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The evidence could not be stronger. Over 30 years have passed since Reagan laid out the Republican economic agenda. It was simple and people wanted to believe. Keep government out of peoples lives and let them keep what they earn. Government is the problem. Make things easy for business to flourish by loosening regulations and lowering their taxes because if business can flourish all will benefit as their profits will "trickle down" to bring prosperity to all.

Fast forward to the present; after more than 30 years of Republican political dominance, the results of Republican/conservative policies are all too apparent. The free market supply side forces have been responsible for creating the greatest income disparity since the gilded age. The United States has lost ground internationally in most demonstrable criteria including: median income, access to health care, infant mortality and economic dominance. And the Republican era of power culminated in an economic free fall which cost the American economy $12.8 trillion dollars and 8 million jobs. The failure of the republican/conservative economic agenda is stunning in its totality.

But there is nowhere the Republican failure is more devastating than in the global response to climate change.

Continue below the fold to read more about the cost of this conservative obstruction.

At the end of World War II the United States emerged as the world leader economically and politically. The advantages and responsibilities of world leadership was in our hands. We built on the New Deal to strengthen the middle class with Social Security and Medicare and then focused on human rights with the Civil Rights Act. Then in 1981 came the Reagan revolution. And in a symbolic act President Reagan took down the solar panels which had been installed on the Carter White House. This act symbolized that new guys were in town and it also meant that government was being pushed out of the way for business to take its place as the rightful representative of the American people.

That was about the same time that understanding about our species' contribution to climate warming was being discussed in the global scientific community. It was already recognized that our industrial consumption based on fossil fuels was the leading cause of our atmospheric pollution. It was also recognized that global warming would require a global response, with nations working together to advance and implement solutions. Our global economic and political leadership placed us in a position of responsibility to the global challenge of climate change; but here is where we abdicated our global leadership responsibility and the Republican ideology of laissez faire collided with the needed response to our changing climate.

In the over 30 years of Republican political dominance, the evidence of anthropogenic climate change has only strengthened to the point that 97 percent of credible climate scientists support the overwhelming evidence of human caused climate change. Yet over that time the Republican/conservative response has been to use its power to misinform and to obstruct any progress to mitigate. The Republican political leaders have taken the side of their business buddies—the fossil fuel industry, who have rewarded them with obnoxious sums of money for their support which has assured them of unrivaled control of the energy market. In the 112th GOP-controlled congress alone there have been 317 votes taken against the environment.

The cost of this obstruction and misinformation? It increasingly looks like the cost the world will be paying for this idiotic political malfeasance is a safe future for our children and grandchildren. We have lost too much time in implementing solutions and already many in the world especially the most vulnerable are on the road to mass suffering and hunger.

Republicans: The blood is on your hands.

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  •  I'm afraid we all are guilty (6+ / 0-)

    But indeed they are the final blow!

    An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

    by don mikulecky on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:07:19 PM PDT

  •  Amen (25+ / 0-)

    Movement Conservative policy will kill more Americans than the worst terrorist attack ever could.

    I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

    by LeftHandedMan on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:07:46 PM PDT

  •  This is the best diary I have ever read at Kos!!! (7+ / 0-)
  •  GOP - Khmer Rogue Libertarian Or Xtian Taliban? (18+ / 0-)

    Want to abolish  school,  government, currency, wrapped in a vague back-to-the-land fantasy of going back to the Bronze Age.

    Either way it's a Nihilistic dystopia.

    Men are so necessarily mad that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:13:09 PM PDT

  •  That'd be a nice sig line (9+ / 0-)
    Republicans: The blood is on your hands.

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:14:21 PM PDT

  •  "Keeping government out of our lives"? (11+ / 0-)

    From favoring the corporations, to weakening regulations, to the obsession with women's personal health decisions, the Republicans are hardly keeping government out of the individual's life, unless they are in the 1%

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:15:14 PM PDT

  •  Only for those "unfortunate" enough not to have (9+ / 0-)

    ...had parents who were a part of the wealthy elite.

    It increasingly looks like the cost the world will be paying for this political idiotic malfeasance is a safe future for our children and grandchildren.
    In my cynicism--fueled, probably, by age--I do not see how it can be otherwise.  Those today who rape the planet and destroy the environment for our children are blinded by greed--and even when, for a moment, they see the future with clarity (if they ever do) they believe that their children, at least, will have the money and means to survive what comes.

