Posts Tagged ‘Buckeye Lake Damn’

Fear And Politics

March 26, 2015

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.””

Take A Peek At The Right To Look Today

March 21, 2015

This week, Analysis would like to revisit the right to look, something not guaranteed by the US Constitution or Bill of Rights. Looking is the most natural and spontaneous activity of the human body (a vestigial defense response still genetically imprinted for human survival?). It is not considered a right within the US representative democracy. Please, check your spontaneity at the door! The online Newark Advocate shows an “Editorial; Better late than never for Buckeye Lake (3-21-15). After the Governor’s press conference re; that damn issue, the Advocate cites the projected cost of repair – $125-$150 million (given the Corps’ track record, probably significantly more). The editorial board then does something quite extraordinary and out of character, it actually looks. “But his own Ohio Department of Natural Resources director was quoted three years ago saying the problem had grown critical and something must be done.” But (for the sake of modesty?) the board doesn’t linger in its looking. Speaking on the 3-20-15 Columbus On The Record, WOSU’s Ann Fisher unabashedly stated that three years ago the ODNR’s figures for that tier 1 critical damn repair were half of what is given today (same ODNR that issues permits for fracking). Ann exercises her unconstitutional right to look. John the governator is quick to lobby nationwide for a balanced budget amendment. Given a contingency, he is just as prone to forsake the balancing act and borrow money to keep that damn issue from bursting his presidential aspirations (the state issuing bonds is a “politically correct” way of saying “borrowing money”, as someone waaaay in the future will be paying it off). But the right to look slips into the “legislated” right to look ever so perniciously. Practically innocuous is what Michael McAuliff reports via the Huffington Post (3-19-15, “Republicans Vote To Hide Costs Of Repealing Obamacare In Budget”). In a trying bit of reporting, McAuliff reports on the convoluted effort by the Senate Budget Committee to hide the added deficit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act while including its projected revenues within the GOP’s proposed deficit busting budget (“repealing Obamcare would add $210 billion to the deficit.”). “”We have a point of order in the budget for anything that adds to the deficit, but we have a section that specifically excludes the Affordable Care Act from that,” [Senator Debbie] Stabenow said. “So think about it. This budget is conceding the fact that the Affordable Care Act has reduced the deficit, and repealing the law would increase the deficit.” Stabenow also alluded a related problem the GOP budget ignores: At the same time that it instructs Congress to come up with a repeal, it continues to count all the revenue that the Affordable Care Act is expected to raise — and which the government wouldn’t collect if the law is dismantled.” But wait, there’s so much more. After having prostituted the US congress, and pulling a George Bush “So what?” in regards to his pre election negation of a two state solution re; Palestine and Israel, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu virtually won reelection in the recent Parliamentary campaign. As an aside re: the right to look, Harry Shearer (on le Show) ran a recording of the Bibi sitter’s address to congress back in January of 2002 when Netanyahu spelled out how much better off the mid east would be if Saddam Hussein were toppled by US military invasion. The day after his recent electoral triumph, some online pundit headlined that the US is following the lead of Israel, reflects what is happening there. How can this be, you say? The AP’s Ryan J. Foley headlines “Bills would limit access to officer body camera videos” (3-20-15). “IOWA CITY, Iowa – State legislators are pushing to make it much harder to release police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law enforcement accountable. Lawmakers in at least 15 states have introduced bills to exempt video recordings of police encounters with citizens from state public records laws, or to limit what can be made public.” “Absent public-records protections, these police decisions can be unilateral and final in many cases.” “The Kansas Senate voted 40-0 last month to exempt the recordings from the state’s open-records act. Police would only have to release them to people who are the subject of the recordings and their representatives, and could charge them a viewing fee. Kansas police also would be able to release videos at their own discretion.” The elderly may (or may not) remember what it was like in the days prior to cameras on phones and the disruptive technology of hand held video recorders. For even a minor traffic violation, the state’s only witness needed to be the arresting officer. On the stand, whatever came out of his mouth was considered irreproachable fact. Currently several US states also have legislation pending that outlaws bystanders recording officers engaged in police activity.

“Move along now. Nothing more to see here.”

Twofer

March 12, 2015

The news about Buckeye Lake damn seems to be sweeping across central Ohio. In the week prior to the news, one all a gush political leader advocated changing Buckeye Lake, Ohio to Ohio’s Buckeye Lake. Now most folks living there, or having businesses there are pretty spooked, to say the least. Analysis is surprised no one has bothered to check the credibility of the bearer of this bad news, nor asked for an independent assessment to be made (a second opinion). Given the Corps’ track record, that might not be a bad idea. Not only was the Corps to blame for the ineptitude that caused the massive flooding along the Missouri River some years back, but they also are playing it fast and loose with keeping the Asian carp out of the great lakes (“Trust us.” they say as more and more evidence mounts). Not only have they totally failed in maintaining/restoring the Everglades (as they were charged to do long ago) but they are also the culprits for the flooding of an entire city, New Orleans (a US District Court ruled that it was a man made disaster, with the Corps being the “man making” part). It is common knowledge that for electric utility companies the perfectly serviced city is one without any trees. For the Corps, the perfectly engineered flood control is for an area without any water!

And Newark, Etna Township, Heath, etc. when have we heard this one before (as well as where have we heard this one before)? From the state up north (akin to our state of residence in so many more ways than just football), we read AP’s David Eggert headlining “Michigan paying the price now for tax plan to save business” (3-11-15). “The state would provide $2.9 billion in tax credits to help upgrade Michigan auto plants for the future; the carmakers would agree to add and keep factory jobs on their home turf.” “Four years later, few are saying the deals were a bad idea but any sense of celebration is long gone. The bill for the job rescue — and similar ones in other states that used tax credits aggressively — is now coming due and providing a lesson in the downside of such measures. The auto companies and many others are cashing in hundreds of millions of dollars in credits a year, cutting deeply into state revenues at a time when the budget should be flush with a rising economy. A projected $410 million budget shortfall is triggering cuts in funding for hospitals and diverting K-12 money to other purposes.” “Though its economy is improving and unemployment rate is at a 12-year low, Michigan is going to voters in May to approve a sales tax increase for road improvements it cannot afford.” “The tax credit backlash is increasing sentiment among some legislators for business to accept a larger burden. Snyder and the GOP-controlled Legislature also slashed business tax rates after he took office in 2011. “We’ve got major investments we’ve got to make in public education and infrastructure,” said Rep. Jim Townsend, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Tax Policy Committee, noting that Michigan companies paid the country’s third-lowest share of total state and local taxes in 2013.”

Analysis proffers this twofer in order to help define “infrastructure” as roads, bridges or damns, with “existing infrastructure” as roads, bridges and damns already in place, being used.