|Posted by MLGoodell on May 13, 2013 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
When President Barack Obama weighed in today on the rapidly unfolding IRS scandal, I was reminded of the classic film, “Casablanca.”
"If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous,” declared the scandal-plagued Obama. “And there's no place for it."
You may recall the scene, when Major Strasser’s Jack-Booted Crooners went head to head with Victor Laszlo and His Ragtag Band in the popular mid-war reality show, “The Axis Has Talent.” After coming up short in the crucial Nationalist Anthem Sing Off, a petulant Strasser ordered Captain Renault to close Rick’s Café Americain, “At once.”
“But everyone’s having so much fun,” Renault protested. Strasser would not be dissuaded. Dutiful as ever, Renault blew his whistle and ordered the Café closed. “On what grounds?” an outraged Rick Blaine demanded.
“I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” Renault roared, just before a flunky approached him with a wad of bills. “Your winnings, sir,” he announced, much to Renault’s dismay.
That’s pretty much the tone Obama took when denouncing allegation that the IRS targeted conservative advocacy groups with extremely vigorous, and often illegal scrutiny. Naturally, the most politicized president in American history had no inkling that this was going on. Nevertheless, he wants it stopped, immediately, and if in fact it was going on, his determination to fire low-level IRS functionaries is impressive to behold.
There are a couple of key phrases to keep in mind. One of them is “If in fact IRS personnel engaged in (these) practices . . .” This is very similar to Obama’s reaction to Bashar al Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his revolting citizens. You may recall not too long ago Obama described such an act as a “Red Line,” which must never be crossed, “a game changer.”
When first the Syrian rebels, and then the Israelis claimed Assad had done just that very thing, Obama remained unmoved. When the English and French made the same claim, he didn’t respond. Finally, when the American intelligence services confirmed the many previous allegations, Obama was forced to act. And act he did. He condemned such behavior, “if in fact it did take place,” in the strongest terms, and called upon “the International Community” to investigate.
Which is kind of like asking the State Department to investigate whether anyone in the State Department changed talking points concerning the terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. This is a case of lie after lie after lie. It was clearly a cover up, and then a cover up of the cover up. Either Obama was truly in the dark about Benghazi, or he, too, joined in the festival of lies.
Which brings us to the second key phrase in Obama’s statement today, which was that the first he knew about the IRS crimes was on Friday, when he saw it on the news. This is the sort of thing which, if Obama were a Republican, would have Democrat Senators, Representatives and Media Personalities asking, “What did he know, and when did he know it?” It doesn’t take much to shake a story as weak as, “I just happened to catch it on MSNBC.” If, that is, anyone is interested in looking into it.
The IRS scandal may have legs which all the other scandals lack. The IRS is an entity about which every American is inclined to think the worst. This might well resonate the way Benghazi or Syria never could.
Now, in the president’s defense, it is entirely possible that he had no idea about using the IRS as a cudgel to intimidate his political enemies. He has proved to be rather detached from the day-to-day workings of government. It is plausible that he was on the golf course while all this went down, that it was a couple of clerks in Cincinnati who decided on their own to punish people for the crime of loving their country.
By most accounts, Obama is not the worst golfer ever to Occupy the White House. One thing that is certainly clear though, the strongest part of his game is improving his lies.
|Posted by MLGoodell on April 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
NOTE: The following is a complete transcript of a nonexistent cable news program. It was transcribed by our new intern, Bradley Manning.
HARDCASE: Good evening, I’m Chris Hardcase, and you’re watching Hardball. It’s been more than a week since the suspected bombers allegedly bombed the Boston Marathon, and there’s still a lot we don’t know about the alleged suspects and their motives. Why did they do this? Is it our fault? Is all America to blame or just the Tea Party conservatives we figured were probably the ones who set of the bombs in the first place? Or is it all George Bush’s fault? With me in the studio are my MSNBC colleagues Al Shrapnel and Rachel Madchow, and reporting via videophone, former Massachusetts Congressman, Barney Flanks. So let’s get started, but first, Kim Collagen is reporting live from Texas. Kim?
COLLAGEN: Chris, I’m reporting from the site of the George W. Bush Presidential Library., where I’m told President Barack Obama is scheduled to make a statement.
HARDCASE: Okay, and you broke in on my show because why?
