Dear Candidate: What if growth was over?

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    Below is a draft of a letter to an imaginary politician up for election later this year:

    Dear ______________

    You are currently running for office as _____________________ in ____________________. As you know, we are living through economically tough times, and I hear a lot about how the economy can be brought back to stability and prosperity.

    However, have you ever considered that economic growth might actually not return? That we might have to build a societal infrastructure based on less?

    If so, what would be your plans to mitigate such a situation, to make sure that life can go on for your constituents in a future where "more each year" is no longer possible?

    Or alternatively, if you don't have any plans - are you 100 percent certain that growth and prosperity will ever return, and if so, why is it that you see no risk worth looking at?

    Pretend you're the candidate. How would you answer this question?

    The Oil Drum: Campfire | Dear Candidate - What Will You Do if Growth Is Over...?

    Follow-up questions:

    1. Is there a reason why this kind of letter shouldn't be sent to real people who want our vote?

    2a. Would a candidate addressing these issues/questions stand any chance of winning?

    2b. If not, might such a candidate, even in a losing effort, influence the election issues and as a result positively impact transition efforts away from growth based economy?
     
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    Answer:

    How did John Kenneth Galbraith's dire alarmist predictions of such a ridiculous premise, in 1958, work out?
     
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    This may be a hard concept for you, but that's not an answer... It's a question.
     
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    That's your answer.

    From the Revelation, to Malthus, to the Mayan calendar, to Galbraith and Paul Ehrlich, to today's global warming whackos, there's been no shortage of doom-and-gloomery, for those gullible enough to buy into it, in all of human history. Your question is no different.

    Can we now get to a relevant question?.
     
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    Here is what might be a better letter to that candidate running for a Congressional seat - either an incumbent or a newby:

    Dear ________________:

    I understand that you are running in the up-coming election as a __________________ from _______________. I am interested in knowing what you intend to do to bring sanity back to the American Congress. Please. No double speak. No side-stepping. No changing the subject to talk about something else. Tell me in 25 words or less what you truthfully intend to do to prove to me that you are honest, sincere, and a person of your word that will represent our district responsibly. My vote depends on your answer.
    Best regards -

    Joe Blow

    Follow-up questions:

    (1) Do you believe that any bill passed into law should encompass all American citizens, including those that are serving in Congress?

    (2) Because the economy is so bad these days, would you be willing to take a 10% cut in your pay to serve as a member of Congress from ______________?

    (3) What are three ways that we can immediately begin to spend less money in this country that you are willing to try and institute into law?
     
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    OK, now that those two hijacks - one ignorant, the other irrelevant - have come and gone with a whimper, perhaps a serious response please?

    Thanks so much.

    Again, why couldn't this question be asked of a potential candidate? Especially considering Bernanke just went on national TV a few weeks ago and admitted that expected GDP growth has slowed to a crawl with no end it sight.
     
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    Just because Baghdad Ben can't see an end in sight, doesn't mean that there isn't one.

    Like I said, there doesn't seem to be a doom-and-gloom end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it scenario that the gullible and conspiracy theorists won't buy into.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TDqvD34hEA]YouTube - Gloom Despair[/ame]
     
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    :clap2::clap2: As always, you take a moronic thread and turn it around. :clap2:
     
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    All economic booms have been fueled by some technological or otherwise economic revolution, or at least military conquest:

    The was the age of exploration followed by the age of colonization.

    There was the industrial age, the machine age, the age of electronics, and most recently, the information age.

    The simple fact is that in a free market system, unless there is some new economic revolution, investors tighten up - that in turn causes a recession and/or depression.

    In fact all things being equal, free market capitalism will always lead to a total economic disaster.

    In all of the above economic revolutions, governments have been at the leading edge of funding each one in it's infancy. Government contractors are the first to benefit, then as the economic revolution is privatized the private investors take over and the entire population benefits.

    Right now, the 'Clean Energy' initiatiave is our best hope for a new economic revolution - or at least the best minor revolution to hold us over until the next 'great idea' comes along.

    Of course the Conservatives are doing everything they can to squash 'Clean Energy'. Fuckin' morons!

    Of course that gets back to the original question:

    What if there is no great innovation to leadus into the next economic boom? We're screwed.

    SOCIALIZE!
     
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    If my mother was still alive, she would be greatly disappointed about you thinking I was irrelevant. She might not argue the ignorant part but irrelevant would not make her very happy...
     

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