I suppose when people hear the word "tax" they assume it must be less moderate than cap and trade. However, in my view, the advocates of carbon taxes show it to be far more efficient and far less costly that indirect taxation via caps and trades. By taxing all forms of carbon emissions of energy equally (say 20 cents a gallon for gasoline) then the true externality costs are distributed efficiently and market forces react appropriately. Mind you, I am not necessarily in favor of any carbon controls - but if we are to have one, it ought to be rational and the least costly to our economy.
Maybe immigration is different, because it's more of a hot-button social issue. But I think it's important to point out that the Senate bill that Obama now supports was co-sponsored by 6 Republicans (Specter, Hagel, Martinez, McCain, Graham, & Brownback) and 1 Democrat (Kennedy), and passed the senate with 62 votes.
Until I reseach the history of health reform and find time to write on cap and trade, I won't comment on 'where it comes from'. However, I know that health reform started politically in the US with Henry Wallace and the 'Progressive' left party, and cap and trade came from academic reseach to be applied to a narrow set of circumstances.
So you want "people to know where these Obama immgiration policies come from"? You suggest it is from the "Republican 2006" bill - but a) the current policy outline Obama supports in the Senate is not like the 2006 bill, and b) the 2006 bill was mainly supported by Democrats and c) many proposals were made in the past decade which one might compare to the current Obama supported "outline", not just the 2006 bill. A little history will illuminate...
In the last decade, as before, the immigration reform policies has come from and cut across party lines with Republicans, since Reagan, far more opposed to open borders than Democrats.
It started with the House in the Border Protection, Anti-terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (H.R. 4437). It was passed by the House of Representatives on December 16, 2005 by a vote of 239 to 182 (with 92% of Republicans supporting, 82% of Democrats opposing), but did not pass the Senate. This was the only serious border control bill and so threatened many that it spawned many huge demonstrations - shocking Americans just how many newer legals and illegals there were.
Then came two attempts in the Senate, the first the "open borders lobby" "the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act (S. 1033), a bill proposed in May 2005 by Senators Ted Kennedy and (Rino) John McCain (not a GOP leader). Then came the much better and serious border control bill the Comprehensive Enforcement and Immigration Reform Act of 2005 (S. 1438) of July 2005 by Senators John Cornyn (R) and Jon Kyl (R), sometimes referred to as the "Cornyn-Kyl Bill" Both of these bills died in committee. The first bill was sponsered by the open borders crowd, the second by the serious border control crowd.
Then came the Senate Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (S. 2611), sponsored by Senator Arlen Specter (RINO and now Democrat), which was passed in the Senate in May 2006 but failed to pass in the House. That is the Senate bill and vote you refered to as 62 to 36.
The bill's vote in the Senate was:
In favor - 43 Democrats, 19 Republicans
Against - 4 Democrats, 32 Republicans.
And the Republican controlled house killed the bill.
Finally, came the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, (S. 1348), sponsored by Harry Reid and strongly supported by Bush. The bill was portrayed as a compromise between providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and increased border enforcement. The last vote on cloture, on June 7, 2007, 11:59 AM, failed 34-61 effectively ending the bill's chances. A related bill S. 1639, on June 28, 2007, 11:04 AM, also failed 46-53.
The June 28th vote was the closest vote on this bill, with Democrats supporting the bill 33 yea to 15nay , and Republicans opposing the bill 12 yea to 37 nay.
SO if one is to attribute WHERE Obama's ideas come from, it seems pretty clear they come from ideas approved by the Democrats FAR MORE than the Republicans. In the Republican House Obama's "ideas" were firmly shot down. In the Senate, in repeated votes, overwhelmingly the source of support for Obama ideas were from Democrats much more than Republicans.
On one side are the open borders crowd: the majority of Democrats, racial minority leaders, unioin leaders, hispanics, and a minority of Republicans and leaders (WSJournal, Chamber of Comm).
On the other has been a majority of Republican leaders and rank and file, a small minority of Democratic leaders (e.g. Dorgan, Byrd, Nelson), most independents, working class democrats, etc.
So for all the disingenious complaints that Republicans were once in favor of open borders and amnesty is not true. Most democrats were, some Republicans were (the RINOs and Bush) but most were not..
And for all the carping by Obama-ites over "what happened to the Republicans who agreed" it is simple to answer - most of RINO's are gone - defeated by Democrats or retired. The ones that are left, like Lindsay Graham, have always been despised by the anti-immigration crowd and McCain is struggling in the toughest primary of his life over immigration. RINO guys like Dewine, Spector, Hagel etc and others were either tossed out or saw the hand writing on the wall.
Finally, I reviewed the very broad and vauge outline of the Democratic/Graham proposal, crafted with the help of RINO Graham (not the Republican leadership). You can't compare it to any previous legislation because it lacks details. "Increased border security" means nothing. What happened to the 750 mile border fence? "Increased documentation" for employment means nothing. What happened to the computer check provided to each employer? What about replacing chain migration with merit based migration? And what is the nonsense over increaseing the supply of cheap labor?
No, it is not a Republican plan - its the plan of the overwhelming majority of Democrats with a small number of RINOs...as usual.