Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Friday, January 07, 2011

GOP Hypocrisy the first day in office.

In less than 24 hours the GOP hypocrisy reared its immoral head at least three times.
First, while the GOP campaigned on the importance of following the U.S. Constitution, they allowed three of their newly elected members to cast votes without following Constitutional rules on swearing into office.
Then, while the GOP unanimously campaigned on the supreme urgency of cutting our nation’s deficit nearly every GOP member voted in favor of repealing last year’s health care law -- ignoring the Congressional Budget Office’s nonpartisan report that doing so would increase deficits by $230 billion over 10 years.
And most troubling, after insisting that the U.S. Constitution be read on the floor of the House their first day in office GOP leaders ignored the words in the original Constitution choosing instead to only read the words since amended that reflect historic changes in our nation’s moral thinking and experiences in a rapidly changing world. Acknowledging these important changes would have undermined the GOP’s worship of their “strict constructionist” views of the U.S. Constitution.
I’m guessing the GOP will continue to thrive even as they ignore their new Tea Party affiliated members wishes. Such is their way, and the unorganized Democratic Party probably won’t be able to capitalize on it, given the fickleness and lack of knowing of the general voting public.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Bioweapons are the future of warfare

Dear Editor,
David Ignatius’ view on “The Future of warfare” (Jan 2?, 2011) missed the most powerful, affordable and ubiquitous weapon technology that will likely have more influence over the future of war than those he listed. Last year’s bipartisan commission on WMD newly stated that biological weapons are our nation’s (and the world’s) greatest, most likely, and most imminent threat.
Examining all the offensive characteristics of biological weapons anyone with a rational mind can come to only one conclusion. The practice of war itself is obsolete. With the basic building blocks of life now harnessed and within the hands of any ill intentioned nation or small group, no person, crop or nation is secure. And no amount of military power or futuristic ray gun will protect them.
So there is no “puzzle to ponder in 2011”. The only rational step now and the foreseeable future to maximize all levels of security is to make the Universal Declaration of Human Rights an enforceable global document. World law is the only sane “legacy” for the new age. More war is no longer a sane option.
The use of force will still be needed. But, it must now be limited within the context of law enforcement to protect those rights. The right of any nation to wage war for it’s own selfish reasons must be outlawed and any political leader or extremist party that starts one should be indicted for crimes against humanity and punished accordingly.