END OF THE WORLD - ONE MILE AHEAD - FOLLOW SIGN - or not
Unemployment 10% 25% 30% 75%
We are broke from sea to shining sea. Starting with California, our states are bankrupt and falling like dominos.
Our industries are imploding, exploding, faltering, crashing into each other, giant pillars taking each other apart as they go down in the dust.
Stocks are falling, dividends are cut. Retirees develop a taste for Ramen noodles (ask your college age grandkids for the recipes - 9 cents a pack). Fixed incomes are the bane of our new existance.
IS THIS THE EXTENT OF YOUR COUNTRY? OF YOUR IMAGINATION? OF YOUR LIFE?
Let's shake things up a bit in a few ways. First, to blast out of the box in one direction -
We have provided to other countries foreign aid, and we have done so for decades. Time to pay the piper for aid, for food, for medical supplies. With interest. We accept cash, minerals, lumber, natural resources, any valuable commodity up to and including government buildings that can be sold to pay our debt.
Don't like that one? How about this - Before WWII, we had the Lend-Lease program. We supplied Great Britain (mainly) with weapons to continue fighting while we waited to enter the war. They were supposed to pay us for the "loan" but it was understood (wink) that they didn't have the money so they wouldn't be able to come up with the funds. Other countries also owed huge debts to the good ole US of A. Debts so large that the governments of those countries would have toppled if we had held them to the loans. So we "forgave" the debts. Gosh we're swell like that. Do any of these countries hold paper on us now? Wouldn't it be nice if they returned the favor? Well, Do it or we brush off the loan papers, adjust for inflation, penalties, and interest and see how the compounding works out. Even if we do not end up coming out even, we sign our loans over to the nations that we now owe. China gets the debt owed by France. Germany gets the bill for putting their country back together again -- TWICE. Plus the bill for the Berlin airlift, of course. Japan gets the bill for providing military services for the last 60 years (they have no military. A term of WWII surrender. We provide their military protection. Aren't we just so gosh darn nice? And my uncle, who spent 14 years there doing just that currently resides in Arlington on a hillside. He was special to me) Sorry, forgot to be sarcastic for a moment there. And please note that this is all to be taken with a strong dose of sarcasm.
Really blasting out of the box we are thinking inside of? We Have Bombs!!!!!!!! Nice Shiny Bombs!!! Other countries have Oil, Gold, Emeralds, Timber, Minerals, Artworks, All manner of wonderful expensive things that can pay off debts. And not nearly as many Bright New Big Shiny Bombs!!!!!!!! Cancel our debts like the swell countries we know they are or we cancel them! Or we take their stuff and give it back as "cancelling the debt." Either works.
Because we are better than that. We choose to draw a line and say this is good and right and we will do these actions. Those actions are wrong and harmful and we will not choose them. Not we cannot. We will not.
I have read increasingly fearful, doom and gloom prophecies on these CAPS blogs by people that I respect. I have watched as the tone got more and more bleak. You are trapping yourselves inside a very small box of what can be done, my friends. Brainstorm. Think the truly insane. Then look around and see people who are surviving by thinking outside the box in some not so insane ways. Find them and share them. Share them here if you will. We need to remember that we are innovators and that is not so very bad. We are where we are, in positive ways, because we are not willing to stop and quit. Do not quit. Look for others who have not quit. Then share the positive.
Think outside the box