American Elephants


Matt Ridley: Fossil Fuels are Greening the Planet by The Elephant's Child

Make time for this important video. It’s only nineteen minutes long but what an informative, positive, exciting explanation of how the earth is becoming greener, and environmental conditions around the world are improving, as long as we don’t keep doing stupid things like putting the corn crop into our gas tanks. Matt Ridley speaking to our friends at the Reason Foundation.

In the meantime, President Obama reportedly will tell federal agencies they can’t approve any major projects until their impact on global warming has been weighed.

According to Bloomberg media, “President Barack Obama is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they should consider the impact on global warming before approving major projects, from pipelines to highways.”

Bloomberg says Obama plans to “expand the scope of a Nixon-era law,” the National Environmental Policy Act, “that was first intended to force agencies to assess the effect of projects on air, water and soil pollution.”

If Congress won’t pass the laws he wants — in this case placing limits on “greenhouse gas emissions,”  he will just make law on his own. He doesn’t need any congressional approval. Never mind that separation of powers thing.

Poor guy, he can’t help himself. Every time he brags a little about how many jobs he’s creating (and he hasn’t gotten to positive number yet) he does some other dumb thing to restrain the private sector and make growth and more jobs even less likely.

 



CPAC: Debate and Dissension Are Desirable Attributes. by The Elephant's Child

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The great get-together of Conservatives — CPAC — is going on at the Gaylord Convention Center in Maryland, where Conservatives are engaged in arguing, as they always do when Conservatives get together, about who is conservative and who is not conservative enough, who is too liberal to be properly conservative, and what it means to be conservative, and who is just a  RHINO, Libertarians in General and where do you stand on abortion, the Second Amendment, Spending, the Budget, Defense, the Military, the Constitution, ObamaCare and how do we save the country from economic collapse. Or something like that.

Democrats are inclined to believe that all this dissension is a sure sign that the Republican party is writhing in its final death throes; but that is merely the triumph of hope over common sense.

Democrats agree with each other, or if they don’t agree, they keep quiet about it, so they won’t  be drummed out of serious consideration for any kind of a good job. Democrats not only don’t like disagreement, dissension, or anyone who disapproves of them, they enforce it.  Blacks, Hispanics, gays, LGBT, union members and Professors are expected to be loyal Democrats, and if they change their voter registration, will be demonized, fired, receive death threats and be ill-treated if mentioned in the media.

Democrats expect, every time they win an election, that it’s all over for the Republicans and the Republican party will blessedly die, and Democrats will be left in complete control, which is only right and just.

Moderate Republicans, who are usually called RHINOs (Republicans in name only) or “Country-Club Republicans” find  Tea Party members radical and alarming. Republicans have never been given to massive protests with signs and flags, and the Gadsden flag (the one with the rattlesnake) smacks of rebellion. Scary. Tea Party members are apt to think of Moderates as doormats who don’t stand up for good government. Catholic Republicans are especially concerned about Roe v. Wade, but so are Evangelical Republicans. Home-Schoolers are a little scary to those who aren’t ready to give up on the public schools. And so it goes.

What Democrats, Liberals, Progressives. Socialists, Union Members, the Left and all the victim people don’t get, is that you don’t learn anything without putting your ideas out there to be shot down and/or defended. There is no progress in the Progressive Party by just adopting old tired ideas and insisting that everyone march in lockstep to the drumbeat. The Left has been pursuing social justice and equality and the collective ever since the French Revolution, and it’s never worked out, and has always failed, and they are sure that this time, this time, it will succeed, in spite of all evidence to the contrary.



The Clinton Hustle: Too Funny! by The Elephant's Child

Democrat technique, circa 1993. The Party of Progress: some things never change! Need to get your way? Just scare the rubes into compliance. Barack Obama isn’t doing anything new, for a Democrat, that is.

Rush Limbaugh TV show. Al Gore is — priceless.  Hahahahahaha

(h/t: Moonbattery)




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