ALL TAPPED OUT

Whatever happened to the technological utopia that was to have been achieved through the development of nuclear fusion and desalinization, this technology symbolized by the Space Needle -- which was built in 1962 for the Seattle World's Fair -- and championed by John F. Kennedy in 1963?

After President Kennedy’s assassination and, subsequently, the turbulence created by the prolongation of the Vietnam War under Lyndon Johnson, the ultra-left wing established a large footprint in the United States’ legal and educational systems and sold its bunkum to the masses through the auspices of the mainstream media, which -- at times, to suit their purpose -- presents a virtual image of reality. This distorted image of the news -- what the public sees and reads -- differs markedly from its real form, which is barely palpable.

For example, Google Juanita Broaddrick.

On the journey back from Kennedy's goal of putting a man on the moon, the trilogy encompassing science, technology and the economy has spun wildly out of orbit and crashed to earth.

As a result, breeder reactor technology was nuked; water projects were dammed; plans for new airports and mass transportation were derailed; oil drilling was curtailed; the Boeing 2707 crashed and burned; nuclear power plants were dismantled; cold fusion was erroneously labeled junk science (*); science majors were called nerds; on college campuses free speech was muzzled, and conservative speakers were deligitimized; our country’s infrastructure has crumbled; the trade deficit was allowed to grow; and our national debt must be measured in light years to make sense of its enormity. (**)

The national debt was $10.9 trillion when President Barack Obama took office in 2009 and is expected to be $19.1 trillion when he leaves office. Not all of this is Obama's fault: he inherited an economy in total chaos.

However, his veto of the Keystone Pipeline paid homage to various progressive groups; among them I am sure the Malthusians, luddites, zero-sum economists, open-border advocates, one-world protagonists, and environmental extremists were thrilled.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) estimates that roughly $3.6 trillion in total investment is needed by 2020 to return the nation’s infrastructure to good repair; meanwhile, the rest of the world is outpacing the United States in overall infrastructure investment.

The goal of the progressives has been to turn the U. S. into the likes of a third-world country -- JFK’s technology for the masses smashed to smithereens. In California, the politicians are praying to the rain Gods for an El Niño rather than spending money on water projects to augment the golden state's arid climes. The progressives can drink to that -- with a waterless beverage, of course.

 

(*) Cold Fusion is alive and well. Reference Jed Rothwell's website. Have Profs. Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann finally been vindicated? Click on this interesting reference.

(**) For instance, if a dollar were equivalent to a mile, our national debt ($18.3 trillion) would stretch 64% of the way to our closest neighboring star, Proxima Centauri, which is 4.22 light years away from earth. It would take 81,000 years (2,700 human generations) to travel from earth to Proxima Centauri in a spacecraft traveling 35,000 miles per hour using a hypothetical xenon powered ion drive. It would take 51,840 years (1,728 human generations) to travel the distance our national debt has reached on its way to Proxima Centauri.

When and if the Fed has to raise interest rates to curb inflation, eventually, the IOU bubble will burst and the U. S. economy will go the way of Greece.

(***) Juanita Broaddrick  "In Their Own Words: Why Bill’s ‘Bimbos’ Fear a Hillary Presidency," Aaron Kline, 28 Dec 2015

This is an opinion piece, the author's own; his opinion should not  be associated with any of the other writers who contribute to this site.

 

Richard Linde can be reached at malamute@4malamute.com

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