Why Republicans are bad for America
I just read Friedman’s editorial in the NY Times this morning. If you want to know the price America is paying for right wing vilification of climate change, environmental protection and the green movement, this is it. America continues to innovate, but sends all thejobs overseas.
Democrats are to blame too, but for different reasons. They’re spineless. If they weren’t so terrified of being labeled socialists, nazis, fascists (you name it) they might be more apt to encourage some of the policies that would wean us off mid-east oil and coal dependency – the latter being especially detrimental to our environment and future.
Democrats find it so much easier to feed at the trough of corporate lobbyists and special interest groups antithetical, almost by definition, to the common good. And that’s why I blame the Republicans (along with their multi-million dollar think tanks).
With their strident rhetoric, they have so thoroughly poisoned the “climate change” well that few politicians dare to drink from it. All the changes required to wrench this country away from oil and coal dependency will require government intervention of one kind or another. And that’s precisely the kind of policies that send Republicans into onanistic fits of ecstasy. They love nothing more than accusing “Liberals” of big governance and fiscal excess. It’s how Republicans get votes. Then, once they’re in power, they hand over governance to cronies and the private sector (and we all know how that turned out) – an astronomically expensive and disastrous war, a collapsed economy, rampant unemployment, stagnant wages, increased health costs, increased pollution. Meanwhile, America falls decades behind other countries in terms of health care and energy efficiency, costing us far, far more than any government program. Anything to keep the Republicans in power.
There is an alternative to government intervention. It’s called recession, unemployment, wage stagnation, etc… But that’s better than being called a big government, socialist, commie -progressive Liberal, right?
Someday the Democrats are going to get a clue. Fire is an effective way to fight fire.