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Claire McCaskill: Rooting for Bad Economic News

March 29th, 2011 - 1:15 pm

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Speaking of Depression Lust, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) lets the mask slip — putting radical environmentalism ahead of economic growth while speaking with her fellow leftwing base:

Well, the good news is, our [carbon] emissions are way down because of the recession. I mean, really, if you want to find a silver lining in the cloud, the number that we were looking for [with cap and trade legislation] … we are well, well [ahead of our goal]…because we have had such a real drop in manufacturing output.

Guy Benson responds:

Notice how McCaskill turns toward the camera, immediately recognizes that she’s gone too far, and starts walking back her comment within seconds of uttering it.  “I was being sarcastic,” she says, glancing nervously back at the camera.

Missouri’s unemployment rate stands at 9.4 percent, several notches above the already distressingly high national average.  I wonder how many unemployed Missourians will be amused by Air Claire’s “sarcasm.”

UPDATE -  A GOP source emails me with another important point:

[McCaskill] essentially appears to be equating the effects of cap-and-trade with the recession.  In other words, she is saying that even though cap-and-trade hadn’t yet been passed, the same goal has been accomplished on emissions because the manufacturing sector has been depleted.  That seems to be a remarkable admission.  This strikes me as particularly timely though given the debate this week in the Senate between the McConnell and Baucus EPA amendments.

And of course, McCaskill is far from the first Learjet leftist to find such a “silver lining” in the misfortune of others. Flashback to the fall of 2009, when Dan Calabrese of the North Star National caught John Kerry rooting for a continued economic slowdown:

As often happens when disingenuous people let slip the truth, Kerry admitted in no uncertain terms the other day that he sees economic prosperity as the enemy of the environment, and left no mystery as to which side he takes.

I was for the recession before I was against it.

Kerry and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) have proposed a new draft for a cap-and-trade bill with exceedingly stringent restrictions on carbon emissions. During a hearing on the bill , Kerry made the astounding statement that the recession has been the environment’s best friend, and he couldn’t be happier about it:

Let me emphasize something very strongly as we begin this discussion. The United States has already this year alone achieved a 6 percent reduction in emissions simply because of the downturn in the economy, so we are effectively saying we need to go another 14 percent.

What did Kerry  just unwittingly admit? He admitted that cap-and-trade advocates and like-minded global warming believers see economic prosperity as a huge source of the supposed problem. That’s why they’re proposing the perfect solution – from their perspective – in the form of a massive tax increase directly on industry.

Nothing discourages productive economic activity like confiscatory taxes on said activity. The same people who lament the loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States now seek to multiply these losses many times over by making it economically impossible for manufacturers to operate.

Economically impossible for manufacturers to operate, you say? Hmmm, that rings a bell, doesn’t it:

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