Monday, January 29, 2007

Can Dems Make the Problems of "Free Trade" Agreements Sexy?


On Groundhog's Day, 2007, Silicon Valley's tech "elite" greeted politician Al Gore (who fresh from the Utah slopes and riding a wave of deserved acclaim for his movie about global warming), arrived to deliver a speech that he didn't want anyone outside of the inner circle of sycophants to hear! See "Silicon Valley Leaders Should Dump Al Gore"

As journalist Mike Cassidy notes:

"This from a man who’s working on a book about how the Bush Administration doesn’t like to “share the truth with the citizenry,'’ which it surely doesn’t."

No one can accuse Gore for not having a political agenda, most notably his association with the tech lobby's push to eliminate a cap on H1B visas to further eliminate white collar jobs from Americas middle class. Why can't Al Gore use his newfound celebrity to stand up for America's educated professionals and see through the disastrous "free trade" agreements under the banner of "globalizaton" that are responsible for creating a caste system here? Is he so starved for celebrity attention and cocktail parties and the hubris ilk that attends them that he can't see the problem? Or is Al just like every other insulated, out of touch elite and elite wanna- be that the mutual admiration society of "deciders" actually deem the problems of NAFTA and CAFTA as "unsexy"?...

as if all important sociopolitical issues only required a Barry White tune and a tumbler of Courvoisier...

Al Gore: a real man of the people? To the average Democrat - both blue dog AND liberal -- he sure has a way of schmoozing and seducing the cocktail party circuit from Los Angeles, through Palo Alto and onto D.C. -- emphasis on the evil-doer tech lobby, TechNet.

But what about Gore's personal sacrifces to save the planet? Moving on from the private jet, public records reveal that as Gore lectures Americans on excessive consumption, he and his wife Tipper live in two properties: a 10,000-square-foot, 20-room, eight-bathroom home in Nashville, and a 4,000-square-foot home in Arlington, Va. (He also has a third home in Carthage, Tenn.) For someone rallying the planet to pursue a path of extreme personal sacrifice, Gore requires little from himself.

NOTE: 2Truthy really doesn't care how many homes or square feet Al inhabits -- just as long as these places don't resemble mausoleums, like so many of the abominable McMansions festooning the hillsides of my neighborhood.

Energy use: In the Washington, D.C., area, utility companies offer wind energy as an alternative to traditional energy. In Nashville, similar programs exist. Utility customers must simply pay a few extra pennies per kilowatt hour, and they can continue living their carbon-neutral lifestyles knowing that they are supporting wind energy. Plenty of businesses and institutions have signed up. Even the Bush administration is using green energy for some federal office buildings, as are thousands of area residents.

But according to public records, there is no evidence that Gore has signed up to use green energy in either of his large residences. When contacted afterwards, Gore’s office confirmed as much but said the Gores were "looking into making the switch at both homes." Talk about inconvenient truths. Let's hope he has no plans to run in 2008.

Again: 2Truthy could actually care less about Al's green habits, and his agenda with the tech lobby clearly demonstrates that he is a corporate shill to drive down wages for the upwardly mobile middle class, which is why my greedy venture capitalist neighbors love Al sooooo much. Really, either Al is just a himbo to the tech establishment or a smug, self-serving politico or BOTH -- his movie undeniably "sheds light" on the sexy issue of the day: global warming.

Al Gore? Right issue, wrong (potential) candidate. So, let's hope Al won't run, because we don't need another greedy beltway insider with good hair to sell us out any further.



Anonymous said...

Wow, I was beginning to believe in him again. Thank you for letting us know how it really is with Al Gore. I've read his father was basically the same way but I thought Al was different. When I think of it though he had to have been a corporate man because after all he was running for president at one time. I do believe he would have been the better choice though. When we were watching the debates between Gore and Bush I told my family that Bush would be dangerous for the country and to not vote for him. I said he could very well put us into WWIII. He was talking in doublspeak and if anyone could have followed what he wasn't saying and the way he was telling people, well I just didn't like it, I perceived him to be dangerous. It's all history now and hopefully there will be a history for America after Bush and the Bush clan. That is, if they feel they have enough money and have had enough power to soothe them for awhile. One can only hope. Americans need to open their eyes and the people that do see it and are in a position to talk to them need to do just that. Talk to the people and tell them the truth because when I talk to someone they say things like, well it wasn't on TV or no one on TV has said anything like that. The media people need to start telling the truth in plain english so the poor (unfortunately) can understand them. They've been dumbed down enough through the years and aren't thinking for themselves. Though it does look like there is some hope after the election in Nov. 06. The only thing is will the Democrats come through for their country. That's a big debatable issue.

Thank you for the article.

MoreTruthy said...

This is bullshit. Anonymous, you should still believe in him. If the author really didn't care so much that Gore owns more than one home, as he said in his multiple "Notes", then why is it the ONLY thing he talks about. This is a horrible article. What is the point.

Anonymous said...

Keep telling the truth 2truthy!

Ironically, unlike Gore's homes, W's ranch in Texas is very eco-friendly: it's heated by passive solar and uses gray water irrigation. Looks like neither Al nor W are practicing what they preach!

BenReynolds said...

Is Gore a Scientologist? You raise a good point and see through his hypocrisy. He could help our country make pro environmental gains better working outside DC than inside. He looks like he is having a good time in Hollywood. That isn't enough to make a good politician and lead most people in this country. His lobbyist ties are too close to want to change harmful economic deals that hurt everyone else except bluebloods and their cronies. He should make another movie?

diptichatt said...

Obama in 2008.Al gore acts like an impressionable man and I will not vote for him just becuase he made a movie I like because it would be stupid.He picked pro-Israeli lieberman to run as his vp and would only make more mistakes. But he is not going to run.he feels he is above the people and only hides from the press.

oregoalex said...

People who want to see Gore run don't care about anything else but Global Warming and Iraq. It's like we don't have domestic issues like healthcare opr jobs and like Gore gives a shit? Are they nuts? We need a president who can deal with ALL of it, not a one note only president.
You show Gore's hypocrisy and untrustworthy character.I also don't care about the size of his houses, but MOST green democrats who live in Oregon and California do care a lot about this! Thanks for letting us know about his SV ties down there and how he told the local media to get lost.

mary said...

Hey t.t. This is FUNNY! Catch you next week I'll be up there for three days. Tell it Sister T.
LA acts like the sky is falling if we don't get Gore? Scary. You know it's L.D.s posse and their starting to act a little whacko...............

angiodr said...

The graphic is awesome. Great post.
His lobbyist ties have been little known with reference to the technology industry. Thanks, and keep writing about it. I believe very few people know this.

gerg said...

He won the Oscar. He looked like he was overwhelmed with all of the attention? Now will he run?
He has a lot of answers to give for his energy hog of a house in TN and like you point out, his tech lobby ties make him a target.