Below is the text of a speech I gave at South County Toastmasters in St. Louis, Missouri on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
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I am here tonight to speak to my fellow Conservatives. Who
here tonight is a conservative? My speech tonight is for you, but the rest of
you can listen too. You probably were not aware of it, but I grew up as a
Conservative Republican. In my sophomore year of college, I was even President
of the College Republicans at William Jewell College. Here is a picture of me
from 25 years ago when I got to meet Missouri Governor John Ashcroft as a
leader of the College Republicans.
was the first world leader to address the United Nations General Assembly on
climate change? It was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on November 8,1989.
of her strong conservative principles, she was known for having a close
relationship with which US President? Ronald Reagan.
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land surfaces, polluting the waters and by adding greenhouse gases to the air
at an unprecedented rate, all this is new in the experience of the earth.
environment of our planet in damaging and dangerous ways…
carry common burdens, face common problems, and we must respond with common
must take action to reduce the threat of climate change before liberals.
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George W. Bush’s Chief Economist. He was
also an economic adviser to Mitt Romney before and during Romney’s 2012
Street Journal, Repeat After Me. In this editorial, Mankiw wrote:
a carbon tax. All of the most prominent conservative economists also support a
carbon tax include:
Art Laffer, a top economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan.
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, chief economic policy
adviser to U.S. Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Kevin Hassett, Director of Economic Policy
Studies at the conservative think tank, the American Enterprise Institute.
not just these leading conservative economists supporting a carbon tax. Who is
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they all think we should tax what we burn not what we earn. In economics, the
way to get less pollution is to make polluting expensive. One great example of
this is that conservative economists point out are cigarette taxes. Along with a change in attitudes about smoking and overwhelming scientific evidence, conservative economists point to the rise in cigarette taxes to dramatically reducing the numbers of Americans who smoke.
carbon tax works like this: the less you pollute, the less you pay in taxes. Who here hates payroll, income taxes, and corporate taxes? For conservatives, a carbon tax is ideal because you reduce unhealthy and deadly pollution. According to the American Lung Association, particle pollution from coal power plants is estimated to kill approximately 13,000 Americans each year. At the same time, carbon taxes if they are revenue neutral, can increase personal income, which grows the economy and clean the air.
first learned about a carbon tax three years ago by this volunteer non-partisan grassroots group, Citizens’ Climate Lobby or CCL. I am a the co-leader of the St. Louis group. This is what CCL proposes:
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(well, mine, or border).
energy is cheaper than fossil fuels within a decade.
on an equal basis.
even or receive more in their dividend check than they would pay for the
increased cost of energy, thereby protecting the poor and middle class.
market signal, which will unleash entrepreneurs and investors in the new
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It has had no small business tax since 2012.
It has the lowest corporate tax rate of the
world’s most industrialized nations.
A family of four receives $300 annually to
offset the tax.
Lowest provincial income tax up to $119,000.
Best of all, British Colombia’s fuel consumption per person has declined by 17.4 per cent from the 2008 to 2012.
It does not add to the federal deficit or
federal debt. That is because it is revenue neutral.
It does not grow the size of the federal
government. That is because no big government agency or bureaucracy is added.
It is easy to administer. Who here receives a
social security check or has received a tax refund check? The same mechanism that cuts you a check for social
security or tax refund would also cut you a monthly check for the carbon
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past year. Here I am giving this same talk in Union, MO last April for a group of almost 50 people. This is the
strongest criticism I have received fellow conservatives attending my talks.
They tell me that we cannot trust politicians especially with taxes. They will
never keep let this tax be revenue neutral and return all the money to American
households. They will just divert this money to their special interest
got to meet in person a year ago, conservative Republican former Congressman Bob Inglis of South Carolina has a great response:
and ask them to come back. We will need to tell them that our experience in
self-governance has failed.
really, we want you back. We need some wise one over us to make decisions for
us because we cannot do it.
that concession. I believe that a free people can govern themselves
free citizens. Impose accountability on your elected officials. If they do
something you don’t like, you get rid of them. That is what free people do.”
However, I now know three sure things about life:
1. Death & Taxes
2. Don’t get caught with a bad haircut when you do
meet famous conservatives.
3. A carbon tax is good for conservatives and you!