I have been trying to figure out what to write about the last few days. I am in between projects and have been distracted by Doc visits to really give it a whole lot of thought. But then I realized that I don’t really have to be specific. In the begging I stated that I would use this post as a way to clarify my thinking and not necessarily for clarity of others.
So, here goes a couple of things that have been on my mind of late.
I want to thank the GOP (Grand Old Party) for being so bluntly anti lower and lower middle class (working folks). After all they have over the years hidden their agenda fairly well but they are finally telling what they want. Simply, destruction of every social and progressive program and labor union gains since 1900 when TR Roosevelt came into office went after the monopolies and the New Deal began with FDR. Even the destruction of programs that Republican presidents like Nixon with the EPA, Food Stamps, and Medicaid. They have become like a rabid animial biting and infecting everything they come into contact with.
My adult children like to kid me about never meeting a conspiracy I didn’t like. My response to them is the classic “just because I am paranoid doesn’t mean someone isn’t out to get me”. Thanks to the blantantly open position of TEA party and their eliteist backers they are starting to see my position. All of this is made worse by the fact the economic situation the world as a whole find it self in.
These individuals, the elite and ultr-rich 1%, who call on God as the basis of why they are so anti progressive/liberal yet fail to remember what God said that a camel has as much chance of getting into heaven as a rich man into heaven because his wealth mean more to him than his soul.
Ok I am getting carried away because I am getting upset. But, that does not mean I am not right and what really blows me away is how the average common man who if lucky can barely afford the single wide he lives in, who is in debt up to his eyebrows because that is how they want us and then accuse us of being un-American by not going deeper into debt. How he can support these yahoos with his time and even with the few dollars he has to spare. But I understand it is as Joe Bageant has written you can always find someone willing to take a club and beat you back into line for a few dollars more. Example see the recent police riots on the OCCUPY WALLSTREET and OCCUPY OAKLAND demonstrators.
The recent Texas GOP convention in FT Worth TX called out for in their plaque for the upcoming National convention for some pretty draconian measures. A state already known for their lack of compassion for the disenfranchised they wish to take it national. Folks if you don’t think it affects you then think again. Take the time to look it up and you will see what I mean. The good news is that the GOP is divided itself and The Dems may have a change to get a little more say in state and national policy.
Comment on World and Local Economy
Simply put the world economy is a cluster f&%$ and no amount of money will solve it as it has more to do with national pride then they the European Federation wants to admit. Consequently with the fear of nations like Greece all but defaulting and Spain and Italy on the verge it puts European Banks into crisis mode which with US banks owing a significant part of European banks debt needless to say makes them extremely nervous. It all begs one question. Are we heading toward a economic meltdown? Yes, but not in the way most anticipate with rioting in the street and open warfare.
I am a believer in Warren Johnson book “Muddling Toward Frugality”. Written in the 1970’s his work as a economic geographer that the world as we knew it would not go out with a bang as many at the time were predicting urging the stockpiling of food, gold and weapons. But rather the world as it changed would muddled through toward a balance economic situation. A situation that would be more regional focused and not global. His concepts were based on the ideal of “Peak Oil”. That as supplies of fuel became more crucial the reality would be that it would be more profitable for local shirt maker to supply your shirt and not a factory half a world away. This concept applies to all outlets of an economy including that of food and energy production. Of course he does say that this process of muddling toward frugality will not be painless and much will depend on how much the powers to be resist, but in the end it will be inevitable.
The other concept he advocates is that governments policy do not change until the people acts of either civil disobedience or ignoring of government policy make it necessary to change or become obsolete.
Read the book “Muddling Toward Frugality” By Warren Johnson printed by the Sierra Club. It is well worth the effort and tends to calm your anxiety if not your fears.
Well enough for now of that.
Garden – Shop – Books - Movies
Reba has been working on her container garden and it is looking pretty good. The tomatoes and even jalepenos are coming alone. Hopefully what we learn this year we can apply into practice on a larger scale next year.
My next project of a garden work bench for Reba has me shopping for wood not always a easy find at your local big box hardware lumber store. But hopefully a new delivery will arrive soon of cedar that hasn’t been so picked over will come in and I can get on with it.
Books and movies have not been on my radar recently but the AMC series “The Killing” has been fairly intense as it weaves toward a conclusion. Also the A&E series “Longmire” is proving to be worth watching. All shows that can be found on the internet and worth the effort.