Sunday, March 8, 2015

When Even Denial Isn't Enough

Florida might be the state most at risk from rising sea levels due to climate change. So, not alone among R-led states, it's not enough that their governor is a committed denier of the problem, he's banned the use of any terms related to it:

DEP officials have been ordered not to use the term “climate change” or “global warming” in any official communications, emails, or reports, according to former DEP employees, consultants, volunteers and records obtained by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. 
The policy goes beyond semantics and has affected reports, educational efforts and public policy in a department with about 3,200 employees and $1.4 billion budget.

These are not normal people. They're stupid, pig-headed deceivers. And yet they get elected, and reelected. What explains that? How can it be that Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, whose state is wallowing in debt, poor employment growth, cutting services in order to avoid raising taxes on the wealthy, is now the leader among Republican presidential candidates?

How thoroughly have people been brainwashed and bamboozled? How needy of excuses for their own selfishness and fearfulness must R voters be, to continue to defend the indefensible; whether it's economic policies that have failed -- and continue to fail -- every time they've been tried, or a news organization that's been shown, over and over, to peddle lies and propaganda?

Is there no line to be crossed, anywhere, any time? No outrage too obvious to ignore? Evidently not. It's simply astounding.

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