Monday, August 15, 2011


Tree hugger, hippy, nature nut: I've heard them all. I am an environmentalist. I believe in healing and protecting the earth. I do not litter because I would never think of throwing trash on my mother. I am careful about the size of my carbon footprint. I drive a small car and try not to do that too often. When I do I invite someone along and knock out as many errands as my companion and I can so I won't have to go out for awhile. I turn off lights. I plant flowers. I believe a weed is just a flower I haven't met yet. I tread as lightly as possible on the earth.
I do that because I believe in and exercise the mentalist part of environmentalist. I think about what the earth will be like if we don't take care of it. I think about what future my grandchildren's children will have. I think about what the earth will be like long after my ashes have been absorbed into the earth. I think about how important it is to remember if we don't take care of the earth, life could cease to exist on this young planet.
Sometimes I wonder about the lives of beings I am certain inhabit other worlds. Would we be welcome there if we trashed our own planet to the extent it became uninhabitable? Could we even find out way to another world?
I am an environmentalist because I choose to live as if, a hundred years from now I myself would have to live with what I create in my lifetime. The future does not belong to me. It belongs to the yet unborn. It belongs to seven generations beyond my time. I hope what we do now will create a planet with life abundant and healthy for that far future generation. so I will do my part and be a tree hugger, a hippy, and a nature lover. It's the least I can do.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

trickle down effect on inflation

You and I have seen it and felt int since Reagan first implemented his trickle down policy. What really trickled down was higher prices. We have seen inflation grow far faster than incomes, people struggling to keep up with the cost of living while the huge corporations have pocketed profits. Their profits didn't trickle down. They simply took their tax breaks to earn untaxed profits which they pocketed.
Gas, food and housing prices have increased year by year.
In 1980 $50 fed my family of four for a week. Today I spent $50 on groceries. I will be lucky if the food I bought lasts a week and I live alone. What fed 4 people in 1980 won't feed one person at today's prices. That is more than a 400% increase in food prices alone.
My annual income is a mere $2000 more than it was back then.
And they wonder why Americans are so angry with big corporations and the GOP. Isn't it time to wean these big-shots off the government teat?
Currently 40% of the nation's homeless population are children. Should we continue to allow those huge profits that never trickle down to continue while children are homeless and hungry in our own country?
Trickle down will never work unless greed is outlawed and I don't see that happening any time soon.