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I can’t stress how important facts are – facts derived from vigorous research, and the ability to replicate that research. People can believe what they want to “believe” but the natural world works on science and if we don’t understand it we can not adapt or make rational decisions. Too often our policy makers legislate ideology disregarding practical reality. Abortion is a prime example. Make abortions illegal all you want but people will still need them for a myriad of reasons. Abortions aren’t going away no matter how hard we wish them to so we need to legislate that if education is still not enough then safe medical care is not outlawed.
The environment is another area where science has to be the go to metric. Sea levels are rising and pollution is bad for our health. Once we get beyond the climate cover up by the polluting industries we can address and implement the changes necessary to preserve our billion dollar coastal economies. People come to the shore because the air is clean and you can swim in the water. If you change that our economy declines. Implementing a carbon tax will preserve jobs. Promoting roof top solar will create a multi generational boom in job creation. Moving away from a profit driven healthcare system will lower health care costs and increase productivity.
These are well established facts but money in politics has crippled our ability to govern practically for the macro-economy (another well established fact). We need true patriots willing to be brave and stand up and do the morally correct thing for the Country.
Condoms save money: “Publicly funded family planning services saved the government a total of $10.5 billion in 2010 and prevented 760,000 abortions, according to a new study released on Tuesday. The report, conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health think tank, found that every dollar the government spent to fund contraceptive services in 2010 saved taxpayers $5.68. A total of 8.9 million women received publicly supported contraceptive services that year through either the Title X federal family planning program or through Medicaid assistance, and 1.1 million unplanned births were prevented.
On a planet with limited resources that is good news – remember god (whatever you conceive that to be) gave us free will and the power to think. Blindly giving birth because it is something viewed as sacred by some is not what the creator (whatever you conceive it to be or not) had in store for us or we wouldn’t have the power to think. I think therefore I am. However why the reason the end result is that we have free will and the power to think. Blindly going through the motions and not assessing the situation or our surroundings is most likely the blasphemy and its certainly not thinking.
So here’s the News Flash: You do not have to have an abortion if you don’t want one. If you need one or want one a safe one is available. The theocracy branch of the republican party wants to change that.
News Flash Part Two: There will always be a demand for abortions for a variety of reasons. Including the fact that there are over 9 billion people on a planet with limited resources.
So the question is do we want our wives and daughters to have access to safe abortions or not?
The theocracy branch of the republican party and those that pay lip service to them do not want our wives and daughters to have safe access to abortions thus punishing their wives and daughters for getting pregnant which is something a billion years worth of evolution has designed them to do.
In addition to that the theocracy side of the republican party and those that pay them lip service do not want to educate our wives and daughters about safe ways of preventing pregnancy even though they are vehemently and fanatically obsessed and opposed to abortion.
Not thinking is the blasphemy.
Everybody wants to make a quick buck and I understand that but I suggest that the power brokers take a look at the sky at night. This planet is separated from an airless, dead, cold universe by a whisper thin layer of oxygen that keeps us all alive. No amount of money can replace the natural resources we aim smokestacks at day after day, year after year pumping into it tons of pollutants. It’s maddengliy stupid to massively destroy the environment that sustains our very being for business as usual.
Man made chemicals like paint thinner are stripping away the natural atmosphere, water and food chain from the abundant planet we found ourselves born into changing and infiltrating a life supporting system into a desolate waste land. No amount of money can replace the ecological system we depend on for our very survival. Clean air, clean water and a clean food chain is more important second to none for survival on this planet more so than profit, borders or religion.
But everybody thinks I’ll make this last one deal and it will be okay. I’ll tear down this one last mountain and it will be okay. I’ll fracture this one last part of the crust and it will be okay. I’ll destroy this one last head water system and stream and it will be okay. I’ll spill this one last billion of barrels of oil and it will be okay. I’ll launch this one last rocket and it will be okay. I’ll fight this one last war and it will be okay. I’ll spread this one last pesticide and it will be okay. WRONG!
You can not take care of the future if don’t take care of the present. It’s never the future. Its always TODAY. You make the changes needed TODAY and that’s how the future is made.
The problem is that their dirty technology is not only giving people cancer but giving people asthma downwind. That affects our national bottom line/productivity and inflates our health care cost as well as the acidification of the oceans killing our food chain.
It is the exact role and purpose of government to manage and mitigate our national economy when its not working for everyone – why you may ask – because that’s the difference between a civilized nation and Somalia or Syria and don’t doubt that for a second.
If you were a patriot you would care about your country and your neighbors.
You live in a fantasy world if you think deregulation means anything other than unlawful behavior.
Our corporate CEO’s aren’t benevolent Christians bestowing generosity upon us – they are business men plain and simple focused on their own bottom line.
We would get nothing not one residual penny from them for our labor and resources if they could arrange it so and they never stop trying to arrange it that way 24/7.
Like it or not the democratic party is the only friend you have unless your net worth is a billion a year. And you better wise up to that pretty fast.
For the record the Obama-Gore vision is the vision of the majority of the people but for the republican obstructionist representing the old ways we would be well on our way to achieving that vision. But some so called patriots prefer giving our tax dollars away in the form of “subsidies” to the already profitable oil industry. That’s just plain mismanagement and something for real to be mad at the government about.
Long line fishing, herbicide and oil run off we pollute and deplete the very thing that sustains us but you can’t eat money. If you are going to buy into the market system and not be a subsistence farmer/fisherman then you have to adapt to the boom and bust cycle of the market place and mom and pops go in and out of business.
Better regulation would smooth the transition for the mom and pops affected by environmental foresight. But real bullies controlling Capitol Hill don’t value helping anybody but themselves. Face it we are all sort of like that. But if you care about the mom and pops that go out of business as we recalibrate our awareness as to the necessity of sustainability and a healthy environment then vote democrat across the board no matter where you live. That way the mom and pops can get the assistance they need to transition to a new plan, further education or skill training. The powers that be helped transition Goldman Sachs and AIG but they don’t have dime one to spare for the bait shop owner. Those are your bullies.
Environmentalists think long term and big picture they aren’t bullies or zealots they are people who care and have the foresight to worry about long term sustainability over development. The environment that feeds us and keeps us healthy is an intricate design each part of it working in harmony to grow but in walks man clear cutting it all to pieces as fast as he can for short term profit and cheap thrills.
Without governance seeing the big picture and managing the markets we would all be the victims of self immolation except there wouldn’t be any point to it other than sheer stupidity, shortsightedness, and greed.
If I was on City Council down in the Outer Banks I would be in favor of preserving the environment and long term sustainability – would request federal funds since that stance is in everyone’s best interest, and help those 20 odd businesses currently affected by new environmental regulations transition to a new line of work, and or relocation.
In order to sustain the growth in human population 7 billion and counting we need to sustain and enable the growth in the natural world that actually feeds us and drives or economic machine.
Being able to four wheel around now off line beach areas burning fossil fuel for kicks or being able to carry everything in your garage to the beach would not and should not be a governmental concern.
That all may be fun and convenient and direct a few dollars in a certain way but we can no longer ignore or be lackadaisical about our hugely negative impact on our environment, health and well being. Natural resources are the building blocks of – everything – in the market place. We need to grow, preserve and protect our natural resources through time tested natural processes at a much greater rate then we are depleting them.