Re: record highs across the country
Even if we take this out of the global warning discxussions, I'm still curious as to how the federal government responds to disasters like the fires in Colorado if it has a balanced budget amendment in place.
I also wish the righties would look at the whole chain. I will state, for the record, that EVERYTHING is funded ultimately by taxes the wealth created by private industry. That private industry, however, NEEDS government to function. The infrastructure private industry depends on includes not just the transportation needs, but the running water, electricity, and the contract and patent laws and the enforcement mechanisms that go with them. It is taxing that wealth that finances the government and serves these needs. Also, all the workers employed by the government to do those jobs needed to be done are customers for all the goods and services of the private sector. Captitalsim cannot live without a socialistic support system.
I said all that to say that if we keep cutting taxes and cutting government, we will reach a point where not only will a citizen get no response from the police when he calls 911, but a governor with a major disaster will get no response when he makes his "911" call to the feds.
Meanwhile the electric grids are getting older and older, and power demands, especially with all this heat, are getting higher and higher, and more and more brown outs are put in place to revent black outs and the result in the AC units don't work as well.
In these areas this country is absolutely going in the wrong direction. If we want our power system to work better, we need to spend money on it. If we want our kids to be better educated through higher levels of education, we need to spend money on it. TAX is not a four letter word.
I'd like the righties to consider if the money wasn't spent in Iraq, and the money being spent on this election were spent in more productive areas in this country, how much better off would we be.
How many jobs could we create? How much of our infrastructure could have been modernized? We keep hearing about the debt we're passing on to future generations. What kind of power grid are we passing on?
Families needing food stamps is a failure of Capitalism: Those families not starving is a success of government