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Node Economy PT. 1 (A Solution to Keep the American Economy Vibrant)

This is the first of a two-part series on using a more structured system to use the benefits of space R&D to reinvigorate the economy. This is The Hamilton Institute’s proposal to prevent shocks to the economy which cause severe disruption to the politics and further enrage the population. The tax plan that the Hamilton Institute has developed with a fundamental restructuring of the U.S.economy will help to do wonders to help reemploy an eager population who wants to start enjoying life again. A functional and firey government that could solve and invests in the country will help ease the uncertainty in the country right now. The top issues and complaints of the voters in America can be attributed to a dysfunctional congress and senate.

This article is going to go into the economy but also explains how the U.S.’s first-past-the-post system affects the political environment. When parties have a scorched earth policy and start cutting out policies of the opposing party they have defeated. Yes, you scored a short-term victory but you are setting the road up for major issues to develop and not be resolved. I’m not arguing for a change to the system but having reforms and updates but also for voters to understand that our strength in a democracy is each other. Nothing is ever going to change unless the declining tech cluster and unproven tech clusters will never move past the point of just political saber-rattling.

The bickering between America’s top two parties causes damage to not only its citizens but also to the cause of Democracy which in the essence is the concept of one man one vote. A western competitor to the Authoritarian systems of the strong man of many countries on the planet can be defeated. Our system can win by simply having America the most prosperous and freest society on the planet. This Country is the number one place for immigrants, number one economy, number one in tech, number one in culture, and number one in living standards. It can get better which requires a generation of leaders who understands the old way of doing politics, business, and life has long been done.

Understanding the second coming of the Space Age will help my and future generations thinking to execute decisions compared to the old industrial hydrocarbon debates of the past. I’m calling for the VC system to be augmented to have a multi-hub network to help revitalize mega-regions which throw out the old politics of the 1960s where the city and state holds sway over mega-regions that have huge populations and issues to be solved. Nasa and national labs are the nodes and the VCs, Family Offices, Angel Investors, and Private Equity are the hub and constituents, with Government Statistics and data as signals. Workers will be the connections that whenever the training, demographics, or new opportunities appear can be used to gauge and/or adjust to help keep the economy vibrant.

We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.

Benjamin Franklin

Now for the politics which is always easier said than done when dealing with day-to-day politics. I’m going to say that having a bipartisan mentality when the economy is fueling the divide where you have rent-seeking from establishment players who come from declining sectors and you have political noise from new technologies who have not yet proven their reliability in proving power consistency. This system that we call for will help develop and redevelop forgotten areas of America. Bipartisan is not only national security issue but an economic case too.

The reason why a lot of other countries don’t have certain problems with politics is that they have a proportional representation system where if the election is lost for the incumbent party and they lose big. They still have some representation for their constitutions and in the government. In America, the losing party is out of power completely which put huge voting blocks out for favor in the eyes of the opposite party. I’m not calling for a change to this system because the U.S. has something to resolve this and it’s called bipartisanship. At the end of the day if certain pieces of the minority party have some items they could still take care of fellow citizens and it helps democracy’s image in this war-torn world.

With a focus on Megaregions in America and the world instead of cities and states. We can pass the policies to really create the change and create a friendly environment that the public, businesses, and politicians on both sides of the spectrum will love to have in the country right now. Increasing the budgets of NASA (the largest I’m calling for), DOD, HHS, and CDC with basic research and R&D will make these clusters sustainable and not subject to offshoring.

Here are more details on the full 29 mega-regions.

