Fear And Politics

Reporting on the 2015 Fairfield County State of the County Address Carl Burnett of the Lancaster Eagle Gazette gives a glimpse of reaction to the recent Buckeye Lake Damn issue (Commissioner: Fear fuels Buckeye Lake discussion, 3-25-15). The caption under the online lead off photo (by Burnett) reads “Fear is driving political discourse locally and leadership is needed to drive decision-making from the fear-mongers, Fairfield County Commissioner Steve Davis said.” In the body of the report Burnett writes “”Fear is in control today,” Davis said.” A little further on “”What would be nice is if leaders would lead now and begin to take control of the situation instead of allowing fear to control the conduct of the residents and business owners of the region,” Davis said. “If leaders are going to regain control of this situation, they have to educate people on what is real, imagined and what people should be concerned about and what you should not be concerned about.”” Do tell.

There has been a run on armor piercing bullets recently, ostensibly precipitated by rumor that an executive directive would restrict their sale. Hoarding is a mandatory prerequisite of gun ownership. Or perhaps gun owners are justifiably worried that some Ram pick up truck might stage a home invasion and rape their refrigerator. Then again, maybe their refrigerator might turn on them.

“”If leaders are going to regain control of this situation, they have to educate people on what is real, imagined and what people should be concerned about and what you should not be concerned about.””

“Davis made reference to warnings about an “8-foot wall of water from a 6-foot lake,” and noted Gov. John Kasich mentioned a 10-foot wall of water.” The undeclared presidential aspirant has himself been making the rounds of early primary states touting the benefits of a balanced budget amendment. Analysis will leave this to the reader’s discernment as to whether this is about money or branding and marketing (or maybe both!). An online exposé of John the governator by Andrew Romano for Yahoo News opens a window on a possible answer (Could John Kasich be the GOP’s secret weapon in 2016? At least John Kasich thinks so, 3-23-15). “By the time he left Congress, he’d already lined up a pair of prominent gigs: one at Lehman Brothers and another at Fox News.” A little further on “I [John Kasich] said, ‘I really want to learn the business, and I want to be a banker.’” Currently, under the US Constitution, the US Government IS the bank. That is, it is constitutionally authorized to create the money to meet its obligations, unlike many of the countries within the EU who have opted for a common currency (the Euro), thus pledging allegiance to a central bank and its terms. Some countries, like Poland or England, belong to the EU but have retained their own currency. That is, like the US they can create their own money to meet their obligations. Yes, it is true that their money , like our own, can become more or less valuable within the world currency exchange. With the countries on the Euro, their internal economies are bound by the common currency (the Euro). This is likewise true internally for countries having their own currency (like Russia, Poland, England, Israel or Iran).Countries on the Euro must abide by the Central bank’s terms with regard their budgets. Countries with their own currencies, created to meet their government’s obligations, don’t and chug along just fine. With global capitalism this can present certain un-pleasantries and inconveniences, such as with the marketing of a brand like Mercedes which wants its product to sell at the exact same price anywhere on the planet. The balanced budget amendment creates an allegiance to something other than the citizens which comprise the “democracy” part of our representative democracy form of government. Essentially it creates a monarchy of sorts (in this case, the sovereignty of capital accumulation). That is, it pledges allegiance to something other than what currently is the US Constitution’s authority to mint money (to meet the government’s obligation). With the Buckeye Lake Damn repair, it is a matter of the state government issuing bonds (which is what the governator proposes). The federal government does the same, promising to meet its obligations (and buy back mature savings bonds, treasury notes, etc.). With a balanced budget amendment, it is only if the king (the accumulation of wealth) agrees the money is there, that the damn will get fixed. Austerity is a fear that there will not be enough when the future arrives. The creators of the US Constitution addressed this fear by rejecting monarchy and instituting the government of the people (democracy) as the autonomous bank (with the citizens as the banker), something not lost on anyone desiring to be the banker.

“”If leaders are going to regain control of this situation, they have to educate people on what is real, imagined and what people should be concerned about and what you should not be concerned about.””

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