29 June, 2009
What’s the potential benefit of what Tom McClintock calls “the biggest economic mistake since the days of Herbert Hoover?
Not much. A few tenths of a degree. But there’s a lot at risk.
The problem is that we’re putting a global economy with present value of $2,000 trillion at risk to go after less than $4 trillion of expected present value of benefit. The desire to regulate the global economy to avoid the risk of catastrophic climate change is not a one-sided bet.
Anybody outside California is asked to ponder this: Do you really want the whole country going the way this state is going?
Dear Governor Sanford:
Resign, shut up, and just go away, you bastard. You’re lucky your wife doesn’t exercise her Second Amendment rights. (In my dad’s day women who did so got judgments of “justifiable homicide”.) You’ve ruined your own family, dishonored your kids, and I’ll thank you kindly not to drag what’s left of the Republican Party down the sewer with you.
And spare us the David-inspired delusions.
“What I find interesting is the story of David, and the way in which he fell mightily — fell in very, very significant ways, but then picked up the pieces and built from there,” Sanford told members of his cabinet in a session called so he could apologize to them in person and tell them the business of government must continue.
Yeah. Let it continue without you, you schmuck. If you want to repent, go do it on your own time.
Updated, and bumped:
Oh, for crying out backwards.
In a written message to supporters Monday, Mark Sanford asserted that God’s plan for him includes finishing his term as South Carolina governor.
For an adulterous politician you sure seem to have a direct line to the Big Guy. I wonder what part of God’s plan included sneaking off to Buenos Aires to <your favorite verb here> your Gaucho hottie?
Not content with dragging down the Republican party, you want to take Christianity with it? Fine!
Apparently the number of “Global Warming Deniers” (I prefer “skeptics of anthropogenic climate change” are swelling.
I’ll follow the data. When enough scientists not working for a systemically-corrupt political agency present compelling evidence, and can explain why the temperature of the earth has been going up and down for at least hundreds of millions of years without our help, I’ll believe that we’re changing the climate.
The next challenge will be convincing me that warming the planet a few degrees is a bad thing since, historically, it’s been a very good thing.
But I’m not holding my breath for a global crisis whose solution just happens not to be socialism, higher taxes, or dismantling capitalism.
Let’s hope that a lot of Senators visit The One’s office before the vote.
A “boquet of ironies” at the EPA.
Another Update (and bumped):
Roger Simon sees a trend.
You mean, we still have a reputation problem?
Now, do not confuse me with somebody who cares very much what editorialists in Der Spiegel or other outposts of the European chattering classes think of any American president. I could not care less, in no small part because I believe that the interests of such people generally diverge from mine own. I note, however, that many of the cosmopolitan Americans who voted for Barack Obama did so because they were embarrassed by the Bush administration’s reputation among foreigners, particularly European elites. They hated having to explain themselves over dinner in Paris, Brussels, and Frankfurt, and worried that most Europeans would not understand that we are not all unnuanced rubes. I therefore wonder how such people will react if anti-Obama sentiment in Europe grows to the point where they have to explain themselves all over again. Will they rise in Barack Obama’s defense, agree with the foreign critique but deny that they voted for him, or explode from the cognitive dissonance?
The possibilities for hilarity are not small.