“The cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make. It’s really important that people understand that. We cannot have cuts just for the sake of cuts,” said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Sunday.
Our deficit this year is all the way down to $818,000,000,000, an amazingly small number, given how much good the Federal government does. So the razor cutting and waste/duplication reductions have now been completed. Other than that, this may be the first time ever that ongoing government efforts have been concluded, which itself is reason for celebration. This victory over spending profligacy must be rewarded by looking into some activities that are due for a second look. With the wind at our fiscal governance back, the sails must be let out.
So here are a few proposals (in no particular order as all can be described as “critical” or “essential for the children”).
Global Warming Blue Lines In Every City
In 2007 the city of Santa Barbara rejected a proposal to paint the city streets with a wavy blue line to indicate where future sea levels will be if the planet’s snow, glacier, and polar ice caps were to melt. Unfortunately, property owners and business interests strongly protested the proposal. Some scientists also pointed out that such speculative scenarios are forecasted to appear in future centuries.
Taking a look at this proposal, especially on a Federal level (where every good idea should be examined and implemented), we see it is a wonderful twofer: more jobs and constant climate-change awareness. These two issues are perhaps the most important in the country today. As the news of the increased growth of the ice caps seeps out (whole story here), per the UK’s Daily Mail from last week, the country risks global warming’s decreased strength as a justification for increased federal intervention.
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