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Here’s a Christmas gift idea for your liberal friends: a Mayan calendar. According to some, the Mayans predicted the world will end in December of 2012. And, although many liberals are fond of mocking Christians who talk about the Rapture, they seem to love predicting the end is near for countless other reasons unless, of course, those same liberals come to the rescue. Nancy Pelosi has done that at least twice in recent years. Just the other day she warned about the consequences of a Republican budget: “We’re trying to save life on this planet as we know it today.” In 2008, when she opposed Republican offshore drilling proposals, Pelosi announced, “I’m trying to save the planet.”
Today, The New York Times’ resident shrieker, Paul Krugman, in his usual nuanced analysis, summed up the Washington budget deal this way: “What we are witnessing here is a catastrophe on multiple levels.”
Last year, California Senator Barbara Boxer invited her state’s students to enter a “Help Save the Earth” contest. I didn’t check the winning entries, but I’m guessing the government played the primary role in the rescue.
Disaster has been on the horizon for decades. In 1975, Newsweek famously ran a story on the catastrophic impact of global cooling, warning of the disruption of food production and fretting that scientists “see few signs that government leaders anywhere are even prepared to take the simple measures of stockpiling food or of introducing the variables of climatic uncertainty into economic projections of future food supplies. The longer the planners delay, the more difficult will they find it to cope with climatic change once the results become grim reality.” Of course, we are now warming ourselves into oblivion.
I actually don’t think the Left is dealing in scare tactics with these pronouncements; I believe they mean what they say. And they may be right. Their world may end on November 6, 2012.