Warm Southern Breeze

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Government Spending

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

About that “government spending” thing being a boost to the economy:

Yes, it’s true. We found that out early on, which was how our nation recovered from the Great Depression.

So… here’s the spending we need now (no, it’s not the “Green New Deal”) – INFRASTRUCTURE!!

Oh, and EVERY red cent that “we the people” spend through our government comes from the Private Sector.

Every material – raw or finished – and all manpower comes from the Private Sector; and only after public notices via competitive open (public) bidding.

Yeah. Think about that one for a while.

There is NO “government factory” in our nation. Never has been, never will be.

So, yeah… every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers rates the overall quality of American economic infrastructure “in the familiar form of a school report card—assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement.”

In 2017, American Economic Infrastructure’s quality was graded as a “D+.”


Are we great yet?

Could we prevent catastrophic damages related to hurricanes and flooding?

You bet your sweet bippy we would!

Image made by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from a U.S. Army helicopter of the 1953 North Sea Flood in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands did essentially the same thing with their Deltawerks program which has saved that nation many times over from devastation of North Sea storms – which occur WITHOUT warning, and are particularly violent. After suffering devastation from flooding from the North Sea Storm of 1953 the Dutch set about to forever remedy, and prevent such disaster from ever occurring again.

In that winter 1953 flood, a total of 9% of all farmland was submerged, 30,000 animals drowned, 47,300 buildings were damaged, of which 10,000 were totally destroyed, which cost an estimated $636 million in 1953 dollars in real and economic loss.

A total of 2551 lives were lost, and the nations of Belgium, England, Scotland, and Netherlands were affected.

They finally finished the 40-year plan in 1997.

A December 2013 North Sea storm named Cyclone Xaver pounding the coast at the village of Porthleven, in Cornwall, England. A total of 12 nations were affected by that severe storm with flooding, and wind gusts over 140mph, and sustained winds over 90mph. Image by Bernie Pettersen.

Then, 16 years later in 2013, Cyclone Xaver, a North Sea storm which occurred December, packed wind gusts over 142mph, sustained winds over 90mph, claimed 15 lives, and affected numerous European nations, including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Lituania, Belgium, the Faroe Islands and the Isle of Man.

But the Netherlands was largely spared, and only experienced minor flooding… because the Netherlanders planned ahead, long ago, IMMEDIATELY after the 1953 North Sea Flood.

By the way… 20% of that nation lies BELOW sea level, and 60% of it all is prone to flooding.

NOAA says that from 1986-2015, our United States has suffered insured fiscal losses totaling $515.4 BILLION from hurricanes alone. Additional economic losses are practically incalculable, but would quite likely at least equal insured losses, and likely exceed them.

Ain’t that enough?

Look… my opinion about the “Green New Deal” aside (whatever that may be), THIS is something that we DESPERATELY NEED to remedy IMMEDIATELY — ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE.

Let’s STOP arguing about the causes of Climate Change, and DO SOMETHING TO PREVENT LOSSES from the havoc it wreaks!

Peace, and love, to you all.

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