cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
President Obama is in Copenhagen working his magic with speeches. There seems nothing he is unable to accomplish that a speech won't cure.
A quote from the speech in question follows:
"The question then before us is no longer the nature of the challenge - the question is our capacity to meet it, " Obama said in a speech to the conference. "For while the reality of climate change is not in doubt, I have to be honest, as the world watches us today, I think our ability to take collective action is in doubt right now and it hangs in the balance."
I would beg to differ with our president; the question continues to be the validity of the data and, therefore, of the conclusions drawn. The question continues to be how humans can possibly alter the climate of the globe given the changes that have occurred before the industrial revolution and given the cyclical nature of our world climate.
The reality of the supposed challenge is very much in doubt for a significant percentage of the population. Simply saying that it isn't in doubt does not alter the fact that doubt exists.
But, it seems so far, this president and this Democrat Congress thinks that it can simply say something is so, and that this action makes it so. There seems no room remaining for debate once that "thing" has been made real by a simple statement that it is real.
Our president is again writing checks with his speeches that the American public cannot cash. How much of the $100 Billion annually will we drop in the collection plate? If there were incontrovertible truth to this "science", then we would have to take stock of those things that would have to be sacrificed. We would not be able to add all kinds of government spending programs and still be able to afford to change the climate of the world. Yet, the Democrats are on a spending binge that denigrates veterans of the Navy when we say they're spending like "drunken sailors".
The hypocrisy is richly woven with all the personal corporate jets that were used to fly a handful of people each to the conference; with all the limousines that needed to be imported to Denmark to handle the needs of the dignitaries; with the simple dismissal of "Climategate" as if it didn't exist. How many trees being planted would it take to erase this carbon footprint? Has no one in the United Nations ever heard of using the Internet to convene virtual meetings? How much has Al Gore earned by selling carbon credits?
It has come to be a simple truth that anything involving the United Nations has to be suspect unless and until proved otherwise. This is no exception. This is meant as another wealth-redistribution program but on a worldwide scale. The have-nots envy our success and need our money, pure and simple, and this charade has been designed to accomplish that end whether or not the "science" can be proved. If it can't be proved, then let us simply contrive to make it so.
Mr. President, we understand the nature of the liberals' pent up demand for spending, however even liberals must understand that there is a limit. Just because there are checks remaining in the checkbook, doesn't mean that we have money left to toss around. Most of us learn that soon after we go to work and begin to earn our own way through this life.
The Curmudgeon Blog today is titled "Guantanamo Solved".