De-industrialization’s been going on for 50 years, the decline of organized labor’s been going on for 40 years, globalization: 20-25 years, and you’re gonna sit there and argue over this month’s employment report? The fact that we can’t have an adult electoral process is rooted in this kind of frenzy of who can we blame, and how fast.
That business of four years being the metric for anything? We have a political culture that everyone plants annuals, they plant pretty flowers that come up the next spring. What we need is a political culture where somebody plants a fuckin’ olive tree, which doesn’t even give you an olive for seven years. That’s how you fix an economy…When that olive tree becomes an orchard.
The eruption of the EyjafjallajÃ¶kull (pronounced like this) volcano in Iceland it’s various types of fallout should be teachable moments for some of the glibertarians that there are externalities in every action and that complex systems have complex consequences.
I’m certain there are lessons to be taught here by analogy, from health care and financial reform to climate change. Of course, a certain segment of the population finds it easier to ignore science and blame God (Rush Limbaugh, filling in for Pat Robertson).