We don’t want Government run health care. What do we do about tens of millions of uninsured? What is the Conservative response in the affirmative? What is the free market/capitalist/non-government response to this real problem? Not enough to argue down the problem and question the stats. 40 million, 20 million, whatever. What is our practical, reasonable solution to this problem?
Global Warming-Climate Change BS? When do you hear Conservatives argue for cleaner rivers; zero toxins dumped from pipes into rivers? Ridiculous rules to protect insects, rodents, snails all really generated to halt development more than protect the critter. Rules devised to halt growth and sprawl. Density v. Sprawl, mass transportation v. private conveyances. What is the Conservative response to the freedom to sprawl outward on and on, to escape urban ugh! and the elimination of farms, habitat and green spaces? I know a convoluted mess. But, we hang our hat on liberty and the ability to do as we wish. Here is a simple problem, at the risk of sounding like a pie eyed earth cookie: in my home State of Oregon… I cannot remember seeing what I saw as a child…honey bees, Monarch butterflies, cabbage moths, Bumble bees, robins. Oh, I see some, but not the sheer numbers even with a garden. I live on the edge of a wetland so I see the coyote, the raccoon, the woodpecker, the occasional Hummingbird. Why are bees and birds and butterflies missing? Silly question? Is it?
Frankly, many people see these problems or at least buy into the Left’s anti-capitalism, anti-development mantras. They see know response toward the core kernel of truth re these problems. The Left sees the problems and uses them as a vehicle to shut down the Right. The Right sputters and does in deed use the same tired responses. The Right has to decide whether in that hodge podge of Conservative values and principals there resides solutions to the messes of the Left OR solutions to the unintended consequences of unbridled growth, sprawl and neglect.
The Western Oregon Plan Revision is the BLM’s attempt to ramp up logging and dramatically reduce riparian protections on 2.6 million acres of land in the western part of the state managed by that agency. The timber industry asserted in a lawsuit that the Northwest Forest Plan cannot apply to Oregon BLM lands, most of which were acquired through the Oregon and California Railroad Act. Instead of defending itself, the agency rolled over and scrapped the Northwest Forest Plan in favor of the WOPR.
The BLM also plans to reduce existing Northwest Forest Plan riparian buffer widths by 50% on fish bearing waters as well as on intermittent streams. This will result in over 130,000 acres of previously protected riparian forest being opened to logging. This is not just an academic issue. It puts the waters we love to fish at risk….
Currently, the WOPR is sitting on the Governor’s desk as he evaluates the plan for consistency with Oregon law. Please write him a personal email as an angler expressing your concern about this plan.
Please complete the email letter to Oregon Governor Kulongoski and follow the format provided in the OFFB and Moldy Chum site.
Eve at the Daily Kos reports of emerging shakeup on Democrat side….moving to the Regressivism agenda. This is not a subtle move. This is not a trial balloon for affect. This is the positioning of decision makers within the Democrats, and the enormous cost and boondoggles coming our way via social engineering. Haven’t heard about it on msm…Eve notes this development in http://www.rollcall.com/. These are critical decisions worthy of coverage. If our emotions are not being tweaked or individuals savaged, the msm seems incapable of substantive coverage.
“The Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to play a leading roll in crafting legislation that is a top priority of an Obama administration.”
“Environmentalists have suggested that Dingell was not moving quickly enough to take up climate change legislation.”
“Dingell has been a champion of the auto industry:
Policy-wise, the auto industry would see the weakening of its greatest patron at the moment of its greatest need, with auto sales dropping by their greatest margin since World War II and automakers looking to the federal government for help to stave off bankruptcies and massive layoffs.
but he has not been a favorite of environmentalists:
Environmentalists, who have clashed with Dingell, could see his defeat as a boon, with a greater chance to shape global warming and other legislation. ”
Emanuel Posting Could Mean War with GOP
“Appointing former Clinton political pit bull and Congressional whiz kid Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff makes Republicans nervous.”
“…there’s the story of how, the night after Clinton was elected, Emanuel was so angry at the president’s enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting “Dead! … Dead! … Dead!” and plunging the knife into the table after every name. “When he was done, the table looked like a lunar landscape,” one campaign veteran recalls. “It was like something out of The Godfather. But that’s Rahm for you.”
House Minority Leader John Boehner pulls no punches when he says, “”This is an ironic choice for a president-elect who has promised to change Washington, make politics more civil, and govern from the center.”