    And that angers me even more than the tribulations which, no doubt, will befall my children and their children.

    "Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions." - Thomas Jefferson

    by rfall on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:16:05 PM PDT

    •  There will be no safe place when chaos reigns. (11+ / 0-)

      I'm not even sure they give a shit about their kids beyond what they can give them and be appreciated for.

      Sociopathy has a hard time with things like future consequences.

      "We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis Brandies

      by Pescadero Bill on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:43:56 PM PDT

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      •  All of us have a hard time w/ future consequences (1+ / 0-)
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        when they are as long-term and abstract as what we're doing to the climate.

        If we had the cognitive ability to really grasp it, down in our guts, we'd all be in the streets stopping everything else until something was done.

        You're right that none of us (or our kids, if we don't live long enough) are safe from the chaotic change to come, but even knowing that--what are most of us doing?  Our brains don't seem to be built to face it.

        •  exactly. most can't make the connection between (1+ / 0-)
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          their own consumption and climate change...it seems too big a leap.

          Macca's Meatless Monday

          by VL Baker on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 04:55:28 AM PDT

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        •  the photo of the North Pole Lake might help (3+ / 0-)

          Hard to deny climate change when Santa is on his roof waving for a helicopter pick up.
          It's not a future abstract that I had to replant my garden twice this year. Or that it is routinely attacked by insects that never used to be in Vermont. It's quite a concrete thing when I explain to ski customers that we have no skiing in early December because it not only hasn't snowed, but hasn;t been cold enough to make snow...

          I see what you're saying, VL, but I am running out of patience with people who are more and more refusing to see, not unable to see, what is happening, NOW, all over the planet. i'll bet nobody who takes an honest inventory of their own personal observations of their own local weather and climate can see nothing different and disturbing over the last decade.
          I think this is more about human threat prioritization than about an inability to draw connections on an intellectual level. You know; the same thing that led the Easter Island people to cut down that last tree.

          Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

          by kamarvt on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 05:16:16 AM PDT

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  •  I am getting tired of trying to lay this all at (21+ / 0-)

    the feet of the Republicans. Yeah, they suck. I know this. We all know this.

    But where are the Democrats that have been standing up to them?

    Are we really to believe the "blood" is only on their hands?

    Harry Reid has been awful. Compare him to the easily managed Bill Frist. Frist, though a puppet of the Executive Branch, at least did his job of getting the GOP agenda shoved through Congress.

    What has Harry Reid done? How has he fought? How have the rest of the Dems fought?

    Arguably, the best "Dem" has been Bernie Sanders. What does that say about us?

    I am getting sick of this obvious cheer leading, this obvious deflection of blame, this obvious gearing up to the 2014 elections.

    How can we get better Dems in office with rhetoric like this? We have to look at the blood on our own house if any real change is going to manifest.

    This "it's their fault" lingo just obscures the larger problem at hand: These politicians aren't there for the people; they are there for the money and whatever the money says.

    collards, meat, butter, sourdough, eggs, cheese, raw milk

    by Tirge Caps on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:17:18 PM PDT

    •  of course, you must admit it's possible (6+ / 0-)
      Harry Reid has been awful. Compare him to the easily managed Bill Frist. Frist, though a puppet of the Executive Branch, at least did his job of getting the GOP agenda shoved through Congress.

      What has Harry Reid done? How has he fought? How have the rest of the Dems fought?

      that by not fighting for an ecological agenda, Harry Reid has been aligned with his party's agenda.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:21:02 PM PDT

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    •  oh, and kudos on the one worthwhile (3+ / 0-)
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      entry in this diary (including the diary itself).

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:21:54 PM PDT

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      •  He lambasts Reagan for taking down Carter's (11+ / 0-)

        solar panels, rightfully, and obviously (this is an old bone to throw at us liberals), yet fails to mention that after almost fourteen years of Democrats in the White House subsequently, the solar panels have failed to reappear.

        collards, meat, butter, sourdough, eggs, cheese, raw milk

        by Tirge Caps on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:24:37 PM PDT

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        •  He = diarist? (6+ / 0-)

          I believe the diarist is a she.

          Now in all fairness, the issue of WH solar panels is largely a symbolic one.  But in all reality, this Administration's environmental policies are trivially distinguishable from the Republicans'.  Remember that Deepwater Horizon was fast-tracked by this Administration's Interior Secretary.

          Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

          by corvo on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:29:18 PM PDT

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        •  also, in all fairness, (2+ / 1-)
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          once you reach FP status, all you're apparently allowed to write is partisan boilereplate.

          Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

          by corvo on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:31:34 PM PDT

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          •  I disagree (1+ / 0-)
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            Lots of harsh criticism of Obama & Dems in the FP. It's in the diaries that one finds a more partisan slant.

            "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

            by kovie on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:41:48 PM PDT

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            •  Nope, sorry. The majority of FP diaries (4+ / 0-)
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              fall into one of two categories: "Look at the scary Republican" and "Look at the silly Republican."

              For real commentary you have to go to the right side of the screen, pass the "Community Spotlight," and look under "Recommended."

              Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

              by corvo on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:44:14 PM PDT

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              •  And many of those are written by FPers (1+ / 0-)
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                and make it to the FP. Perhaps the FP could be harder on Obama & Dems, but it's silly to suggest that it's a cheering section.

                "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

                by kovie on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:47:08 PM PDT

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                •  MB is fairly consistently critical (0+ / 0-)

                  albeit in an even handed way, and brooklynbadboy is very critical always, but I'm not sure he's still on the fp. After that, who else?

                  I'm having trouble coming up with a name.

                  When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

                  by litho on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 08:06:08 PM PDT

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                  •  Seriously? (1+ / 0-)
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                    Joan, Hunter, Armando, and of course kos, off the top of my head, although I'm pretty sure there are others. The FP has not been kind to them on NSA, Plan B, drones, Manning, etc., and deservedly so.

                    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

                    by kovie on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 08:20:00 PM PDT

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                  •  I see brooklynbadboy (0+ / 0-)

                    on the fp very often. Maybe not always, but yeah: he's a front-pager.

                    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

                    by Youffraita on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 01:15:16 AM PDT

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            •  There is a difference between (1+ / 0-)
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              " harsh criticism of Obama & Dems" and valid insightful non generic crap.

              That is a significant problem with the anti Obama crowd here. They conflate anti establishment arguments with truly unique and inspired criticism.    When infact they are just spouting generic  "partisan boilereplate."

              Not that there are not valid criticisms, but the talking points on this subject are clearly drawn and far too common.

              •  I'm widely considered by the "pro Obama crowd" (1+ / 0-)
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                here to be in the "anti Obama crowd", because I regularly and harshly criticize him (and Dems) for shit like the illegal spying, drones and not going after war and financial criminals--like FPers--so I'm not sure exactly what you mean.

                Why can't one be "harsh" and "valid insightful"?

                "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

                by kovie on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 09:32:14 PM PDT

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                •  They can be (0+ / 0-)

                  but you can not assume that because they are harsh and from a liberal perspective that they are valid.

                  That assumption is what I speak against.

                  Tell me if you make an argument along do you get around a 50/50 split from this community? Is it the same 50/50 you always get? Does the side you identify most with ever disagree with you strongly?

                  If Yes, Yes , No than you may be doing what I refer to. I honestly don't know, I have not nor will I spent the time to do that kind of background research.

                  But ya if someone soundly falls into a political clique, id wager that they most likely are political hacks without much true insight...........

          •  you obviously haven't read my work..just today (3+ / 0-)
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            Macca's Meatless Monday

            by VL Baker on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:42:44 PM PDT

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    •  They're Busy (5+ / 0-)

      But where are the Democrats that have been standing up to them?

      Working on the Trans Pacific Partnership and how import even more cheaper labor.

      I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

      by superscalar on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:22:23 PM PDT

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    •  I agree (5+ / 0-)

      Dems have certainly helped and enabled Repubs, actively and passively. But it's still GOP policy that's done the most damage to the country and world.

      I'd put the blame at 70/30 GOP/Dem.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:43:18 PM PDT

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      •  I wouldn't know how to disperse the blame (5+ / 0-)

        but they wouldn't be getting away with their agenda if the Democrats weren't so frustratingly passive.

        And the lip-service. So sick of it.

        collards, meat, butter, sourdough, eggs, cheese, raw milk

        by Tirge Caps on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:45:44 PM PDT

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      •  I'd put it at 60/40. The passive (1+ / 0-)
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        blueoasis

        acceptance of failed conservative ideology by the Democratic Party is a huge part of where we are today - that would be 70/30, as you mention, but the active movement on failed conservative policies from that ideological acceptance puts that mix closer to 50/50.

