Rants & Reasons

 

 

Prelude to a Jobs Bill

The US govt. managed to avert a possible default by raising the debt ceiling at the 11th hour. In the process, we have revealed to the world just how destabilizing, counterproductive, greedy, corrupt and confused our politicians have become…

 The televised talking heads, both rational and irrational, are mentioning that it is now time for a realistic Jobs Bill. I'm somewhat relieved to hear that, along with some important, yet poorly defined, key words like "Infrastructure" and "Education".

 My profound hope is that we can seize this moment and establish a Jobs Bill / national mission after engaging in discussions like the following:

1. What might a sustainable US economy / society look like?

2. What should 21st Century Infrastructure consist of?

3. How can we reasonably finance a back (forward) to work program that leads towards long-term stability?

The odds of this congress and this administration agreeing on a jobs bill that addresses those 3 questions, and can actually help the US for any length of time are probably less than a million to one, unless…


- The public discussions and discussions in the vernacular media address those, and other pertinent questions with all possible haste, integrity and volume…

 If we can have open discussions of what a functional, long-term US economy might look like, (I believe) it would have to finally take into account the real costs and the real value of all our natural resources. What most economists and corporate profit machines have not accounted for are diminishing natural resources (oil, coal, fresh water, clean soil, natural gas, metals and other minerals, healthy plants, animals and humans, etc…). As a self-proclaimed, Regenerative Economist, I claim that the true foundation of Any Economy is the Natural Resource Base.  I think virtually every geologist, ecologist, biologist, chemist and physicist would agree that we are consuming and polluting at rates far in excess of what nature can regenerate and mitigate.

 

Because of the failure to address those fundamental environmental constraints, much of our accepted economic practices are actually destroying the basis of The Real Economy.  The ‘reality’ is more likely, that based on current consumption and pollution levels, every single economic choice we make that is a net negative for the environment or human health, is now, and for the foreseeable future, Bad for the Real Economy. - If we agree that the Real Economy is directly related to the quantity and quality of the natural resource base, then we might refer to this relationship as a fact:  - "In 2011AD, anything that is bad for the environment is also bad for the economy". 

 So how the heck do we begin to create an economy that is good for the environment, and therefore good for all of us??

 - The good news is that nature does have a high, yet Finite, capacity to regenerate and mitigate many things. So we don't have to do the impossible, we just have to get our consumption and pollution below the levels that the Earth can balance.

 How we get there is through the courage to take on our conventions and paradigms with open minds. And at least here in the US, it would really help if the super-wealthy movers and shakers would also encourage these discussions to take place. I keep coming back to the same appeal: If those with enough wealth to control markets through massive advertising campaigns, lobbyists, campaign contributions, etc…   will entertain a moment of truce; we might gain a fair assessment of our collective situation.

 And that could lead us into the discussions of how to implement the minor changes that can make all the difference. We all need to contribute to the solution process. I hope that the wealthiest among us will consider what might only be a shift in their investment portfolios, and a more overt ownership of the United States Government. The semi-covert methods of lobbies, campaign finance and media manipulation seem extremely wasteful. - To simply own government bonds for a forward thinking economy / country / government might yield perpetual returns without all the waste and destruction that the current ownership system is causing…

 I do not feel fortunate in my belief that our federal government is currently incapable of any sincere discussions regarding 21st Century Infrastructure, sustainability or putting people ‘forward’ to work. If that is correct, then the impetus must come from the public and any media outlets, and their advertisers. There is enormous potential to lift all our life boats if we open this up for discussion. {please advertisers, just pause and think about ‘it’ – (your family’s long-term future…)}  This cannot be good verses evil, right verses left, or man verses man. This has to be, all of us working together towards the common goal of a sustainable Earth habitat. - I know that can sound naïve and a bit Disney, but it is apparently up to us, - you and me – (the public, the citizens, the individuals), to forge the ideas that can enable a demographically comprehensive and rational coalition so we can rebuild this nation together. 

 It won’t be easy no matter what we do. It would just be a lot easier to be working towards common goals than having to work against each other and ourselves…

 On to an EnviroMonster Jobs Bill…