Brett McMahon

Enron executives—before their well-deserved fall—did little to conceal their lust for cap-and-trade. In 2002, the Washington Post reported that "an internal Enron memo said the Kyoto agreement, if implemented, would do more to promote Enron's business than almost any other regulatory initiative outside of restructuring the energy and natural gas industries in Europe and the United States."

So the Occupiers can’t have it both ways—if they are serious about complaining about Wall Street types, they should publicly disavow ideas like cap and trade. If not, they are tacitly admitting they are for Big Government and Big Banks so long as they are driven toward “progressive” efforts to control the economy.

And therein is the key difference between the Occupy protests and Tea Parties: the former is fine with using the coercive power of government to make life “more fair” whereas the latter wants to get government out of the economy, to stop picking winners and losers, to make it actually more fair.

Still, we probably shouldn’t hold our breath waiting for an #OWS committee communique standing up for intellectual integrity.


Brett McMahon

Brett McMahon is a spokesman for the Free Enterprise Alliance's Halt The Assault campaign