(12-05-2010 05:56 PM)Willinois Wrote: Having a theoretical right to health care won't mean much if the hospital, and most other things in your town, are destroyed by a catastrophic climate disaster such as a Hurricane, major flood or tornado. Having food stamps won't mean much once food supplies are disrupted by unpredictable rains that disrupt the planting and harvesting seasons. Or when crop yields go down because of rising temperatures and droughts.
I was hoping the Senate would pass some kind of energy bill in the lame duck session. It looks like they're living up to their reputation for being the most useless legislative body in the world. The only up side is that the Senate could have made things worse by subsidizing coal and taking away EPA authority to regulate CO2. We'll have to focus on other ways to tackle the issue.
I posted this just to get in the Republican talking point "climate change is not man made" onto the board. The Obama bashing was just a bonus.
Anyhoo, I don't think passing health care first was a mistake. If a person has no concept of being worthy of a health themselves, then they're not going to give much concern to the long term health of the planet. The people who oppose all of this have never had anything, will never have anything, and don't give themselves any other illusions. The only thing they have is their faith and their pride in self-sufficiency.