Check out this video of Representative Debbie Halvorson (D-IL) bragging that Barack Obama could not pressure her into voting for cap-and-trade legislation:

This video is very helpful for several reasons.

First, it makes clear that her general support for higher taxes and spending comes from simple ignorance. She says that she opposes carbon taxes because ‘if you have enough money, you’re just going to pay to pollute.’ She seems not to realize that carbon emissions come from things like generating electricity, and that if electric prices skyrocket, economic activity will grind to a halt, businesses will shut down, and people will use less electricity. It’s disturbing that the people of Illinois are represented by an economic illiterate, who thinks that tax increases have no economic effects. (It does however, explain a lot.)

Second, it has to be incredibly embarrassing to Ms. Halvorson that her bankrupt bragging was caught on tape, and would come back to haunt her after she caved under pressure from Barack Obama:

A presidential phone call helped to win at least one vote: Rep. Debbie Halvorson, D-Ill., a freshman from a suburban and rural district – and former Illinois State Senate colleague of Obama’s – who said in an interview Thursday evening that after months of indecision, she now “feels great” about the bill.

“I think it’s something that I’m going to support,” Halvorson said. “It’s taken me a long time. It’s a thousand-page bill. It has a lot of amendments. I wanted to read it, take my time.” Later, she added: “I had a nice chat with the president this morning.”

It’s interesting to see Ms. Halvorson expressing comfort with the bill because she read it. I wonder if she read the 300 page amendment added at 3:00 this morning? If she felt reading the bill was so important, I guess it’s safe to assume she read this amendment as well.

Debbie Halvorson represents a Republican-leaning district. In 2010 she will face off against Republican candidate Adam Kinzinger – a hero who deserves your support. Hit his site and make a donation; it’s the least you can do to help elect someone who recognizes the destructive effects of taxes.

Via Matt Lewis