Monday, February 3, 2014
Recent letters from Steve Singleton and Robert Jackson caught my attention.
I never conceived that I would ever agree with Mr. Singleton, but, he is right, there must never be any censorship of his repetitive and boring opinion letters. After all, the letters (including this one) are only opinions.
It would be nice for him to actually mention some of the books that “refute” or simply “deny” any human influence on climate change especially global warming.
As an antidote to such possible future references, I mention “Merchants of Doubt: How a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming.”
Casting doubt is an industry and a lucrative one for PR firms. Fixing problems is expensive for the industries causing them. The book is available in our public library.
Mr. Jackson is a different issue.
His opinions verge on the edge of meanness. His use of needless adjectives reminds me of the shortwave broadcasts from the old Red China, the DDR, and Soviet Union. They always repeated a string of meaningless adjectives in front of every occurrence of the word “America.” It was quite funny to listen to them.
In regard to Benghazi, it was a consulate, not an embassy. Would Mr. Jackson accept the cost of placing a platoon load of Marines and a tank or two in front of every U.S. consulate in the world?
Finally, the timeline of the Sequester is: August 2011, Budget Control Act proposed by Obama, passed by the Congress; September 2012, Benghazi attack; March 2013, sequestration takes effect. Note that sequestration had no influence on there being means to prevent or deal with the attack.
Finally, the U.S. Constitution, Art. I, Sec. 7 specifies the route for all legislation. In particular, the president can propose what he will, but only the Congress can write and pass legislation especially funding and budget bills. The Republicans are equally guilty in the matter of sequestration and many tea party members seemed delighted with it.