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Archive for December, 2016

New Ideas Or Bad Ideas: Stay Tuned

By on December 20, 2016 in See It Here

On January 20, things are going to be different and that’s exactly what Democrats-Republicans-Green Party backers, Libertarians and Independents were all talking about when the 2016 election began back sometime around 2011.

“Different” can mean a lot of things but the “different” we will have is going to put new eyes on ”we’ve-always-done-it-this-way.  I’m eager to see it work because –everyone agrees– things can always be improved.

But.

There is a fear lurking in the background that this could be a complete mess. That’s part of what happens when something different walks into the room. And something real different is taking up more and more of the room.

Putting a guy who wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy as Secretary of Energy is a plus because seeing how it’s been done for years will provide a perspective on how it could work better.  

But.

I can hear a loud voice in the background expressing concern about how someone who backs the oil industry is going to support wind and solar energy. Ironically, taking on we’ve-always-done-it-this-way with let’s continue-to-do-it-this-way blows up the idea of doing things differently.

And.

Putting a guy to head the EPA who doesn’t buy the idea that having 7.4 billion people on the planet with cars and factories and smoke doesn’t affect the way nature operates is also part of the voices in my head.

We deserve what happens and I want to see things improve.

But.

This group of Cabinet members and White House executives don’t strike me as being able to say “I was wrong” should things not work out. It means we’re back to “we’ve always done it this way.”

I hope we’re better than that.

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