It was in those hollowed halls of lecture halls of so long ago where friendships and memories were made that I have come to realize that good old Professor Franklin was right all along. How we all long for those yesteryears. To think we have all come so far in societies evolution only to notice that life today is filled with more harsh realities than one would expect in the 21st century. And now only to have so many of those memories of my collegiate years resurfacing indicates just how far we still have to go. A time in my distant past of joyous revelations have once again surfaced igniting a smoldering ember that had been dormant for far to long.
Today, in an age of tempest indignation where the one is all that matters, where the joyous times of all those yesteryears are now awash with the shed of tears, where anguish and despair have replaced a fellowship of benevolence toward their neighbor all have vanished right before my eyes. The joyous times of all those yesteryears only now reappear. Ingrained in memory of those moments I hold dear. It is as though I am again sitting in those awful stiff wooden chairs of that lecture hall, so uncomfortable you couldn't fall asleep even if you tried, listening to the words of wisdom spoken to us by Professor Franklin.
I was too caught up in my own world of athletics and a career that followed to actually fully understand let alone take heed of what the professor was talking about back then. It wasn't until finally arrived at a point in my life I thought I never be. I didn't know it was coming, but denial of one's own age I just kept trying to push father time back so I could again try to realize one last day in the sun. Now, with rocking chair at the ready I am able to fully understand exactly what my old professor was saying.
If so many more people would open their eyes and see the true nature of what is actually occurring today on every block, in every city, and in every town. In each instance the outcomes which are so reminiscent to when the Robber Barons dominated one can hear the cries of despair, where the need for hope when there is none so often prevails. When another season has come with the somber realization of yet again another cold harsh winter is right at our door. Where the joy of the coming holiday season will never be fulfilled. A lump of coal in Holiday stockings brings the only comfort for many. The heat from it's burning embers offers just a pittance of relief from the frigid winter wind. This is the reality facing so many. Who would have thought when 2013 came rolling in would end with a river flooding over from the shed of so many tears.
They have always said that history repeats. In many instances reality does an encore performance. The only difference is the cast of characters have changed though the plot with a twist so often remains the same. Whether it was the crash of 1929, or the recent 2008 financial meltdown all have uncanny similarities that prove we are witness to repeating mistakes made. Mistakes that have left millions so destitute in the wake unquenchable greed leaving today for far too many a very bleak Christmas, indeed.
A dark betrayal clocked by shadows of deception have penetrated into every segment of our society. This long dark shadow casts an eerie presence all over the unfortunate multitudes. Like Casey at the bat, there is no joy in Mudville today. What our leaders of political expediency have done in what they call, what America wants have proven once again their total lack of empathy for the majority of the public. With over 5000 gun related deaths in under a year all the while the carnage continues. With so many millions currently underemployed and still so many millions unemployed continue to mount unable to pay for basic living let alone the Affordable Health Care Act imposed today. Now with the sequester hitting home and with the Food Stamp program gutted to the bone leaving this country so vulnerable it just does defies basic logic. But, it is what America wants and needs after all. This according to our most benevolent legislatures. All occurring in the land of Plenty. Plenty alright, plenty of poor, plenty of destitute families and plenty of veterans without so many means. All because some bureaucrat has the audacity to say, this is what America wants.
When a political process has become corrupt the will of the people too often never is recognized, overshadowed by the money that is forever greasing the political wheels that always seems to turn the other way. As I think back to what the Professor once said still resonates today. He said that everyone no matter their status in life, rich or poor, black or white, Catholic or Protestant everyone has at some point in their lives has something so important, so relevant, or so profound to say or write. But, it is up to the rest of us to listen, to hear, or to see; for they just might say or write something so profound and so important that maybe the course of humanity would actually become more humane, more compassionate, and more benevolent toward their fellow man. Everyone has a story to tell. But all too often silence is all that is heard even though the masses keep screaming.
The complexity of our existence today really isn't all that complicated but it seems it continues to baffle every elected official. Our public servants whom we, the majority of the American public have entrusted with the United States economy, Americans well being, and the nations national security. It has been the reactions by our government and corporate leaders of industry that only funneled the fuel and ignited the flames of an economic and financial firestorm that has derailed the American experience for far too many millions of Americans today.
