Pro Life Beyond the Fetus Stage

Lynne Peeples has a great story at Huff Post today on the political battles brewing over new air quality standards the EPA is trying to get in place. Standards that would be a boon to public health. The article also details the rising rates of asthma and the health costs that entails. Standards that Columbia University public health researchers concluded would cost $195 billion over the next 20 years, and would save, in economic, health, and environmental benefits, $1 trillion in the same period. The perfect no brainer, right? I mean, if you want to lower the deficit and cut spending, what better than a five to one investment. So everyone is in favor of the new rules; it’s a wonderful moment of bipartisan sanity!Well, of course not. You see, the cost would be born by the coal companies and others that are creating the asthma causing pollution. The benefits would be to society as a whole. And those coal companies have enormous political power. The new regulations could cost $195 billion, and you can buy all the congressmen you need for a fraction of that. Those congressmen, mostly and not all Republicans, care more about money than about life. Sure, they’ll go on and on about the scourge of abortion and make noise about being pro-life, but when it comes to defending a good quality of life, and in some cases life itself, against corporate polluters, they aren’t just quiet, they loudly fight against life and health, doing the bidding of those who own them. Sure that is simplified and everything is complicated, and in a lot of ways, it really is as simple as that.
With so much in politics, it isn’t that all parties are working for the good of the people and just favor different ways to get there, it is rather that most of those with political power are not working for the good of the people, they are working for the good of those who have bought them, and that isn’t the people of the country, that is the corporate behemoths that keep them in office. Very very little of what we ever hear from the mouth of any politician is completely honest. The solutions are there and they aren’t all that difficult; they are just politically impossible because our representatives in Washington no longer represent the American people, they represent big money. I heard Lou Dobbs phrase it that way years ago; perhaps the last sane thing I heard him say before he went off the deep end and sold out.
Real, actual change that is needed will only come when the people take back their government from monied power. The only question right now is whether that monied power has finally overplayed its hand and woken up the sleeping giant. I dearly hope it is so.

About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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