Sunday December 8, 2013
A Romney Presidencyby Daniel Johnson, Deputy Executive Editor
Eight years of Bush/Cheney was only the beginning...
(CALGARY, Alberta) - The main reason most people choose in supporting Mitt Romney for president is that he has a lot of business experience and will be able to put that experience to work in turning the economy around. Here are my thoughts on how he might go about doing that and beyond.
The first thing he will do is look at the national debt/deficit in order to bring down those astronomical numbers. Looking at America the balance sheet, he will weigh the positives and negatives in terms of the individual states.
Some states, he’ll see, are underperforming—states like Mississippi and Alabama which drag down the American numbers. Those two states, and a few others, as well, will be cut loose and sold to China. Nothing personal, it’s all for the greater good of the country. There will be a relatively minor cost to the federal government in having to manufacture and distribute new flags with a smaller number of stars on them.
Hawaii will be another source of national income. Its history in summary: The Kingdom of Hawaii was sovereign from 1810 until 1893 when the monarchy was overthrown by resident American businessmen. It was an independent republic from 1894 until 1898, when it was annexed by the United States as a territory, becoming a state in 1959.
The main business involved in the overthrow was Dole Fruit Co.. Sanford Dole became president of the Republic of Hawaii in 1894 after the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii (the last monarch, Queen Liliuokalani), and governor of the Territory of Hawaii until 1903. The annexation of Hawaii to the United States made selling Dole products to the mainland much more profitable, since they would never be subject to import tariffs.
So it should be no surprise that Hawaii will likely be sold to the Dole Food Company, the largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world. There will certainly be bids from other companies, but the list of those considered will naturally be restricted to American companies. Bain Capital will manage the sale and transition.
Romney will next be looking at places where the United States can show a profit: Alaska will be at the top of that list.
In 1867, the area that became Alaska, was purchased from Russia for $7.2 million (about $120 million in today’s dollars). Considering the state’s natural resources, it is much more valuable today and will certainly fetch a much higher price. Estimates are that Russia can buy Alaska back for up to $100 billion so that Romney will be able to proudly say that he negotiated a deal that gives the United States a more than 800 times return on its initial investment. That will be best deal that Bain will have ever have consummated. Much better than Staples. (If sold to Russia, it will have to be an all-cash deal—no cheques.)
Next, something will have to be done about the 23 million unemployed. Here’s where the Supreme Court will come into play. At his first opportunity, Romney will appoint an appropriate new Associate Justice. Rumours suggest that Antonin Scalia’s cousin will be available, another originalist, i.e., a Justice who believes that the only way to interpret the Constitution is in terms that the original founders intended. Of course, many of the founders were wealthy slaveholders.
It certainly won’t be a unanimous court, but a 5-4 return to the natural rights of the wealthy will occur. It may even be possible establish a form of serfdom although that will require the laying of more extralegal groundwork.
The final task for the first Romney administration is to do something about the ridiculously high costs of elections. Will elections even be needed in 2016? That will probably require a study by some prominent Americans. Those on the shortlist for such a committee are Charles Koch, David Koch, Sheldon Adelson, Donald Trump, John Boehner and Clarence Thomas.
And last, but not least, something will have to be done about Barack Obama who will be a chronic complainer. Once it has been determined that he really was born in Kenya, he can be declared an illegal alien and deported back to Kenya. And he won’t be flying on Air Force One. Here are some likely Cabinet appointments and Cabinet positions he’ll abolish.
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Daniel Johnson as a teenager aspired to be a writer. Always a voracious reader, he reads more books in a month than many people read in a lifetime. He also reads 100+ online articles per week. He knew early that in order to be a writer, you have to be a reader.
He has always been concerned about fairness in the world and the plight of the underprivileged/underdog.
As a professional writer he sold his first paid article in 1974 and, while employed at other jobs, started selling a few pieces in assorted places.
Over the next 15 years, Daniel eked out a living as a writer doing, among other things, national writing and both radio and TV broadcasting for the CBC, Maclean’s (the national newsmagazine) and a wide variety of smaller publications. Interweaved throughout this period was soul-killing corporate and public relations writing.
It was through the 1960s and 1970s that he got his university experience. In his first year at the University of Calgary, he majored in psychology/mathematics; in his second year he switched to physics/mathematics. He then learned of an independent study program at the University of Lethbridge where he attended the next two years, studying philosophy and economics. In the end he attended university over nine years (four full time) but never qualified for a degree because he didn't have the right number of courses in any particular field.
In 1990 he published his first (and so far, only) book: Practical History: A guide to Will and Ariel Durant’s “The Story of Civilization” (Polymath Press, Calgary)
Newly appointed as the Deputy Executive Editor in August 2011, he has been writing exclusively for Salem-News.com since March 2009 and, as of summer 2012, has published more than 210 stories.
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