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  • Sherry 10:01 AM on 06/22/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Keynes Environment and Economic Policy 

    I have a very liberal friend who when I expressed lament over the oil spill and non clean up going on in the Gulf chided me, “It’s not nearly as much as the volcano spewed in Iceland a few months ago. It also isn’t as toxic.”   

    I sat there stunned.   I may be wrong but I don’t remember scores of pictures on the internet of ash covered birds and flora and fauna killed.  Maybe they were there but didn’t go viral.

    Here I thought all pollution was so awful that we were to consider foregoing toilet paper, plastic bags, tinfoil, coke cans, cars, heat in the winter, disposable diapers, newspapers, paper plates, fast food and when possible breathing.  “Then why the hell am I recycling?” I demanded.  “It’s not like my not throwing away a paper plate is going to save the Earth!”   But I have to ask, if 100,000 gallons a day is nothing, then what is my decision to use paper plates?  I would assume, even more inconsequential.  She soothed, even my little dwarfed by the lot in the gulf mattered –something which I pointed out meant the lot in the gulf, even dwarfed by the Ocean mattered.    

    Then I saw an article trying to explain in context how small the spill was in the context of the Gulf.   According to the piece by Seth Borenstein, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h3j4URYrsMh7yj4KTx6vVKjh4w3AD9GFQIS80 ,  the polluting in the Gulf was a mere trifle. 

    It doesn’t even fill up the Superbowl in New Orleans.  It was more of the same kind of thinking and to my mind, a desperate spin to exhonerate the Federal government from the wrath of American people by minimizing the size of the spill and thus lowering expectations that the President or his administration should have or should be doing anything about something so insignificant.   Sure the pictures of dead dolphins and turtles are sad but hey, it’s really nothing. Go back to your lives citizens, nothing to worry about.

    Paralleling this sort of thinking is the rash of recent articles about how We’re NOT SPENDING ENOUGH.  That Keynes would be upset that the current administration and congress are too cowardly to enact the type of necessary deficit spending required to lift the economy from it’s current state.  



    In other words, the spending now is not enough to affect things really and to think otherwise is to be delusional.  These past spending bills that ran us up to 1.3 trillion are mere stop gap measures, like duct tape on a leak.  If we really want to make something happen, we’re going to have to start talking real money.  1.3 trillion dollars in deficit spending, like 126 million gallons in the gulf, is apparently a mere drop in the bucket to these people who subscribe to a Keynes Economic theory about how governments and civilizations maintain their finances.   

    Maybe the spill is small and the deficit is nothing to those who live in the theoretical world where all of these high ideas work as long as one adopts every tenet of the theories and pays no attention to actual details which emerge.  But in the real world, how many dollars a person, a state, a government, spends, matter; just as surely as how much a person, a family, a city, a state, a business conserve and recycle matters.    

    The money we’ve spent mattered because it must one day be paid.  The oil in the water kills crabs and shrimp and fish and plants and pelicans and people’s livelihoods and summer places and the businesses that thrive on people going to summer places and, and, and, and.  It must one day be removed.   

    The 1.3 trillion in a single 18 months is an untenable pace of spending.  The 126 million gallons pouring into the gulf shows no signs of slowing or stopping either.   No amount of theory or perspective or spin will change the unalterable facts that while these dual disasters can be dwarfed by looking at a bigger picture of the whole world or galaxy or the whole history of time, they’re still very real and causing very real pain now, and for the foreseeable future.   Does anyone other than those who embrace the theoretical world of policy over the actual world of procedure not see that both are clear and persent dangers? 

    How do we make the ivory tower people in power and in charge see what their pet theories will not prove?

    • Quite Rightly 1:23 PM on 06/22/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Just remember this basic rule of thumb: It’s not a problem until it’s their problem! Your beach gets wiped out: That’s what you get for driving an SUV. A plastic grocery sack that blew out of their SUV floats to shore on their beach: Time for the EPA to take over the country. Your livelihood gets wiped out: Tsk tsk. A hopelessly in-debt state imposes a one-day furlough on them until it can scrape up money for the payroll: Their union lawyers line up to make sure it never happens. It’s nice to be well protected, and the folks you describe put plenty of energy into staying well protected. That’s why they have so much “liberal guilt” to work off at your expense.

  • Sherry 10:46 AM on 06/09/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Things I Would Ask and Tell the President 

    Now that there’s an empty chair at the press conferences when they’re held, I humbly throw my hat into the ring with the following questions and commentary:

    1) Mr. President, if you’ve been aware and in charge and involved since day one, why haven’t you spoken directly with Tony Hayward, the CEO of BP about the leak?  It’s now day 50.  Do you think maybe, you know, you could call him up?  Isn’t he the major posterior you need to kick? 

