Dear Gov. Jindal:
I’m really starting to like getting your letters.
In today’s letter, for example, you mention that your state is at war. Here’s an excerpt:
“Our state is in a war on many fronts today. Down on the coast, our communities are fighting to save their livelihoods because of the BP oil spill. Our people have also been impacted by the job-killing policies coming out of Washington, D.C., including the federal government’s arbitrary and capricious deepwater drilling moratorium. Of course these challenges are also coming on the heels of a national economic downturn…”
That’s pretty straight-forward, Governor: your state is in a war to save its jobs and its people’s livelihoods. Instead of being a help or at least a benign presence, the federal government is actually causing Louisiana harm. If I may take modest liberty with your words: Washington, D.C., is your adversary in the war you are fighting.
Well, you are not alone. Washington, D.C., is at war with a lot of people right now. Sometimes it seems like just about the entire human race.
Now, let’s talk just about the “national economic downturn” as you put it. Your words are very kind, but if I may, I would like to point out a few things about this national economic downturn:
- There are now a record 40.8 million people on food stamps. That is the 18th consecutive month of record-setting increases. Approximately 1 of every 8 people in America depend on food stamps to live.
- Millions of people are losing their homes in foreclosure and the rate is rapidly increasing.
- The federal government spent trillions of taxpayer dollars buying toxic debt from private banks and Wall Street firms, but the unemployment rate continues to increase.
Where’s the recovery we are constantly told we are in? There is no recovery and there will be no recovery in the long term because for there to be a recovery, using the current economic formulas, it would mean that there are no laws or even rules of economics.
Here’s another excerpt from your letter:
“The statistics show we have already made amazing progress but as I said at our kickoff yesterday–this isn’t just about numbers, it’s about changing people’s lives. We must build a better Louisiana for our children than the one we inherited. We cannot and will not be the first generation that leaves fewer opportunities than we had.”
Good luck with that, Governor, because you are going to need it. We’ve already mentioned some of the results of our economic troubles, but the causes we have not discussed.
The cause, of course, is massive debt that can never be paid. For the first time in American history, we have come to realize that our debt cannot be paid and that fact will collapse our economy sooner or later. When the bond market understands that we cannot pay our debt, interest rates will have to rise, or the Fed will have to start printing money to buy our own debt, which will be very inflationary.
But wait a minute, didn’t I read yesterday that the Fed announced that it will begin doing just that? What that means is that a private banking cartel, with the license of the federal government, will create money, loan it to the federal government at low interest so the federal government can continue to spend money it doesn’t have, on things that aren’t necessary or even helpful, until it finally collapses under the weight of its own stupidity.
This is all complete madness isn’t it? The whole country has gone stark raving mad. That is the legacy that the neocons and progressives have left to our children.
How then, Governor, can our children have better lives than we’ve had? I ask you, how we can overcome what these lunatics have done to our children? Are we going to continue to reward them for that? I hope and pray that we don’t.
Good luck, Governor,
Darrell L. Castle
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