a reply to: Daedalus
I see that I have some 'splainin' to do. The "Dear" and "With respect," are subject to the rules made by an eccentric old man, me.
If I am responding to a person's post which wasn't directed to me, I leave off the "Dear" as I have no idea how he will react, or if he is even
sane. If I'm responding to a post directed to me, I will use "Dear." Once I have started to use "Dear" with a poster, I will continue to.
Some exceptions: If I'm dealing with one of the dozen or so posters with whom I have had a lengthy relationship, I'll start out with a "Dear."
There are also a few posters who have behaved so dishonorably (not stupidly or blindly), or viciously that I will remove the "Dear" and "With
respect." I hate to admit it but there are two or three posters for whom I have absolutely no respect, even as human beings. (There are even two
that I will not be in the same thread with because of their obnoxious lack of honesty, decency, or honor.)
Now, back to work.
what's more, where did they pull the $700B figure from?
it sounds to me like they pulled it out of their ass....i mean, what does that money do?
Of course, you're right, and that's one of the saddest parts of this whole business. Daily, you will hear on this site or in editorial pages,"If
we just reduced the military budget a little bit, we could provide clean water to the world, saving millions of lives." Or, "If we cut our aid to
Israel (currently about $3 billion) we could do so much good." The global warming enthusiasts are diverting a billion dollars a day away from saving
lives, slowing starvation, educating the poor, and fighting disease. They do it to fight a problem which they can't show was primarily caused by man
(let alone modern, Western man), or is a net danger, or isn't stopping on it's own.
The Al Gore fan club is willing to let millions die of thirst, hunger, and illness, if they can research and fight a problem which may not exist,
which man may not be able to solve, and which may not be a problem at all. Unfortunately, many place a cause in front of their eyes, be it climate,
pay equity, GMOs, Walmart, Obama, Racism, Gay Marriage, or anything else. They form an opinion on it, and it is so close to their eyes that they can
see nothing else. They refuse to consider information that contradicts their position, they don't consider the consequences of their proposed
policy, they refuse to consider sharing resources with any one else's cause, and they see compromise as defeat.
Bringing people to their senses on Global Warming is a noble goal, of course, but in the grand scheme it doesn't matter much. There is a whole
school of non-thinking that pervades Western thought and politics on many issues. That is what needs to be defeated if we are to remain rational.