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May 28, 2008


Bob Murphy said...

This is exactly why I can't understand why so many cynical economists are lining up for a massive cap-and-trade or carbon tax as a solution to climate change. Suppose they put politics aside and set up the system just as the experts recommend. The next really big recession that hits will see waivers galore.

Joshua Corning said...

These appointees often bring more political than technocratic knowledge with them

In a democracy of all places?!?!

The Horror!!!

joshua corning said...

I like how the executive branch stopping the EPA from expanding into regulating carbon dioxide without any legislation giving it the authority to do so is somehow considered a bad thing.

Hey Zetland do you have any extra Nazi party buttons...I think it would be funny to have one for irony's sake.

gormk said...

Joshua C.

That last remark is (at best) an idiot's comment.

As far as EPA having legal jurisdiction to regulate carbon dioxide, you are wrong.

I can accept that you are anti-government (intervention) by principle. But, GIVEN that a government agency such as EPA exists, why would you implicitly endorse corruption and its undermining?

These hearings were about the systematic manipulation and behind-the-scenes effort to undermine the agency's environmental protection mission. I don’t see how anyone could find this defensible, even an anti-government extremist like you.

David Zetland said...

Joshua, besides gormk's obviously correct comment :), I should clarify that "more political than technocratic knowledge" referred to the practice of appointees offering/changing/enforcing regulations with political, not technocratic, intentions. For example, allowing "republican" pollution but not "democratic" pollution.

FYI: I like freedom first, democracy second and fascism last.

David Zetland said...

Correction: I should have said "in addition to gormk's" instead of "besides..."

joshua corning said...

FYI: I like freedom first, democracy second and fascism last.


After Kos called himself a libertarian a year or two ago i guess everyone has jumped in on it.

To bad it is only a name change rather then an actual political position change.

joshua corning said...

As far as EPA having legal jurisdiction to regulate carbon dioxide, you are wrong.

5 people deciding for everyone is democratic?

I guess the fact that you are comfortable clearly states what your opinion of democracy is.

But, GIVEN that a government agency such as EPA exists, why would you implicitly endorse corruption and its undermining?

The EPA is clearly under the control of the executive branch. If you do not like how a particular rep chooses what come out of his office then vote different. The idea that there is a fourth branch of unelected technocrats with powers and authority that supersedes the constitutional powers of the president is not only absurd but to endorse such a view is clearly anti-democratic.

As to my last statement the Nazi party of Germany was clearly anti-democratic. I do not see a problem with comparing apples with apples simply because one apple gassed gypsys and the other hasn't.

David Zetland said...


re: my beliefs. Reconsider what you are saying. What you then say will make it clear who you are.

You may also want to read my first post today. Pause and think about it.

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