- End the "War on Drugs" at the state and federal level.
- End the extortion of money from the private sector to fund the lavish pension system of the public employees.
- Cut military spending and bring home the troops.
- Cut benefits of Social Security, Medicare, and eliminate most of the Federal Agencies (what have they done for us?). Reduce head count in government at all levels "by any means necessary".
- Cut the budgets for Law Enforcement, Fire, and Public Safety at the state and local level. It is axiomatic that we all want life to be perfect; it is time to do a cost/benefit analysis of what we are paying for and what we are getting... including all of the unintended consequences. This includes our embarrassment of a legal system.
- Enact Laws to reduce lobbyist influence.
- Accept less regulation in most instances, not more.
- Address the energy issue! Its the 800 pound Gorilla in the room!
Some Simple Net Export MathThe simplistic Export Land Model (ELM) assumes an oil exporting country that hits peak production and then declines at 5%/year, with a 2.5% rate of increase in consumption, with consumption equal to 50% of production at peak production rate.Instead of projecting net export volumes (and instead of discussing two exponential functions), an alternative, and simpler, way of portraying net export declines is to simply plot consumption as a percentage of production. When this number hits 100%, by definition the exporter transitions from net exporter status to net importer status.In any case, at final peak Export Land was consuming 50% of production. At the end of year three, they were consuming 63% of production. Consumption, as a percentage of production, increased at 8%/year. So, 10 years after the peak, if we extrapolate the trend, they would be consuming 111% of production (the model shows them going to zero net oil exports in 9 years).In 2005, Saudi Arabia consumed 18% of production. In 2008, they consumed 22% of production (EIA). Extrapolated out for 25 years (from 2005), in 2030, they would be consuming 104% of production (Sam Foucher’s modeling shows them approaching zero net oil exports between 2030 and 2035).And of course, this presumably would work for ELM 2.0 (the observed tendency for developing countries like China & India, i.e., “Chindia,” to outbid developed countries for declining net oil exports).Chindia’s combined net oil imports, as a percentage of (2005) top five net oil exports went from 19% in 2005 to 27% in 2008, a 12%/year rate of increase. Extrapolated out for 14 years (from 2005), to 2019, Chindia’s combined net imports would be 102% of (2005) top five net oil exports, i.e., 102% of combined net oil exports from Saudi Arabia, Russia, Norway, Iran and the UAE. If we take Sam's best case for the (2005) top five net oil exports, and if we extrapolate Chindi'a current rate of increase in net oil imports, we get the same answer (Chindia approaching 100% of top five net oil exports around 2018).