Jon Walker, out in the noonday sun

It was 72 degrees fahrenheit yesterday in the nation’s capital. It was so warm I was actually able to enjoy an outdoor dinner party in the middle of December. To say this is unusual for the District of Columbia would be an understatement — the average temperature for this time of year is normally 20 degrees lower. The weather in DC is downright freaky.

I found it both interesting and very sad that just weeks after an “unusual” devastating hurricane and during an “unusual” winter heat wave, the only long-term issue Congress is debating is actuarial projections from a budget office that has a rather poor track record of predicting the future.

While the east coast is directly experiencing the effects of climate change in both minor and highly destructive ways, there is almost zero focus on trying to address the issue from our political leaders. It shows how completely hollow the rhetoric about “addressing the deficit” truly is when they say it’s all about helping the younger generation.

While Congress fights about just how much more they should force old people to pay for basic health care in 2024, the world is slowly burning. Our real long-term problems are ignored in favor of focusing on the fake ones.