COLLAGEN: (impatiently) Because I thought your viewers might want to know that, um, well, that the President is here, in Texas, at the library, and he’s going to be speaking soon.
HARDCASE: Uh, yeah, thanks. But now back to tonight’s topic. Why did these alleged suspects turn to terror, if it was terror? More importantly, what did we do wrong, and how can we make it better. Al, let’s start with you.
SHRAPNEL: What did we do wrong, Chris? I can’t believe you just said that. What did we do wrong? EVERYTHING! But listen, let’s talk about that bulletin the Boston police issued, telling people to be on the look out for a dark-skinned male. A DARK SKINNED MALE? I couldn’t believe my ears. What is that? That’s profiling. I can’t believe in the year 2013 the police would commit a hate crime like this? And were those two boys dark-skinned? No. They were white. So where is the dark-skinned male, huh? It was a lie. It’s Tawana Brawley all over again. The police didn’t apologize for raping that poor girl, and I guarantee, they won’t apologize this time, either.
HARDCASE: Listen Al, that was a nice riff and all, but didn’t Tawana Brawley actually make up that whole story?
SHRAPNEL: So? You think just because somebody didn’t do something they shouldn’t have to apologize? I’m shocked Chris, you’re starting to sound like a right winger yourself.
MADCHOW: I can’t believe you just said that, Al. Chris Hardcase a right winger? That’s absurd. Maybe you should do some apologizing!
HARDCASE: Thank you, Rachel. That was Rachel Madchow, in case you didn’t know it, folks.
MADCHOW: The h isn’t silent, Chris.
HARDCASE: Oops. Well, let’s hear what Barney Flanks has to say. Congressman, thanks for joining us.
FLANKS: It’s my pwivwidge, Cwis. I want you to know I share your sense of mystewy. Why would these nice immigwant boys turn to aweged acts of tewwor? Will we ever know why? It is a mystewy, Cwis. But still, I am gwad that we all had a chance to see what government spending wooks wike. If the Tea Party Wepubwicans had their way those two aweged suspects would still be on the woose. In fact, are we sure they did it? I still wike Wight Wingers for it.
HARDCASE: I know what you mean, Congressman, but the evidence points pretty strongly in their direction. After all, we don’t call suspects alleged unless we’re sure they did it. But let’s get back to Rachel. Can you come up with any possible motive for these alleged suspects?
MADCHOW: I’ve got nothing, Chris. I mean, there’s nothing in their background, except for being immigrants. Of course, we all know how Americans marginalize immigrants, especially those who come from other countries. Maybe that’s what motivated them. Still, according to many experts they were Muslims, especially the older, which makes it all the more surprising. As you know, Chris, Islam is a religion of peace, which makes it hard to understand how they could allegedly turn to terror.
HARDCASE: Well, there you have it. We may never know what motivated these two misguided young men, though you can bet Bush had something to do with it. But join us tomorrow when we have Ray LaHoodlum on to discuss the Sequester, and whether it is safe to fly, or even leave your house.
|Posted by MLGoodell on April 11, 2013 at 7:40 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by MLGoodell on April 10, 2013 at 9:55 AM||comments (1)|
Weeks after approving a visit by former Pennsylvania Senator and Presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Grosse Pointe Public School Superintendent Thomas Harwood caved into pressure from bigoted teachers union members employed by his district, and rescinded the invitation.
After authorizing the visit, and speech on leadership, Harwood and Grosse Pointe South High School principal Matt Outlaw, were inundated with videos sent by teachers union members employed by the district, which showed Santorum expressing his views on the sanctity of marriage. Apparently Mr. Santorum’s beliefs, which actually reflect the current law of the land, are too extreme for a community such as Grosse Pointe.
Patrick Coyle, Vice President of Young America’s Foundation, the local affiliate of which extended the invitation, told Breitbart.com that Harwood, though claiming to support traditional marriage, told him that his gay brother finds Santorum’s views to be extreme. Though it is certainly sweet that a school superintendent supports his sibling, one could argue that suppressing the Freedom of Speech in order to prevent his brother from throwing a hissy fit seems a tad self-indulgent.
This act of censorship is sadly characteristic of a once-great public school system. As far back as when my children were in elementary school the district has been increasingly polluted by administrators and teachers union members who seem offended by the district’s tradition of excellence. Their actions and their policies reflected an adherence to liberal ideals which required them to steadily corrupt the system until it functioned on the same level as the neighboring Detroit Public School system.
