Back on the 18th of October I read a very promising article in the newspaper about what is being done on behalf of the Colorado River and water conservation and use sustainability. I don’t know about you but when I see something being done on behalf of our natural resources I pay attention. On an individual basis we can do more than we think to prevent a crisis especially one as serious as running out of water or using so much that we dry up the Colorado River. To some, it’s an illusion or alarmist and I often feel as though these people have a bigger denial problem than Bush during the fiscal crisis of 2003. The fact that corporate leaders in major businesses of land and water management are having summits, such as was outlined in the Denver Post article on October 19th to avert a crisis, tells me that we have a serious problem- now and in the future. Protect the Flows and over thirty business leaders held a forty-eight hour summit to address the Colorado River issue alone and we should get behind this initiative as much as possible because they are showing progress but it takes you and me to make it work in the long run.
After reading about all of that I started to wonder why our failing economy hasn’t been treated in a similar manner. When you think about the seriousness of both problems it starts to make sense that we should be approaching both issues with solutions that target individuals rather than expecting the government or corporations to carry the ball. Economies don’t often change overnight, so many of the people responsible for alerting the government and the people about an economic collapse should have rang the alarm way before it reached the summit of fiscal crisis. We, as U.S. citizens, are wondering if we are ever going to turn this country around back to prosperity. It’s true that individuals have their own indicators but we get bogged down with our personal financial problems and forget that many more people are in the same predicament. We have only ourselves to blame for that and you can quote me. I know it sounds harsh but you have to remember that I’m a big advocate for strengthening our local economies first. I still feel that the only way to make a difference is to take back our individual powers. This country wasn’t made great by great big businesses and corporations. It was made great because little businesses worked hard to make their little business great.
I’m behind Obama in many aspects especially concerning individual endeavors to turn this country around and back on the road to a prosperous democracy. Just relying on someone we have voted into office isn’t the only solution. We are going to have to roll up our sleeves and get to work on our own issues and those of the people around us. Remember one more thing- we vote strongest with the way we spend our dollars rather than who we vote into government offices.
With lots of lip and water pressure,
Nowadays people seem to know the price of everything
and the value of nothing.
– Oscar Wilde