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As you know, the Empire has selected a new emperor. The Mafia has chosen a new Don. The corporation has hired a new CEO. Are you brimming with hope yet? Read on…

According to Reuters, (Nov. 11, 2008), President-Elect Barack Obama has urged President-Select George W. Bush to take “measures to help the ailing (automobile) industry on top of a $25 billion loan packaged approved in September.”

I could easily discuss—yet again—the unspoken reality that America’s version of capitalism relies entirely on socialized costs and privatized profits and all those who righteously decry Big Government are choosing to ignore the massive state subsidies that created and maintain Corporate America and “our way of life.”

But Earth’s problems are far worse than state capitalism wearing a transparent free market mask. The auto industry Mister Barack and his merry band of Democratic comrades so desperately want to bailout and revive is and has been one the primary causes for our planet’s environmental and social degradation.

Does the Chairman of Change know or care that during the last century, an area equal to all the arable land in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania was paved in the U.S.? This area requires maintenance costing over $200 million a day and the surreptitious cost of the car culture totals nearly $500 billion a year in the U.S. alone, much of that going to the sustentation of a military presence in the Persian Gulf.

An Obama aide said Mr. “Yes We Can” has suggested “accelerating implementation” of the current auto industry loan package and “exploring avenues that exist under current law.”

Does Bilkin’ Barry the Baby Boomer ever think about how cars create 7 billion pounds of un-recycled scrap and waste annually? With approximately one billion discarded tires littering our increasingly paved landscape, let his loyal Obamatrons meditate upon this: Every tire loses one pound of rubber per year, spewing minute grains of rubber into the stratosphere and then back down to find a new home in our water and/or our lungs. Has anyone told the Pope of Hope about the innumerable eco-systems exterminated in order to make way for highways, off-ramps, parking lots, strip malls, and other auto-centric structures?

I could go on (and on) while BHO begs GWB to identify “someone in charge of the auto issue who would have authority to bring about reforms that would lead to a viable auto industry.”

Here’s the equation: A viable auto industry = a non-viable global eco-system.

Along those lines, there was other news on November 11…but it did not make the Reuters wire. The North American Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Press Office announced: “We have one message for the incoming Obama Administration: act to protect the environment or the ELF will.”

Sounds like change we can believe in…

Mickey Z. can be found on the Web at http://www.mickeyz.net.

Originally posted to coolobserver on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 05:26 PM PST.

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  •  I thought I am a liberal. I dove (0+ / 0-)

    my cap to you. I respect your view. However, we are still living in this planet.

  •  Nice Namecalling you've got going here (9+ / 0-)

    "Bilkin’ Barry the Baby Boomer"

    "Pope of Hope"

    Way to make a point.

    Meh.

    ...block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand...(President Elect Barack Obama, 11/4/8)

    by begone on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 05:39:09 PM PST

    •  Sounds like a job for Meh cat!!! (14+ / 0-)

      funny-pictures-orange-meh-cat

      In the unlikely story of America there's never been anything false about hope. -Obama

      by Luthien Tinuviel on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 05:42:37 PM PST

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    •  what's funny is that he's not a boomer (7+ / 0-)

      According to books by William Strauss and Neil Howe,  boomers were born from 1943–1960.

      That makes Obama (b. 1961) a Gen-Xer

      (Talkin' 'bout MY gen-e-ra-tion!!)

      "My greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness, it's possible that I'm a little too awesome." -Barack Obama 10/16/08

      by Hopeful Skeptic on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 06:02:52 PM PST

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      •  I still say (1+ / 0-)
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        (this is from a thread the other day about Gen-X) that people born between 56 and 62 should be called a different generation than either boomers or Gen-X. Normally, you think og boomers as people who were kids in the fifties and teens in the sixties, born right after the war, and Gen-X as people who went to high school in the eighties.

        Yes, i know, I'm the wrost typist ever. At least I knew waht I menat.

        by MarianLibrarian on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 06:05:57 PM PST

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        •  interesting... (1+ / 0-)
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          I think I agree.

