MSimon wrote:Look at what he is doing to the auto industry
Yes, finally! An administration that will do what's right for the country (national security) and world (climate) rather than what's right for the oil industry.
MSimon wrote:If Polywell worked it would destroy most of the market for wind and solar.
True. Till then, it's sensible to invest in a balanced portfolio of energy technologies (just as the Obama administration is doing
MSimon wrote:I think we will find that this administration is even less rational than Bush's, more driven by politics.
I don't know what you're smoking. The Bush administration politicized and interfered with the rational functioning of every facet of government, from the district attorneys
to scientific research
. The suppression and distortion of the truth by Bush was far worse than with any other president in American history. I'm not saying this because he's a republican; so was Bush Sr., Reagan, and many other fine Presidents. But Bush was a tyrant, a divider, and showed again and again that he saw science as useful only when it supported his political aims, and when it did not, it was an obstacle to be suppressed and overcome through political power.
Obama, on the other hand, has shown a clear rationality. While not a scientist himself, his scientific appointments are widely lauded
. Widely respected scientists are calling the difference between the previous environment and the current one "like night and day."
The case against Bush is overwhelming and clear. Anybody who still thinks Bush was anything other than a lying, dishonest, enemy of science and rationality should take a good, long look in the mirror — because they're denying the facts themselves. The degree of doublethink (or ignorance, but that's probably not the problem in this forum) required to honestly support Bush after all he's done is astounding.
MSimon wrote:There will come a day - in about a year to 18 months when people will long for a return of Bush. There is an air of unreality in Washington that will come back to bite them.
No, there will never come such a day. He will go down in history as the worst President ever, far worse than Nixon, and (hopefully) serve as a cautionary tale that will continue to guide us in selecting men and women who will do a good job, rather than only those who will continue the good fight against monogamous gays and stem cells (or whatever one's pet issue may be).
And that air of unreality you sense? That's because, for the first time in many years, there are those in Washington that are really working to do the right thing, without cronyism, without paying back the big corporate donors who put them in office, and with a surprising amount of bipartisanship. That's "honest government" you're sensing, and it seems unreal only because we've gotten so used to the other kind.