        If we didn't have the architects and henchmen of regulatory capture running just about all of our regulatory bodies, and had something resembling a broad coalition of a stronger welfare state, I'd go for the 70/30 number.

        I think corvo has a point, but stated it quite inelegantly. There needs to be more honesty, not just from the front page, but from politics in general, when it comes to your team's responsibility for this current reality.

        I'm trouble to argue politics with for many people, especially the Party Faithful on both sides, and that's largely because the binary, team based arguments have zero receptors in my discussions.

        The rhetorical playing field has moved to a new location and people don't know how to handle that.

        I think that effective politics, meaning protecting and serving our people requires this change of venue. "Winning", might be better served by arguing my team vs your team, but it's not going to get us better, more responsive and ethical representation, which is the goal here, right?

        Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

        by k9disc on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 05:19:06 AM PDT

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    •  Excellent comment. (0+ / 0-)

      It's too bad that so many make Pavlov smile in the grave.

  •  Consequences are also on their hands (4+ / 0-)

    The new generation will remember this message for generations.

    If only karma were instant.  But at least it's indefatigable.

    Another beautiful day in the Dystopian Surveillance State.

    by thenekkidtruth on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:21:30 PM PDT

    •  Karma ha! Dick Cheney will die peacefully in (1+ / 0-)
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      his bed, you can count on it. If there's such thing as karma, then it's not beyond corruption too.

      "We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis Brandies

      by Pescadero Bill on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:51:35 PM PDT

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  •  And the Democrats are saving it? If only. eom (3+ / 0-)
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    The frog jumped/ into the old pond/ plop! (Basho)

    by Wolf10 on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:23:03 PM PDT

  •  Of course Republicans always sucked (12+ / 0-)

    but without DLC Democrats like Clinton triangulating on trade and Wall Street deregulation there's no 2008 crash, let alone the fact that every working stiff with half a brain knew then and know now Democrats threw us all under the campaign funding bus to survive politically.

    We're still better off with our corporate leaning top down Democrats than the Republican corporate servants and nutball right wing religious freaks, but we'll never refocus the Democratic Party's priorities back to the working folks until private money is banned once and for all from American politics.  

     

    "The philosophy of conservatism is inevitably doomed by its adherents' willingness to accept bluster as a sign of character and thick-headed devotion to meaningless symbols as sign of moral fiber." (Albert Einstein)

    by Jim R on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:31:37 PM PDT

    •  And Without The Clinton (2+ / 0-)
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      National Home Ownership Strategy we would have most probably not had a housing bubble.

      I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

      by superscalar on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:57:13 PM PDT

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      •  Maybe, but Kindleberger suggested that (0+ / 0-)

        Greenspan had kept interest rates too low for too long in the wake of the Asian bubble bursting which led to the housing bubble.

        See here from 2002, when he was 91 years old:

        The object of his greatest fascination today is the real-estate market. For weeks, Mr. Kindleberger has been cutting out newspaper clippings that hint at a bubble in the housing market, most notably on the West Coast. Nationwide, median home prices are up about 7% from a year ago, even though the stock market has tanked and the economy has floundered. Over the long term, economists agree, housing prices can't continue to outpace growth in household incomes. Mr. Kindleberger says he isn't certain there is a housing bubble yet, "but I suspect it is."

        The trick with spotting real-estate bubbles, he says, is that they don't always spread. In 1925, for instance, real-estate prices in Florida soared and crashed, but that didn't spread to the rest of the country. Yet he notes that something is distinctly different about the nation's housing market today, when compared with 1925. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two large government-sponsored enterprises, own or guarantee nearly $3 trillion in mortgages, helping to keep the mortgage market liquid with cash. That is a boon to homeowners, but Mr. Kindleberger says he fears that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's deep nationwide presence in the market is fueling a speculative fire.

        "Banks will make a mortgage and sell it to them. It means that the banks are ready to mortgage more and more and more and more. It's dangerous, I think," he says.

        A Fannie Mae spokeswoman describes the argument as "preposterous," and notes Mr. Greenspan dismissed the chances of a housing bubble in testimony to Congress last week. Robert Van Order, chief international economist for Freddie Mac, says home prices might decelerate in the months ahead, but they're unlikely to crash because interest rates are so low, the inventory of unsold homes is also low and the economy has proven surprisingly resilient.

