Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Cut Off Funding For Terrorism

You wanna cut funding for terrorism? Two easy steps:
1. Stop driving these 15 mpg hogs and their corpulent cousins.
2. Get out of bed with Saudi Arabia and divorce the bitch.

What'll they do when the $$$ stops flowing?

Of course, that'll never happen. This is the land of the free where any sucker with scoots to spare can burn depleting resources whenever he damn well feels like it and nobody can tell them any different. America and her right to be stupid. Which ammendment was that?

It boggles the mind

Comments:
Leo,

Let's take a fresh approach to the problem.

We know that the jihadists recruit from the poor, young, unemployed males in those Arabic countries. So, cutting off the money isn't gonna help. Neither is disengagement.

I say: Buy MORE gas-sucking hogs (until we bleed the earth dry), then by necessity switch to new fuel technologies (Americans naturally will lead that pioneering path), and so savvy Arabs (who will by then need gasoline, and, as always, jobs), will come to the friendly booth at the international bazaar operated by the ever-innovative Western technology, which can provide their solutions. And of course we can keep shipping them our "low-end" jobs, e.g. cubicle desk, phone jockey, service oriented. America of course will remain 95 percent employed with that New Technology.

Technology, Leo.

Worship it.
 
Theo, you have far too much trust in our economic system. It ain't about justice or righteousness or anything altruistic. It's about human nature and how much we self-serving consumers can suck up and how fast we can do it. Plain and simple. Always was, always will be. Hasn't changed in 200+ years (except, of course, we've gotten better at it) and I wouldn't expect it to change anywhere in the near future.
 
Leo, truly it's not "our" economic system. These are the laws of the universe. In this specific case, we are dealing with the law of supply and demand. Now let me point out that humans, by their very nature, are greedy and lazy. So, normal behavior is to try to make a pile of cash and sit around watching TV a lot. Or watching birds along the San Pedro. Or browsing the stores in Nogales. If I can produce 2 widgets in half the time that I was making 1 widget a year ago, and I am spending that leftover time being lazy, and spending the extra earned cash how I choose, then what harm is being done? And don't expect me to spend my leftover time for charitable cause or to help the slackers; that's marxism. Besides, Americans donate more to charity than all over nations combined. Rockefeller built our nation's public libraries. Laissez-faire, baby!

But I can see the argument that the fossil fuels -- e.g. petroleum -- is a finite resource in the Earth, and perhaps should be treated like a utility that should be protected by government from monopoly. But then that would require unprecedented cooperation among nations. Now I'd like to believe that's possible, but after my ex-wife's first divorce, she carried a keychain that said "can't we all just get along?" and I thought "why not?" ... but now I have become wiser.

People need to change their thinking. When oil becomes scarce, then they will demand something to replace it. A new supply of energy will be developed. One example: The ocean contains enough hydrogen to fuel humanity for perpetuity.
 
These are not laws, my friend. They are not immutable. They may, to an extent, be a factual rendition of parts of our consumer behavior but they are far from laws, let alone universal.

Nor does supply and demand work all the time. Heck, as soon as someone figured out that little gem, they figured out how to manipulate it. There's no free market. In reality there never has been. Because as soon as someone got screwed on the patent for the bleeding wheel someone was, no doubt, trying to fix the exchange rate on wood for the spokes.

Remember wage/price controls during the Nixon years? He was a conservative, wasn't he?

The blasted revolution was over taxes and our attempt at free market economics. Outside of a couple of decades, we were manipulating tobacco and cotton markets.

If we really believed in free markets, the Civil war wouldn't have happened. That little unconstitutional blip was about nothing but economics and manipulations of it. I'm not saying the war wasn't necessary, just trying to be pragmatic about the whole thing.

Nor do I think there is a better way to do economics than the way we do. I am just cynical when it comes to seeing it as the savior of mankind or some sort of universal maxim.

Laissez-faire, pure and simple, doesn't work all the time. Ask the sick and dead from US chemical accidents in the third world. What's a few thousand dead when Dow can make billions, right? And we wonder over and over why these huddled masses hate Americans like they do?

Or are we supposed to forget all that in honor of the almighty dollar?

On a related note...What does technology and development get us? Are we any better? I would say not better, just different. Now we get carpal-tunnel and radiation crud from CRTs and so much spare time that we no longer know what to do with ourselves.

I could go on, but it would be just a waste of time. I have no control over this sorta stuff and it isn't worth the ulcer. Someone else can have it.

The Benedictine way? Work and pray.
 
But Benedictines don't get laid. However, they got wine.
 
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