The cultist EU is about to impose cap-and-trade on U.S. airlines. Our president will approve, instead of declaring Europe a no fly zone.
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So where do we go from here? Contempt should be our airlines’ policy. Contempt of the EU, contempt of its court, and an utter refusal to pay the tax or trade the “allocations.” The airlines should form an alliance with Indian airlines — and those of any other nation so inclined — to refuse to pay or engage in the trade of the EU cap and trade allocations/tax.
U.S. airlines are running on such a thin financial string that they must be at least tempted to simply ignore the European law and court rulings and let the fines stack up. American companies are, with some justification, pretty gun shy of this sort of political/legal dispute, but the airlines are in a position where they may not be able to do anything else.
In this case, they should stand fast. The EU law will almost certainly be upheld by the EU court, and go into effect in January. It can be safely ignored. Few, if any, European leaders will pay attention to it even if — a decade hence — it’s the last vestige of the failed European Union.
The EU’s financial meltdown and the failure of the euro currency have reached the stage of inevitability. Rumors abound that Germany — the most productive and richest economy in Europe — has begun printing Deutschmarks secretly in anticipation of the euro’s failure.
When the euro fails, and the members of the Brussels branch of the Algore Akbar! cult are out of a job, no one will remember the airline cap and trade law. Between now and then, American companies and people are obliged by history to refuse to obey it.
Freedom of navigation at sea and in the air is an essential part of American economic freedom. The EU cap and tax scheme being imposed on our airlines is no different from the British tea taxes and stamp acts of colonial times. The only permissible answer to it is, “Go to hell, Europe.” Anything else would be, literally, un-American.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online