Category Archives: Economy

Cash Cow

Non-governmental U.S. enterprise has always looked upon the governmental sector as a cash cow, a source of income requiring no effort. In the beginning, the income/benefits were composed mainly of land and natural resources to exploit and take to market for a profit. More recently, as much of the continent has been allocated as private property and the federal treasury is the only source of currency, the entrepreneurs are after plain old cash. The view with envy any money that doesn’t flow into their hands.
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Paul Krugman bemoans the loss of the rule of law

This in the very week that Congress downgrades ethics investigations and considers exempting the President from Constitutional restrictions. Fact is that money and the law are the primary tools whereby the majority of the citizenry have been stripped of their natural and human rights, as well as the necessities of life. Evidence can be found in the decreasing life spans of the majority populations despite ever increasing health care expenditures.

Money and the law make it possible for humans to engage in vile behavior against their own kind and Mother Nature even as they reject any responsibility for the consequences of their acts. Subterfuge! At least Pontius Pilate had the courage to wash his hands in public.

Glynn County Commission meeting

I have been thinking that I need to write something about the survival of car culture in this backward neck of the woods. It surprised me to be hearing from the Georgia Department of Transportation bragging that truckers think the state has the finest roads. Truckers zipping through doesn’t
do the residents much good.

Though island residents occasionally complain of heavy traffic, the abundance of car lots seems not to get much notice.
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What’s the Matter with Georgia?

What’s the matter with Georgia? Well, for one, the “protectors” of our coast, the ocean’s shore and our marshes, are on a “mission” to promote economic development.

Mission Statement: It is the mission of the Georgia Coastal Management Program to balance economic development in Georgia’s coastal zone with preservation of natural, environmental, historic, archaeological, and recreational resources for the benefit of Georgia’s present and future generations.

In other words, the object of preservation is to insure there’s some nature to destroy later. It’s a homocentric vision.

For another, our “protectors” seem to have no sense of time. We are now in the year 2016. So, what does a recent report cover?

Click to view the recent report: Accomplishments of the Georgia Coastal Management Program (2008-2011)

Will they ever catch up? Given that management is the objective, one suspects not. Management is obviously a synonym for control and, as we know from “pest control,” the goal is neither prevention nor elimination, as evidenced by this statement.

The Coastal Nonpoint Source Program is housed at CRD’s sister agency, the Environmental Protection Division. This program is a requirement of states participating in coastal management programs. Georgia’s program focuses on the development and promotion of sustainable growth tools in order to enhance state and local efforts to manage land-use activities that degrade coastal waters and coastal habitats.

At least they’re honest. Their goal is to “enhance …efforts …that degrade…”

If you think that’s not what they meant, then explain how it happens that’s what we’ve got — continued degradation of the Georgia Coast.