ASK NOT

Ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country. 
 
Purty words.  Lofty ideals.  Noble Causes.  But without funding & implementation strategies, they are just more words, hollow rhetoric.
 
 
So, were I seeking to light the torch of a new generation, I would offer Big Oil Companies posting obscenely high Final Quarterly Profits, a deal they wouldn’t want to refuse.  An opportunity to ask What can we, Windfall War Profiteers, can do for our country?
 
Congress has approved a $150B Economic Stimulus package but where’s the money coming from to jump start the package?  Cause we’re out of money & out of credit.  The President proposes a $3.1T (the numbers are so staggering, it’s easy to become inured) budget.  Where’s the money gonna come from?
 
In bygone eras, Windfall Profits have been taxed.  In 1980, United States federal legislation was passed that levied such a tax on oil companies because of the profits they earned as a result of the sharp increase in oil prices brought about by the Arab oil embargo. Since then, the tax has not been reenacted, however with gas prices once again reaching record levels there is renewed pressure on the U.S. government to bring back the tax Windfall Profits (Wikipedia).
 
Were I a Candidate seeking the to be an Agent of Change for a new generation, I would propose:
 
    a Windfall Tax on say just 1/2 the Last Quarter Profits as posted to be in the BILLIONS while the country is spending blood & treasure to protect those same, very profitable off-shore interests;
    a purchase of foreclosed upon homes across the country by a jump started FHA for cents on the dollar of the paper banks are now carrying (well . . . banks have made their profits over & over again on existing residences);
    letting contracts to renewable energy manufacturers (such as solar panels) to make the previously purchased residences into stand-alone energy sources (similar to the Personal Computer of another age).
    I would put workers (whose jobs have been previously outsourced) to work manufacturing the above mentioned stand-alone energy sources & retro-fitting the also previously purchased residential housing stock so that FHA can underwrite home loans to the now qualified workers seeking affordable housing.
   I would also fund R&D for development & refinement of  alternative energy technology & make the technology available to all existing residential & amend the UBC to include all such technologies as standard for future construction.  If we can put a man on the moon, we can make our domains viable sources for the energy needed to operate a 21st century residence.
    And since it’s not nuclear (noo-kee-lur) technology, I would also make this technology to our neighbors across AnimalPlanet.com.
 
So ExxonMobile & Chevron & Arco & let’s not forget Halliburton & Bechtel & all you other Oil Rich Citizen/Corporations, ask not what your country can do for you.  You’ve already gotten yours.  Ask what you can do for your country.
 
I know I’m only a dog.  But I’m a Red, White & Blue Dog . . .  Just doin’ my job.
 
OpalK9 OTJ
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