Thursday, August 9, 2012

Modern Martha and Harold

   Holy crap, Martha, the damn well’s going dry! But, Martha knew that History repeats itself, especially when it comes to the weather. Seems like Martha and Harold are back in the old dust bowl, again. Some of us still remember the author John Steinbeck who wrote The Grapes of Wrath, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and Of Mice and Men, about folks like Martha and Harold. (That was back in the old days when you had to read stuff to find out what was going on in the World.)
   Well, back then Martha and Harold bundled up the kids and some of their belongings and headed for California, and a better life. Now, we seem to have a similar weather pattern in our abundant Midwest and Southwest. This modern day drought has some eerie similarities to the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s. It stretches from the high plains of Central Canada all the way South to Gulf of Mexico.
   Does anyone remember what was going on here in the 1930’s. Ah, yes, we were trying to resurrect ourselves from “The Great Depression”.  Sound a little familiar? Now, Modern Martha and Harold can’t just bundle up the kids and some of their belongings and headed for California. California is totally bankrupt, way too overcrowded, and Modern Martha and Harold don’t have the money to move, because Harold has been unemployed for a year and a half. MM & H are also close to defaulting on their mortgage, maxed out on their credit cards, one car already repossessed, and the second one in arrears.
   Tell me; what are Modern Martha and Harold supposed to do? In our style of democracy, this is where the Federal Government comes riding in on the white horse, just in time to save the day. Here’s where we run into a major snafu. The Federal Government doesn’t own a white horse anymore. The Chinese bought the last one we had, and, believe me, they aren’t riding in to save our day anytime soon. I guess there is a small chance that we can keep our feet out of the fire. Maybe, just maybe, if we stop fighting  these wars that are destined to failure, we can avoid running over the $3.4 trillion outlay that I suggested three years ago. Maybe then, we will have some money left over to help Modern Martha and Harold through this rough period. I really thought that helping them at their hour of need was “The American Way”. I hope I can still feel truth in that when I wake up tomorrow morning.

Just a little history from:                    
Geographic characteristics

{A dust storm approaches Stratford, Texas, in 1935.}
The Dust Bowl area lies principally west of the 100th meridian on the High Plains, characterized by plains which vary from rolling in the north to flat in the Llano Estacado. Elevation ranges from 2,500 feet (760 m) in the east to 6,000 feet (1,800 m) at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The area is semiarid, receiving less than 20 inches (510 mm) of rain annually; this rainfall supports the shortgrass prairie biome originally present in the area. The region is also prone to extended drought, alternating with unusual wetness of equivalent duration. During wet years, the rich soil provides bountiful agricultural output, but crops fail during dry years. The region is also subject to high winds.

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