If the act of egregious censorship doesn’t show they have achieved their goals, perhaps the email distributed by the Outlaw principal will prove they have achieved their dreamed of nadir. It reads in part, “I am announcing that we are declining the invitation to have Rick Santorum speak . . .” Since Outlaw runs around sporting a “Dr.”in front of his name, one has to conclude that he earned his PhD. in the field of education, or possibly public administration. Certainly there were no communication skills taught or required along the way.
For future reference Mr. Outlaw should know that one can only decline an invitation that one has received. One cannot decline an invitation one has extended. The word the good doctor was groping for was no doubt, rescind, as in “We are rescinding the invitation we previously extended, either because we are moral cowards, or because after learning what you believe, we have succumbed to the urge to suppress, or even censor your views. We are administrators, and as such, one of our most important tasks is to promote the free and open exchange of all ideas, so long as they reflect the trendy leftist biases of the teachers union members whom we employ.”
Though it is a dark day for a once-great school district, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that this school district exists within the boundaries of a once-great nation.
|Posted by MLGoodell on April 5, 2013 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
Even now, five months after the election, some people continue to ask how it could have happened. How could a nation opposed to nearly every initiative and policy launched during the president’s first term overwhelmingly reelect him? Scholars have searched the records, have amassed data, crunched numbers and scratched their heads, all to no avail.
The disconnect was most pronounced foreign policy. It is hard to understand why the American people believe this president knows what he is doing. The slogan “Only one Ambassador murdered by terrorists,” somehow doesn’t resonate with adults, but all the kids in the back of the class think it’s way cool. For some bizarre reason, we like this guy’s foreign policy, which consists almost entirely of boasting, bullying and aggressive retreat.
Perhaps it is time for the chronically perplexed to look to the stars. According to Gautam Naik of the Wall Street Journal, the international space station may hold the answer. Specifically, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, or AMS, which is mounted on the outside of the space station, has been collecting and identifying cosmic rays arriving from the far reaches of space, in search of the ever-elusive dark matter.
According to researchers, AMS has identified particles “that could be formed from the dark annihilation of dark matter particles in space, but not yet sufficiently conclusive to rule out other explanations.” These are truly exciting times in which we live.
Naik could barely contain his excitement as he wrote, “Dark matter is invisible, yet its presence is felt by the immense gravitational tug it exerts on stars, galaxies and other cosmic bodies. What could this mysterious substance be made of? One of the leading candidates is a WIMP, or weakly interacting massive particle.”
Aha. The WIMP factor. We should have seen it coming. But what exactly are WIMPS? We turn toMr. Naik again. “WIMPS are elusive. They rarely interact with normal matter . . . indeed, billions of WIMPS may be darting through the Earth every second, without hitting anything.”
Uh, yes, that pretty much defines WIMPS. So, are we witnessing WIMPS ascending? Have we moved from the Age of Aquarius to the Age of WIMPS? Michael Turner certainly believes it. Turner, a cosmologist at the University of Chicago says “This is the decade of the WIMP.”
Well, there you go, mystery solved. If I were Kim Jong Eun I’d fire off a few thousand rockets. Just for the hell of it. There’s nothing more fun than watching scurrying WIMPS.
|Posted by MLGoodell on March 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
This is what I posted on Facebook this morning: “My Donna Summers Moment: Having been called an idiot by intellectual diaper wearers, a bigot, a Rush Limbaugh mouthpiece, a gay basher and a closet homosexual, I have reached the conclusion that there is no room for honest discussion in a world in which "marriage equality" is considered a time-honored moral principle and established fact. Therefore, I am ‘coming out,’ so to speak, in favor of same-sex marriage. Clearly, to do otherwise is to consign many responsible, loving individuals to the ash heap of history, and this is an unforgivable offense to our brothers and sisters in the LGBTBPN community.”
Naturally I was joyfully welcomed into the community of the enlightened. One friend did suggest there might have been a modicum of sarcasm in my post. When I read it to my wife, she said people would think I was endorsing same-sex marriage. It was with some surprise that I heard myself say, “I guess I am.”
I guess I am, because it just seems too hard to fight. It’s too hard to have to endure the vitriol, the hatred, the insults, name-calling and accusations of bigotry. It happened very quickly, but somehow, in the twinkling of an eye since our president’s “evolution,” opposition to same-sex marriage has become tantamount to committing a hate crime. So why bother fighting it? Why fight to preserve a society which no longer exists? Why bother trying to save a culture ruled by the crass?
