Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I met some homeless fellows yesterday. One was standing on a corner with a little sign. I gave him two rolls of pennies, and told him of Bernie Sanders. When I mentioned bringing jobs back from China he exploded, "That's why I'm on the street! They shut down and moved my job to Mexico."

I hear that over and again. People on the street telling me that they had a job until it got moved to some foreign land. Now Boeing wants to move more of our jobs away.

Boeing wants to build wide body aircraft in China. That is a losing proposition. It takes jobs that Americans need to China, and it helps teach them how to build wide body aircraft.

Boeing and Airbus are the two who stand at the head of the line when it comes to wide body passenger jets. Boeing leads the pack. Their decision to build aircraft in China transfers that technology to China as well. Then after a while they will be competing with Boeing and Airbus in the wide body market.

Boeing doesn't need China to help build aircraft. We have plenty of human resources and facilities right here in America for that. Our people are just as capable as any peoples across our planet, and are up to the task. Our country is bleeding jobs like a cut jugular, and the homeless I meet on the street are the proof of it.

So don't even give a homeless person a dirty look. How anyone could even dare? The GOP dares, and they help cause their suffering! Then to top it off, they blame the poor for it. For shame on Boeing and the people who make this happen. How f***ing dare they give a dirty look at a homeless person.

I want this job loss to stop and be reversed, damn them! I'm sick and tired of seeing my brothers and sisters suffer, while big fat pigs eat enough for a thousand. They make me want to puke.

That is all the more reason for me to support people like Bernie Sanders. We are going to change this messed up situation, so help me. So help you.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Nationalize All Mineral and Energy Resources in the United States

James E Parks Jr

I am beginning to have a problem with the concept of privately owned mineral rights. Did you know that the mineral rights of the property you own could be owned by someone else? Did you know that such an owner, or mineral rights lease holder could come onto your property put an oil well 150 feet from your house, on your property, without asking you for permission? A lot of people are finding out about that now that fracking is wide spread. A lot of people are finding they can do nothing about it.

I think this whole thing is a problem we the people should address. I have on more than one occasion heard people like Mr. Sanders or Richard Wolff advocate the democratization of the work place. They say that would bring greater equality, and narrow the divide of income inequality. I think something more is needed. The democratization of the mineral and energy wealth of our nation.

The resources of minerals and energy in this nation belong to the people. The people should be able to dictate what resources may be extracted, where the resources may be extracted, what is done with the resources and lastly the people should derive the greatest benefit from those resources.

As things stand now, there is a mish-mash of mineral rights ownership. Some are private and not severed, some are private and severed, others (about 34%) are owned by the federal government. Ever since fracking became an undesirable norm, there has been a lot of homes being sold in our nation that the mineral rights have been severed without the knowledge of the buyer. There are some banks (like Wells Fargo) that will not offer home loans on property in which these mineral rights have been severed.

This present status of distribution of mineral rights ownership is one of the causes of income inequality. For instance, the oil company either owns outright the mineral rights, or they lease the rights from privately owned or government owned mineral resources. The status of the surface of the land means little or nothing.

They extract the resource, process it, then market and sell the finished product. The only real benefactor of those extracted resources are the mineral rights owner, and the lessor. Afterwards it is the general population that is left with the aftermath of the irresponsible use of the national assets of mineral resources. Problems like global warming, ground water pollution, air pollution, surface contamination, oil spills, mine retention pond failures and a host of other real threats to the well being of our citizens are left up to our citizens. With the present political environment, one that has been crafted and fine tuned into its present form for the last 100+ years, the capitalists (big money) forces are given a de facto free reign. This is intolerable.

I therefor postulate that all resources of minerals and energy are owned by the people, and should be nationalized. The people should have a say as to who, what, where and when those resources are extracted. The people should have a say as to what products are being produced from those resources. The people should be the prime benefactor of those resources.

There are people who would fight the nationalization of the nations resources tooth and nail. People like the Koch Brothers, who have been ripping off the American people for a long time, would hate such a proposal. That is to bad for them. If they had of performed their activities in good faith, we would have never come to this. People who produce energy for our nation has at every opportunity used our governmental processes to enrich themselves at the expense of the American citizenry. This intolerable situation must end.

In conclusion, I believe that the democratization of the work place, and the nationalization of the mineral wealth of our nation will go a long way in bringing equality to the masses.

"The billionaires can't have it all."