Longterm Commitments

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    The three greatest problems this country as well as many countries face is:
    1. Deficit Reduction.
    2. Energy Independence
    3. Climate Change.

    These three problems have one thing in common. They all require long-term solutions and commitments. None of these problems will be solved in a year or even a decade. They all require national and political commitment over a long period. With each power change in the presidency and the Congress, the party in power attempts to nullify the works of their predecessor or change direction. We have seen this in America’s attempt to become energy independent. Back in the 70’s when there was a gas shortage, America set it’s course toward energy independence with increased oil production and conservation measures. With political changes, the emphasis was no longer energy independence but increasing economic activity. Our reliance on foreign oil has grown from 37% in 1980 to 65% today. With each change in political power, our energy policies change.

    Likewise our policy concerning the deficit changes with both political power and events of the time. Most sensible people know that you cannot eliminate the deficit in one year or 4 years. It will take a commitment of both parties and the people over a decade or more to stick to a plan. In the past, deficit reduction has always been short lived.

    Solving the problems in climate change is probably the most difficult of all. Many disagree that man is the primary cause. There are even some that don’t even admit that the climate is changing. Then there are those who don't give damn what happens to world in 50 or a 100 years. Thus there is no real commitment to deal with any aspects of climate change, which would have to last indefinitely.

    How do we solve problems that require a commitment that spans many years with changes in political power, attitudes, and events? If we are not able to do this, our future looks pretty dim.
     
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    Prediction on the Conservative response:

    1. Cut all service to nothing and lower taxes on the wealthy
    2. Drill baby drill
    3. What climate change?
     
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    Although I do not agree 2 and 3 are our greatest problems, let's just take a crack at these issues using logic and reason:

    1) Stop fucking spending more than we take in.
    2) Remove the government imposed impediments to that which would allow people and companies to utilize the energy sources already in our country. You want to provide some tax incentive for new "alternative" energy sources, fine.
    3) If you fear the climate is warming (as we feared it was cooling back in the 70s), then move the fuck away from the shore.

    Next.
     
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    The employment/unemployment numbers that came out this morning were terrible, but our jobs problem doesn't crack your top 3?
     
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    The damn climate is gonna change. You can't do a damn thing about it either.. Unless you live in unicorn universe!
     
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    Are you kidding? Listing jobs as a problem would highlight the failures of their dear leader...and we can't have that!
     
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    Well then, get on your Corporate boys to loosen up some of that 2+ trillion dollars and hire people...

    Oh, wait... that's right, they're playing games to see if they can make even more of the backs of the little people... Let's see, cut their services to the bone... lower the tax rate to nil, get rid of the minimum wage... maybe we can even squeeze banning overtime pay out of it!
     
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    They don't think they live in a unicorn universe...but they do have magic beans you know!
     
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    The minimum wage keeps the least capable, the uneducated and the elderly from earning a living while driving up the retail prices of the goods and services those very people must pay to survive. What kind of monster would support that?
     
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    That's what Beck keeps telling you, isn't it?... Or is it the Heritage(Koch)Foundation?
     

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