In today’s America, if you say you believe marriage is between a man and woman, for the simple fact that marriage has always, for thousands and thousands of years, been just that, you are accused of bigotry. Soon gay marriage will be enshrined in the book of laws, and soon after that, it will become a crime for, say, a Baptist minister to decline to preside over a gay marriage. I can’t wait for that case to be filed. You don’t believe it will happen? Well, did you think, say, two years ago, that the government would order some Christians to act in a manner contrary to their religious beliefs, as they related to contraception?
Last week Daily Kos reported that Michelle Shocked unleashed “an antigay diatribe” which resulted in her entire audience walking out. Her antigay diatribe, according to the report, consisted of her saying she didn’t believe in same-sex marriage. Shocked made a living some 20 years ago being one of the bad girls of pop music. Back then she was more likely to drive an audience away with her radicalism. Today she is, apparently, a dinosaur. Today she is a hate crime waiting to happen.
It reminds me of the French Revolution, where those once on the far left were, in short order, guillotined for being too far on the right. Not since then has an issue moved from the radical fringes to the mainstream as quickly as same-sex marriage. So we might as well get used to it, because it won’t be long before vocalizing opposition will be against the law.
Keep your head down, your mouth shut, and forget about everything you ever thought you knew about your country. It’s all over except for the flood.
|Posted by MLGoodell on March 1, 2013 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
Watching the president and his minions relentlessly fan the flames of Sequestration panic, my first reaction was, “Does Obama think we’re all complete idiots?” Then the answer hit me. Of course he does, we reelected him. This explains why every day he or his team made another prediction, each more dire than the last. Yesterday Democrat Representative Maxine Walters hit the jackpot when she claimed the sequester will cost 170 million jobs. (Don’t believe it? View it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8-d95SO_3g).
That is no mean feat, since there are only 150 million people working in this country. Doug Powers suggests that 20 million people will lose their jobs twice, though I suspect that’s how many illegal aliens are doing work Americans won’t do. Pity they’ll lose those jobs, too.
Some on the right are having fun with the panic mongers. National Review’s Jim Geraghty compiled a list of the better tweets in his Morning Jolt. My favorite was Jonah Goldberg’s “It wasn't until I ate my neighbor's pancreas that I realized president Obama was right about the sequester.”
Clearly, an electorate which, after experiencing the Obama magic for four years concludes, “Yup, gimme four more just like them,” is likely to believe the President’s warnings. Though some Conservative commentators are giddy in anticipation of Sequestration’s implementation, believing that upon discovering the consequences are not as severe as anticipated, the public will at long last learn the truth of their Emperor’s raiment.
Those observers are likely mistaken. Even if the government continues to function as normal, this electorate will believe things have gone south because the compliant media will tell them so. It is almost a certainty, however, that the cuts will indeed cause great harm to the public. Obama will see to this, because it is in his interest to send the message to the public that any cut to government spending harms everybody, because it carries with it the corollary that all increases in government spending (except for defense spending) benefit us all.
The larger issue though, one which no one has discussed, is the fact that any cut in government spending that harms the middle class is a cut which must be made. In the United States, government was not at first, nor for most of our history, viewed as something to benefit the Middle Class. In fact, the main reason the Middle Class grew so quickly and so prosperous in this country was precisely because the form of government we adopted was designed to stay out of the people’s way.
This is the government that honest, thinking people want to get back to, a government which does not limit people’s goals. It doesn’t trample their dreams. It doesn’t bind them in the chains of grants and transfer payments. It will provide a safety net, for those whose fortunes are plummeting, but will provide countless opportunities to avoid that security.
Obama will use Sequestration as a cudgel, to deny the public access to essential services. Of course, the only reason most of those services are essential is because without a bureaucrat’s stamp or say so Middle Class people can’t buy a car, start a company or move to another town. Obama wants to drive home the point that We the People need all the government we can get, and if he can blame the hardships on the GOP. So much the better.
|Posted by MLGoodell on February 25, 2013 at 1:55 PM||comments (2)|
If, after a decade of relentless growth in spending, you believe that the federal government operates on a bare bones basis, and that even the slightest reduction in the rate of increase must necessarily cause draconian cuts in essential services, then you might be an Obama voter. For the rest of us, the dwindling few still capable of rational thought, such dire threats are nothing more than the latest example of what can only be described at Chicken Little Governance.
