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July 28, 2010

A Modest Proposal

Libs are notoriously stingy when it comes to their charitable giving.  It’s a known and proven fact. In their defense, they might say they believe in government solutions, not private charitable ones.  Fine.  Does that mean they’re paying more to the IRS than the rest of us?  I’ve never seen any evidence of that.  Here’s what I propose.  If Libs decided to give in the form of additional taxes the difference they’re giving to charity, we wouldn’t need to raise taxes.  There’s nothing stopping them from making that additional yearly contribution to their government if they so chose to.  Think of the benefits: our federal deficits would disappear overnight, Libs would finally put their money where their mouth is when it comes to their faith in government, and we’d all finally be paying equally into the public trough, each in our own way.  This column offers a similar solution to man-made global warming.  Put your money where you mouth is:

Manmade Global Warming: The Solution

Manmade global warming, like so many other social and economic issues, has become hopelessly politicized. Each side has dug in its heels and has accused the other of acting irresponsibly and dishonestly. For the believers, the other side has become the equivalent of Holocaust deniers; and for the doubters, the other side has become a cult intent on manipulating mankind to remake the world in some sort of natural Utopian image.

The divide has become so great, it seems virtually impossible to bridge the gap. However, I’m not writing for Ricochet merely to outline problems; I’m here to offer real solutions. And I’m not just blowing carbon dioxide.

Let’s assume that a third of the world’s population really believes mankind has the power to adjust the Earth’s thermostat through lifestyle decisions. The percentage may be higher or lower, but, for the sake of this exercise, let’s put it at one-third. Now it seems to me these people have a special obligation to change their lives dramatically because they truly believe catastrophe lies ahead if they don’t. The other two-thirds are merely ignorant, so they can hardly be blamed for their actions.

Now, if those True Believers would give up their cars and big homes and truly change the way they live, I can’t imagine that there wouldn’t be some measurable impact on the Earth in just a few short years. I’m not talking about recycling Evian bottles, but truly simplifying their lives. Even if you were, say, a former Vice President, you would give up extra homes and jets and limos. I see communes with organic farms and lives freed from polluting technology.

Then, when the rest of us saw the results of their actions—you know, the earth cooling, oceans lowering, polar bears frolicking and glaciers growing—we would see the error of our ways and join the crusade voluntarily and enthusiastically.

How about it? Why wait for governments to change us? You who have already seen the light have it within your grasp to act in concert with each other and change the world forever. And I hate to be a scold, but you have a special obligation to do it because you believe it so strongly. Then, instead of looking at isolated tree rings and computer models, you’d have real results to point to, and even the skeptics would see the error of their ways and join you.

So start Tweeting each other and get the ball rolling. We’ll anxiously await results. See, I told you I had the solution. My work here is done.

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