Notes and comments on Peak Oil, Energy and Economic Issues and muddling toward a sustainable lifestyle in a energy constrained Peak Oil World.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Today being Boxing day, it seemed fitting to start off this post with an example of the coinage being offered to our friends north of the border. That is a Canadian quarter my wife is holding with her magnetic bracelet. And yes, that spanking new Canadian quarter is magnetic. It contains iron. This recalls the debasement of the denarius in the latter days of the Roman empire where each successive emperor seemed to remove more and more silver from the coin of the realm from about 92% silver with Nero(60AD) to 43- 58% with Septimius Severus (200 AD). The same thing has of course happened in the declining empire south of Canada, which itself has a multitude of almost exact parallels with the decline and fall of the Western Roman empire. Like Rome, the military is the single largest item in the budget. Joseph Tainter writes: "At all times the single largest expense was the military, although the Roman dole was not inconsequential.". Sound familiar? Of course the difference in the US is that we put TBTF banks on the dole instead of citizens. The official pentagon budget is said to be in the $700 billion range but Mish of Globaleconomicanalysis.com reports that it is certainly twice that with the hidden costs, secret off budget costs associated with a bloated military with over 1000 bases and outposts scattered throughout the galaxy. And like the Roman Emperors, our emperors court the military even going so far as to dress up in military flight jackets and strut around aircraft flight decks schmoozing with the troops thanking them for their service defending the nation when they are offensive military actions defending the corporate military state back home with expenditures bankrupting the country as a whole. here is our putative budget which is fraudulently reported as I have stated:
The true red line would extend to the edge of the page. You will observe that our offense budget is larger than the rest of the world combined. When you combine military expenditures with the massive unfunded pension and health care costs of the states from bloated public sector pensions and health care costs combined with underfunded SS and health costs of the rest of us, the country is indeed without a doubt BROKE. And the politicians who goose step ahead of the corporate ruling military class just keep adding shamelessly to the nations debt with QE from the banking cartel to stimulus plans from Iraq Obama and his congressional and senate pals. But not to worry. The selfsame corporate mainstream media including Fox and NPR(National Pentagon Radio) dispense reassuring propaganda of the return to growth and mindless consumption as our economy turns the corner back to prosperity, conveniently omitting that in America, we make nothing and consume everything. The longer this flawed model is drawn out the bigger and more sudden the crash. The crash is likely to be triggered by events almost anywhere as the world Bond market finally loses patience with political morons everywhere and demand risk premiums commensurate with the sovereign default risk profiles of the bankrupt countries whose debt they hold.