Monday, May 5, 2008

Not long ago the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said simply that protecting the environment must be done "in a way that maintains the economic competitiveness of the country."

Boy, just think about how strong our economy would be if that darned environment wasn't always in the way. And that advice coming from the person in charge of overseeing environmental protections.

The government can now be a job producer by easing environmental regulations.

Concerns of global warming from the world's largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions? Bad for business.

Things like trees and waterways, lakes and wetlands, the stuff that lives outside the car windows, sure can throw a monkey wrench into the works of maintaining a modern industrial society.

What, you may ask, does that have to do with me?

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.