Andrew Davey has set a new record for comments generated with his post on Global Warming.Ã‚Â I think we’re all well over 70 now as I write this and its been an extraordinary debate.
Our friend Matt Cunningham has stated the those of us on the left who believe man is contributing to the increase in greenhouse gases and global warming are intolerant of those individuals who don’t see a connection.
However, intolerance of dissenting voices to whatever degree its true or not, is not an exclusively liberal, Democratic or leftist phenomenon.
Here’s something Matt wrote today in a post about State Senator Dick Ackerman:
“Since the Governor, the titular head of the Republican Party in California, has shed whatever GOP principles he may have had, thank goodness Ackerman and his Caucus are standing and fighting for them. And given the weight of pressure being brought to bear on them to break ranks, it is a tribute to Dick Ackerman’s leadership skills and example that none has –Ã‚Â except for Sen. Abel Maldonado (R – Weaksisterville).
Note: Maldonado is the only Republican senator to break ranks and vote for the budget that vast majority of legislative memebrs wants.Ã‚Â Note 2: Matt is overusing the phrase “weak sister” a lot these days; my sister would kick my ass if I were to use that.Ã‚Â She fights dirty.)
Over on Flash Report. Jon writes this: Oh yes, this is a good time to ask again forÃ‚Â the Governor replace his Chief of Staff with a Republican.Ã‚Â Susan Kennedy is charming, smart, and witty — and a Democrat.Ã‚Â We believe a Republican Governor should have a Republican Chief of Staff.Ã‚Â (Note: Susan is doing a hell of a job)
and this: So now, here we are, where legislative Republicans in the State Senate are making bold stand for a few very modest reforms that any fiscal conservative would applaud, and the very Governor whom I supported is now barnstorming around the California, attacking those very Republicans who are standing for fiscally conservative programmatic changes in order to reduce projected budget deficits in outlying years.Ã‚Â
What happened to the Governor who stumped as a fiscal conservative?
Make no bones about it, the legislation that has been proposed is not the state budget.Ã‚Â It is a proposed state budget, and it is one that is not acceptable to 2/3rds of the legislators in both houses. (NOTE: this is factually incorrect, the proposed budget is not acceptable to slight more than one-third of the legislators in both houses).
What needs to happen here is not having the top Republican officeholder in the state traveling the state, berating legislators of his own party (Note: berating Democrats is perfectly fine with Jon), but the Governor should be working with legislative Republicans and negotiating a budget that works for everyone – yes, even Senate Republicans.
The real story of the budget impasse is how Senate Republicans no longer trust their party’s governor to whittle the budget down and their party’s governor doesn’t have the power or testicular fortitude to twist a single arm; someone call in the stunt double.
So in a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black, I think both Democrats and Republicans can tolerate dissent within their own parties just fine.Ã‚Â Chris, Andrew and IÃ‚Â have all lined up behind different presidential candidates and we disagree on a number of other issues; but disagreeing on small points means we haven’t lost sight of the big picture.