A Little Bit of History

Late in May of 2011, we revealed a project we had suggested to President Reagan in the early 1980s. That was thirty years ago. In Vol. XXVII, Articles 22 and 23 we provided a general description of that project. Here are excerpts from those articles:

“We’ve been pushing to revive our nation’s shipbuilding industry for the last dozen years or so, but to no avail. We’ve sent faxes and e-mails to hundreds in Congress and in the sitting administrations, but we’ve received not a single response or acknowledgment. Sound strange? …

“We have international patents on a revolutionary container ship design that eliminates all foreign shipbuilding competition. So, what are we doing wrong? We’re trying to muscle in on someone else’s territory – that’s what we’re doing wrong.

“But we’re not surprised. We’ve been down this road before. We’ve tried in the past to bring wealth and prosperity to the little people in this country, but then, as now, we were put on ice. We’re getting a little bit long in the tooth, though, and it’s time to let it all hang out in the hope that someone with clout will break from the pack and save the country’s bacon …

“Well, we’ve told you all about our U.S. and international container ship patents, and because we stated above that we’re going to let it all hang out, we’ll tell you all about the project we wanted to hand over to President Reagan. Maybe it will turn out to be the lure that will attract that ‘someone with clout’…

“Here’s the GENERAL STATEMENT we sent to President Reagan on March 15, 1982:

“‘I propose that the U.S. Government begin construction of a canal along the U.S.-Mexican border, connecting the GULF OF MEXICO to the PACIFIC OCEAN”…

We went on to provide salient features of the project and then we asked, “Did we miss anything? Food, electricity, water, jobs, affordable transportation facilities, a balanced budget, amortization of the national debt – every potential disaster anticipated and averted. And yes – this ‘project’ would have put the kibosh on illegal immigration and drug trafficking. How different life would be today!”

A simple acknowledgment from Nancy’s private secretary was all that we received. No comment and no reaction from the President. But like we said, we’ve been down that road before. We had made an earlier effort to do something for the little people of this country but politicians would have none of it – unless they could have all of it.

Many, many years ago Florida’s Lake Worth segment of the Intracoastal Waterway was clean enough for swimming, boating and fishing. For almost a century, however, Lake Worth has been the filthiest, smelliest swamp in the hemisphere. Elegant homes can still be seen along the shores of that pig stye, reminders of better bygone days.

We lived in Palm Beach County in the 70s and approached the County Commissioners with an offer to purify Lake Worth. We assured the Commissioners that a yet-to-be-patented system of ours would remove the slime and sewage from the lake and restore it to its natural state. Ninety days after installation, we promised them, Lake Worth would once again be an attractive playground. The cost quoted for the use of our system and our services was quite modest. We lived there. Lake Worth and its surroundings were our back yard. We wanted the clean up as much for ourselves as for the community. But the greedy commissioners were blunt. “Tell us how your system works first”, they said, “and then we’ll decide whether to pay you for it”. Yeah, right.

So Lake Worth to this day is still the filthiest, smelliest swamp in the entire hemisphere, and the good folks down there have only their elected representatives to thank for the stench.

We brought that little bit of history to light because of a critical and similar situation that is now developing on the mighty Mississippi River. This is how Cargo Business Newswire began its coverage on Friday, November 30th:

“Mississippi closure puts jobs, wages and $ 7 billion in commodities at risk”

“Further navigational limits or a possible Mississippi River closure to barge traffic in mid-December could cause big economic damage to the region, according to the American Waterways Operators and the Waterways Council Inc. In a November 27 letter, AWO, WCI and 16 national organizations sent a letter to the President and FEMA, asking for an emergency declaration to expedite action to keep the Mississippi River open to navigation. AWO and WCI said that $ 7 billion in key products such as corn, grain, coal, petroleum, chemicals and other products would be at risk for December and January alone, including agricultural products, chemical products, petroleum products, crude oil and coal.

“The letter cites how the low water levels that have restricted traffic on the Mississippi have worsened since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun the reduction of water to the Mississippi River from reservoirs on the upper Missouri River. A closure would have an immediate impact on jobs and wages, they said in a joint statement. Louisiana, Illinois and Missouri would be hardest hit, with thousands of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in wages at risk.

“‘This is further evidence that there is a regional economic crisis in the making that necessitates action from the President, and these figures only take into account the months of December and January,’ said Tom Allegretti, AWO’s president and CEO. ‘Given the number of jobs at stake if commerce on the Mississippi is crippled, and especially given the ripple effect on local economies up and down the river, the Administration cannot afford to remain silent on this critical issue.'”-
That “project” we called to President Reagan’s attention included the use of the above-mentioned
“yet-to-be-patented” system of ours which would maintain navigable water levels on the Mississippi. It’s criminal. We’ve been shunted aside simply because we’re not among the 1% who contribute funds to those “with clout.” The millions of jobs generated by a U.S. shipbuilding program, by the construction of an American/Mexican Canal – and even by a local project in Palm Beach County – are of no concern to the elite. “Little people” just don’t matter. They never will.