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04/14/2013

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Ben

"The Man Who No Longer Represents Hope & Change"

The President Formerly Known As Hopey Changey circa 2008:

"But John McCain's campaign has gone even further, suggesting that the best answer for the growing pressures on Social Security might be to cut cost of living adjustments, or raise the retirement age. Let me be clear, I will not do either."

http://youtu.be/qAm3b-KnRkg


Brian

Shouldn't Hopey Changey really now be referred to as Hopeless Changeless?

Also, I never fully understood how raising the price of carbon was supposed to work. First, it is probably only politically possible to do such a thing in either a time of crisis or a time of surplus energy. In the former case, how are higher energy costs supposed to improve a crisis situation? In the latter case, surpluses inevitably give way to deficits over some period of time as the impetus to frugally use the surplus material wanes. Once you start to experience real deficit price impacts, what is the easiest way to have an immediate impact?

Hint... it isn't to wait for the emergence of a viable alternative energy market. The easiest, most politically expedient and popular (especially with those who fund political campaigns) thing to do is to repeal the artificially higher prices imposed by humans with their price on carbon.

In short, no matter what situation might have allowed for a price on carbon to be instituted, it's hard to see how it could have survived long enough to do anything meaningful.

This always seemed to me to be another case of people pushing false hopes in order to avoid dealing with (or, for that matter, even acknowledging) a difficult reality, that is, eventually having to endure real sacrifice and make do with "less" instead of always chasing "more".

Dave S. Nottear

Obama really did turn out to be a Trojan Horse didn't he.

And Cap-and-trade looks to me like just another higher-than-ever stakes casino for the Bank$ to play in. We can't take that seriously.

Ben

@Dave S. Nottear

"And Cap-and-trade looks to me like just another higher-than-ever stakes casino for the Bank$ to play in. We can't take that seriously."

In general I don't take large-scale human endeavors, ostensibly designed to "fix" things, too seriously. Dave has documented over, and over the frivolousness, ineffectiveness, and the self-indulgent nature of those large-scale human endeavors.

Dave S. Nottear

Thank Dog for Dave Cohen and those following this blog.

I just discovered this site and I am just getting familiar with Dave again (I remember he used to post at the oildrum).

How refreshing to find a site with an author who does not "like people" ... i.e. does not pander to nonsense just to be polite company.

Sometimes I feel like a stickman born into a sandpaper world. I always feel like everyone else is just pretending to be unaware what is happening to us. Makes a guy get a bit paranoid - lol.

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