        Yet Mr. Kindleberger isn't convinced. "If I was 30 years younger," he says, "I'd write a small book on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."

        To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

        by dizzydean on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 08:10:25 PM PDT

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      •  That went a long way towards the destruction (0+ / 0-)

        of community, IMO.

        It was pretty much rugged individualists through public private partnership.

        It's the Economy Stupid was just smarter Voodoo.

        Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

        by k9disc on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 05:21:35 AM PDT

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  •  But they didn't actually want a free market (6+ / 0-)

    What they (the oligarchs) have pushed for, since the beginning of the Republic, is heavy federal and state subsidies to benefit large economic interests, from canals to railroads to fossil fuel and nuclear. If they really believed in the free market with no government involvement, they would be glad to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, subsidies to the nuclear industry (including insurance), and farm subsidies, along with foreign aid that is earmarked for purchases of American goods.  

  •  It's worse than you think (17+ / 0-)

    This conservative movement, the Reagan revolution, the age of corporate greed, predates Reagan by a few years. RR's election is almost a byproduct of the times. I recently read "Barbarians at the Gate" for the first time. It tells a bleak story. THe age of LBOs came at the end of the 70s. COmpanies that no longer valued employees, but market share, shareholder value - the introduction of the age of rapacious executive greed and avarice. Generous pension plans and good pay and benefits, job security, all were thrown out the window for the sake of the corporate jet, expense accounted Cristal by the gallon - excess for the sake of excess - all in the name of making the executive class the most privileged in the corporate food chain. Senseless mergers and acquisitions, all to line the pockets of the financiers and those in charge. The end really of the post-war world as it was once known. Sad really. "Greed is Good" shifted the playing field.
    And where are our values now? Still there, "I got mine...and if you can't get yours - not my problem." A long forward march backwards towards a new gilded age. Makes me want to vomit sometimes. There is more to it than just the economic side. Conservatives have won so much, on so many fronts. Read any article written about Detroit lately - the articles aren't about unchecked greenfield development, the migration of millions to the burbs - and the migration of the jobs with them, not about the destructive uglyfication of sprawl, the dilution of economic centers of concentration - no, the articles are all bout Unions, evil unions and their damn pensions. As if. As if.

  •  it isn't just the republican's fault (2+ / 0-)
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    there is no truth in u.s. politics.  There is only dollars and power.  The public and social welfare has never been the primary driving force, EVER.

    making a stand, using science and using presidential powers to craft a response to a true and present threat is going to be the only solution.  

    It is going to take a lot of suffering to get there and by then it will be too late.  That is, unless we start building atmosphere scrubbers like we do power plants.

  •  About those solar panels (5+ / 0-)

    I too was mad about Reagan's removing them. However, I looked into it a bit and it turns out that he didn't remove them until 5 years into his presidency, and my understanding was that they weren't that efficient and nearing the end of their usage life. Which, even if true, doesn't excuse his not replacing them with better, more efficient panels, of course--especially if made in the USA. But it's not like they were these super-efficient space-age panels that he had removed on day one in symbolic Luddite pique.

    In any case, yeah, Repubs have been bad for life on earth and the overall karma. It's in their DNA. Beyond the obvious opportunism motivating much of what the GOP has been up to since 1981, they've basically become a party of, by and for stupid, intolerant, selfish, incurious and mean-spirited people, with the results to show for it. About as anti-progressive as they come.

    What are we going to do about it?

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:38:47 PM PDT

    •  Regular maintenance turned into propaganda (1+ / 0-)
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      bonanza.

      fuckin'repugs.

      "We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis Brandies

      by Pescadero Bill on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:56:02 PM PDT

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      •  But they did spend 5 years not confident enough (0+ / 0-)

        to remove them outright, so clearly there was some insecurity there. This is the Achilles heel of Repubs. They're EXTREMELY thin-skinned, and hate being embarrassed. Too bad Dems, still on a fake civility kick, refuse to exploit this.

        When your enemy is down, you don't put out your hand, except as a fist.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 08:27:15 PM PDT

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  •  The math is simple (5+ / 0-)

    There are billions and billions of dollars sitting in the ground in the form of fossil fuels (oil, coal, natural gas, etc.)

