Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Carbon dioxide tax raises street temperature
On Line Opinion ^ | 31 March, 2011 | Ben-Peter Terpstra

Posted on 03/30/2011 6:20:45 PM PDT by AustralianConservative

On March 12, I joined concerned citizens outside Julia Gillard's electorate office in Werribee, Victoria, where Liberal Victorian senators Mitch Fifield and Scott Ryan spoke. The message: No carbon tax.

We came from all walks of life: farmers and city folk, women and men, young and old, black and white. Yes, even in Victoria the debate, and therefore democracy, isn't over, much to Gore's dismay.

The chattering classes just can't seem to gag us. But why? Unlike government-endorsed protesters, people on my side are more willing to serve our PM critical-thinking questions.

Take the Sydney-based Werribee boy Tim Blair: "By how much will your carbon dioxide tax reduce Australia's temperature?" And: "If after five years there has been no recorded decline in temperature, will the tax be abandoned?"

These are questions every critical thinker is more willing to ask, because he is more in touch with the common man, or because he is the common man. So, for example, when elites assure us that Julia will help the poor through the carbon dioxide tax, we simply don't buy it. After all, we're aware that Julia isn't looking after struggling families now, so why would we trust her later?

Besides, many people want less government, not more government. They want to be left alone.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: carbontax; democracy; protests
1 posted on 03/30/2011 6:20:53 PM PDT by AustralianConservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: AustralianConservative

I get into discussions with Australians on other sites like Politico. They brag about how the gubmint gives them free stuff.

My response is always...

“Sounds great! I don’t have to work. I can sit around and drink Fosters beer and learn to love Australian rules rugby.”

What a great country!

2 posted on 03/30/2011 6:31:21 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Beware of the Socialist Government-Academia Grant Junkie-Rich "non-profit"-Liberal Media Complex)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Eric Blair 2084

Wow. Free stuff from my government - or stuff stolen from taxpayers to fund certain lifestyles? The fact is our free healthcare is a mess. But yeah, the rugby is good.

3 posted on 03/31/2011 1:53:47 AM PDT by AustralianConservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson