While eating lunch yesterday, I tuned into one of the many talk shows which focus on things angry white men can get behind. The host was taking a call from a woman in Louisiana who warned about the dangers associated with elimination of oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
The woman explained that oil drilling must continue or the State of Louisiana would be in a worse financial situation than California is in. The caller contended that Louisiana relies so heavily on oil revenues as a funding source the state would be unable to fund operations if oil money were cut off. My first reaction to these statements was: “Who got you onto that plan?” The talk show host had different ideas and began a long monologue on how poorly the Obama administration is running the country.
It later occurred to me the talk show topic was a page right out of the book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” by John Perkins (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2005, ISBN 1576753018, 9781576753019). In the book Perkins tells of a U.S. foreign policy which creates an economic dependency on the United States while providing great wealth to U.S. corporations. The parallels between Perkins book and the caller’s assertions were very close. Louisiana may very well be in a position where its people and representatives can’t afford to do what might well be in their own best interest.