The leviathan state can't abide by such a straightforward, win-win scenario:
Hobbled economic activity - on purpose.
Hobbled economic activity - on purpose.
Catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards according to a UN report, which concludes that the transformation required to a world of clean energy is eminently affordable.
“It doesn’t cost the world to save the planet,” said economist Professor Ottmar Edenhofer, who led the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) team.
The nonpartisan agency said debt held by the public will reach 78% of GDP by 2024, up from 72% at the end of last year. That high and rising debt “would have serious negative consequences,” the CBO warns, including lessening lawmakers’ abilities to use tax and spending policies to respond to “unexpected challenges” in the economy.
The agency Burwell heads, the Office of Management and Budget, is responsible for the president’s budget. But OMB also has another, lesser-known responsibility: fact-checking presidential speeches. Every proposed presidential utterance is scrubbed for accuracy by OMB.When speechwriters finish a draft presidential address, it is circulated to the White House senior staff and top cabinet officials in what is known as the “staffing process.” As part of that process, nonpartisan career policy experts at OMB review the speech and are responsible for attesting to the factual accuracy of everything the president says.So thanks to Burwell’s nomination [to succeed Sebelius at HHS], Americans may finally get to the bottom of how the biggest presidential lie in recent memory made it though OMB’s fact-checking process — not once but dozens of times.
Today, they still pretend not to hate the concept of faith or hold those who have it in contempt. You’ll see Hillary hitting plenty of black churches in 2016 – after all, that condescending empty suit is in no ways tired. But otherwise, Democrats are delighting in their opportunity to burden, harass and humiliate the believing. They use Obamacare to try to force the faithful to breach their consciences. They demand that believers be silent or lose their livelihoods. Their liberal academic flunkies do everything possible to marginalize those of us who feel that life must mean more than dreary obedience to liberal orthodoxy.They are getting closer to outright admitting what we all know they really think. Part of it is fashion – boutique atheism is trendy. Part of it is snobbery – the same people who think socialism is a viable system like to look down on others for believing in “fantasies.” But mostly, liberals worship Government and don’t like the competition.It's important to distinguish between regular atheists and the militant liberal atheists. There are plenty of conservative atheists who don't feel a connection to God but share conservative values. The Democrats are militant atheists. They are atheists because they imagine they are smarter and wiser than people like Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King, and about 85% of the rest of America.They are proud believers in “Science.” That’s different from science. Science is the one where you take evidence and draw conclusions from it. “Science” is the one where you figure out what gives liberals the most power and shriek at anyone who dissents. This explains how the “Science” is settled that cold weather proves global warming.
being God-free lets liberals take advantage of the moral ambiguity of situational ethics. It provides them with the kind of wiggle room they need to do exactly what they want without any annoying principles obstructing them.
Sure, we occasionally see a few liberal evangelicals get trotted out by the mainstream media to tut-tut believers who actually believe in something more than free money for the lazy. Their ideology is just socialism with a thin veneer of Jesus. And it’s a Jesus who appears nowhere in the Bible, a gutless hippie who runs from fights and thinks that the Gospel requires you to keep fishing while giving away your catch to the dude kicking back on the beach because he doesn’t feel like casting his own net.So they're well on their way to openly embracing the stance that there's nothing absolute in this universe. But we all know how nature feels about a vacuum.
So cozy relationships between government and business are undeniably real, but the problem isn't with anything inherent in the nature of a corporation of any type. The problem is with a government that has metastasized beyond how it was Constitutionally designed.The revolving door always spun freely at Sebelius’s HHS, in almost comically perfect ways.HHS’s top food cop is Michael Taylor, the former chief lobbyist for Monsanto.After Obamacare passed, Sebelius hired Liz Fowler to help put it into effect. Fowler was a revolving-door veteran who had alternated between the K Street-friendly office of Sen. Max Baucus and running the lobbying shop at insurance giant Wellpoint. Today, Fowler runs the lobby shop for pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson.William Schultz, a top HHS lawyer hired by Sebelius, also came from K Street. Steering clear of Obama’s “lobbyist bans,” Schultz deregistered as a lobbyist in September 2008, and days later donated to Obama’s campaign — while keeping at least some of his corporate clients until he joined HHS as deputy general counsel.Schultz’s biggest client in his lobbying days was Barr Laboratories, maker of Plan B, the “morning-after pill.” After Obamacare passed, Sebelius and Schultz’s HHS construed the Obamacare provision on “women’s preventive health” as a requirement that employers cover 100 percent of the cost of all birth control, including Plan B. Sebelius promoted Schultz to general counsel in 2012 as that office took up cases defending the contraception mandate from religious-liberty lawsuits.To recap: a Monsanto lobbyist to regulate food, an insurance and drug lobbyist to implement Obamacare and a Plan B lobbyist to help mandate coverage of Plan B.Sebelius was a model of Obamanomics: carrying plenty of sticks to drive industry where she wanted it to go and bushels of carrots to reward the compliant businesses.
Global Test, answer your phone.
She came home with an index card last night. On it she was supposed to write and then decorate a "slogan" urging people to curtail their use of fossil fuels.Smart-ass that I am, I immediately channeled my friend Jeff.In the Future, everybody gets to freeze in the dark."Dad!" She whinced. "We're worried about pollution."Oh, then how 'bout this?Recycle this index card, or THE PLANET WILL DIE!"No, Dad, it has to mention fossil fuels or alternative energy. Besides, I'll get in trouble if I write that," although she was giggling by now.Wait, did someone say "alternative energy?" OK then!Put solar cells on your roof, because who needs lights at night?That one really cracked her up. "It says that in my book. Look ..."And sure enough, in her book it says one "drawback" of solar energy is that it doesn't work without sunlight.So we're back to freezing in the dark again."What about wind energy?"Have you ever heard how much noise a windmill makes?Put a windmill in your back yard, because who needs sleep?We won't even bother with how many minced birds they make every day.A look of horror came over her face. "Windmills kill birds?"Yup.Say, what if we put a positive spin on something that's actually practical, like nuclear energy?"No Dad! Nuclear waste is toxic! It lasts forever!"Oh boy.
She's been involved on some shady dealings that she's never explained, but actual achievements? Crickets.The panel, which initially scoffed at Kristol’s question, cannot name any accomplishment at all, and Chuck Todd ends up talking about how much she traveled as Secretary of State.
Clinton has been in the public eye since the Clinton days in Arkansas, 30 years ago. She ran for President in 2008 after eight nondescript years in the Senate, and then served four years as Secretary of State in a tenure bookended by the embarrassing “reset button” with Russia and the Benghazi failure that left four Americans dead. If she had a major accomplishment in all of that time, we wouldn’t need a campaign biography to discover it.