Dear next generation,
We used it up in war and the pursuit of wealth,
now you fix it.
Do you think you have sufficient time and intellect?
The consequences of multiple deferred crisis might be a bit difficult to
handle. I have heard that the complexity of weather and ecological interrelationships
are beyond the understanding of our best scientific minds. As with children,
it is easy to take something apart, but often we need the aid of a more
knowledgeable entity to put it back in working order. No one I know has
that capability, but don't worry, some young genius might appear who will
put it all right again in a short period of time. After all, it only took
nature millions of years to balance. Oh, I forgot, our educational system
is a wreck, we are not producing even a third as many scientists as a generation
ago, too bad.
It doesn't matter to me because I'm not going
to live long enough to see the ecology fail, but it sure was fun blowing
up all those munitions, and my war industry portfolio is doing absolutely
fantastic. Sure I know that monies spent on war go down the toilet
instead of circulating in the general economy, but only after I have taken
my share of the obscenely great profits. Sometimes I do think that spending
hundreds of billions of dollars on war is wasteful, then I get my income
growth report and I feel much better.
You can surely appreciate my point of view
on war spending. Putting 20% of the $500 Billion spent on the Iraq war
(20% = $100,000,000,000) into educational trusts would indeed fund
free education for nearly the entire population of the U.S. in perpetuity,
but then I would not get the return on my investment that I deserve. I
also am aware that diverting another 20% ($100,000,000,000) into trusts
created to fund health care would fund in perpetuity free health care for
all U.S. citizens AND fund construction and equipping of new hospitals
and medical education facilities. You need to realize that a 40% reduction
in war spending would reduce my economic status from extremely rich to
very rich, we just can't have that now can we? (rhetorical)
Did I mention that all of the developing nations
want to follow my example? The only problem is that since me, and my kind
(6% of world pop.), use 80% of the resources there isn't enough wealth
to go around. I really can't let them have any part of my resource pie.
I suppose that means that the future will bring unending resource wars,
but that really does not concern me because I have amassed more than enough
personal wealth to last the rest of my days.
I recommend that you start a garden and learn
to reuse items that other people discard, because the economy can't possibly
survive the giant cash extraction that me and my corporate buddies are
currently involved in.
Well, I've got things to do, of course I don't
need to work but I like to stay active. Need to take the S.U.V. in for
new tires and a tune up, then hit the mall for some designer clothes and
a bauble or two, maybe a nice meal at an exclusive restaurant. Then I like
to go my athletic club for a bit of private training and my weight loss
It sure is great having lots of excess money,
I can afford health insurance. The insurance company is so powerful that
they can dictate deeply discounted reduced prices to the health care providers,
but you (who can not afford insurance) have to pay the full retail price
for health care while I get the big discount.
In the future, you will get many valuable opportunities
in decision making, such as --- Which bill do I pay, the rent or the heat?
Perhaps if you have something left over at the end of the month you can
buy a magazine with an article about health care, that should save you
a lot of money on medical bills.