While House Minority Leader John Boehner might be refraining, at least for now, from claiming that cap and trade legislation will cost consumers thousands of dollars a year, he’s still attacking the Waxman-Markey bill. His latest tactic involves placing a bunch of brightly colored words and acronyms on a poster and citing it as evidence that addressing climate change is just too complicated.
“If you look at this chart, this is how this process will work,” Boehner said, referring to the above illustration which outlines no process whatsoever. “With the EPA being in the middle, look at all of these different agencies that are involved. This is the most elaborate thing that I have seen and you know, I have been here a while and I’ve seen some pretty crazy things, but I have never seen anything this ridiculous.”Family trees are also pretty complicated, so maybe Boehner thinks people should stop procreating.
The Waxman-Markey bill does, of course, require the involvement of a great number of government agencies. But that’s the nature of landmark legislation. I think over time, Boehner will find that “it’s too hard!” isn’t an objection that will really fly politically. But maybe I’m wrong.