Declare War On Climate Change. Now.


I found another White House petition that’s worthy of our support. This time around there’s a chance we could get America to declare war on a real threat, climate change.  It’s almost a quarter of the way in just a week.  Should be easy pickings.

Please take a moment to head over there and help require a response.

No lollygagging.

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Join The Hulk – Declare War On Climate Change Now!


You don’t want to make him angry! (flickr/*Dirk)

Wait a minute.  Not that Hulk, this Hulk.

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Mark Ruffalo, The Hulk in last summer’s “The Avengers,” just kicked off a White House petition to declare war on climate change. If you consider yourself a climate hawk, you better get over there quickly.

If you find yourself reeling from the failed attempt to commission a Death Star, this is your chance to get right back on the horse. We need twenty-five thousand signatures to force a response. Let’s make it happen.

Please, click on this link and go add your name to the petition now!  (Then pass this along to your friends.)

If you need a little more convincing, here’s the full text of the petition.

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Declare War On Climate Change. We demand President Obama and Congress accept Climate Change as an enemy of the people.

We, the people, demand the President of the United States and it’s legislative body recognize Climate Change as great and Grave a threat to this nation as they would any other aggressive enemy. We demand that the President and Congress act against Climate Change as they have acted against Saddam Hus(s)ein, Bin Laden, and Hitler for that matter. We demand a National Energy Policy that quickly begins to ween us off of Carbon Based fuels and expedites the inevitable and necessary transition to Clean Energy. We demand that our leaders act on the recommendations coming from an overwhelming majority of the scientific community to halt Climate Change and save the lives of untold millions.

Created: Jan 13, 2013

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I’ll give you the leading paragraph, but you’ll have to head over to the White House site for the rest.  I wish our government showed a lighter side more often.  Given Congress’ current approval ratings, it couldn’t hurt.

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

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What does Social Security have to do with the Deficit?


I think I know the answer to this, but I thought it might help others if we brought in a trusted figure so that we could be certain that we’ve nailed this down.  With that, I present to you our former president, Ronald Reagan.

President Reagan, what does Social Security have to do with the deficit?

Thank you Mr. President, but I’m still a bit fuzzy on the particulars. I thought you said that if we reduced Social Security benefits, that we’d be able to use those funds to reduce the deficit.  Could you go over that bit again, sir?

My fault entirely mister president.  I had this completely confused.  I now understand that Social Security does not contribute to the deficit as it is a stand alone fund that is contributed to separately from the general tax fund.  Thank you for clearing that up, sir.  I feel better knowing how Social Security is funded and that it is not contributing to the deficit.

I have one more question Mr. President.

Could you tell me if defense spending contributes to the deficit?

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The source for the video and therefore the impetus for the post came from here.

Are we backing into austerity?


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First it was the debt ceiling.  Now we’re cleaning up the fiscal cliff mess, but there are rumblings that we’ll have another debt ceiling showdown in the coming months.  Republicans should be ceding ground as they hold only one of the three houses of power in Washington (gerrymandering aided at that), but instead they’re repeatedly holding the economy hostage for their political gains.  (We already have a reverse Robin Hood system which facilitates an upward transfer of wealth through cartoonishly low tax rates on capital gains and estates.)  If those who could oppose them continue to blink, the situation will continue to deteriorate.  The weak economic recovery will stall and those who wish to dismantle the social safety net will be in a better position to do so.  Hilarity will not ensue.

The old axiom “Never negotiate with terrorists” seems to hold water here, but what do I know, I’m just a poor boy…

I have squandered my resistance

For a pocket full of mumbles such are promises

All lies and jests

Still a man hears what he wants to hear

And disregards the rest

-Simon and Garfunkel “The Boxer”