Under a Chicken Little Government, elected officials and the public-teat-slurpers whose livelihoods depend upon them, flit from crisis to panic to crisis, pretending this is responsible behavior. Aided and abetted by their media handmaidens, the public sector of our economy exists in a vacuum.
Someday, assuming the world survives, historians will look back on our collective abdication of responsibility, and scratch their heads, and wonder aloud, “Where were their parents while all this was going on?”
Of all the recent manifestations of Chicken Little Governance, none has been as aggravating and insulting to common sense as the latest Sequester Crisis. Of all the squawks and cries, from MSNBC’s Chicken Licken, CBS’s Henny Penny, FOX News’ Goosey Loosey, House Speaker Turkey Lurkey and President Foxy Loxy, none has been more absurd than those emanating from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood--or, shall we, in honor of the analogy, call him Cocky Locky?
LaHood warns us that the looming cuts will force small airports to close and larger airports to dramatically slash the number of daily flights they can handle. Passengers will face delays of three hours and more, not just because so many flights are grounded, but due to longer security delays thanks to TSA furloughs. (When one incredibly naive interlocutor asked LaHood why they simply couldn’t furlough the six or eight TSA employees who hang around the gates doing nothing rather than the three or four who actually do the screening, LaHood explained that if they were to do that, they would have to pull people off the scanners to take the jobs of those standing around doing nothing–something about union rules).
Absurd as LaHood’s SkyFall alarum was, it paled when compared to yesterday’s bid for statesmanship. During appearances on CNN and NBC, LaHood urged Democrat and Republican leaders to watch the film “Lincoln.”
“Everybody around here ought to go take a look at the ‘Lincoln’ movie,” LaHood counseled, “Where they did very hard things by working together, talking together and compromising. That’s what’s needed here.”
Just a little FYI to Mr. LaHood, Abraham Lincoln didn’t preside over an age of “working together, talking together, and compromising.” He was president during the Civil War. There was very little talking together that could be heard over the sound of cannons blasting, rifles firing, and wounded men screaming in agony. But, hey, it was a clever pop cultural reference, a perfectly calibrated appeal to a populace willing to believe the slightest restraint in federal spending will cause the sky to fall.
|Posted by MLGoodell on February 21, 2013 at 3:05 PM||comments (0)|
Now that President Obama has defeated the dastardly Republicans’ evil War on Women, America has returned to a more normal place, where Democrat legislators in Colorado can lecture women on how to behave while being raped. Thank God--or to avoid offending those not given to bitter clinging, thank the form or being who constitutes the central focus of your particular faith tradition, if you have one, though of course, there is nothing wrong with not having one–it wasn’t a Republican who said that, or the War on women would be raging once more.
It was a near thing, but today America is once again safe for women, for immigrants, for gay immigrants, for autistic immigrants, for gay seniors, and for autistic veteran immigrants. Today the only threat to a peaceful, Edenic America where everybody gets along with each other and treats each other with mutual respect is the looming crisis known as the Sequester. The Sequester, as you may already have heard, was put into place by evil, hate-ridden Republicans, who delight in dirty air and poison water, who think Down Syndrome veterans should have to treat their own autism with no help from anybody, and, incidentally, who want to ban gay marriage. (Apparently every American under the age of 35 believes that Republicans want to ban gay marriage, though no one thus far has explained how it is possible to ban something which has never, ever existed in the history of the world).
Anyway, back to The Sequester. The reason we have The Sequester is that Republicans, in addition to hating people who don’t look like them (white, old, thumping their AR-15's on their well-worn Bibles) are incapable of coming up with a balanced approach to solving our budget crisis. Actually, according to our President, we don’t have a budget crisis, except when he wants Republicans to agree to raise taxes on rich people making more than $25,000 a year.
Of course, we do have a budget crisis, and it looms so huge that piddling little $85 billion cuts in the rate of growth are ludicrous. Our budget crisis has to do with unfunded liabilities in the form of Medicare and Social Security, and ever more ominously, Obamacare. Anyone who can count can figure out that this system of entitlements is unsustainable. Since our president hasn’t yet been able to figure that out, we can conclude, if nothing else, that they don’t emphasize math skills in Indonesian Madrassas.
