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By Tom Toles




By Tom Toles  | July 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Environment & global warming  
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bobbo2, that's two times today you have 'cracked me up'....
thank you! :- )

Posted by: bertzel | July 25, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I know times are hard Mr. Toles, but is this really the proper forum to sell shoes?

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 25, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Whether the planet is warming is irrelevant to the need to get off fossil fuels.

The economic, geopolitical and environmental benefits will kick in even without a CO2 benefit. Less pollution, less military deployments, energy dollars stay at home.
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Posted by: f987asfdasjkl | July 25, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

"a big new Federal program like health care is not the way to get spending under control."

Justthink it is possible that some spending is good and other spending is not. Then the health care bill may help the budget in the long run. That is what Coingress has to decide. What will hurt and what will help. Not "Spending is bad."

If that is true, we don't need a government.

But we do need FDA and USPS and even all the other agencies and offices. Just under control and properly directed.

Posted by: gary4books | July 25, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Dear Kevin 71707, I am not a cheerleader for the Bush economic policies. He spent like a Democrat. Both Parties are responsible for the housing disaster. Today the Post says that the deficit will be $1.4 trillion through 2011. Coming into office and shoving through a big new Federal program like health care is not the way to get spending under control. And why did the Finance Bill not include Fannie and Freddie? All of this big Government spending has to stop. Name one single solitary Federal program that costs what the Government said it would cost? I am for a ban on any new Government programs and an across the board reduction of the budgets of all Government agencies. The Republicans are running on fiscal responsibility, it had better be true or they are done. Patriots come from both sides of the aisle. One side does not have a lock on patriotism. I appreciate the tone of your discussion, it does not degenerate into the name calling of the far left. I am concerned about pjohn2 though, he must be intellectually spent after his comment. I hope that he is okay.

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 24, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

"Facts are such nasty things."


It is the people that misues them that get that honor.

Posted by: gary4books | July 24, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The Earth can take care of itself. Mr. Toles is deluded - again.

Posted by: gary4books | July 24, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Boy, bobbo2 must have had a BIG taste of those mushrooms at the tea party - oops, wrong tea party.

Posted by: pjohn2 | July 24, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Bobbo, I haven't forgotten Obama, but let's try to remember that he's been in office less than two years. Also, we should keep in mind that he inherited a disaster that won't be a cheap, easy repair.
By the estimates of Linda Bilmes and Joseph Stiglitz, (see Harpers January 2009) the Bush years will ultimately cost taxpayers in excess of $10 trillion, resulting from his two, wonderful wars, his tax cuts for the wealthiest among us, his unfunded expansion of medicare, his takeover of Fannie and Freddie, and the necessary rebuilding of our depleted military.
So, no, Bobbo, I haven't forgotten the current administration, but I understand that the cleanup after W is going to be costly.
I just can't help but wonder, why is it that republicans cheer on leaders like W who wreak utter destruction from sea to shining sea and then boo and hiss the people who try to clean up afterward? Is it because you're the "real" patriots?

Posted by: Kevin71707 | July 24, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Toles didn't you ever learn two wrongs don't make another wrong?

Posted by: insanecommenter | July 24, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Dear 71707, you forgot somebody. President Obama's budget for 2010 will run a $1.6 trillion deficit, $143 billion higher than the 2009 recession driven deficit. Leave permanent deficits over $1 trillion dollars up to 2020. Borrow 42 cents for each dollar spent in 2010. Double the publicly held National debt to over $18 trillion dollars. The Republicans screwed up and they know it. The Democrats are screwing up and don't care. Also didn't President Clinton leave a surplus? His administration under a Republican Congress didn't add to the deficit. Incomplete facts are the nasty things.

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 24, 2010 3:29 AM | Report abuse

Let's see how much the deficit increased under the last five administrations:

Carter +42%
Reagan +189%
Bush l +55%
Clinton +36%
Bush ll +89%

My goodness! It appears from the actual facts that democratic administrations have proven to be the more fiscally responsible. Facts are such nasty things.

Posted by: Kevin71707 | July 23, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the planet could crumble under the weight of more big government by the Democrats. But I am of the firm belief that our foundation, the United States Constitution will lighten that load. Also, I am of the firm belief that deep in the bowels of the Washington Post building is a room, only accessed by security card that is actually a temple. A temple with many Gods such as ones to the current administration, big government, big taxes, socialism, progressivism, and also one for being a political hack. The card holders include Mr. Toles, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Milbank and of course Ms. vanden Heuvel. If the Left got it's way and made this a State religion attendance would be mandatory and the collection plate would be passed around by IRS agents.

Posted by: bobbo2 | July 23, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Per your "Almost Perfect Record"...

"Then don't be sad cuz two outta three ain't bad" : )

Posted by: bertzel | July 23, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

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