To the next president of
the United States, you face a living nightmare of a financial Katrina
combined with Sandy. Our country stands $16 trillion in debt while
we wade further into deeper waters at $1 trillion more annually.
It’s a debt so deep and so wide, it can only be solved with a miracle
if we expect to avoid collapse.
Our second president, John Adams said, “There are two ways to defeat
a country: by the sword or by debt.”
While Obama inherited Bush’s incompetence, he passes the same debt and
unemployment on to either himself or Romney. As Einstein
said, “Our problems are so great that they cannot be solved with the
level of thinking that created them.”
On December 31, 2012, the U.S. government races toward a fiscal cliff.
It must tax the rapidly vanishing Middle Class while it rages further
into a majority welfare state.
Congress must raise the debt ceiling past the moon or the next president
will be the first in history to default on Treasury bonds. Either
way, we all face a Faustian Bargain.
Secondly, today one in seven American workers suffers unemployment.
A mind numbing 47 million Americans subsist on food stamps. A
full 23 percent of prime working-age men or 14 million lack full time
jobs. Another 7 million work at 20 hour per week low paying jobs.
For 20 years, Congress outsourced, insourced and offshored jobs to third
world countries. China, India and Bangladesh gladly employed their
billions at slave wages and sold us goods that none of our factories
could make as such prices. Every product we buy from China kills
an American job.
While countless million of Americans lost their jobs for the past 20
years, our Congress imported 20 million green card holding immigrants
and continues this practice (1 million immigrants imported annually)
in 2012. No one connects the dots. No one points it out.
The Main Stream Media censors any discussion of this predicament.
Thirdly, we must look at 80 million baby boomers retiring. Medicare
and Social security cannot survive those numbers. Most of the
boomers did not prepare themselves for retirement. The next president
inherits a growing old age poverty class.
At some point, the Congress must raise the retirement age for Social
Security benefits. At some juncture, Americans must take care
of their health better throughout their lives, i.e., over 60 percent
of them suffer obesity, which they pay a severe price in old age.
Fourth, the debt transcends anyone’s imagination. Consumer debt
runs into the billions. Credit card debt runs at over $9,600.00
per credit card. Our Congress keeps borrowing $1 trillion
annually. If lenders raise their interest rates, we cannot
survive the consequences. We find ourselves limited to Hobson’s
Choice. Not pretty on any level.
Fifth, and again, our Congress fails to deal with the China equation.
Their 1.3 billion workers make mince-meat out of our measly 300 million
citizens. They own $1.3 trillion of our Treasure bills.
We cannot compete in “Free Trade” so we hobble toward our destiny like
the “Old Woman in the Shoe.”
While we may continue our military exploits around the world, we cannot
pay for endless military expenses. We must lean-up our military
and must stop participating in foreign wars.
According to the International Monetary Fund, China’s output in 2017
will exceed $20 trillion. They will bury us unless we demand “Fair
Trade” instead of debt-laden “Free Trade.”
Finally, while journalists and politicians eschew in-depth discussion
about this subject, but it commands our attention. Christopher O. Clugston,
author of Scarcity: Humanity’s Final Chapter, addresses the fact that
humanity depletes the non-renewable resources on this finite planet
at an ever accelerating rate of speed. We add 1 billion humans
every 12 years.
The USA races ahead, on course to add 100 million by 2035 and 138 million
by 2050. So much so, the costs of energy, water, food and resources
will continue to climb. He says, “Because the natural resource utilization
behavior that enables our current “success”—our industrialized way of
life—and that is essential to perpetuating our success—is simultaneously
undermining our very existence. Neither our natural resource utilization
behavior nor our industrial lifestyle paradigm is sustainable.
This is our predicament.”
One last thought: Hurricane Katrina wrought catastrophic mayhem.
Hurricane Sandy ripped up the East Coast. If we, as a species,
continue cooking up the planet with our fossil fuel burning, along with
accelerating overpopulation—we face Mother Nature’s growing wrath as
to climate destabilization. She always bats last and could care
less who cheers or who lives in her path.
Good luck to the next president. You’re going to need it if our
civilization is to survive what’s coming.
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents - from the Arctic
to the South Pole - as well as eight times across the USA, coast to
coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle,
Norway to Athens, Greece. In 2012, he bicycled coast to coast across
America. His latest book is: How to Live a Life of Adventure:
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