Many people in the United States think it would be great to give the rest of the world Democracy. Right now, millions of Egyptian Muslims are rioting, who by just voting and winning one election, think that the army has ripped Democracy away from them. If you are uneducated poor and starving, you cannot afford Democracy, it has no meaning. It’s a little like a terminally ill person winning the lottery, the money means little. Democracy has nothing to do with winning an election and then telling everyone around you how to reproduce, live and worship. Hmm— on second thought I could be wrong on that---
Obamacare for everyone including those with extreme health issues and no insurance sounds very noble. There is one problem, Health insurers have figured out that really sick people don’t work, so if they drop individual policies, they eliminate those people who could be their greatest liability. And of course, if the health care insurers raises rates too high, they will be banned from selling insurance—kind of reminds me of the quote “Please Brier Bear, don’t throw me in the Brier patch.” Employers have figured out that keeping the number of employees under 50 does have advantages. And of course keeping the work week short, under 30 hours, keeps benefits low. How all this will help a hamburger flipper get health care coverage escapes me.
Feeding the worlds starving masses seems very noble also. The trouble is if the world population increases another two billion---then, people have to starve and die, in order for your family to have the food they need to survive. Our world is a little like a fruit fly experiment, where you enclose one banana and two fruit flies in a beaker and watch what happens. You end up with a beaker of fruit flies and no banana (assuming the flies are not gay).
Many think the burning of fossil fuels is having no environmental impact on our world. But the catastrophic weather of the last year or two has been very unsettling. Let’s hope it’s part of a cycle that is over for now. We can ban the burning of coal, but we can’t stop the mine owner from selling his coal to China. Also, the idea that the government subsidization of the production of ethanol is going to solve the oil shortage, doesn’t really work. A gallon of gas with 15% ethanol doesn’t produce the gas mileage of the real thing. It does however raise the price of beef (corn fed cattle may be a thing of the past). Converting food to ethanol, to burn in an auto and paying people extra to produce it, is only something that the "Sad Sack" group in Congress could think up.
The thing not realized with all of the above mentioned, is that we have created ways of life that revolve around models that have worked well for us in the past, like the phrase; “Real estate will always go up in value. “ What most people haven’t realized, is that the game is changing, but our thinking hasn’t. It’s often repeated; ”The USA is the greatest country in the world.” It was at one time. Repeating the phrase doesn’t validate it; but repetition is a form of personal validation, and it works quite well. We don’t consider ourselves as fruit flies, but what the rest of the world does, could finish off the banana. Everything is inter-related. The new phrase to repeat is; “Technology will save us.” Start repeating it! If you don't like that phrase, try this one; "I am not a fruit fly." Repetition will be our salvation ;>). Enjoy the banana.