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Erick Erickson

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  • eyeroll

    You know Erick, some us who got our history learnin remember that once Republicans were for conservation. Remember good ol’ Teddy? Wonder what you would say about him today.

  • I don’t have a problem with people being for conservation. I am. I am opposed to the environmentalist agenda that thinks capitalism is bad and we should stop growing.

  • And I am not against capitalism, but that does not mean I support unrestrained growth that ignores the damage to our rivers, our coastal marshes and our old growth forests and how that damage affects us all.

    So either we can back into corners, backs arched, calling each other commies and capitalist pigs or we can have a reasonable conversation.

  • It’s a question of balance.

    The goal of just about every private concern is to make a profit for its owners and investors. Environmental restrictions are an added cost that reduce returns and are logically opposed by business, sometimes to the detriment of the general populace.

    Many environmentalists forget that without jobs towns and cities die and our environment can endure some level of trauma and recover.

    The biggest problem is with people, on both sides, who demonize those that disagree with their narrow point of view and prevent reasonable compromise.

    Psssst Erik here’s something on the dollar.
    http://www.econbrowser.com/archives/2007/04/a_new_era_for_t.html

  • A lot of environmental problems involve poorly-defined property rights. Buying and selling water rights in the West could do a lot to promote conservation.

    But Erick is right in that central planners and collectivists have moved to the environmental movement to further their quest for power.

  • Thanks Sean.

    Grift, you and I would probably agree much more than disagree on the subject. But there are a lot of folks in the Environmental Movement tied also into the anti-war movement, etc. who we would not agree with.

    I for one, intend to use multiple squares of toilet paper when I take a dump.

  • Keep in mind, a weak dollar is good for the economy. Even if it seems counter-intuitive.

  • Andrew, the only part of the economy that a weak dollar helps is the fat cats able to trade derivatives in the foreign markets. And it is profitable for those fortunate to hold investments in companies such as Altria.

    A weak dollar does nothing but destroy the middle income class.

  • “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency…the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

    Thomas Jefferson

  • It appears that our capitalism has evolved into communism, so who needs Earth Day? When we must be burdened with ever growing deficits to prop up third world countries, then “communism has taken over the United States without a bullet being fired.” President Bush said that it is our obligation to help third world countries today, so I suppose the Appalachian poor can just continue to suffer and all of the other poor in the United States.