White House ruined “bi-partisan” deal on cap and tax

Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham spent months negotiating with the liberal Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts and the more moderate independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut in pursuit of a cap-and-trade bill loathed by conservatives.

At issue was a gasoline tax in the proposed legislation. The tax was actually supported by the gas industry for various reasons, but Graham knew if public debate centered on a “gas tax” in the bill, constituents in his conservative home state of South Carolina would be deeply unhappy.

While Graham, Lieberman and Kerry struggled with how to keep the public from realizing a gas tax was in the bill, the White House leaked to Fox News that it opposed a “gas tax” in the bill supported by Graham.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/10/04/obama-white-house-tanked-shot-at-bipartisan-climate-%E2%80%98cap-and-trade%E2%80%99-deal/#ixzz11RdutqPw

So which is worse, the scam-er or the scam-ee?  Why did the white house sandbag Lindsey Graham?  Did they set him up intentionally? Or is there a lot more going on here? Graham certainly does not mind disrespecting and disregarding his constituents, does he? No honor among thieves…..or weasel politicians.

Posted:  10.04.10

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