The Spill and its Bill

Recently we were all victims that huge cataclysm caused by humans have no limit. As long as we go on with our philosophy to be “greater and richer” despite the limited resources we have and ignoring the (must) security measures to apply to certain processes of resource exploiting icidents like this will ever happen again. What we need is to calculate the benefits, the risks and the ecological impact of our actions. As economy is driven my making money there is no space to think about precautions or similar actions. And as soon as things go well the benefit for all of us is tangible (Oil, Gas, my car runs!). But the grown competition and the consequently shrinking margins in earning money are tracking the way to strategies where conglomerates and big companies decide “in the twinkling of an eye” what to do to keep pace with competitors.

This strategy is no longer valid in a media long-term run. We the folks are partly responsible of this bloodshed global extraction companies apply to several sites on this planet, most of them in located in unique and sensitive ecosystems (see Louisiana).

I don’t know how many millions of gallons spilled into the Gulf of Mexico since the drown of Deep Water Horizon and what this means in economical impact for BP’s accounting. And the other side is how many money (if to reset all the mess might be payable by money?) is needed to clean the beaches and help out the wildlife and communities that live in the affected area. No one else than the government of the United States can be once more a forerunner to change global behavior and be more responsible to mother nature.

After the financial crack down and the bail-out ob billions of dollars, and under the scene of the oil spill disaster still to be calculated in financial and economical damage we are still not convinced to change from root (we the people) to give a chance to new approaches in living a better life now and in the future.

I think that BP will never be intentioned to pay the full amount in economical costs of the Oil Spill and I rarely believe that Washington will be able to impose a new policy to the oil industry to be more responsible. At the end the Spill-Out will be relayed to the taxpayer like we’ve seen with the financial Bail-Out. At the end it is partly blamable to the taxpayer itself because we all wanted to live a “real life” on credit and driving big cars consuming lots of gas.

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despite the tackle the actual President Of The United States, Obama, has to admit we need to review our Western-lated expectations to rule him. US democracy ideas introduced to Europe starting from Wilson are no more valid to rule a complexity evolved world we have to face today. As we all know Americans did a lot to free Europe twice the 20th Century to put it back on track. From there America did receive a lot of accusations to tamper domestic affairs in local countries in Europe and abroad. But we still need to admit that no more than US is able up to these days to guide the line of global policy. This rule of “Global Policeman” to the US hasn’t been accepted ‘til now by many countries. Neither Western-related, nor western enemy-classified ones. The hegemony of the US presence on the global catwalk is not at last due to the dominancy of US initiatives in base of their military power. What we need here in Europe (indeed all the Western countries) is to improve our rule in managing global issues. The last 15 years US was forced to intervene due to incapacity of their NATO allies in Europe. US-ruled missions to save global status need more than farytale tellers. Both parts of the Atlantic Ocean need to reassess their basics how to work together without threatening their historical links they have worked for. Even as Europe and the US after WW2 and Clinton after the Cold War we all need to point out new ways to put peace into things and people. The whole world is getting more and more inter-connected. And we need not only the unilateral decision of the White House to keep up better, but more than ever a global teamwork.

Don’t hope that much he’ll be the “All-Fixer”
https://mysays.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/dont-hope-that-much-hell-be-the-%E2%80%9Call-fixer%E2%80%9D/

The Bail-Out or the Pump-Out
https://mysays.wordpress.com/2008/10/02/the-bail-out-or-the-pump-out/

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Andreas Ahlen
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Don’t hope that much he’ll be the “All-Fixer”

As I wrote to be afraid of in my article “Bail-Out or Pump-Out” got real with bonus payments to AIG managers. And I also mentioned in the past that the Obama administration can’t be seen as the “all-things healer”. Obama needs to reassess a big part of the global economy. And many choices won’t pass easily or at congress or at public surveys. Even his own party is blaming the 1st black President of the US (it smells like revenge to his “against-the-lobby” speech he addressed 2 or 3 weeks ago?) making it not easier for the oval office man to continue on his way to save the country from a recession. “Change!” was his keyword and change will come. But even a holy saint with many superpowers could not fix all the mess of 30-40 years of over liberalized rules in the financial sector that ruined also real economy sectors when the bubble of toxic assets exploded. But media and Republican forces (assisted by some Dem’s as well) now fire against Obama because of the bonus payments he didn’t stop. Why did Rep’s and Dem’s in the past never ruled the markets to impose more tranparency and supervision? Maybe they were directly involved to gain profit? 😉  I think the bonus payment is due to 2 reasons: 1) Obama didn’t take an eyeball on these contracts and their due time as needed; 2) Geithner wasn’t able to check and correct the issue in time. Now folks, opposition forces and media now have new more strings on their bow. People need a sinner to sentence, Rep’s need to inflict damage to Obama’s administration as much as possible and media was and is always the middle-passthrough to mix-up the “real” information people need (no more serious journalism to tell the things they really are = more quantity and sensationalism than quality?). I do not defend Obama when he is making wrong and the AIG bonus payment was “partially” his own failure (or his staff’s), but as I told you at the beginning, humans are no saints and no one can be the “All-fixer” and recover a whole economy like the US is; doing fast, reliable, without mistakes and without deceiving anyone. Tell me one person who would be able to do that… and I’ll give ’em the job!

Andreas Ahlen
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Letter to the Editor Chicago Tribune: Why I would endorse Obama

It’s been a long time I’m pondering on whether endorsing Obama or not. As a European citizen, German, living in Italy since 2000, I achieved a much larger view of problems inflicting not only European countries but also the United States. Progress in free market in based on competition, isn’t it? But political progress never got linked to the progression. In fact, politicians often ruled (and are still ruling) market success or failure.

