Monday, October 15, 2007

Policy and Spending out of control...

Under Bush 1 the ENTIRE defense budget was less than $300 BILLION dollars...

Bush 2 has asked for a 191 BILLION dollar supplement this year -- that's in addition to the 750 BILLION in the regular defense budget. We have approx 200,000 men in combat half a world away... mostly engaged in nation-building and police work.

This is the policy response to 19 men attacking the country with $1.99 box cutters.

Hollywood couldn't come up with a more outlandish story.

Yes, I've oversimplified the situation, but the point remains: Expanding empire is not a way to safeguard the homeland... Pretending to "make the world safe for democracy" in an attempt to alleviate anti-Americanism will backfire as surely as it did for the Brits last century.

History has demonstrated that democracies aren't destroyed from without -- they are destroyed from within. The Brits know this all too well -- and it appears we intend on learning the same lesson in the same way: spending trillion of dollars in an attempt to re-make the world in "our image".

The fall of the American empire is well underway ... those in power are simply accelerating it.

1 comment:

skip sievert said...

Subject: Technocracy related.

It was during this time of low energy conversion, reaching back some 7000 years, that the present concepts of government, finance, and the virtues of sweat-of-the-brow labor were conceived and refined. Also, during this period of time there came into being the current distribution system that Technocracy calls the Price System -- that is, any social system that effects the production and distribution of goods and services using money.
The world was still toiling in a state of low-energy conversion when, in 1776, Adam Smith published what was to become the classic economic theory we still employ to control production and distribution.
Scott pointed out that this theory, which is based largely on the assumption that human labor determines the value of goods and services, is inappropriate in a high-energy civilization. As more extraneous energy -- that is, energy derived from a source other than human power -- is introduced into industry, production increases. At the same time, the necessity for human labor decreases. Therefore, the factor of human labor is no longer applicable.
At the same time production increases, man-hours must decrease. And, since man-hours generate consuming power in the form of wages, consuming power must decrease.