But for those of us with less, uh, diverse backgrounds, it does appear to be a problem. However, having watched the Obama administration win the War on Women by mandating free contraceptives, I believe I have hit on the solution. I have developed a plan in which virtually all Medicare expenses can be eliminated with one stroke of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ pen.
We can begin with the fact that somewhere between 25% and 75% of medical costs occur in the final six months of a person’s life. Since there is no evidence to support any of this, let’s use the larger, 75% figure since it will result in greater savings. By using the same principles involved in making contraception free, Secretary Sebelius only has to decree that all medical services during the final six months of a person’s life are free. Suddenly, the bulk of Medicare expenses vanish. The program is returned to a sound footing. It will even make a profit, which can then be used to help defray the ever rising costs of the yet-to-be-implemented Obamacare. Incidentally, using the language of Obamacare, we might consider passing a law stating that the “HHS Secretary shall determine which six months constitute a patient’s final six months.” That should help clear up any confusion.
This is the kind of refreshing, outside-the-box thinking that will solve our nation’s problems. It’s too bad Republicans are so busy filling the airwaves with hatred and choking Washington with bitter partisan politics, otherwise they could come up with innovative solutions, too.
|Posted by MLGoodell on February 20, 2013 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
It still being too cold to Reoccupy Wall Street, tens of thousands of baristas and grad students descended upon the nation’s capital yesterday to protest the perpetually proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It was your typical anti global warming protest, “held in biting winds and near-freezing temperatures,” according to Jim Snyder of Bloomberg News. It was also a rare opportunity for protesters to slip into cute, cuddly Polar Bear costumes.
Even better than playing dress up was the chance to hear America’s favorite self-proclaimed Cassandra address the crowd. Bill McKibben, founder of www.350.org, and probably the most intensely serious and caring-about-the-earth guy in the world, took time off from his day job of urging people to reduce the size of their carbon footprints and flew to Washington to encourage the President to do the right thing. The President, of course, would have liked nothing more than to have been there to help save the earth, but he had taken advantage of the wife and kiddies’ Colorado ski trip and flown down to Florida for a golf outing.
Undaunted, McKibben, (who once said on an NPR program hosted by a woman so intensely earnest that she affected a stutter “I fly all over the country talking to people about reducing their carbon footprint”) helped the intensely caring, polar bear-clad protesters remember what’s really important.
“Twenty-five years from now, nobody is going to look back at our era and say, ‘Boy, I wonder how that fiscal cliff thing came out?’ Everyone is going to look back and say, ‘Well, the Arctic melted, and then what did you do?’”
His mission is so pathetically flawed, it’s hard to believe someone who pretends to be as smart as he does doesn’t realize it. Surely he knows that stopping the pipeline won’t stop the flow of Canadian Shale Oil. It will continue to flow, through a pipeline to Vancouver, where it will be loaded onto ships and sent to China. And we will continue to ship oil into the country from around the world. The oil will be processed, and the carbon from excess shipping will be greater than if the pipeline were approved. He’s got to know this, because you have to be smart to set up a scam like his.
Actually, the flawed logic and sixth-grade reasoning aside, Billy’s quote got the matter exactly backwards. Assuming he used the term fiscal cliff as shorthand for the looming fiscal crisis this country, and the rest of the industrialized world are confronting, twenty-five years from now everybody who’s left will look back at our era and say, “Boy, I can’t believe those bastards preferred to play gotcha politics rather than try to solve the defining issue of their generation.”
Or maybe they’ll say “I can’t believe those children preferred to dress up in polar bear costumes and listen to intellectual puff balls like Bill McKibben blather away in his self-indulgent way about something he barely understood.”
The good news for McKibben and his children’s crusade is, if AGW is in fact grounded in fact and not nursery rhyme infantasizing, then our failure to address the looming fiscal crisis will in fact save the earth. As economies grind to a halt, and turbines stop spinning, pumps stop pumping and drills fail to drill, as engines freeze and factories shutter, and ships, trains and planes remain ashore and grounded, unladed, unboarded; as money evaporates and markets vanish, as people starve by the millions and cities and houses are discarded, the only carbon we will produce will come from our rotting bodies.
The world will be saved, and Bill McKibben will reign as savior for the few hundred thousand survivors, because you know Bill will survive. He’s that kind of smart.