We're talking past each other.
It occurs to me that I haven't actually... debated a conservative on an actual policy matter in years. Part of that is the nature of the internet, and also that whole global pandemic thing. But you'd think that an actual, fact - based, legitimate disagreement would have materialized at some point. But it really hasn't. Here's my fantasy of what that kind of debate might look like: Liberal: Climate change is a real issue that our scientists and experts are saying could cost the world billions of lives and trillions in property damage. We need to do something. Conservative: All right. We need to be careful though, as we don't want to harm our current economy. We also have to acknowledge that it's a global problem, and engaging some policies that might slow the American economy without actually addressing the GLOBAL crisis isn't optimal. Liberal : The simplest thing to do then is to institute a carbon tax - we've helped ameliorate a different crisis by t