Barak Obama is seen as a person not be able to sit on the US-President’s chair in the oval office. We know that he got launched from provincial or state politics to nation-wide and international issues when accepting to run for the white house. I’m not sure if he will fulfill all the expectations people have tagged on him. In addition he won’t be the “one-man” ruler to decide future American decisions. Congress, Senate and other institutions will advice, guide and guard him. He won’t never be in the position to initiate “ad personam”.

The key fact we have here is that Obama is “new”. And human nature (due to education or just by the way we live our existence) is always considered a threat to the “normal schedule” every one has to complete day by day (Society, Points of View, etc.).

If the US still believe to be the leader then a courageous decision must be taken. Europe and other Western-oriented countries still receive waves the “American-Way-Of-Live” is sending out. This opportunity might be the right way to guide the US back on it’s railway track to a more “American-Spirit” way, the spirit that spread democracy, equality and freedom to the Western world….

Missing this railway track could lead to a more hostile environment, not only for the US, but for all of us children of Democracy.
Source: Chicago Tribune Opinion


Andreas Ahlen
Email: mysay@inbox.ocm
Web: http://www.andyancona.com

The Bail-Out or the Pump-Out

Wall Street - World's Financial Center

Wall Street - World

What we’ve seen lately is an tremendous confirmation of what they say “The Big Ones Rule”. Despite the emergency Wall Street plunged in we cannot get friends of this Bail-Out plan under a “blanc cheque” aspect as we (the people) are and we will be the prey of the financial system. But financial need us to run the entire system (as shown on Situation Room at CNN). Ok, the whole system is more complex than shown in the transmission. It’s hard for me to understand why the “prey” of the financial system (the people) need to burn their tax money into the financial system to fix a mess the entire system did know about and shadows casted right since mid-2007?. Did Wall Street invite to share it’s earnings with the people their tax money they now urgently need? Why does the Senate approve not only the bill but also a $100bn tax reduction for financial sectors and businesses? Do the people always have to pay the mess of “bigger ones”? This Bail-Out Plan needs to be rewritten to focus not only on the emergency, but to rewrite the rules of market procedures, especially in the financial sector (transparency). The ones who need help (and earned loads of money on Wall Street, mainly those who contributed in mid/long-term to this dead end situation) must be forced to pay a solidarity tax (as in Germany) to contribute to the salvation of the system. If we fail to re-educate the financial system then future situations will always be charged on the tax payer and government. Without a clear re-regulation from the beginning we hand out “an all-time charge-me-up” card or “blanc cheque” to the business men

Administration lawmakers and their counterparts need to be very careful not to fire up the US citizens anger. The common people won’t easily understand why they have to be not only the “slaves” due to loans and mortgages, and therefore won’t accept why they have to run after the big financial firms to take them out of the mess.

An eventual Bail-Out plan should disburse money in a reasonable matter. I think a plural-step injection should be considered. Step after step after hitting certain conditions. $150bn immediately, with relevant focus on social subsidies to poor ones got stroked by the meltdown. Disbursing should be scrupulously monitored when given to financial firms in trouble. And 20% of the gains these companies would have should return as “Bail-Out”-Revenue tax. $200bn should be hold as a reserve and disbursed in a 2nd phase of the Bail-Out plans. I leave the details to more competent people. But remember: if ww sign to troubled companies to have the full $700bn dollars then they would think about it like a “gift”. But setting up clear points they have to meet to get the 2nd disbursement for their rescue and monitoring the reconstruction of troubled companies would have an additional point to make these CEOs work out real rescue plans.

Don’t make this Bail-Out seem to the people like a taxpayers Pump-Out…

Andreas Ahlen

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Obama at Berlin, Germany (Looking abroad)

Obama addresses folks in Berlin, Germany

Obama addresses folks in Berlin, Germany

Yesterday we did assist to the speech addressed by Obama to the folks in Berlin, Germany, at the famous Sieggesaeule (The Victory Column). Authorities told more than 200,000 people listing to Obama’s statement. He got warmly welcomed despite the Germans didn’t never agree with Iraq intervention and relations have been “cold” under Chancellor Schroeder and only “little warmed” during the Merkel administration.

John McCain said he would prefer to address the people in Europe as the President of the United States and not like a presidential candidate. I think this kind of “homeland” thinking is not anymore applicable to a globalized interconnected world. Presidents (even the US one!) need to change habits and cannot continue the “my oval office is the way the world runs!”. McCain is right to focus the campaign inn first on domestic US issues but later as one of the most active global players he should (maybe) consider to watch over the edges of the Homeland border.

WSJ: Why We Went To Iraq

Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121253706422142819.html?mod=rss_opinion_main

War in IraqAs I told in the past. Mistakes were done and the ongoing was not the way US expected it would. The “preventive war” like they called it in Europe was partially founded by unilateral decisions Washington took. But in the end we all need to resolve the problem. I hope that this “case” will show up to all of us that “I go my way” tactics shouldn’t be the solutions to be picked. I claim on Europe and other Western-Allied countries when they decided to “turn their head away” instead of dealing with the US to head for a shared solution (I have to admit that all listed actors were a bit stubborn!). Finally this “its-your-faulf-GWB” must have an end. We are all humans and I think George will pay the price for his war. But what would we’ve done if there had been another terrorist attack on US soil in the 9/11 aftermath? Tricky question…