Skip to comments.Hank Paulson Wants a Taxpayer Bailout for Manbearpig
Posted on 06/23/2014 3:06:14 PM PDT by Kaslin
Hank Paulson (ya know: the guy that managed the financial crises in 2008) had a recent op-ed in the New York Times warning America of the next great crises. According to George W Bushs former Treasury Secretary, climate change is the next sub-prime mortgage disaster. Or something. Writing in the New York Times, Paulson lays out his case:
Looking back at the dark days of the financial crisis in 2008, it is easy to see the similarities between the financial crisis and the climate challenge we now face. We are building up excesses (debt in 2008, greenhouse gas emissions that are trapping heat now). Our government policies are flawed (incentivizing us to borrow too much to finance homes then, and encouraging the overuse of carbon-based fuels now). Our experts (financial experts then, climate scientists now) try to understand what they see and to model possible futures. And the outsize risks have the potential to be tremendously damaging (to a globalized economy then, and the global climate now).
Right I totally see the similarity between government-mandated sub-prime loans, and driving an SUV. In fact, its pretty obvious that a bunch of alarmism over inaccurate and ideologically driven climate models will lead to an environmental equivalent of the great recession. (You read that with a sarcastic tone, right?)
Paulsons tortured analogy is bad enough. But things get worse when you begin to actually consider what he is trying to say. Keep in mind that we have seen no measurable global warming in the last 17 years. Contrary to the dire warning that Al Gore gave us in the early 2000s, New York is still not under water, hurricane activity has not picked up, the Antarctic has been accumulating ice, and the polar bear population is still happily slaughtering seals as they continue to grow in numbers.
In other words: The climatological Armageddon that has been forecasted since the 1970s still hasnt come to fruition. Paulsons second grade attempt at allegorical writing is made even less impactful by the fact that global warming has a track-record of discrediting itself.
The coup de grâce of Paulsons article, however, wasnt his cartoonish understanding of climate science, or his tortured attempt to equate energy consumption to a banking crisis; it was his solution for the coming climate disaster The only way we can afford the weather equivalent of bank bailouts and wealth depreciation is wait for it to implement a new tax! How original!
Paulson calls for a carbon tax to stem the creation of that naturally occurring (and necessary) emission known as carbon. Which makes complete sense to big tax-and-spend liberals who think the best way to save the planet is by regulating and taxing businesses into a decreased state of productivity. The former Treasury Secretary even goes so far as to suggest that such a tax is conservative in nature. (Apparently, he reached this conclusion after consulting with Nannycrat Bloomberg, and the Democrat mega-donor Tom Steyer.) Yeah Because those darn conservatives are always coming up with new taxes on productivity, right?
Which brings us to another point: Productivity is better for the environment than some arbitrary tax or onerous regulation. Because the dirty little secret about Capitalism is that free markets have been pretty fantastic stewards of the environment. I know that leftists like to portray Capitalism as a giant factory pumping radioactive sludge into some victimized river (did you just picture Montgomery Burns as well?) but thats just not the case. While the Soviets were busy draining seas, clear cutting trees, and raping the natural beauty of Eastern Europe (cough*Chernobyl*cough), the West was busy preserving forests, cleaning rivers, and adopting highways.
And its pretty easy to understand why this is the case: Because the West was far more prosperous than the Soviets. Prosperity allows a society the luxury of allocating dollars and time to causes other than the basic tenants of existing. Prosperity enables philanthropy, charity, and even environmentalism. And central to prosperity, is productivity So (and this is just a thought Mr. Paulson) maybe we should encourage productivity, rather than tax it.
Besides, there are probably more pressing issues in the world than some ideologically driven forecasts from a bunch of scientists who have an uncanny penchant for proving themselves wrong. The financial crises was, in large part, the consequence of big government mixing with private business So, lets try to avoid another bout of big-government and bureaucratic micromanagement of the private sector.
Of course it shouldnt be surprising that Hank Paulson is encouraging big government in the name of some imaginary crisis
I mean, heck, this guys answer to a real crisis (that he didnt see coming) was to step up institutionalized cronyism. So, its not really that shocking that he supports a tax on businesses to help Al Gore fight manbearpig
Hank Paulson is Example # 1 of how a person can be very smart and successful on some issues and be incredibly stupid on other issues.
Paulson is actually quite smart - he’s been able to make money off the middle class and bail out his overpaid pals at the investment banks with the tax money paid by the middle class at the same time. Another wonderful Bush appointee.
Well,this issue of Paulson’s is beyond incredibly stupid.
Paulson is a diehard environmentalist, who loves the adulation of the green crowd. When he was CEO of Goldman, the firm obtained a big chunk of undeveloped land in Patagonia (the firm owned debt issued by the owner, who defaulted). He had the firm donate it as a massive nature preserve. He received all sorts of awards and praise, for spending shareholder money. Now, it was all legitimate, as the BoD signed off, but it’s similar to our elected Solons getting praise for spending taxpayer money.
I think a good energy policy would be to keep Canadians from freezing. Even if it submerges a couple island, it is for the greater good, right?
So he explains away the recession on global warming and not the subprime corruption to which he profited.
Then he wants more government waste and tax and corrupted idle factories and potemkin pseudoproducing bureaucrats burning oil for no reason to solve this problem, adding fuel to the fire and blaming the rest of us for not spoiling the beast with more servitude and taxes...