We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...imagine if your car insurance covered every scratch or dent. Wouldn't you expect your premiums to rise to meet the expanded coverage? And wouldn't you expect your auto repair shops to become clogged with cars that didn't really need to be repaired, competing for time and space with other cars with broken transmissions or burnt-out motors?
If we want lower insurance premiums, we will need to return to a system that favors high deductible, high co-pay catastrophic-type insurance with a built-in disincentive for overuse, such as the kind that some employers have provided as an option up until now. Patients could pay for office visits from health savings accounts or other flexible spending tax shelters. More than 10 million Americans already have such accounts.
Reagan was a spendthrift, I don't think he can be held up as the epitome of fiscal restraint and small government, Carter and Clinton were both better in that regard. I was a Democrat at the time but I was sad to see Stockman canned. And I remember poor old George Will claiming that the budget was going to be balanced real soon now because the economy was going to grow 7% a year. George was a bit slow to notice entitlements.
To dispute that climate change or warming or whatever you name it happens is a dumb idea. As long as there has been a planet earth there has been climate change. To attribute it to anything other than it just happens is ludicrous. The CO2 you mention is more likely to be the result of the change not the cause of it.
I would venture the sun is the largest contributor to our climate and how much it varies and I would be surprised if the .0003% or whatever it is part of our atmosphere CO2 is, means anything except the more of it there is the better EVERYTHING grows and that equals better food crops for us.
Anyone that thinks mankind can in any way shape or measurably change control or otherwise modify the climate of the planet is suffering from SEVERE DELUSIONS of GRANDEUR. Learn to live and adapt to what we have. You will be farther ahead. If the status quo stays in effect much longer in regards to the ineffective controls to change the climate we will soon be a third world country.