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Right Versus Left: Who Kills More? PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Guest Commentaries
Wednesday, 07 May 2008 02:23

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."

- P.J. O'Rourke.


Thoughtful people love that quote. Here's why.

Carbon emissions, we're told, cause global warming. Cars cough up carbon. Solution: biofuel.

Brilliant! Politicians shovel billions of subsidy taxbucks at farmers who get rich selling corn to bio-refiners. Brazilians burn down that 1990s eco-chic cause, the Amazon rain forest, and plant soybeans. Indonesians hack down so much wilderness for palm-oil trees for biodiesel they've climbed into third place on the Worldwide Carbon Emitter's Hit Parade.

Turns out leafy growing things store carbon. When they're hacked and burned they cough up their carbon into the atmosphere.

All this leaves less food for food.

Thousands of poor Mexicans protest high-priced tortillas. Flour prices double in Pakistan. Food-price inflation in China is "the worst in decades." Corn-fed beef prices skyrocket. Pilgrim's Pride shuts down seven chicken-processing plants and cough out 1,100 workers because the price of chicken feed is no longer chicken feed.

"We are witnessing the beginning of one of the great tragedies of history," says Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute.

A UN world foodcrat calls agro-fuels a "crime against humanity."

The results are (a) the non-carbon emitting biofuel used in "green" cars is zeroed out by the carbon-emitting process of deforestation, and (b) turning food into biofuel threatens millions with starvation worldwide.

And then there's this: "We now have quite a lot of evidence that carbon emissions definitely don't cause global warming." - U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works.

"Giving money and power to left-wing enviro-wacko politicians is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." - any thoughtful person.

But wait! There's more!

The U.S. spends 50 years mucking up the Middle East, deposing elected leaders, assassinating others, forcing dictatorial regimes down people's throats, propping up psychopathic despots, funneling arms to both Iran and Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war, teaching Afghans how to kill Russians who later use those lessons to kill Americans until ...

... Until a pack of Middle Easterners with al-Qaeda membership cards and a death wish fly jetliners into American buildings.

Can't call this "blowback." Can't call it "America's chicken-hawk-foreign-policy chickens coming home to roost." That would be admitting to 50 years of foreign-policy folly. Politicians never admit they're wrong. Politicians lie like cats coughing up hairballs.

But the president has to "do something" to "look presidential."

Solution: Kill somebody.

But who? Most of the terrorists were Saudi Arabian. But we can't attack Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is our "friend." Saudi Arabia coughs up barrels of oil.

So let's attack Iraq. Iraq has oil. And they have a military just big enough to test our sexy new weapons and our sexy new "light, lean, and lethal" military but not big enough to beat us.

All we need is a pretext for starting a war.

Easy. We'll say they have weapons of mass destruction. They have al-Qaeda training camps. We're giving them democracy.

We'll say, "They hate us for our freedoms." Americans will buy that.

Give Iraq shock and awe, Saddam on a rope, and 90,000 dead civilians. Give America "Mission Accomplished," five years of corrupt military occupation, and 4,000 military deaths.

But there were no WMD, no al-Qaeda bases, no Iraqi democracy. A third of their oil disappears because their own "leaders" rob them blind, our government goes trillions of dollars in debt, the economy tanks, the dollar takes a nosedive, there's still no Iraqi oil flowing into American SUVs, and Osama bin Laden still hasn't been coughed up.

And then there's this: "Bush knew Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction." -

"Giving money and power to right-wing neo-con-wacko politicians is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." - any thoughtful person.

So who coughs up more death: left-wingers or right-wingers?


Garry Reed is a longtime advocate of the libertarian philosophy of non-coercion that espouses personal autonomy and individual responsibility, civil rights and economic liberty, maximum freedom and minimum government. His web site is (

Comments (4)Add Comment
written by Mark Davis, May 08, 2008
Yes, brilliant! Both wings work together to elevate the state body. The flapping distracts people from the talons.
Minimum government is an oxymoron. Self-government is true freedom.
written by schqc, May 08, 2008
Very few, if any, environmentalists supported or support bio fuels.

Interestingly enough, the US Government is of the people, by the people, and for the people.

According to the Declaration of Independence we have the right to alter or abolish our government.

Go to it, bro, otherwise, consider yourself ruled by the people you deserve.
written by Rafael28, May 09, 2008
just read this in the Reader yesterday, absolutely brilliant article ;)

written by Marc, May 11, 2008
Major catastrophic events rarely occur without causes and many, if not most, of the man made types can be traced to political machinations in Washington.

1.The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was blowback for what Roosevelt himself termed sticking too many pins in the rattlesnake.

2.The Great Depression was an inevitable bust that followed a boom generated by artificially low interest rates in the twenties. It was made far worse by the trade crushing Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act of 1930.

3.Ditto for the current major hangover from the housing boom party. Thankfully, government can't impose any new tariffs
this time because it owes foreign countries way too much bread to risk angering them.

4.Today's rapidly rising prices aren't a result what the MSM calls a "mysterious disease" but rather a large increase in the (paper and digital) money supply created government and/or its chartered central bank, the Federal Reserve.

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