Lost driver: “Can you tell me how to get to Union Grove?” Roadside farmer: “No. But if I was you, I wouldn’t start from here.”
Most of us have trouble seeing from here down the road. If we ponder what life would be like with a lot less water, air-conditioning, meat, or municipal services, it’s hard to visualize. How would limited transportation, lower home values, more community conflict, and food scarcities feel? We can’t quite imagine.
I spend hours researching dangers like these and possible tactics for dodging them. But even I have trouble conjuring visions of their everyday consequences. […]
The Congress needs to act on climate change – we should push our legislators towards a positive thinking in this matter. […]
There are money pits America needs to fill. There are money piles we might use.
America needs to pay these obligations – or duck them.
$14,350,000,000,000 Our national debt, most will agree, is too big for our national income to support. Slowing or stopping its growth means significantly cutting the federal deficit, currently $1.65 trillion per year.
$2,000,000,000,000 Estimated infrastructure repair needs (e.g. roads, bridges, transportation networks and water systems) in the US.
$36,000,000,000,000 Estimated present value of unfunded obligations under the Medicare program.
$5,400,000,000,000 Estimated present value of unfunded obligations under Social Security.
$1,260,000,000,000 Retirement and healthcare benefits promised […]
For many who are expecting to be Raptured, global warming seems like part of God’s will. They won’t try to prevent or even mitigate it. […]
Scientists see evidence that human reason is weak when applied to finding the truth, but strong when used to defend a viewpoint, regardless of its truth. […]
Is this the first step toward government effort to reduce the nation’s dependence on gasoline? Even if it’s not, it’s a warning we need to reduce the family’s use. […]
Global warming believers and skeptics have different emotional approaches. Why? […]
Population growth has been pulling the rug from under per-capital improvements. Maybe that is about to stop. […]