Is Big Green’s carbon tax a snake in the ‘fiscal cliff’s’ grass?

President Obama — or should I say, @BarackObama — tweeted on Wednesday for Americans to pressure Congress into keeping the $2,000 middle-class tax cuts in the face of the approaching “fiscal cliff”: “Call your members of Congress. Write them an email. Tweet it using the hashtag #My2K.”

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio (@SpeakerBoehner) tweeted back: “FYI @WhiteHouse: House GOP voted to stop #my2k tax rate hikes & defend #smallbiz jobs. What spending will Dems cut to stop #fiscalcliff?”

Beyond this hashtagged and refined Twitter trash talk, as the 112th Congress mud-wrestles over the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the fiscal cliff, influential blogs are posting headlines such as “Return of the carbon tax?” and “Carbon tax could be part of eventual tax reform package.”

How is the carbon tax, a nonstarter among congressional Republicans and Democrats alike, slithering out of the budget weeds again? And why, even after the White House downplayed the idea earlier this month, are perfectly sane commentators predicting that “some form of a carbon tax may be the budget and climate policy tool most ready for implementation as Congress begins fiscal cliff negotiations”?

I asked Marlo Lewis, public policy expert at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He replied bluntly, “The Dumb Party has been known to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and carbon tax advocates are nothing if not tenacious.” When he said “the Dumb Party,” he wasn’t talking about dumb Democrats.

Read more at Conservative Action Alerts. By Ron Arnold.

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