Monday, November 28, 2016

Bernie Sanders Rebuild America Act Will Fail

Respectfully U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, even though your plan Rebuild America Act is in large part good, it is lacking in one vital area. An area that will eventually cause it to fail.

Say we do put $1 trillion or even an unlimited amount of money into rebuilding the infrastructure. "...Rebuild America Act will support more than thirteen million good-paying jobs – jobs that our economy desperately needs." your website proclaims.

My problem with this is, it is not an open ended plan. There will come a time in the future that the infrastructure rebuilding will be caught up. If successfully completed, all of our infrastructure will have been fixed and upgraded. After that point in time, 13 million people will not be needed to maintain and do further upgrades to the infrastructure. So what happens then? People start getting laid off that's what happens. When half of the 13 million are laid off, we're going to be back in the same position we are today. Millions of idle hands with nothing to do, and no future.

That's why I call on our nation to institute a massive drive to build the 21st Century Infrastructure. An infrastructure that would extend the Human presence beyond this planet, and provide for an open ended program of expansion. Such a program would be continually need to add people, not lay them off.

Create 34 million jobs by investing $16 trillion over 10 years towards rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, railways, airports, public transit systems, ports, dams, wastewater plants, and other infrastructure needs. By reopening shutdown manufacturing plants, retooling existing factories for civilization expansion purposes. A program would be created to make a national priority effort to place solar energy collection grids in orbit around the Earth to beam energy to our people. A powerful effort would be made to colonize the moon and Mars. We will continue the push to harvest asteroids for their precious metals and other resources, and accelerate that effort and elevating it to a national priority project.

I know the first question people ask. "Where do we get $16 trillion?" Here's where. The $16 trillion used in the 2008 financial crisis to give the banks too big to fail and Wall Street criminals another chance to gamble with your deposits is enough money to fund 91 Apollo programs from start to finish, and at the same time. I think that kind of investment would have been better for you and me than bailing out the likes of Citibank.

Our civilization has problems that are becoming a threat to the Human species survival. Human activity has had a serious negative impact on our environment. Over population has stretched the capacity of the planet to maintain the numbers. Poverty and hunger has reached epic proportions. Greed and inequality has had a free hand with civilization and humanity.

Just like in WWII, we need to take all of our abandoned factories and repurpose them, and fast. Repurpose them and retrofit them to make and to build the 21st Century off-world infrastructure. Take all the closed schools and open them back up again. Teach our people the skills they will need to make this conversion of our society a reality. A conversion that would cause Humans to become a multi-planet species. Really there is no other option that will solve the eminent threats our advanced civilization faces. To solve these threats, we have no other choice but to use advanced methods.

WWII Bomber Factory
It's been 8 years since the bubble burst and the big fix was applied. Are things better for you? Do you feel more secure? Do you think things are better for our nation and the world now than they were 8 years ago, when our people invested $16 trillion in the salvation of our economy? I sure as hell don't. I don't feel like things have gotten any better for the average Jane and John Doe in Anytown USA! I think they have got worse, and will get worse unless action is taken, and fast.

If our nation can muster the will to give our $16 trillion to banks and Wall Street CEO's, and if those same banks and CEO's have the guts to gamble on a real big payday, we can do the things that will boost our civilization to the next level, and carry all of our people to prosperity beyond our wildest dreams. The things of which I speak is the colonization of Mars, and the moon. The industrialization of space by the building of orbital solar arrays around the Earth, the moon and Mars. The building of orbital industrial assets around Earth, Mars and the moon to harvest and process asteroidal metals, water and other materials into products used by the people on Earth and the new Mars and moon colonies. The construction of orbital human habitat suitable for apartments and recreation for the off-world workers, and tourists, and even people who wanted to live there just because.

Our nation will have to institute a massive drive to get people educated to the level they would become proficient at these new tasks and objectives. All across the board, and in every profession, skills would have to be honed within our people to a razor edge. In science, math and engineering and all other pertinent support fields, our people would have to excel. That means making the proper resources available for educating all of them.

For the money we spent on the Apollo program, and this excludes the equipment from the Mercury and Gemini program, we got all this.

15 Saturn V rockets,
16 Command/Service Modules,
12 Lunar Modules
Program Support Management Costs;
Construction Expenses for Facilities and their upgrading
Costs for Flight Operations.

If you take all that Apollo equipment and multiply it by 91 ($16 trillion worth of Apollos), what do you get? It seems to be a thing of reason to assume that for that kind of money, we could harvest trillion dollar platinum asteroids. In fact, I would wager that is enough money to get the Off-World-Expansion really going full steam. So what's holding us back?

Is it lack of vision? Our nation had vision enough to put Human footprints on the surface of the moon in the 1960's, so what happened? We all thought we would have civilization on Mars by now. If we had of continued the momentum we had gained, instead of letting the criminal Nixon cancel our future, we wouldn't have near the problems that plague us now.

Indeed put money into the infrastructure. But do not do it in a fashion that is temporary. Cause our problem to be fixed in the only logical next step Humanity must take. Expansion of the Human presence off world.

Mars Colony