I did not get elected president of USA this last time out, but Barky Obama can see enacted my clipper ship building program, or maybe Obama doesn't have the balls to go against the arrogant labor union barons who front special in trysts; all those American owned Liberian flagged ships whose owners are behind the lobbyists' caches of soft money, Money & Power, opposed to the millions of jobs created because our fleets of merchant sailing ships would carry package cargoes they feel are theirs to freight.
My goal is to build a thousand fleets of strong clipper ships, 10,000 ships, with software controlled fully automatic sails, to carry our exports all over the world. Everything in our stores, made in America, we export. We export Kool-aid, Ivory soap, tooth paste. All the plentiful goods we take for granted in USA: cooking oil, grains, computers, and software, whatever you see for sale on our shelves here, we sell world wide, over there.
When I was 10 years old, fifty-eight years ago,the most famous Russian inventor known to manvwas a USSR fellow named Reguspatoff. Reg US Pat Off. His name was stamped on everything. America leads the world.
Building 10,000 clipper ships, wherever there is water, and people need work, will create, within a few years, 4 million good unskilled, and semi-skilled jobs, leading to even better, fully skilled jobs! Not all of our citizens dream of operating a computer, writing software, and going online. For lots of people, a decent paying job, where they lurn on the job, and can upgrade to semi and fully skilled labor, as carpenters, plumbers, and electricians, using their hands, is for them, a great trade and a dream come true, something thay take with them wherever they go.
College stew dense (dent is singular), will pay reduced tuition, and get their under grad education, while sailing the ships as co-ed crew. So the ships won't cost to operate, even when sailing light, without a cargo. Undergraduate 101 courses are infamous for their giant impersonal lecture halls, with grad students teaching, so course work, programmed in Flash, digitized, on muscular workstation computers, with wireless at sea access to internet, and the school libraries online, or aboard ship on dvd will do just fine, and the students will see the world, and get a genuine lived-on sense of the planet, our good ship mother earth.
The ships will pay for their building, carrying cargo! Some of this shipyard money will come from University Endowments, absent the president's bully pulpit, by Executive Order. Funds might also materialize on Wall Street, with or without federal government backing. The beauty of this job creating program is the jobs are long term for real, and government is not required to make it happen.
How did the Dutch do it a couple three hundred years ago? This is a giant jobs program that will put America back to work!!! This needs to happen for the strength and rejuvenation of our economy.
The 10,000 clipper ship advantage, in a WTO free trading world is clear. We can say to all of our trading partners, world wide, "We welcome all your exports to United States. Our only request (diplomatese for requirement), is that your exported goods come to America on our ships, at negotiated f.o.b charges all the parties can live with."
In the event the world grain markets are depressed, with our export grains going on our clipper ships, we can adjust the shipping charges to protect our farmers.
Certainly WalMart and K-Mart can inform their Chinese suppliers, that their next boatload of shoes and pants are to be loaded on our clipper ship fleet, waiting in their harbor.
When I am president, by Exeutive Order, all the people languishing in jail because of drug violations, related to marijuana, would be pardoned. This clipper ship program needs to be in place so there are potential jobs waiting for these people, too, whether they are pardoned or released after they completed their sentence!
Once upon a time we were a great seafaring nation. We must become a great seafaring nation again. Our clipper fleet should also include 20 non-nuclear submarines, for ocean research, mostly on duty in the shipping corridors where speed boat pirates ply the waters.
The ship's undergrduate crews might also include a few youngsters integrated who are uneducated; kids who were raised in the roughest neighborhoods, and who may have already done time, and may even be paroled to the ship, to learn how to read and write and have a chance at a better life.
The college kids can teach these underpriviledged, gone wrong kids, reading, and writing, and all the basic skills they missed, growing up, before they turned to crime and got caught.
In the event a fleet of twenty clippers around Indonesia, or Somalia is under attack, and there are at least forty speedboats coming, and one of our researchatomic subs is an hour away, these hard knock toughs are my selected crew members who can handle the 50 caliber super high power sniper guns, tow missles, and grenade launchers issued from the Captain's locker. We need not fear any pirates attacking our clippers on the open sea.
Notwithstanding the myriad of independent, small non-union maritime related businesses, sail makers and the like, who will all enjoy excellent, healthy growth from this clipper ship plan, the top heavy democrat party unions will oppose this clipper shipping program because they want the status quo: to keep tight their skilled labor supply and demand, in their prevailing, overpriced skilled labor pool.
One of the reasons for the bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler can be laid on the doorstep backward looking democratic party supporting the bloated unions.
Relative to our labor unions, having been a member in good standing, in the Seafarers International Union, for nearly a decade, best to quote my old shipmate long lost friend, the bots'n Arthur Harrington, of Boston, about the unions, "...used to be in this country, a workin' stiff could say, they give me a job to do, and I stand behind them." Nowadays they say, "They give me a job to do, but I hired them."
Arthur Harrington told me that on the deck of the S.S. Missouri, two days south of the Equator, heading to South Africa, in 1969.
By Executive Order, all the paper used by the federal government, and all the clothing worn by the military, shall be produced from industrial hemp, grown in America. The Reform of our Federal Reserve System, those conservative measures that should at least be looked at, will be presented on another page in this web domain.
I hold the view, in light of the history of our money, that we should have two varieties: one variety, illustrated above, is a Silver Certificate, that should be reproduced on long life hemp paper, especially for redistribution by the ship's crews in the third world, when the crews go ashore to make micro-economic business with the unemployed underpaid masters of hand made goods in the third world country they are visiting.
The other variety of dollar is the dollar as commodity, where a trillian dollars are wire transferred overnight. These dollars should be equally backed, but by Federal Reserve Notes, not silver.
One is a modicum of eggs change, used in the everyday conduce of affairs by the lowly workin' folk who live close to the ground. The other, Federal Reserve Note, is for high wire transfer.
The clipper ship program will enrich the third world peoples, in their own countries, by bringing Silver backed dollars into their poor communities, in exchange for hand made goods to fill out a return ship cargo. Industrial hemp will make available our whole domestic lumber industry for building clipper ships.
Michael Stephen Levinson