Wednesday, May 26, 2010

It is time to stop using a 20th century energy source in the 21st century.

A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.

~Leonard Bernstein, The New York Times, 30 October 1988


My rant against ignorance, hypocrites, and those without vision.

Where are all those people who said leave business alone and that they wanted the government to stay out of their business? Those who supported the Republican Right and said that business can monitor and self regulate and that the government should keep their hands off. The "we need smaller government", crowd: The Tea Party crowd, the uber Conservative Republicans who are now clamoring for the government to do something about the oil spill. Louisiana Republican Conservative Governor Bobby Jindal, who wants the federal government to stay out of his states business, is suddenly screaming for more government help.

These half wits don't get it. We don't live in a small simpler world. We live in a world of extreme complexity and intersecting forces. Government needs to be bigger because our society is large and complex and those issues must be addressed by a government of the necessary capicity to deal with the issues. Everyone who screamed for smaller government has a sacred cow that he will want the government to preserve and for that they will want government intervention but for the other guy well that is another case. If it doesn't effect me then it isn't necessary.

These selfish, self-righteous intellectually challenged Tea Party and conservatives need to wake up. No one loves taxes, they are necessary, no one wants the government involved in everything but it is necessary if you want your social security, medicare, medicaid, veterans benefits ,a college education and tax credits and a million other projects that the government funds and oversees; including control on the banks, environment, drugs and the big pharma. Are there some areas that can be improved? definitely. But without government, and it is big, the banks would continue to rip you off, and big business would exploit and kill people like Massy Upper Branch mines, and the BP oil rig in the gulf. Corporate abuse would be ten times worse.

We now have a crisis in the Gulf of Mexico of massive proportion. Government is intervening and future drilling rules will become more rigidly enforced. But now it has to be fixed and unfortunately it will require BP to fix it as they are the ones with the technology. The question for the government is, how to re-think about off shore drilling and look to more effective and safe alternate sources of energy. It is time to stop using a 20th century energy source in the 21st century.

It seems that when it comes to moral and social responsibility the liberal progressives come off being right and the Right come off looking like they are, unethical people whose sole objective is greed and self aggrandizement at the expense of their fellow man.



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