Thursday, February 03, 2005
The Hypocrisy Of Waiting
Second, it is quite possible that the economy could turn around in a few years (once we finally get Bush out of the White House) and the economic growth would be enough to put Social Security in the black for generations to come.
If not, the worst case scenario is that we might have to raise taxes at some point to make up the difference. That is hardly a crisis!
As for the Global Warming analogy, the problem here is that it is not something that can be easily fixed later by raising taxes. Once the ice caps start melting it won't be a simple matter to reverse the process.
I know we never had our global warming debate, but the one point I was planning to make is that it should not be an ideological issue. It is a scientific issue. If the scientists come out and say there is no global warming, I will be happy with that. But right now we have the vast majority of scientists saying it is real, and on the other side we have corporate pollluters and their right-wing lapdogs like Rush Limbaugh claiming it is all a bunch of hot air. Guess which group I trust.
When they looked at peer-reviewed papers on the subject of global climate change published during the past ten years they found that out of 928 papers, 75% accepted that global warming was caused by human activities, either explicitly or implicitly. 25% made no mention either way. And not a single paper asserted otherwise.
When I see legitimate scientists (and not just cranks) coming out and saying that global warming isn't happening or that it is a natural phenomenon that we can't control one way or the other, then I will gladly agree with your position.