying gas and fuel. There are many types of federal taxes beside federal income tax.

    Russ, so just more personal attacks from Todd… ” As long as the ganga is available”. So instead of dicussing issues Todd now makes a public claim that I’m a drug user? Russ… is this the type of BS you allow on this blog? I’m posting on topic Russ, I have made no personal attack comments here. Russ, do you have any posting standards here. Their might be some legal issues about posting such a thing and you allowing it to remain posted Russ. Russ I ask that you to please remove Todd’s 7:59 post.

    • Barry Pruett says:

      Really Steve? Even a most starined reading of Todd’s posting does not imply that you are a pot smoker. Try to stay on topic.

      • steve enos says:

        Oh please Barry, I have posted on topic, it’s Todd that brings the insults and personal BS into the discusion here. So “ganga” is part of the issue?

  22. Barry Pruett says:

    Steve: You did not answer my question. Do you think all Americans should pay federal income taxes or do you believe that it is fair that 47% of people do not pay federal income tax?

    I asked about neither government services nor regressive federal taxes such as a gasoline tax.

    Also, I did not say that the 9-9-9 plan is BS. Like Todd, I do not agree with one of the 9’s (sales tax) unless there are some other conditions. The 9-9-9 plan is a great starting point for a national conversation about income tax and the proper role of government. I do love the idea of throwing out a broken tax system and starting fresh and no with very few loopholes.

  23. Todd Juvinall says:

    Oh please SteveE, read the post, it was about the OWS, don’t make things up.

    The 9-9 would exchange legally with the IRS and other codes and fees. Get rid of the gas tax and all the little fees on my cell phone and natural gas usage. We have to redo all these taxes and fees or nothing will work. When government started calling the taxpayers they regulate “customers” back in the 80’s I knew we would have a fight on our hands.

    SteveE, please tell us if you think all Americans should pay some federal income tax since only half do now.

  24. steve enos says:

    Berry, everyone should pay Federal income taxes. I too “love the idea of throwing out a broken tax system and starting fresh and no with very few loopholes”.

    We should also understand that taxes come in many forms and they all need to be part of the discussion on taxes. It’s a death by a thousand cuts type of thing. We pay state and federal taxes in many forms… as the Tea Party and CABPRO points out time and time again.

  25. Todd Juvinall says:

    We agree.

  26. Barry Pruett says:

    Okay. We agree in connection with federal income taxes. Now for taxing gasoline and energy taxes. These taxes are the most regressive and disproportionately effect lower income individuals. If a guy getting paid minimum wage pays $0.25 per gallon in gas tax (or so) and the guy making $100 per hour pays the same $0.25 per gallon, where is the fairness in that? I would think that liberals should be screaming about the inequality. Where is the outrage?

  27. Todd Juvinall says:

    Barry excellent points. You have exposed the liberals hypocrisy and their list of most things importance for them. They would actually have the poor folks pay ten bucks a gallon to discourage them driving then they would send the money to SBC and failed planning agencies to screw up someones business project.

  28. steve enos says:

    If you are buying gas/fuel at the pump you are using the roadways (mostly). Yes I buy fuel for my chain saws, etc. and they are not auto’s. But the fuel/gas tax is paid by those that use the roads. The money is to go to roads vs. non road items. But of course our elect’s find ways to use the gas/fuel tax money for other things they were not intended for… which is wrong.

    I agree with Barry that the lower income folks buying gas/fuel pay a larger share of their money for the gas/fuel taxes that the upper level folks. But… if you are paying the tax it’s because you are buying gas/fuel and using the roads.

    I think it fair that there is not a means test for buying gas/fuel, buy fuel, use the roads, pay the same gas/fuel taxes as the others using the roads.

  29. I feel the same way about sin taxes.

  30. steve enos says:

    See Todd we agree on some stuff. Plus you know I’m a big supporter of gun rights.

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