Republican Congressman Redubs Climate Bill ‘Wacky-Marxist Tax And Cap’


Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) has a bit of a joke for you. “The Waxman-Markey Cap-and-Trade legislation is just another disguise and it’s high time that we call it what it really is: a Wacky-Marxist Tax-and-Cap bill that will suffocate America’s small businesses, ultimately strangling America’s respiratory system.”

Get it?!

The really funny part is that Broun is a doctor (as in, M.D.) so he should know that suffocation results from strangling and not the other way around. Also, that America doesn’t have a respiratory system, per se.

In his press release, Broun hearkens back to the good old days when Republicans called Democrats socialists, and limited their critique of cap-and-trade legislation to the false claim–based on an intentional misreading of an M.I.T. study–that climate legislation will cost the average household thousands of dollars.

“Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) exposed the truth behind the Waxman-Markey Cap-and-Trade energy tax and appropriately renamed it the Wacky-Marxist Tax and Cap bill as it will increase energy costs for each family by $3,100.”


Brian Beutler is TPM’s senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he’s led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at