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Euroscepticism and the Breakup of the United States of America?


What can be learned from Europe today as many of the EU’s member states rush headlong into cessation? Perhaps the EU’s Policy Review desk says it best, “The likely cause behind this rise in Euroscepticism across the continent is the economic and political fallout from the eurozone debt crisis. The economic meltdown in Spain, Portugal, Ireland Greece and Cyprus and a still sluggish European Union economy make it hard to argue that being in EU is about power and prosperity for the people.”

Earlier in the tenure of Barak Obama a few US states considered cessation as a likely alternative to remaining under the mandate of what they perceived as a misguided Washington leadership not reflective of the majority of their state’s population.

Compounding the (still present) financial meltdowns plaguing California, Texas, and other highly populated regions of our country, some representatives of government, including the state’s highest-ranking officials threatened cessation as the likely fallout believing that the state, alone, might better respond to the immediate and long-term needs of the people to whom they are ultimately responsible.

Few would argue that Washington DC today is representative of the collective majority perspective of the overall population, instead embracing platforms and policies that perpetuate disastrous policies that only exacerbate our current dismal conditions.

Take Climate as an example: In the US, although we represent only 5% of the world’s population, we account for about 25% of the global consumption of Fossil fuels. But, because of the continued influences of Big Oil in Washington, including and most strikingly in comparison, with Barak Obama whose earliest pledges to the electorate were to manifest change (in not just the consumption of foreign fuel, but) in the direction of alternative approaches to transportation and domestic electricity production, have fallen blindly short of target.

How far away are we from electric vehicles capable of fulfilling the needs of the average American on a day-to-day basis? A very short distance, and it is not a finish line that Big Oil wants to see crossed. Tesla, et al., is not a pipe-dream but a reality with the advent of Lithium-Air technology.

Obamacare is another example of the crushing debt being placed on us, and future generations of our country, disregarding the immediate consequences to employment and the burden it places on America’s small businesses. How much do we currently owe? $17.5 trillion. Current GDP? Roughly $16.8 trillion.

In other words, last year we crossed the financial line at the edge of the abyss: Our annual production is now no longer sufficient to pay our debt. We are, plainly, bankrupt, just as Greece, Italy, Portugal, and a host of other marginally-developed countries: Just as California, if it were not for the never-ending specter of increased tax burden on the state’s ever-marginalized working-class population.

Some comparative facts between the United States and the European Union:

EU Land Area: 4.2 million KM2. US: 9.8 KM2.

EU Population: 507 million. US: 318 million.

EU GDP: $16.6 trillion. US: $16.8 trillion.

So, is there a lesson to be learned? From EU’s Policy Review, above, “...and a still sluggish ... economy make it hard to argue that being in (United States of America) is about power and prosperity for the people.”

Seems like a logical parallel...perhaps we might call it Ameriscepticism.

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