Joe Romm (via Kevin Drum) ridicules a list of 448 obstructionist GOP amendments to the Waxman-Markey climate bill that, among other things, impose taxes on corporations that support action on limiting greenhouse emissions:
Two dozens amendments removing the tax benefits for each and every corporate member of the US Climate Action Partnership (which served as the basis of Waxman-Markey)? How proud the founding fathers would be to see you try to use the tools of governance for meaningless attempts at retribution.
Question: is this constitutional? Can the government impose targeted taxes on individual corporations in retribution for their political activity? Or, for that matter, for any reason? I can’t imagine something like this is possible in the US.
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