Since My encounter with The Venus Project and the Resource Based Economic System that is espoused within its operational constructs it over the last few months has had me sole searching as to the thing I call for Planetary Development the Physical Economic System. With Physical Economics it deals with resources yes in terms of materials as it relates to the science dealing with the production, distribution and consumption of commodities. With economic thought applied it means the development, production and management of material wealth. Which everything I have espoused then and to be factual has had a particular dollar value applied to it such as the full colonization and industrialization of the moon which I have stated as a reference starting in the trillions of dollars which it does. You have to understand that before my encounter with The Venus Project I was a died in the wool capitalist free marketer though over the last few years I have begun questioning this approach because of what I see as the gross mismanagement of what else resources.
Now when I am talking about resources I am talking about both material and human resources. As an example I live in Orlando Florida and every where I drive I see car dealerships overflowing their fences with cars ask anyone who lives in the Greater Orlando Area about this and over the months I have noticed with many of the car lots that these cars are not going anywhere people are not buying them because of the poor economy. This I am sure is why Ford is shutting down I think four plants because the big gas guzzlers are not selling like trucks. Also I continually see new developments going up homes, condos and others by the hundreds and across the Greater Orlando Region by the many thousands. Now the housing market is already depressed and they are building thousands more. I have a friend that is trying to sell his house and has been trying to do so for more than ten months now to no real effect so far (06/04/08 good news my friend has just had a good bid on his house that looks promising he will know by the end of the month for sure about it) and he says that there are 26 other houses in his complex that are trying to sell and nothing (06/04/08 my friend also noted that one of those other houses had sold over the last few days). The market may not be so dead will see. I mean why build when there is no reason to. Why waste the resources and capital and especially the human capital. I hear more and more about people being let go from their jobs down sized or what not. The local Firestone down the street from where I work has been hit in that for example a year ago when ever I walked by I would see the work bays almost always full with cars with more at the ready for work out in the parking lot. Today out of the ten work bays at the facility I usually see no more than three of them with cars in them and not much for cars out in the parking lot behind them. I see very few people now there to work on cars as well, I see one at the desk and if there are four people otherwise at this point it is a rarity. People are just not spending the money they used to for maintaining their vehicles and people are suffering. We have to cull out our planetary resource load and balance it across the system known as Earth.
There is another thing and that has to do with greater effective rail travel or a more effective bus system here in Orlando. If you talk to anyone who rides the busses to get anywhere around here they will tell horror stories as to the bus systems inefficient connections out on the bus route. And, how a high speed rail system that was voted in by the people of Florida in 2000 was staled and then it was wrangled back into the voting booth by the then governor of the state and with the support of the state comptroller at the time so in 2004 a massive campaign was waged saying that if you vote for a high speed rail system than you were taking money away from the schools and education they applied the old either or option to the equation and it worked the people of the state of Florida voted the thing down 2 to 1 against the project. Even though people are still complaining about the growing grid lock issue on the highways clearly the voters of this state chose not to reconcile the issue with a rapid transit system between the major cities, so why still complain when the voters sounded off at the voting booth that they prefer the grid lock instead of ease of transport. One might ask who gained by that maneuver?
And here is another one on the radio today I heard that some car dealership was taking up to $14,000 off the price of some models of their cars. This tells me that they are so desperate as to almost give cars away just so they can levee the payments of the things onto anyone with a job just to move the cars. At some point I see the same thing with the housing market because in truth there are no main line industrial jobs across the area to support the mortgage payments that are now demanded. Also I was talking to a girl at a local sandwich shop where she recounted that she went to a local dealership several days ago looking to purchase a more gas efficient vehicle and the salesman tried to frisk her with a price almost five thousand dollars above the blue book value she thinks he did this because it was a car that is very economical on gas and that right now all the gas guzzlers SUV's, trucks and so on are the ones not in demand so the sales people may well be tring to take advantage of people that are tring to purchase those gas efficient vehicles given the high gas prices, prices that are not going to come down any time soon or never.
So what does this mean to Planetary Development and the stand that has so far been espoused to the Physical economic system? I mean that according to my view the economic system that presently stands here in the United States or perhaps the entire world is so dysfunctional as to be irreparable. Here in the United States we face massive infrastructure issues like the renovation of perhaps up to 70,000 bridges and a complete assessment of the rail system is needed, the electrical power grid with power station development is also needed to meet the ever increasing demand and more. All the while we squander and waste resources without a thought toward reinvestment of the infrastructure and what that effect means down the road toward maintaining a healthy society. No one is even talking about these things in mass keeping people up to date and informed as to what is or is not being done and if no one is talking about it you can bet that nothing is being done with no actions being taken. You only see knee jerk reactions such as after the power outage up in the northeast a couple of years ago or discussions on the US National Bridge System immediately after a bridge collapse happened up in Minnesota a year or so back and what you are hearing today dead silence on the issue. Welcome to the American can do ingenuity of today folks. I think because of the depth of inefficiency and corruption that our economic system presently has that it cannot be repaired at least from within. I think the wisest thing to do is to step out of the insanity and step back into sanity under a new type of system like a Resource Based Economic System. I think having reviewed its auspices I believe it would work and work well even for Lunar Colonization and as for our present economic system, god help us what a mess and this is the short version of the story.