Although they lived in style, they felt always an anxiety in the house. There was never enough money. The mother had a small income, and the father had a small income, but not nearly enough for the social position which they had to keep up. The father went into town to some office. But though he had good prospects, these prospects never materialised. There was always the grinding sense of the shortage of money, though the style was always kept up.
At last the mother said: “I will see if I can’t make something.” But she did not know where to begin. She racked her brains, and tried this thing and the other, but could not find anything successful. The failure made deep lines come into her face. Her children were growing up, they would have to go to school. There must be more money, there must be more money. The father, who was always very handsome and expensive in his tastes, seemed as if he never would be able to do anything worth doing. And the mother, who had a great belief in herself, did not succeed any better, and her tastes were just as expensive.
And so the house came to be haunted by the unspoken phrase: There must be more money! There must be more money! The children could hear it all the time though nobody said it aloud. They heard it at Christmas, when the expensive and splendid toys filled the nursery. Behind the shining modern rocking-horse, behind the smart doll’s house, a voice would start whispering: “There must be more money! There must be more money!” And the children would stop playing, to listen for a moment. They would look into each other’s eyes, to see if they had all heard. And each one saw in the eyes of the other two that they too had heard. “There must be more money! There must be more money!” – From The Rocking Horse Winner.
“There must be more money” is a whisper heard in many houses, but only in the House of Representatives can more money be gained at no real personal inconvenience to any of its members. In the midst of recession most Americans are cutting back to make ends meet. Trying not to make a bad situation worse by taking on new expenses. Meanwhile Congress has started spending enough to make a teenage member of the Saudi royal family vomit in shame.
The return on investment we’ve been promised is accelerated economic growth spurred by trillions of government spending and taxation. If Obama gets all his Change, by 2012 government spending might total $6 trillion annually. They’ll grandstand through a few targeted make-the-rich-pay-their-fair-share measures but the big money is in energy taxation. Congress and Obama are about to pick your pocket with taxation that impacts each and every facet of our industrialized society.
Man-made global warming is the biggest scam ever perpetrated on humanity. Seeing the world’s sole hyperpower voluntarily don a carbon-rationing choke chain and leash held by the United Nations will be the ultimate victory for neo-Malthusians. Even if it doesn’t save our planet the higher costs imposed on America will make the rest of the world more competitive in the global economy, so we’ll be better liked regardless of the science. A date that will live in infamy.
But we’ve got to pay the bills somehow. There must be more money.
Now, if Obama were truly committed to transparency in his quest to dial back the seas he would propose direct carbon taxation. Then it would be simple to account for just how much he’s plundering from the economy. Any carbon tax would, of course, be just as manipulated by political desires and favoritism as the income taxation. But at least we could post “The price of gasoline includes an x cents per gallon carbon tax” stickers on the pumps and print “Your carbon tax this month was x dollars” on electric bills.
Instead we’ll get a carbon trading shell game. Controlled by politicians, understood by few, accountable to none, and even more easily manipulated by political interests. What’s not to love? Is it any wonder Enron was one of the early proponents and lobbyists for carbon trading? Imagine, making money for nothing out of thin air.
Lay…you magnificent bastard. I read your book!
Everything you buy, everywhere you go, whatever you do – short of taking a leisurely dirt nap in the back yard – will set you back a little more once the government starts rationing and auctioning carbon permits. The government will yield unprecedented power over the organization and strategic direction of the US economy. I must have missed that watershed moment when government demonstrated persistent organizational and strategic planning competence.
Change doesn’t come cheap and somebody’s got to pay. It might as well be every American. There must be more money.