Five Stars for Tom Friedman, who writes about last night’s Republican presidential debate: “And the new House speaker, Paul Ryan, who isn’t even running, has joined in. Ryan described Obama’s decision to kill the Keystone XL pipeline project as “sickening,” adding: “If the president wants to spend the rest of his time in office catering to special interests, that’s his choice to make. But it’s just wrong.
“That is truly Orwellian: At a time when the G.O.P. has become a wholly owned subsidiary of the oil and gas industry, Ryan accuses Obama of catering to special interests; he calls the president’s decision to block a pipeline to transport tar sands oil, one of the dirtiest fuels in the world, “sickening” and labels combating climate change a “special interest.” This guy belongs in the Republican debates.”
…….”And finally, with carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere having just reached heights not seen in millennium, if we want to “manage the unavoidable” effects of climate change and “avoid the unmanageable” ones, it will surely require a price on carbon — soon.”
Orwellian is a great term to describe many of the Republican positions outlined by the candidates running for president. Marco Rubio gave me the creeps, saying such nonsense as, we will take out ISIS, or be taken out by them. Such war mongering and scare mongering is also Orwellian, which means, fascist, or tending towards fascism. With this young tough, world war III is just around the corner. Carly Fiorina was frightening, accusing the extraordinary Hillary Clinton of being a liar. This from the woman who made up horrible scenes in film clips about false and trumped up charges against Planned Parenthood, and that she was a great leader at Hewlett Packard, where she was fired, and in four bad years brought the stock price down 50%. What ugly Orwellian chutzpah. Climate change and over population were the only true elephants in the room, and these candidates are clowns who profess to believe climate change is a hoax, and not caused by human activity.
John Kasich sounded down right presidential, when he said, let me take you for a tour around the world. He complimented President Obama for his restraint, and explained quickly how dangerous all the quagmires in the world are, and that for such places like the Ukraine, we should help arm them, and let our allies in Europe step up.