When I read that Paul Krugman, economic guru to the left, is calling for federal “borrowing” of dollars, I had to try to wash that foolishness out of my hair. It didn’t work. So, I went to actually read the whole thing and, sure enough, my immediate reaction didn’t change.
The short answer is that they want to legalize and have the local government approve their precarious ownership status. Because, while a few of the 12 parcels P & M has acquired since 2002 have bona fide titles, there’s a big chunk of marsh and a boat landing that rests on heirs’ affidavits and quit claims from squatters. So, in typical conservative fashion, they’ve ascribed their own weakness to the Glynn County Commission in order to trick our gullible local officials into accepting something the people of Glynn County already own, a road, and, in the process, get them to sanction development and improvements already completed without proper zoning and permits having been applied for and secured.
I’m reminded of a burglar arriving in the morning to sell back to the pawn shop what he stole during the night. His bill of sale provides proof of ownership of what he stole.
That’s a question I asked in connection with our utility’s plan to make $41 million in capital improvements in the next five years. The consultant who put together the list and the necessary funding strategies for the JWSC claimed that was a question he’d never considered.
In trying to find an answer to how many jobs are produced by a million dollar investment, I discover that it’s a question that is being asked all around the globe, but no firm answers are forthcoming. Everything’s relative and depends on local conditions. Duh!
Selfish, self-centered people make lots of demands. Generous people are often inclined to let them have their way. We assume that the self-centered will be satisfied. But that’s wrong. Some people are obviously of the “give them a little finger, they’ll take the whole hand” variety. So, eventually, the only sane response is “enough is enough.” That’s been the sense all over the country lately and the Georgia coast is no exception. But, our new editor of the Brunswick News is still in the generous mode that’s prompted the following editorial:
Is that the Cons’ problem? Is a constant state of constipation what accounts for their persistent irritability and gloomy demeanor? Is that what the kerfuffles over gender-designated public toilets is supposed to distract us from? Is there a fear that if not-males see males having a hard time shitting, their sense of superiority will somehow be diminished? Are the kerfuffles over toilets supposed to wean us from bathroom humor? ‘Cause, it’s not funny, you know???!!!
The Washington Post has performed some real journalism in getting the contract for Hillary Clinton’s $275,000 one hour speech to the University of Buffalo. To answer the question how a public university could afford to pay such a huge fee, I offered the following:
A month ago we bought some grape vines in Jesup, Georgia. We saw the signs about the coal ash controversy. The history narrated in this essay by Janisse Ray is not peculiar. It’s characteristic of the Georgia coast. Lots of people just no paying attention. But, whom shall we ultimately blame that it’s all about money? The guys up on Capitol Hill who are making it scarce to keep themselves in power.
There’s a post on Dailykos which has led me to conclude:
It’s not “control of the global financial system” that’s the problem, it’s control of the globe BY the financial system. Since the financial system is based on myth, we are effectively being controlled by a secular myth. Instead of a deity or a state being supreme, we’ve got the dollar. And the dollar is controlled by guess who? The U.S. Congress, which is where the core of our corruption lies.
Now the Washington Post has come to the realization that when we give money to poor people, their children are no longer poor. I could be snarky, but will satisfy myself with the observation that perhaps we are slowly getting a new perspective on money and making it less of a mystery.