Jobs versus extinction: Romney and Calvin and Hobbes
Romney's remark on climate change last night has occasioned a great deal of commentary.
"If you didn't catch Mitt Romney's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, you really missed an amazing snapshot of how he'll treat environmental issues as president: as a laugh line.
Here's the line from his speech last night. The stage directions are mine:
President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans … (Pause for effect, look of mild, mocking amusement on your face. Audience will chuckle here.)
And heal the planet. (Another pause for comedic effect.)
My promise (Pause) is to help you and your family. (Cheers.)"
Did you get the joke? It's hilarious that President Obama cares about climate change and promised to do something about it. Mitt Romney will totally not give a crap about that at all, aren't you glad?
And here's a wonderful old Calvin and Hobbes on the same conflict between short-term economic gain and long-term sustainability, with of course a twist. (Click to enlarge):
Brings to mind a line from an old folk song: When will we ever learn?