I’m a liberal, in the most literal, old-skool sense. I’m not a tree-hugging hippie, vegetarian, Greenpeace or PETA activist, and I couldn’t possibly care less about psuedo-sciences like global warming. My politics typically fall somewhere between libertarianism (small ‘l’, thank you) and traditional Republicanism. I’m a Constitutionalist and believe that the Federal government overstepped its bounds long ago. Employing the government to do your dirty work is short sighted and a bad way to live. I believe in strong States’ rights and property laws. And I believe that as long as you aren’t hurting anyone else, it’s nobody’s business what you do.
That said, you might think that I drive a gas-guzzler and don’t give a crap about the environment. And you’d be mostly, but not completely, right. It’s amazing to me that living “green” (I hate that word) is often cost effective. Simple stuff like turning off lights you’re not using, putting on a sweater instead of turning up the thermostat, riding the bike to the store instead of firing up the beast, and planting a small garden in the backyard (OK, Christie did that one) can save us a ton of money. The bike thing and the garden will probably help me to be healthier. All of it is better for our environment.
But mostly it’s cheaper. Different means to the same end, I suppose. More to come on this. The girls are needy today.