reply to post by spikey
I think the "don't panic" is about letting the Insiders sell their crap before the rabble. It's also for the rest of the country, so that little
by little, this country can fall into a third world Corporate state in a natural way; you just don't respond to disasters and never have "money
available" to fix things.
No, we've got money for 700+ military bases around the world and to hunt for Bin Laden for 8 years at about $1 Trillion a year.
The economic impact of this Gulf Oil Gusher is estimated at $1.4 Trillion. So, BP is going to "compensate all legitimate claims" and provide jobs?
They are going to cost us more than they've ever "done for us" if you mean by being helpful we invaded Iraq and over throw the elected leader in
Iran to install the Shah so they could get cheap oil (not the only company at the hog trough).
You just don't hear about places in America that have "gone dark" anymore. You go about your business and day-to-day. One town over, they've
shuttered all the stores -- but that's just one little unfortunate event -- until it hits your town.
I don't think there NEEDs to be an evacuation of the Gulf area -- yet. Like I mentioned, it will probably be red-tides from toxic algae that cause
the real problem.
The REAL environmental disaster is due to us losing our Democracy and representation. Everywhere that people have control -- the environment is
treated better. You think anyone would VOTE for a paper factory or coal mine in their own back yard if they could get good jobs doing something else?
I'm going to be much happier having a wind mill construction plant than I will be having a refinery -- and I think anyone being honest about their
back yard would say the same even if they don't think wind mills are a good idea.
The real problem with the Gulf Oil Gusher is the long-term environmental impact downstream of there, and the economic impact on fishing, the harbors,
on everything connected to the coastline -- that Gulf economy is dead. This is the COST of being cheap on "no regulations" and unfettered
capitalism. Everybody's retirement fund lost about 50% of it's value in late 2008 because the Banksters got to lobby congress with billions of
dollars to repeal laws that didn't allow them to "make the same damn mistakes" that resulted in $38 Billion in bonuses this past year. "Yeah --
OOPS, a lot of money fell into my pocket but it looks like your account went belly up Mr. Gullible -- so sorry!"
BP and Dick Cheney wrote the regulations they follow and so they got to skip having to drill an extra well -- which they are drilling now to attempt
to shut off the spill. They got to skip an Acoustic Blowout Preventer for $250,000. Seems pretty cheap now that we are looking at $1.4 Trillion in
damages. It has really been short sighted this concept of "saving tax dollars" by getting de-regulating (only the stuff that is useful), and getting
Big Government off industries backs (but not off start-up companies). Most of these regulations like Oxely Sarbanes are supported by the HUGE
Multinationals -- because it creates barriers to entry for small competitors.
Anyway -- you can save money on your car by never changing your oil -- in the short term. But it's not a good idea.
What you are seeing is how in a 3rd world country that cannot control the Big Criminals, how everything turns to crap one disaster at a time. Haiti
had an earthquake that killed thousands and destroyed an entire city -- that same earth quake in Los Angeles, causes traffic delays and broken pots --
why? Building Codes and housing regulations forced down the throats of construction companies who'd rather charge you the same money for a building
without steel in it.
The disaster we are seeing in the Gulf is just pure Capitalism -- and you were only taught about the GOOD stuff it can get you. Now you are seeing it
from the eyes of the Third World. It's just our turn folks.