    NOT burning those fuels means giving up billions and billions of dollars of profit.

    The only way they'll willingly give up digging up those fossil fuels is if we find a way to pay them not to. Otherwise, it will only be over their cold, dead bodies.

    Profit is profit - and keeping the planet livable is not something on the balance sheets of the people bankrolling the Republican Party.

    Follow the money and much becomes clear.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:42:43 PM PDT

  •  War on civilization (6+ / 0-)

    is exactly the right frame. Think about the GOP approach to gun control: their essential rationale is that citizens cannot rely on the state to protect their lives and property. The solution? Massify gun ownership, turning every citizen into a private policeman responsible for his own protection.

    Locke's civil society disappears and we are returned to Hobbes's Leviathan, the war of all against all. Even hominid hunters banded together for mutual protection. Republican ideology holds that to be improper.

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:55:20 PM PDT

  •  Ive been saying it. (5+ / 0-)

    Now I call them Charles Manson republicans.

    They want people to starve to death - tell me I'm wrong.

    They want to deny people access to healthcare. What happens when people can't get health care? They die.  Tell me I'm wrong.

    They want as many people as possible out of work and poor, they want families to be pushed off the cliff. Tell me I am wrong.

    They are succeeding in getting some people to commit suicide

    Republicans aren't just making "unwise" or "stupid" decisions. They are calculated specifically to advance their agenda set out in 1980 - to destroy the government and they have learned they can thin the American herd and get away with it while people bluster on about "stupid decisions".

    They aren't the people you want living in your neighborhood, or looking at your daughters or any of your children.

    I wish people would at least quit treating them like they deserve some sort of respect.

    •  A little bit is malice (0+ / 0-)

      Most of it is just pure stupid.

      Doesn't matter. Their actions and effect is that of cultural vandalism.

    •  We are in the BathTub, folks. (1+ / 0-)
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      I so wish that were floating around out there in political rhetoric land.

      Between that meme and the apt "Republican Saboteur" meme that follows, the GOP should have been gone by now.

      I don't think the Charles Manson frame can really fly in polite conversation, maybe Ted Bundy, but not Charles Manson. Serial killing is just too far out there for most people to reach in civil discourse.

      Besides, the saboteurs who are dragging us to the BathTub and their corporate sponsored enablers is not only true, it's a narrative.

      Fact after fact, soundbyte after soundbyte can be plucked from our minds and put through the filter:
      It's the economy stupid included.

      That said, I'll be happy to good cop bad cop with you any time, zombie. ;-)

      Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

      by k9disc on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 05:36:44 AM PDT

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  •  The FT had a big article on the new IPCC report (1+ / 0-)
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    due out next month and how they scientists (over 800 authors, all providing their time for free) have spent extra effort to address the issues the deniers will bring up, especially the concern that the last decade hasn't warmed as fast as others.  Despite some rumblings about a Republican way of looking at climate change I guarantee we are going to see more of the same know-nothing-ness from the right.

    The full FT article is available here and is very much worth readingl:
    http://www.ft.com/...

    To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

    by dizzydean on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:59:59 PM PDT

  •  Democrats are complicit in lack of transparency (2+ / 0-)
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    Capitalism is not the problem. Even more dangerous than any ideology is the corruption in the system. There is not enough transparency and accountability in the capitalistic system we have. And this kind of stuff has thrived under Clinton and Obama in addition to Bush and Bush. We do not have enough Elizabeth Warrens. CEO salaries are unchecked and are not based on merit because of the cronyism and lack of free market principles involved.

    Free markets are great when adequate common sense regulation is focused on. Neither party has done a good job with that. When  execs can bank bonuses on profits that can evaporate after a few years but never lose any of their money when their company loses money, you wonder why both parties are unwilling to reform the system in the name of promoting good capitalism. It should be an easy selling point. So why not? Because of indirect corruption.

  •  their big advantage is still RW radio and still (2+ / 0-)
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    there is no organized opposition to it as their major enabler of denial.

    and we still allow dozens of our state funded universities to put their team logos all over that denial.

    30 years of Republican political dominance
    it's not coincidental that reagan killed the fairness doctrine about 25 years ago.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 08:23:14 PM PDT

  •  30 years? (1+ / 0-)
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    15 of those are Democratic administrations. It is a bi partisan problem.

