Jun 16 2011
For decades now the left wing has been experiencing self-inflicted debacles of truly epic proportions. They have not been just screwing up normally. They have been screwing up in a way that has hurt millions and millions of people over decades of time.
The common thread in all these mishaps is a tragic combination of simpleton concepts born to White-Knight need-to-bes (as opposed to wannabes) who embody a large dose of ignorance and arrogance. Each concept was originally intended to save humanity, but it was never thought through, tested or managed to make sure it was not doing more harm than good. It is the result of lazy liberal thinking, where you just jump from the need to ‘do good’ to the ‘obvious solutions’ any 3rd grader could see (hint – that kind of leap in logic is 99% of the time wrong) – without the skills or intention to test the idea and thus bypassing the sanity check. Over the years, this kind of unique liberal ineptness has produced some spectacular screw ups.
One of the more tragic of these was the instantiation of the permanent welfare state. This gross injustice was finally torn down in the mid 1990’s with the combined efforts of a GOP Congress and a left-of-center Democrat President – but not before generations of Americans were born into wasted lives spent on the government dole. Until time limits were established along with some semblance of a life time cap, generations were trapped in this vicious cage.
The trigger seemed to be that many people latch onto one of what must be an infinite number of reasons to avoid personal responsibility. Growing up and standing on your own is a thrilling and daunting proposition when you are young. The life time welfare net was a perfect way out of forcing one’s self to push past the anxiety and get out and work. It is breaking through that hesitation to ‘leave the nest’ which forces us to discover our potential and realize living is not as scary as we were taught (or in the case of the welfare industrial complex, are constantly told). But if you can avoid that step and eek out a living, it seems a lot of people will take the path of least effort.
The lifetime welfare trap was the genius of like minded liberals who don’t want to have to grow up. They would prefer to avoid the challenges of obtaining education, learning a craft and spending a life time becoming an artisan of that craft. It devastated the African-American family, who were already leery of the racist society that was rooted in slavery and the race tensions of the 1950’s and 1960’s. To be cool meant to avoid society and take from it what you could. Those who took on society, used the system to gain their individual freedom and independence succeeded, the others hid out on the dole.
That was one of the greatest royal screw ups I ever experienced in my life time. But it was not the last.
The current economic devastation was the result of another combination of simpleton thinking, arrogance and incompetence. This brilliant idea was formed around the belief that if we hand out houses, we can elevate people to the middle class. Dumb as that sounds now, that is the essence of the left wing policies that ended in the financial ruin of millions of hard working Americans in the middle class. When the left loosened the requirements on home loans to simply require a fog on a mirror, they created a boon to lenders needing new victims (i.e., first time home owners) to line their pockets. The faux increase demand for homes lit a speculation explosion which inflated home prices while undermining the financial basis of the housing market.
The result was the real estate bubble bursting on all that rotten paper in 2008 – which in turn wiped out billions (if not trillions) in home values. The dominoes began falling once that mistake came home to roost, and soon the stock market crashed and completed the destruction of savings for just about all the middle class in America. Between your stocks and your property, you have little else in the way of a nest egg. And if you made the mistake of raiding your home equity prior to the market crash, you ended up owing more than you owned. We are still paying for this royal screw up from the left.
Since then we have seen the liberal screw up of deficit spending – clearly not the way to grow an economy. We are now almost $5 trillion more in debt since Obama, Reid and Pelosi started showing their stuff, and the economy is in worst shape for it. We have Obamacare already wiping out good solid health plans and bankrupting Medicare. The list goes on and on.
But today I am pleased to report Fate may have dealt the boobs on the left a Cosmic-Sized slap upside the head. For this week it has become scientifically evident that the biggest measured (not theoretical) threat to our global climate (and thus our food source and economic strength) is not global warming, but another Little Ice Age:
What may be the science story of the century is breaking this evening, as heavyweight US solar physicists announce that the Sun appears to be headed into a lengthy spell of low activity, which could mean that the Earth – far from facing a global warming problem – is actually headed into a mini Ice Age.
This Cosmic-Sized inconvenient truth stands in stark contrast to the two decades long fantasy of man-made, CO2-driven, global warming. That mythology, it turns out, was based on horribly sloppy math and a cover up of contrary data. When you exclude certain dodgy tree ring data sets we discover today’s climate is no different from the 1930-40 period, the Medieval Warm Period or the Roman Warm period. In fact, once you replace the tree ring data that was covered up to ‘hide the decline’ so infamously documented in the Climategate emails, you discover tree rings can’t detect temperature at all.
Once you take the dodgy CRU, GISS and IPCC data out of the picture you see from ice cores and other proxies that CO2 does not drive temperature, but follows it by a couple hundred years. Which, just coincidentally, is the time since the last Little Ice Age and probably why CO2 levels are rising once again – right on schedule – as they have for millions of years.
I mean, we have all these lame Chicken Littles running around claiming we need to give them trillions of dollars to save the planet, and then the Sun goes into one of its well documented quiescent periods and literally splashes cold water on the whole con. Is Fate fun or what?
If we had followed the left wing off onto another one of their epic screw ups, we would have driven the entirety of human civilization into an economic mess, which always results in war, bloodshed and mass suffering. Heck, the green misconception about ethanol has already begun starving the poor as cars compete for basic food with hungry children. What moron thought that was a good idea??
So this time we have an opportunity to avoid another round of left wing screw ups. That is as long as we don’t follow fools like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, who share the same lethal combination of arrogance and ignorance on the matter of climate as one Al Gore. None of these people have the science or math background to determine which side is full of BS and which is actually standing on solid scientific ground. I and many others who quietly work in related (or the same) fields do have those skills and experience. And that is why many of us have spent endless hours translating science (or in the case of the alarmists – scientific sounding propaganda) back into laymen terms with clear descriptions on why the science is not pointing to man-made global warming.
The preponderance of evidence has and still does point to natural cycles on scales most humans cannot grasp, let alone measure and predict. I am not surprised that nature once again is not bowing down to the arrogance of humanity. I am just astounded as to how that arrogance continues to do more harm and on ever larger scales. Will we ever learn?
The sound path right now is to reject the certainty of the fanatics, keep expanding our knowledge of the universe and ignore any politician who thinks they can grasp the infinite complexities we face. Just because they become deluded, does not mean the rest of us need to follow.
Major Update: The IPCC has been caught peddling pure fiction so blatant even the warmists are up in arms. Dumb, dumber and dumbest.
Update: WUWT has a great rundown on the actual news behind the announcement of a possible new Little Ice Age.
Update: 30 years ago someone predicted a serious cooling off after an end-of-decade warming. Spot on!