Hugh Hewitt

Senate Democrats want to tax soda. House Democrats want to tax carbon and higher incomes. California Democrats want to tax everything.

A half year into the Obama era and the obfuscation of Campaign 2008 is no longer necessary to the presdient or his party, and thus the left is pushing every tax it can conceive of to pay for trillions of dollars of new proposals.

Republicans have begun to fight back and each week brings greater and greater clarity to the debate in D.C. The Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda cannot be disguised as anything other than a massive expansion of government that can only be supported through skyrocketing tax rates on all Americans.

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This reality has broken through on a number of levels, and it is especially obvious in the debate surrounding "cap-and-trade," or "cap-and-tax-and-tax-and-tax" as it ought to be known. An American electorate watching national unemployment creep to the double-digit level already prevailing in California is not interested in alarmism leading to unilateral deindustrialization which is the certain result of the Obama-Pelosi-Waxman proposals on climate change which passed the House this month. The developing powers delivered a blunt "no thank you" to the president in Italy, and now the Illinois Republican party is sending a similar message to every Republican in every state though the messenger is Congressman Mark Kirk.

Congressman Kirk was widely expected to be the Republican candidate for the United States Senate Seat presently held by Roland Burris and formetly held by President Obama. Kirk is a center-right Republican, but the vast majority of the state's Republican activists, including most of its conservatives, are hungry for a winner and willing to set aside differences over many issues in order to field a competitive candidate. Congressman Kirk's path to the nomination seemed secure, and a national appeal for donors would have resonated.

Then the congressman voted for the Obama-Pelosi-Waxman carbon tax, and Kirk's campaign began to unravel. Stunned Republicans in Illinois and across the country asked what could he have been thinking? The law is so manifestly poorly drawn and the economic effects so obviously disastrous that this single vote triggered a revolt in the land of Lincoln, and at this writing the congressman appears poised to withdraw from the Senate contest, his clear path to the GOP nomination suddenly imperiled by the word that GOP Illinois State Chairman Andy McKenna might contend for the job.

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt is host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Hugh Hewitt's new book is The War On The West.