  •  I simply have never understood why the big, (1+ / 0-)
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    VL Baker

    Monstrously wealthy fossil fuel giants haven't invested heavily in renewables R&D so that they would stand to cash in spectacularly in the future?  They'd have ownership of renewables, the way they do now of fossil fuels.  It makes no sense to me.  Why are they wasting all those mega bucks trying to keep their finger in the dike, when its clear to anyone with a half a brain that the sea is going to burst through?  They have the wherewithal to be in the forefront, yet they willingly cede that position to others , instead throwing their money away on buying legislators.

    Scratching my head here.

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 08:34:58 PM PDT

    •  They kind of have. Shell and BP (1+ / 0-)
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      are world leaders in the industry.

      They have not done so because they've been working 50 years on creating and setting up these exponential profits. Since the 70s they know what peak oil is and what it will do.

      IMO everything they've done has been working towards this moment.

      The other part of the reason that they are not killing it with renewables is that it would disrupt the stability of energy markets.

      The predictable nature of the market is what allows institutional investment that allows a concerted, 50 year, industrial effort. It's how they can operate as a cartel.

      To "really do" renewable R&D, a fast paced and highly disruptive technology, allows for to much movement in the market. Better to be #2 and have steady profit streams than to wake up #5 tomorrow morning and have to deal with a profit stream collapse.

      I think that's one of the great misses that people make, I know I did, when analyzing the behavior of large institutions. They need stability. They are highly conservative by nature.

      It's why we are in the boat we are in because government has allowed these companies to sit on their assets and leverage them to inflate GDP and has not prodded them to do socially responsible or socially cohesive things.

      Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

      by k9disc on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 05:55:50 AM PDT

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      •  interesting (1+ / 0-)
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        My son told me that many patents for renewables made by small inventors and small companies get bought by large fossil fuel giants.  They then sit on the patents, and don't allow anyone to produce any of them.  Is this correct?

        I whole-heartedly agree with this:

        government has allowed these companies to sit on their assets and leverage them to inflate GDP and has not prodded them to do socially responsible or socially cohesive things.
         Why is it we should still be subsidizing these huge companies anyway, when our legislators are continuing to cut away at food safety, health, feeding the hungry, infrastructure, etc., to find money?

        "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

        by SottoVoce on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 06:14:27 AM PDT

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        •  BP bought Solarex a few years ago and promptly (1+ / 0-)
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          squatted on the tech. I lived next door and had some friends that were connected to them.

          Thing is, you can't really blame them. They have billions in overhead. But they have to be leashed and handled so their needs don't supersede the needs of humanity.

          I love how this is considered radical thought in today's society, it makes me understand how complete their control really is.

          Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

          by k9disc on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 06:24:24 AM PDT

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  •  Democrats... (1+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis

    and environmentalists are just as culpable in destroying the environment. By failing to advocate a realistic and feasible alternative to fossil fuels - and in fact outright rejecting nuclear power, the only such alternative available - we are perhaps even more responsible for the destruction of the planet's current climate stability.

    It's the same problem with the economy. Ever since Bill Clinton's third way, free trade economic policy became the Democratic party's official battle cry, we have failed to advocate a realistic alternative to Republican policies. Oh sure, we continue to keep the economy from collapsing, and we prevented the Great Recession from becoming the Greater Depression, but these aren't new ideas - they're a rejection of bad ones.

    So it is with climate change. We reject the hell out of coal - and rightly so. But what's the alternative we advocate? Solar panels? Give me a bloody break. But I have a 'comforting' thought: At least there will be a lot of space for your solar panels in the deserts of the new world, folks.

  •  Of course (0+ / 0-)

    It's the job of right wingers to do that whether you're here in the US, Canada, South America, middle east. That is their sole purpose of being a right wing politician.

  •  VL thanks for the diary (2+ / 0-)
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    VL Baker, historys mysteries

    It's hard to know whether to be sad or angry or to be both given the urgency of our crisis.

    I have a young daughter and it causes me heart ache that we are leaving such a wounded planet for her and future generations.

    It takes time to practice generosity, but being generous is the best use of our time. - Thich Nhat Hanh.

    by Frank In WA on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 10:29:16 PM PDT

  •  30 years of Republican political dominance? (1+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse

    Including Clinton and Obama are we?

    Bravo!

    The left? Left.

