“First of all, the deficit is not even remotely equivalent to the global warming crisis. The worst thing that happens if the debt becomes the catastrophe all the deficit hawks say it will, is economic turmoil down the road That’s not a good thing, but we’ve weathered economic turmoil many times and it is highly unlikely to cause droughts, famine and refugee crises all over the planet killing millions of people. This is a truly silly and absurd comparison.
Yes, liberals are unwilling to concede that future debt is more important than the health and security of the people, particularly since the country has more than enough wealth to pay for it and currently spends trillions of dollars on military adventures it does not approve of. (How about this as a solution?)
Moreover, the need to focus on the alleged “debt crisis” that is “indisputably” looming at the expense of our current economic problems is irresponsible in the extreme. Indeed, it will be a self-fulfilling prophesy. Starving the economy today is what will lead to a more low growth and higher debt. Liberals are against this deficit hysteria because we know that it’s exactly the wrong thing to do to fix the projected debt!
Global warming, on the other hand, may not play out the way the scientific consensus believes it will —- but God help the species if it does. The consequences are so horrifying that it’s not just irresponsible, it’s immoral to delay, much less deny its existence as the right increasingly does.
I won’t even get into the economic motivations of the people who are pimping deficit fetishism and global warming denialism. It’s easy enough to see where the money is on both of those arguments.
But hey —- let’s all agree that both sides should get together and hold hands as they jump over the cliff. The liberals will agree to give up the social insurance programs that have kept the nation from having even worse statistics than those outlined above while the right will “agree” to let their children have air to breathe and water to drink. What an awesome deal. We really are exceptional, aren’t we?”