What has transpired over the past three decades has been an erosion of our public educational system, the widest disparity of incomes in our nations history, seen the eradication of middle class income producing jobs to, have witnessed unrelenting fraudulent business practices, and the corruption of a political process. All of these has manifested to the point that today our whole society has been swallowed up by the enormous wave of incompetence, gross negligence, and wonton disregard for the majority of Americans quality of life. All this by the now wealthiest few.
A major question remains; How can the United States reverse this travesty? One that has befallen on to the majority of Americans. One that can stave off further erosion not only here in the United States but all of the other nations that have been victimized by this enormous economic, financial, and social crisis; the worst calamity since the Great Depression. This is were the lessons of history, Professor Franklin's words of wisdom, and the Williams Theory Of Economic Evolution all can be instrumental in securing an end to what is now a global economic crisis.
We first have to realize that the variations of the same policies of today are not working. Once we acknowledge this fact, we can now embark on a totally different approach. One that uses the lessons that history has taught us. One that took place during Americas darkest hours. The decade of the 1930's produced the greatest turn around of economic resurgence in history. Today, not one mention of the policies that produced that economic expansion has been evaluated to their relevance for today's economic crisis. It just might be a good time to revisit what actually occurred and how the economy actually grew following the period of the greatest economic plague that destroyed so many lives.
There has to be a complete reversal of trade and commerce policies to one that actually encourages American economic expansion, consumer confidence, and one that eliminates our trade deficit. How this is achieved is by being selective in the imports and eliminate only those that contribute to our trade deficit. As long as nations import the same value in goods as they receive from us equalizes the trade differential. The United States has to now impose a 20% tariff on all goods that are made in 5 countries, China, Japan, Germany, Canada, and Mexico. These 5 countries constitute over 60% of the total trade deficit. All nations that have a near equal trade with the United States will now be able to benefit because they will have more opportunities to sell in the U.S. Our biggest export, refined oil and gasoline even with all our oil refineries on line their has to be a balance to offset the continued fluctuation of the price.
The World Trade Organization opposes any tariff let alone a 20% imposed on those 5 countries. The W.T.O. bylaws supersede our own Constitution. Which leaves the United States with only one alternative. That is to withdraw from the World Trade Organization if America is to fully recover from this economic nightmare. Another factor is our current reluctance to shift from a policy of free trade to one that embraces Equal Trade. The Free Trade policies that we have has done nothing but eliminate the manufacturing base in America and impoverished a whole nation. Our new policy must now be Equal Trade and not Free Trade.
To put our trade imbalance in perspective; if the United States had imposed a 20% tariff on those 5 countries in 2007 and was only 50% successful we would have reduced our trade deficit by over $410 Billion. The trade deficit in 2007 was over $819 Billion, half of which is around $410 Billion. Now subtract the $410 Billion from the total of $2,345 Billion worth of goods imported into the United States that year leaves $1,935 Billion worth of goods imported. This equates that the United States could be on the way to now, Equal Trade which lead's to trade deficit elimination and restoration of middle class income producing jobs in the United States.
Once we achieve this, rid our dependence on foreign energy and establish National Economic Reform's Ten Articles of Confederation as the plan of direction for short term stability and long term prosperity and growth the majority of Americas will now be able to fulfill the Williams Theory of Economic evolution. This will allow the United States being capable of sustained economic growth, renewed stability, all the while ensuring our national security. All of these are essential for the success of future generations. The meaning behind what Professor Franklin used in many of his lectures; that if people don't listen, don't hear, and really don't see what others are trying to convey, the problems that could have been avoided, the solutions that could have been offered, and the remedies to crisis implemented would keep being unnoticed. Much like today. Consequently, the United States has yet to realize that their are solutions out there. But, it seems that the three bind mice that are embedded in Washington really are too blind to see. Will our governments continue to ignore the plight of so many millions? It took me a long time to realize what my old Professor said and he really was right all along. For the future of the United States let's hope it won't take too long. What we the people have to say must not be ignored, deemed insignificant or not relevant. What we do have to say may just be the answer to our many problems after all.