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I took some time over the Thanksgiving break to review 2018 to date, and noticed a climatic cycle in news. Nearly every week Americans were threatened with a crisis coming out of the White House … or, at least Washington … or, maybe just national news media! Each of these crises included predictions of dire disasters by scientists (on the environment), economists (on the economy), or “sources close to” someone pertinent at the time to our national welfare. “Shoot up here amongst us! One of us has got to have some relief!” (An apropos reference to one of Jerry Clower’s classic tales!)

Thanksgiving break came at a wonderful time, and relatively few crises threatened to destroy America or the world last week. No wonder Thanksgiving week was so refreshing!

Last Friday the federal government released its latest report on climate change. According to CNN and ABC, one of the most important aspects of this story is that the White House … now, brace yourself … “dumped” this report on Friday after Thanksgiving! “Dumping a report” at such a time to minimize news coverage! Shame!

From what little I’ve gleaned about the report on climate change, government “scientists” predict especially catastrophic climate calamities between now and the year 2100, unless the government intervenes. Well, since government “scientists” are making those claims, it must be true, and the next generation will certainly die slow, painful deaths at the hands of a climate out of human control.

Fifty years ago, “scientists” predicted that by the turn of the century, Earth would experience a deadly ice age killing millions and affecting billions across the globe. Sometime in the ‘80s or ‘90s, scientists predicted global warming would raise temperatures high enough to melt polar ice caps and raise ocean levels to the extent most coastal land would be under water. Later, global cooling scientists and global warming scientists agreed neither warming nor cooling was the problem, but climate “change” was the problem that would doom the planet’s inhabitants to some kind of environmental cataclysm within the next couple of decades.

You know, climate is a pretty big phenomenon, dominating the whole planet from pole to pole, and continually swirling around the globe generally from west to east. Climate has been going on for thousands of years, if not millions or billions, and no one has ever controlled climate as far as I know. Nevertheless, government climate scientists have concluded someone, i.e. the government, has to control climate to protect the whole world from absolutely certain predictions of bad stuff happening.

Meanwhile, the American economy appears to be moving along nicely with record low unemployment, record high labor participation rates, increasing salaries and wages, and stable GDP around 3 percent. Markets, particularly tech stocks, have been drooping the past few weeks, but only rich people are concerned about losing all that money. So far, most Americans have survived the Trump administration unscathed.

Political junkies predict the political climate in Washington and the national media will continue to be unstable through the next two years, producing at least one climatic crisis each week. Political party leaders have promised more crises and investigations between now and the 2020 elections. The political climate is much more difficult to control than the natural environment.

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Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, Mississippi. You may contact him at PJandMe2@gmail.com, or interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger website http://www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion/

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