- In this second of a three part interview, Michael Folkerth's
book: "THE BIGGEST LIE EVER BELIEVED" exposes America's greatest
crisis-growth. He epitomizes a humorous economist and the "King of
- Folkerth states this nation resembles a group of people
boarding an airplane that expects a six hour flight to the destination,
but the ground crew only pumped in four hours flying time of fuel. Everything
will 'appear' normal until the fuel runs out two hours before destination.
From that point, all hell breaks lose and sheer terror overwhelms the
passengers-with an unknown crash ending.
- Last week, Dr. Condi Rice, much lauded cerebral administrator
in the Bush administration gave a speech in which she said, "The American
economy is solid, vital and growingit moves forward with healthy growth."
- In reality, that means adding 3.1 million people to the
USA annually of which 2.1 million arrive via immigration.
- Rice like McCain, Obama, Romney, Edwards, Giuliani, Huckabee
and Clinton predicate their campaigns for the presidency on population
growth to gain economic growth. What they don't admit nor will any of
them come to terms with--stems from the fact that 'growth' creates our
ominous unsustainable future.
- Walter Youngquist said,"As we go from this happy
hydrocarbon bubble we have reached now to a renewable energy resource economy,
which we do this century, will the "civil" part of civilization
survive? As we both know there is no way that alternative energy sources
can supply the amount of per capita energy we enjoy now, much less for
the 9.2 billion expected by 2050. And energy is what keeps this game going.
We are involved in a Faustian bargain-selling our economic souls for the
luxurious life of the moment, but sooner or later the price has to be paid."
- "I'm going to break out that old saw of growth again
today for those who may have forgotten what the real problem is,"
Folkerth said. "The U.S. economy and your paycheck are based on this
outfit growing every year in relation to what it grew last year. The term
for this type of growth is "exponential" or ever expanding. In
a world that stays the same size, the other word for our growth model is:
- To paint a vivid picture of this misguided venture, shall
we take a look at a microcosm of the U.S. economy?
- "Once upon a time, a small town was founded on the
banks of a large lake," Folkerth said. "A stream fed the lake
that averaged 100 gallons per minute of water flowing in. On the
other end of the lake, a stream flowed out and the trees and critters downstream
benefited from that outflow.
- "The new town bought a pump that produced 50 gallons
per minute in order to feed the needs of the growing community. At that
point, the outflow stream slowed, but continued to flow at 50 gallons per
minute and minimal negative effect was noticed.
- "The "New Town" proved a popular place
and followed the coveted U.S. model for growth, which has historically
been unhampered by such restraints as math, reality and long term planning.
Stores and subdivisions popped up like spring dandelions, lawns watered
and cars washed. Managers purchased a second 50 gallon per minute pump
to meet the growing demand.
- "The two pumps now equaled the total inflow, and
the outflow stream stopped flowing. The trees, plants and aquaculture downstream
died off, butthe lake remained full. The town thrived and the builders
and store keepers made handsome profits; the American Dream materialized
on every new street. The dead trees downstream were cut for lumber and
everything in nature balanced out.
- "New Town continued growing and the public works
director requisitioned a third 50 gallon per minute pump. One bright member
of the town council, who had demonstrated exceptional skills at 8th grade
math, pointed out that the three pumps were now pumping 50 gallons more
per hour than the inflow rate of the stream.
- "Naturally, a committee was formed comprising of
the town's most successful merchants, builders and manufacturers to study
the problem. It was determined that under the present rate of growth, the
lake would not go dry for 50 years. The average age of those on the committee
- The final findings and recommendations of the committee
were; we don't have a problem, it's a big lake!
- To bring it into environmental terms: Tell this same
story to the residents of Atlanta, Georgia who depend on the current-day
disaster of Lake Lanier that dried up several months ago leaving them in
a water crisis.
- "Silly little story huh?" Folkerth said.
"Replace the inflow water in that lake with oil, timber, natural gas,
clean air, copper ore, iron ore, fisheries, productive farm land, and every
other finite natural resource on earth. Reality? The lake is drying up
fast and the outflow of the now dry stream represents good U.S. jobs.
- "That is where we find ourselves isn't it? U.S.
jobs that pay a living wage that would support our current living standards
have dried up. And, you may have noticed that no one has a plan to change
that. Rhetoric yes, a plan; nada!
- "Math is the exact science and 100 gallons in and
150 gallons out, equals a sum total of negative 50 gallons available for
future job creation. But, as Greg Easterbrook said, "Torture numbers
and they'll confess to anything." The numbers are being "water-boarded"
in Washington as we speak. So here we are all dressed up and no place to
- As I read Folkerth's book, it dawned on me that Condi
Rice, Greenspan (now retired), Bush, Congress and our presidential candidates
either don't know the facts, don't understand our predicament or won't
explain the truth-or, they are just plain stupid. Even worse, the America
people stupidly believe those leaders.
- While we pile 2.1 million more immigrant people into
this country annually: 1. We've outsourced, insourced and offshored over
3.1 million of American jobs. 2. We jack-up consumption while we jack-down
manufacturing jobs. 3. We borrow $2 billion daily from foreign investors
to float our false economy while we spend $3 billion a week in Iraq and
Afghanistan. 4. We suffer a $9,240.00 balance on the average credit card
holder in this country while we witness a $2 trillion consumer debt. 5.
We spend $1 trillion annually on 700 military bases worldwide with 572,000
military personnel around the world while we watch our own borders being
invaded by thousands nightly. 6. We watch $100 a barrel oil prices with
no U.S. energy policy of any kind. 7. The U.S. federal debt stands at
$8.8 trillion with no plan for dealing with it. 8. Lake Lanier, Georgia's
current water crisis illustrates the kind of environmental future we all
face via unending growth.
- Growth is the most dangerous word in the 21st century.
- "THE BIGGEST LIE EVER TOLD"
- Author: Mike Folkerth
- ISBN # 0-9779965-3-0
- Publisher: Lifetime Chronicle Press
- Available: <http://www.kingofsimple.com/>www.kingofsimple.com
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