    2) BP said at first the rig wasn’t leaking but that if it did, it wouldn’t be bad. Now either they lied to you in which case you should be majorly ticked and get your foot ready, or you knew they were lying in which case we should be ticked at both of you or you were both ignorant, in which case, again, we should be ticked at all of you.   Which is it and how can you prove it?

    3) The Crude hasn’t’ stopped but you’re president, you won so the buck stops with you. This took place in Federal waters. It’s your problem, not Bush’s, not the Republicans, it’s yours. Roll up your sleeves for more than a 15 minute photo-op and get your hands dirty. We see you walking on a cleaned up beach making jokes and jetting back for a barbeque with the stars.  In writing, the mantra is show don’t tell.  You tell us you care. You show us, you’re all about the party.  Guess which one is more compelling?

    4) Need some ideas on how to fix this?  Stop calling college professors for counsel.  Call all the CEOS of every oil company together and have them brainstorm about how to fix it, have them clean it up as a public service, let them keep what they capture.  Offer incentives of public praise from the oval office for those companies who out of civic self interest, help fix things in the Gulf.  College professors have theory, you need practical application.  Why aren’t you picking up the phone to call people who would actually know how to do this and be able to do something?   

    5) Why are we annoyed and irritated with you?  You sign into law countless bills you haven’t read spending hundreds of billions of dollars and rewriting 1/6th of the economy but suddenly require extensive engineering and environmental reports to determine whether or not to procure the booms requested by the States to protect their marshlands? Here are Republican conservative states asking for government intervention and you have a chance to validate everything you’ve ever believed about the Federal role in the world and you go…golfing….and on vacation….and to parties….and to fund-raisers.  The only thing you haven’t done is read “The Pet Goat.” to some kids somewhere.   What’s on the party agenda for this weekend?

    6) Maybe if you called Tony Hayward, you could use some of that political muscle and have him pay for the booms for Louisiana that Governor Jindal asked for back at the beginning of May before all those ugly pictures of dead dolphins and turtles and pelicans started showing up on the Internet.  I bet he’d even finance the shipping.  Do you need his phone number?  Do you need a phone?

    7) Yesterday, to show you were serious, you swore on national television.  Why do you think showing leadership means talking like Joe “Big F’ing Deal” Biden?

    Thank you Mr. President.

    • fuzislippers 4:05 AM on 06/11/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’d be interested in hearing him respond to: Name five things that you love about America. Or three. Or one (and it can’t have anything at all to do with YOU).

  • Sherry 2:40 PM on 05/07/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Dow is down 600 points and there’s no Republican to Blame! 

    Between yesterday’s fat fingers surprise and all the fingers in the private sector investment pie today, we seem to be having a bit of trouble in Obamaland.   After all, the stock market isn’t behaving in a friendly type way what with the unrest abroad in Greece and potentially Spain and England.  No one really seems to know why even though there’s the 9.9 % unemployment, the trillion plus deficit and the massive debt buying by China, no, none of the smart people who make a living explaining how smart they are by comparison to the rest of us huddled masses seem to have any idea why the main means of generating wealth, investing, is a bit more risky than people who actually know how to make money and want to make money, would want.  It’s a big mystery. 

    It must be Bush’s fault.  He was in bed with big oil.  Granted the sitting President took 750 million from BP but in Obamanomics, that’s chump change; and the necessary give back by a company that makes too much money.  All that profit has to be modified properly so that when a company does profit, the best thing to do, is not invest in your infrastructure or improve your facilities to prevent such calamities, but lobby potential presidential candidates for access.   

    And I don’t hear the howls of the environmentalists at the government filled with powerful people who are 1) taking middle class vacations to North Carolina  2) secretaries of the interior who go white water rafting 3) homeland security people who say they were on the job from Day 1 envisioning a worst case scenario.  (Well that might be true with Janet on the job) while the coastline was being destroyed.   It began on April 20th, and now oil is coating and endangering the two primary sources of revenue in the State of Louisiana, fishing/shrimping and tourism.    Oysters can no longer be harvested, neither can crawfish or crabs.  They’re all covered.  These are jobs that will be lost until the situation is well beyond capped, and they’re jobs which created a culture and were a way of life that is now suspended indefinitely.

    Now when modern day Rome finally does burn, the fire will be easy to start.   If there is an oil cased lining to all of this, we will need a lot of people to clean up this mess along the whole gulf coast and you know what that means, more government J-O-   b.s.

    • backyardconservative 5:00 PM on 05/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      If we want to create more jobs, just blow up another oil well or two. Simple.

    • Soloman 8:12 PM on 05/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Didn’t you hear.. the White House is open to the ideas of sabotage in the stock market?

      Of course, we’ll have none of that talk when it comes to discussing how that oil rig mysteriously exploded, even though it was built with what, four layers of fail-safe devices?

      • Soloman 8:13 PM on 05/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Oh yeah.. and to watch State-run MSNBC, it’s all Cheney’s fault.

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