cite as: F. Bi. 2009. Heartland Institute’s coded messages. Intl. J. Inact., 2:73–74
The Heartland Institute — the ‘academic think-tank’ which disputes the theory of global warming for purely ‘academic’ reasons — seems to be bent on using every rhetorical trick in the book. After outright promoting Rush Limbaugh’s ACORN conspiracy theories, and then later trying to look all serious and balanced and nonpartisan, they’ve now decided to send out politically coded messages to the right-wing ‘base’ (emphases mine):
[…] the [Obama] administration plans to use something on the order of 50 to 70 percent of the revenue raised from his [greenhouse gas emissions] cap-and-trade plan to directly provide “middle class” tax cuts, much of them to people who are already essentially net tax consumers rather than net sources of tax revenue.
[…] What it [cap-and-trade] is really about is using the Teflon shield of environmental apocalypse as one of many means to pay for Obama’s wealth redistribution agenda.
Anyone who’s been watching McCain’s presidential campaign last year for more than a few minutes knows what “wealth redistribution” means in the wingnut imagination. And “people who are already essentially net tax consumers”? That’s so convoluted that I wonder why Heartland didn’t simply list the types of people that fit this description and make everything clear. Then again, that won’t be fun, will it?