          It seems that dragging the baby boom out to 1960 is quite a stretch.  I mean, how long do people usually have kids?  7-10 years?  And the war ended in 1945?  So 15 years later, would hardly be a result of the GI's coming home and making babies.  

          But perhaps there is another reason to stretch it out that long?  Maybe some statistics about birth rates ...?

          Although I have to say, I'm definitely a Gen-Xer (about 10 years younger than Obama) but it still feels to me like he's part of my generation.

          "My greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness, it's possible that I'm a little too awesome." -Barack Obama 10/16/08

          by Hopeful Skeptic on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 06:21:11 PM PST

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          •  Obama is part of Generation Jones, between Boom&X (1+ / 0-)
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            Strauss and Howe are but two of many generational experts in this country; they didn't "establish" any generational defintion--in fact, theirs is definitely not the most popular defintion...1965 is unequivocally the most popular begining birth year used for GenX.

            I agree with you, MarianLibrarian and Hopeful Skeptic--Obama isn't a Boomer nor an Xer. As many influential experts and publications have repeatedly pointed out, Obama is part of Generation Jones, born 1954-1965, between the Boomers and Xers.

            Here's a 5 minute GenJones video with many top pundits specifically talking about Obama's membership in Generation Jones:

            Here's a short clip of Obama's identity as a GenJoneser being discussed on CNN on Election Night:

             

            •  wow, very nice information and videos! (0+ / 0-)

              I had a feeling it would be astonishingly easy to surpass my level of generational knowledge (which was pretty much based on reading Wikipedia for 10 minutes).

              In terms of traditional education, I'm over-educated already, but I can always count on the dKos community to teach me a hundred new things every day!

              Thanks!

              But I still want to claim Obama as part of my generation... stupid facts getting in the way of my warm and fuzzy desires.

              "My greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness, it's possible that I'm a little too awesome." -Barack Obama 10/16/08

              by Hopeful Skeptic on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 11:04:26 PM PST

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  •  Sweet lordy. (3+ / 0-)
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    rf7777, Luthien Tinuviel, sethyeah

    Got any solutions?  Other than the destructive and totally ineffectual group, the North American Earth Liberation Front.

  •  How's did that Nader thing work out? (1+ / 0-)
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  •  I'm not sure what you're getting at here. (0+ / 0-)

    Are you promoting eco-terrorism because Obama wants to save auto workers' jobs?

    Yes, i know, I'm the wrost typist ever. At least I knew waht I menat.

    by MarianLibrarian on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 06:09:07 PM PST

  •  baby boomer! (0+ / 0-)

    someone from Kosland narrows in on two words in one sentence of Mick's article and quotes:

    "According to books by William Strauss and Neil Howe, boomers were born from 1943–1960.

    That makes Obama (b. 1961) a Gen-Xer

    (Talkin' 'bout MY gen-e-ra-tion!!)"

    Obama is no baby-boomer...he was born one year outside the limit established by Strauss and Howe, therefore the entirety of Mickey Z's article is false.

    It would be funny if it wasn't true.

    The Obama-Mind might tell you that The Government is simply giving money to these poor big three to invest in "green" innovation...to catch up to The Competition...but when we check back in a year from now all the money went to keep that train a rolling on down to the end of the line.

    •  umm... actually wrong (0+ / 0-)

      care to point out where I claimed

      the entirety of Mickey Z's article is false

      ??

      I doubt you can, because I never made such a claim.

      The comment to which I was replying was (rightly) pointing out that the diarist was engaging in inflammatory and non-constructive name calling.

      I just pointed out that the name calling was inaccurate on top of being inflammatory and non-constructive.

      The auto industry is a huge environmental problem, but I don't see any solutions to this problem proposed in the diary, or by your comment.

      Care to be part of the solution, or do you just want to whine about the problems?

      "My greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness, it's possible that I'm a little too awesome." -Barack Obama 10/16/08

      by Hopeful Skeptic on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 11:28:06 PM PST

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