04 August 2007

Bridges to tragedy...


It's as simple as 'guns and butter'...

The classic economics formulation that says with a finite resource base, you cannot buy all the things you want; one has to take a choice:
- eat or defend your territory;
- 'eat or kill' .

You wouldn't know ... without looking up over>>>> there^^^ a bit, that ZENmud was born in Minneapolis, in a blizzard he came home, one fine February day long ago.

But being 10 years older than the 35W bridge,
that sad affair of collapsing steel, concrete and lives... [PHOTO CREDIT: Modesto Bee]

It reminds all of you thinking people that the 'guns and butter' equation shows a simple point that can only be 'spun' in one way...

Others have and will write about the proof of Republican neglect, allowing Our government to starve programs that serve the common good.

Common reports today claim some 70,000 US bridges are seriously neglected, and I assure you that here in Europe, a good many governments are reassuring their citizens that "What happened in the US this week, can't / won't happen here, to our Bridges (Tunnels, Ski Lifts) etc..."

Some may think that it would be a good thing if only Bush-loving Republicans were on that bridge... that would be so unZENly, non?

Read those comments, as many as you can stand.

But remember this: why we are seeing corruption in Iraq-oriented defense procurement, and not in domestic-infrastructure improvements, stems from the simple fact that the leaders of our government, admittedly ideologically radical Republicans, prefer the concentration of corruption in the defense industry.

They prefer GUNS.

It is much more easily controlled, than that which would occur if the TRILLIONS of dollars being wasted under President George W Bush
were to be spread amongst some 10,000 construction companies, rather than say 200 defense contractors.

And guns are lost, destroyed and replaced, updated, researched and refined: an endless Perpetual Military Keynesian spending system, inflating the wrong aspects of US society at the costs of those common good things we prefer to have secured...

We prefer BUTTER.

It won't get better soon, the spiraling effect of deficit Death Toy expenditures must by any angle increase for the next 2 years minimum.
I say that knowing that Bush and Iran are as peaceful and happy as were Bush and Saddam in 2002 and 2003, using President Hussein as a gopher for election results, oil market distortions and control, etc.

So if you like the Bridge across your River, your Highways or your Train tracks... if your airport runways need a bit of tarmac, stop one day, take a picnic even, and check the bridge that carries your children to school or the Mall.

I suggest you take some photos and send them here to store in your trusty ZENvault.

We'll print them, and give you credit.

Brainwashing moment:
"Spend money on infrastructure, not DEATH..."
"Spend money on infrastructure, not DEATH..."
"Spend money on infrastructure, not DEATH..."
"Spend money on infrastructure, not DEATH..."

One could ask Dwight D. ... he knew the difference:

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."
Dwight D. Eisenhower
(From a speech before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16, 1953)
Dwight, you were the last clean Republican President... you knew what your followers won't acknowledge.

Courage (sigh)

ç*””*”*”*ç*””* ZENmud *””*ç*”*”*””*ç

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