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Submitted September 2006

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 program.

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.

Best regards,

Daddy Warbucks

ptron@whidbey.com

© 2006, Peter Lance Segall