Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Steve Peters Commentary - #3359 - Michael Barone - Cult of Global Warming is Losing Influence - Townhall (2) Can the Youth Vote Be Bought for a Trillion Dollars - Real Clear Markets

............A similar but more peaceable fate is befalling believers in what I think can be called the religion of the global warming alarmists. They have an unshakeable faith that manmade carbon emissions will produce a hotter climate, causing multiple natural disasters. Their insistence that we can be absolutely certain this will come to pass is based not on science -- which is never fully settled, witness the recent experiments that may undermine Albert Einstein's theory of relativity -- but on something very much like religious faith. All the trappings of religion are there. Original sin: Mankind is responsible for these prophesied disasters, especially those slobs who live on suburban cul-de-sacs and drive their SUVs to strip malls and tacky chain restaurants. The need for atonement and repentance: We must impose a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system, which will increase the cost of everything and stunt economic growth. Ritual, from the annual Earth Day to weekly recycling. Indulgences, like those Martin Luther railed against: private jet-fliers like Al Gore and sitcom heiress Laurie David can buy carbon offsets to compensate for their carbon-emitting sins.  Read more..........   SP: As they change what they call it from global warming to climate change in a frantic battle against the facts, they are the true Climate Reality Deniers.

Can the Youth Vote Be Bought for a Trillion Dollars - Real Clear Market - In the realm of economic stimulus proposals, none is as audacious, as Machiavellian, and as transparently designed to buy the votes of a critical electoral demographic than the proposal to forgive all student loans. Even if it fails, as it likely will, the seamless coordination between members of Congress, leftist advocacy groups, and the media to try to sell this idea is a perfect example of how brilliantly certain factions play their hand in the high-stakes game of crafting the dominant political narrative.  Launched into the teeth of the Occupy Wall Street movement, where unemployable art history majors share tents with urine soaked street bums, Rep. Hansen Clark's (D-Mich) bill to forgive outstanding student loans is finding strong resonance among young people who want their voices heard. Those protesting bailouts are now shouting, "I Want Mine."  MoveOn.Org recently came on board, hanging a "Free Money" sign on its website. This allowed the group to collect the email addresses of over 630,000 twenty-somethings. Attracted to add their names to a petition to Congress for free tuition, they first had to sign up to receive the never ending flow of emails emanating from the MoveOn meme machine. You couldn't buy a better mailing list of receptive minds eager to propagate their catchy slogans.   For those not paying close attention, outstanding student loan debt will soon pass the trillion dollar mark, exceeding the nation's total credit card debt. Following the arc of the now-nationalized home mortgage market, the student loan market has evolved from being privately managed to government subsidized, to government guaranteed, and finally to government owned and operated. Read more..........   SP: How direct does a political payoff have to become to a voter before it is actually considered a bribe to vote, and a violation of the law? This is more than throwing crumbs at the circus, it's like throwing them the whole loaf. But, if you can use taxpayers money to pay the cost to bring your voters to polls, who cares how much it cost?

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