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Archive for November 20th, 2008

In these times of crisis, there’s an ever growing risk of making snap judgements based on present concerns without regard for longer term ramifications.

It’s only been two months (since September) that Congress debated and passed the original bailout plan proposed by US Treasury Paulson and Fed Chairman Bernanke. In this segment from Charlie Rose, Rep. Barney Frank expounds on the criticism of the bailout plan and its implications.

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Just opened a new section on the website: Critical Thinking Resources (also see tab on top of the page). On this page we will feature essays directly relating to critical thinking while we continue to expound on various issues here on the main blog.

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Just yesterday, an ABC News article blasted the CEOs of the Big 3 automakers, GM, Ford, and Chrysler, for flying in private jets to Washington to ask for a government bailout. This was considered the height of hypocrisy:

“This is a slap in the face of taxpayers,” said Tom Schatz, President of Citizens Against Government Waste. “To come to Washington on a corporate jet, and asking for a hand out is outrageous.”

Seems like flying in a private jet is an easy bait for criticism. In the global warming and climate change sphere, environmental critics have blasted green lobbyist Al Gore’s carbon footprint which includes among other things: flying around in a private jet.

Private Jets Magazine listed a number of celebrities who rack up as carbon footprint hypocrites, all in meager defense of private jets:

At this point, you may be feeling that your use or possession of a private jet will leave you in the cold amongst your environmentally responsible friends.  However, you can always point to the following celebrities who no doubt cut a bigger carbon swath through the environment than you:

What is it about private jets that draw such bad rap? Is it the outrageous cost–to the point of decadence? Left Coast mentions it “a gross display of self indulgence of flying around the world in a personally chartered jet”. Hip-hop artist, P. Diddy’s cost cutting involved the ditching of his private jet.

Lesson: Before you get philosophical, fly commercial.

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