  •  the problem isn't (1+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries

    dem & gop its left and right, there is no left of any consequence anymore and the electorate has bought into the theme that liberalism is the problem along with govt, that false refrain will be on our tombstones for all to see.

  •  Too much hubris here for me. (1+ / 0-)
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    If only there were no Republicans, the Democrats would create a fair and just world. Shall we just banish Republicans to camps and re-educate them?

    This type of demonization of millions is no more comely than when they do it.

    One may not like what they say, but they are acting in good faith. Or is that, too, reserved for Democrats?

    Yeah, all the info presented supports one side. But is it the only side? Or just more echo to reinforce what too many believe as complete.

    I may not agree with Republicans on application of  fundamental principles, but I understand they have a place in the debate and in some instances raise valid concerns.

    Unlike those that see them as destroyers of civilization.

  •  Democrats, particularly Third Way Democrats, (0+ / 0-)

    have been ESSENTIAL to this program to wipe out the middle class.

    Third Way Democrats believe in the premises that underlie trickle-down economics. They believe we do live in a meritocracy. They believe people do get what they deserve. They don't think the concentration of wealth is off by much and is certainly not a cause for alarm. They support Wall St. 100%.

    Without the Third Way, our neoliberal nightmare would not be possible.

    Focusing the blame on Republicans without nothing this simply misses the point.

    With either Party, as Chris Hedges said, their is no way to vote against Goldman Sachs. And that's the whole problem with electoral politics as a solution. It's not going to get at our economic problems, militarism or police state. Both parties support essentially the same policies in these areas at this point.

    Electoral horse races are not what REALITY means when it says "Bring It."
    Not even close. In the purchase price of solving our problems, electoral politics is an incidental fee. The real sacrifice required is far, far greater.

    by Words In Action on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 07:07:13 AM PDT

  •  There is ALWAYS government. Private or public (0+ / 0-)

    is what the issue is. I don't even think a lot of liberals understand this. I read an interesting book by Fukuyama (a conservative no less) on the rise of political power in human history.

    The development of ruling elites in the early Middle East and Europe demonstrates that in any human society there are always those with power and private or public they become the de facto government for a society.

    If major corporations control what gets dumped in the water then they are making "governmental" policy on the environment. They have become the de facto government. So the question is do we elect that government and have it look out for all or do we let a government based on pure power that is unanswerable to the people rise and take control?

  •  Don't be silly. (1+ / 0-)
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    Republicans: The blood is on your hands.  
    You don't get any blood when you cause people to drown in floods or starve to death!  /snark
  •  Note on New Deal (0+ / 0-)

    FDR's Social Security Act is actually where a modern welfare system began, with the inclusion of a provision for  relief for impoverished women (not only widows) and children. When Clinton took an ax to this, it was the beginning of the end of the New Deal. The fact that liberal media largely ignored the "war on the poor" gave the New Deal opponents much more strength. We wiped out much of the policies that took the US to its height of shared wealth AND productivity -- and the results are obvious.

  •  The slippery slope of Power, money, control (1+ / 0-)
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    BeninSC

    The conservative agenda is finally seeing the light of day and in doing so it is also becoming more visible.  There are some common threads emerging.  The people running the the petrol-chemical industry are not stupid and the smartest of them understand that they are on the wrong side of history.  

    The social whackobirds also understand this same truth, and finally the old white power structure has, for years, understood the inevitable demographic shift taking place in the United States.

    On the energy front, the recent Georgia utility commission ruling that effectively forces Georgia Power to buy back excess power generated from a small windmill on someone's roof, or from a cell array.  This is a very scary thing for an industry that been in total control of manufacturing and distribution of electricity.  The ruling, in effect, allows for the decentralization of production.  The important thing about this is that it happened in Georgia.

    The same thing is happening with Tesla announcing that they will built charging stations on major interstate routes.

    There is a full scale experimental fusion plant being built is France that is out of the ground scheduled for completion in 10-15 years.

    The fight now is to mitigate the damage that the industry can cause as it does everything it can to get as much as it can before it truly has to compete.

    •  Interesting first comment! (0+ / 0-)

      I would like more information on the utility commission ruling in Georgia. Do you have a link to that story? (I am not questioning the validity, just looking for more info!)

      Thanks for this, ViewfromAsia!

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      by BeninSC on Sat Aug 10, 2013 at 08:14:02 PM PDT

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