19 December 2007
Today, I’d like to address an issue which I believe should be first and foremost in addressing: the economy of this nation.
Furthermore, I’d like to talk about one of those things which economists talk about almost in taboo terms, externalities. These are things which most industry planners as well as economists largely ignore, for the simple fact that it becomes someone else’s problem. For example, to most in industry, THE ENTIRE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT is an externality. Pollution is as well to these types. To them, externalities are anything whose actual cost is unknown and which does not immediately affect the bottom line for the enterprise.
Of course, I’m writing about Global Warming, air and water pollution, and food chain contaimination, primarily and amongst a myriad of other problems brought on by this tunnel vision.
But what I’m really about to write is how I believe we can satisfy our economic needs without slowly killing our collective selves, and while simultaneously dramatically improving the middle class job sector. This is how we can end our energy dependence, save our environment and produce lots of jobs (and not even in the service sector!).
It is indisputable that we need to end our reliance on *ANY* foreign oil, be it from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Iran or Venezuela. The cost of a barrel of oil being roughly $100 whereas seven years ago it was barely $25 (and our resulting gas and heating oil price jumps) is not only a result of the current administration’s global policies and attempts at empire, but also as a result of rapidly growing demand, particularly in China and India. We do not need to be competing for this resource any longer.
This nation is already becoming a global supplier of wind energy, and it has long been in the forefront of producing solar energy. We now need to do more. Much more.
We can, and if you elect me on Tuesday, the 4th of November 2008, we will convert at least 80 percent of our overall national energy reliance to solar, wind, and other renewable and non-polluting energies. These are all systems which have no or little of those pesky things called externalities.
If this requires converting our entire fleet of personal and corporate commuter cars and trucks, then so be it. If this requires shutting down coal burning plants and converting them to atmospheric carbon scrubbers, then so be it. If this requires this nation to sign on to an international treaty whose sole effect is to reduce the amount of carbon produced into the atmosphere from all nations globally, then so be it.
Making these changes will go a good deal of the way toward balancing our carbon output with what this planet can handle naturally, effectively reducing our “carbon footprint” to zero. Making these same changes will also produce thousands if not hundreds of thousands of jobs, or more; and not just regular service industry jobs, which are the type which are cited by the current administration when it refers to “posted national job gains”, but well paying, unionized, secure positions in an ever-growing new vital industry.
And we won’t be addicted to foreign oil.
Now, the other problem is that corporations which operate in this nation and who employ skilled and semi skilled labor have been, since the advent of GATT and particularly NAFTA, outscourcing their operations to overseas branches of that corporation or to similar industries, located most recently in China, India and Indonesia (to name only a few). Corporations which wish to continue to do business as being based in this nation, or at least ones which do not wish to be taxed heavily, under my administration when you vote in this November election, will not be permitted to perform these, or any other, types of outsourcing of skilled or semi skilled labor.
When I named TR — Theodore Roosevelt — as my most respected president in the history of this nation, I was refering in part to his own handling of corporations which have run amok with power over and abuses toward the national labor force. It is most worthy of note that TR did *NOT* simply hit all the corporations with a “big stick” but used anti-monoply laws fairly and judiciously to alleviate the problems caused by the worst offenders and as a result, bring others into line.
It will take something akin to his deft manouvering just over one hundred years ago to bring about similar change in this country and beyond, for labor and jobs, for our energy for our future, and for our planet for all of us.
Thank You Everyone,