Lately there has been much talk in the U.S. Congress of passing two different but related pieces of legislation. They are different in the perceived problems they intend to address, yet they are related in the sense they both are unconstitutional. I am referring to legislation concerning the purported problem of global warming and attempts to tax profits of oil companies.

Global warming is an unproven theory based on computer models that cannot accurately predict current temperatures based on historical records. Passing legislation limiting greenhouse gases based on the results of unproven computer models will be disastrous for the national and world economies.

As for taxing profits of oil companies, where in the Constitution is government given power to tax simply because Congress feels profits are excessive? Can I steal money from my neighbor simply because I feel like he earns too much at his employment? Is there a difference? Theft is theft, regardless of who does the stealing. What qualifications does Congress have to decide at what level profits become excessive, anyway?

Chad Kohler