Letters to the Editor for April 9, 2010
We must use the Earth’s resources
To the editor:
Some people seem to think the worst is over, and I hope they are right, but I’m very skeptical. There appears to be very few people in government who have any concept of what has caused our problem. As a result, most government actions have had very little benefit to the overall problems; in fact many groups are working hard on projects that will hurry the breakdown of what’s left of our economy.
To get down to basics, we cannot continue to spend more than we earn forever. Printing money won’t solve the problems, it only postpones them. Someday there will be a day of reckoning.
We need jobs and money. What happened to them? We used to have the most prosperous country in the world when we had the freedom to work. In our zeal to protect the environment and protect us from ourselves we got so carried away that we regulated ourselves out of business. To survive economic breakdown we must recognize where money comes from. It comes from the ground. There is no other source. New wealth is created when we harvest the produce and resources of the Earth. This wealth is increased when they are processed and manufactured into products more useful and valuable to man. The new jobs and wealth goes to the retail markets, service industries and essential services like medical, education, protection and government, thus all jobs are supported by products from the Earth. People don’t realize it, but access and use of the land is the most vital issue facing our country today. It is a noble thing to save a few special places for posterity, but we should know that no life can survive on this planet unless we use the Earth. We must harvest its produce and resources.
If we want to turn the economy around and preserve a free and independent nation, the government must rescind about three-quarters of the regulations that are preventing independent Americans from producing the necessary resources that will allow our industries to go back to work.
Retired mining geologist engineer