Ask yourselves – where would we be right now if the people who sat here before us decided not to build our highways and our bridges; our dams and our airports? What would this country be like if we had chosen not to spend money on public high schools, or research universities, or community colleges? Millions of returning heroes, including my grandfather, had the opportunity to go to school because of the GI Bill. Where would we be if they hadn’t had that chance?
-Barack "Barry Soetoro" Hussein Obama, "Jobs" Speech, Joint Session of Congress, September 8, 2011
Do you mean where would we be if we hadn't crisscrossed the entire country with concrete and asphalt, laying to waste acres upon acres of tillable land and deeding ownership of that land to corporations and governments? Are you asking if the people would have survived without the Federal Reserve inflation policies, booms and busts?
|19th century photo from Harper's Weekly|
It has been said that in the early days of the American West, when the railroads intr
oduced European settlers to the land, adventurous train passengers would shoot the plentiful buffalo from their train seat. Many Europeans felt this a necessary undertaking in order to "civilize" the West. It was no secret that buffalo was the main staple of the Indian peoples and the decimation of the buffalo would end the lives of the nomadic Indians as they were accustomed.
-Chief Joseph-Nez Perce Nez Perce Indian Chief on the questionable custom of land ownership