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Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Trade Offs Of Certain Types Of Wealth Accumulation

We have bridges falling every few years as the infrastructure crumbles. To repair this requires a good deal of money.
We have more severe storms probably due to climate change, and to recover from these disasters takes a good deal of money.

EPA Survey Finds More Than Half of the Nation’s River and Stream Miles in Poor Condition
Release Date: 03/26/2013
WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results of the first comprehensive survey looking at the health of thousands of stream and river miles across the country, finding that more than half – 55 percent – are in poor condition for aquatic life.

“The health of our Nation’s rivers, lakes, bays and coastal waters depends on the vast network of streams where they begin, and this new science shows that America’s streams and rivers are under significant pressure,” said Office of Water Acting Assistant Administrator Nancy Stoner. “We must continue to invest in protecting and restoring our nation’s streams and rivers as they are vital sources of our drinking water, provide many recreational opportunities, and play a critical role in the economy.”
We have these bothersome environmental things to attend to.
(I won't even mention the possible need to scan the skies for comets and meteors, since the last good-sized impact  occurred 12,900 years ago, or 10,900 years before Christ, or 9,900 years before Homer and Chephren... and 9,900 years is an enormous amount of time......)

All this takes money.

These things are what centralized governments were set up to do: address large issues and situations that affect all the people. Wealth cannot be allowed to accumulate in such a fashion that the central government is incapable of providing for the well-being of the people.


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