Category: American Economy
Fracking Was Supposed To Be Our Ticket Away From Dependence On Foreign Commodities, Right?
John R. Liming
When “they” came up with the arguments in favor of state lotteries, I heard a lot of propaganda about how good state lotteries and their proceeds were going to be for our - – - schools! Remember that old line of bull droppings?
How long did it take for the lottery proceeds to get diverted to the states’ general funds leaving just a trickle for the – - schools?
I guess the voters who swallowed that one hook, line and sinker got the old shaft-er-oo – - as usual!
Recently I was hearing all the arguments about how good “Fracking” the shale rocks under people’s back yards and in the public parks – - and literally everywhere – - to get at the oil and gas trapped – - “down there a few thousand feet” – - was going to be for the Economy and how it would cause the price of natural gas and gasoline and oil products to go through the basement – - thus fulfilling the best wet dreams of some of the most avid car, truck, bus, train and plane owners on the planet.
Big Oil and Big Gas really pushed the be-jeebies out of that enticing little tid bit of propaganda didn’t they?
Well – - I don’t really think anyone has proven that some of those “earthquakes” in fracking areas are really related to firing water at nearly hypersonic speeds into underlying rock structures and the argument is still being made that the drinking water will not be affected because the fracking takes place at such enormous depths – - supposedly below the level of all consumable water – - so there should be no problem there, right?
I mean injecting tons of God Only Knows what kind of chemicals into the soil – - along with the fracking water – - isn’t going to have any kind of negative effect on anything at all – - now or ever, right?
Well let us assume for the moment that this form of extracting the oil and gas pose no immediate hazard to man, animal or the planet – - as I think most or all of the allied industries engaged in this activity would like for us to believe.
Then – - in my book, we come to the concept that fracking the living Hell out of every available inch of America is going to present some prime opportunities for car owners to get cheap gas and oil and for the unemployed to get great-paying jobs, right?
That will be at least nominally true – - in my opinion – - until someone gets the bright idea that a lot more money can be made be exporting the fracked gas and oil to foreign markets where gas that costs as little as $3.00 a measurable unit here can go for as much as $10 – - over there.
Is there anyone within the range of the sound of my keyboard who actually believes that Big Money will be more concerned with convenience to Americans at home than with a few billion dollars more in profits that can be gained by exporting the products?
If I am not totally mistaken there ought to be a lot of Rightie greed mongers and moguls and financiers and bankers and lenders and distributors and producers – - you name it – - who are looking at the profit potentials of jamming it to the American Consumer in favor of what can be gained – - over there – - – and looking it over with an – - eagle eye glued to a billion-power microscope of possibility – - right?
Well, be all that as it may – - whether it be conjecture or potential – - and let us proceed to an underlying point that I think should be made on behalf of all the Right Wingers who have sacrificed so much to help the middle class and the working class and the poor out here in The Good Old U. S. of A: ”Snark” with a capital “S!”
How about we pay attention to the “Small Gubmint” freaks and actually reduce the size of The Fed down to the nearest nothing that we can manage and still get our drawers washed in a nearby body of non-frackable water – - if there be such a creature.
Let’s reduce The Fed down to an infinitesimal fraction of its present size – - down to the point where it becomes libidinous stimulation for some of the Radical Right-Wads in Extreme Nut Land – - – and after that perhaps Big Utilities and Frackers of all kinds – - from every corner of the globe – - can descend on this Promised Land of Instant and Profitable Gratification for the haves who have it all already – - – and who cannot rest until they have it all – - – and no one else has anything – - The Frackers can come freely and without restraint or regulation and frack the f*** out of every frackable inch of the country – - – Let them go ahead and poison the water, destroy the natural beauty – - turn people’s back yards into cess pools of stinking filthy ooze – - who cares about the health of property owners?
There’s money to be made here folks – - lots of money – - money to pay wages for cheap labor imported into the frack areas from other states and other countries perhaps – - I will guess that few if any locals will ever be hired at this kind of project – - but I could be very wrong about that – - – I am not always right about everything – - besides this is not a “fact” blog – - this is an “Opinion” blog – - remember?
I hope the Rightie Troll Butts will remember that – - but I doubt it – - I don’t think many of them can remember much of anything except how to twist things and bitch and moan about stuff so I am sure that some of them will find something in this post to jump me about – - so up theirs is all I can say!
Let’s do all this “Gubmint Reducing” in the name of Free Enterprise and The Global Markets and let us see how much it reduces our dependence on foreign oil and gas.
Let’s see how much all this “Free Enterprise” is going to benefit the American Consumer at the gas pumps or at the gas meter behind the house that might soon be afloat in a sea of stinking frack mire.
These are what I consider to be some of the best Right Wing ideas ever – - and I simply cannot wait to see how they pan out for Mr. and Mrs. Average – - not rich – - 47% American!
Hey! Hey! Whadda ya say?