Are the Godfather movies being used as training material in our Legislature? I can't help but wonder considering that they appear to be using classic mafia tactics in order to get what they want. The whole "I do you a favor, you do me a favor" has been going on for decades, but now we've moved in to flat out extortion.
The cap and trade bill is extortion made legal by congress. Plain and simple. You want to stay in business, you gotta pay. They don't like what you're doing, you gotta pay. Businesses will be able to "buy" carbon credits. They're paying for protection pure and simple. So don't be surprised if the guy selling you those credits does so while wearing a very nice blue pin strip suit and a fedora.
Taking this one step further, the press appears to be filling the enforcer role for our mafia government. Speak out, try to change things, you're going to get hit hard, fast and brutally by the enforcer press corp. In effect, you're gonna get whacked. It will just be your honor and integrity getting murdered.
"The Families" of course have power struggles of their own. Battling back and forth for control over the extortion they're all implementing. Appearing as friends but secretly working to undermine the other behind their backs. Power and control is the big driver. Individual power. Of course in this case "The Families" are the political parties. And even they have their internal issues. It's not unusual for one family member to take out another Michael Corleone style.
No matter what Obama or members of Congress are saying, or how they're saying it, it can usually be translated into "I'm gonna make you an offer you can't refuse."