Mega-Region Cities Population (millions) Economic Output (billions)
Bos-Wash New York; Washington, D.C.; Boston 47.6 $3,650
Par-Am-Mun Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Munich 43.5 $2,505
Chi-Pitts Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh 32.9 $2,130
Greater Tokyo Tokyo 39.1 $1,800
SoCal Los Angeles, San Diego 22.0 $1,424
Seoul-San Seoul, Busan 35.5 $1,325
Texas Triangle Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin 18.4 $1,227
Beijing Beijing, Tianjin 37.4 $1,226
Lon-Leed-Chester London, Leeds, Manchester 22.6 $1,177
Hong-Shen Hong Kong, Shenzhen 19.5 $1,043
NorCal San Francisco, San Jose 10.8 $925
Shanghai Shanghai, Hangzhou 24.2 $892
Taipei Taipei 16.7 $827
São Paolo São Paolo 33.5 $780
Char-Lanta Charlotte, Atlanta 10.5 $656
Cascadia Seattle, Portland 8.8 $627
Ista-Burs Istanbul, Bursa 14.8 $626
Vienna-Budapest Vienna, Budapest 12.8 $555
Mexico City Mexico City 24.5 $524
Rome-Mil-Tur Rome, Milan, Turin 13.8 $513
Singa-Lumpur Singapore, Kuala Lumpur 12.7 $493
Cairo-Aviv Cairo, Tel Aviv 19.8 $472
So-Flo Miami, Tampa 9.1 $470
Abu-Dubai Abu Dhabi, Dubai 5.0 $431
Osaka-Nagoya Osaka, Nagoya 9.1 $424
Tor-Buff-Chester Toronto, Buffalo, Rochester 8.5 $424
Delhi-Lahore New Delhi, Lahore 27.9 $417
Barcelona-Lyon Barcelona, Lyon 7.0 $323
Shandong Jinan, Zibo, Dongying 14.2 $249

Richard, Florida. “The Real Powerhouses That Drive the World’s Economy” Bloomberg, https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-28/mapping-the-mega-regions-powering-the-world-s-economy

Let’s get this started and bring the right course change that is needed for humanity right now.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-28/mapping-the-mega-regions-powering-the-world-s-economy

https://www.lincolninst.edu/publications/articles/2020-04-covid-19-pandemic-makes-case-for-megaregions

https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2022/02/16/publics-top-priority-for-2022-strengthening-the-nations-economy/pp_2022-02-16_priorities_0-01/

https://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences/applied-and-social-sciences-magazines/first-past-post

https://technology.nasa.gov/

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-invests-105-million-in-us-small-business-technology-development

https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/Winning_Technologies_Benefit_NASA

https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/Rolling_Out_a_Path_to_Future_Space_Travel

Founding Purpose: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

The mechanism for achieving this goal is Capitalism and Democracy

Carbon Fraction PT. 2 (Fire Ice, Carbon, Methane, and Hybrid Gases to energize and fuel the economy)

This is the second part of the Pro Carbon Fraction article on transitioning the planet to a new age where we have shifted from the Holocene to a fuller version of the Anthropocene. We could adjust the amount of Carbon to help heat or cool the planet which is great for business, politics, and survivability. A collaborative effort by U.S./Western Free market Institutions and the Government could create a counter to the state-led energy majors in OPEC. The U.S. can lead in this by using its massive Scientific leadership to find a so-called “point of no return” where we could have guardrails on the lowest/highest amount of Carbon ppm in the atmosphere of the planet. Immediate action on making Carbon and Methane integral to the economy will make remediation for future generations.

Let’s talk first about Fire Ice which is a potential game-changer but it’s very compatible with Carbon. The lifespan of Methane is 9.1 years in our atmosphere before it escapes into space. This helps where when CCS begins where we could actually adjust the Carbon we pull from the air for our economy for manufacturing, sequestered, or allocation. The article highlighted in the point of no return link above shows that the flywheel effect with the oceans and carbon would provide some leeway in keeping the planet in the Goldilocks Zone where it’s not too hot or too cold for life on the planet.

Methane being put into the atmosphere while pulling out Carbon to be allocated in a market setting like the CME with the inclusion of Scientists creates a great framework for future partnerships for major geo projects. Let’s dive further deeper into Fire Ice:

“Methane hydrates or ‘fire-ice’ is a globally distributed fossil fuel. It is composed of methane trapped inside a lattice of water molecules, which forms a white, energy-dense substance that can be easily ignited, like solid ethanol. The hydrates form at relatively shallow sub-surface depths, in high pressure and low temperature environments, typical of outer continental margins and permafrost areas. Once the substance is heated and depressurised to normal conditions, 1cm of hydrates equates to ~164cm of regular natural gas. The gas consists of 80-99.9% methane and produces much less pollution than coal and oil when burned – estimates suggest that natural gas emits just 60% of the carbon emissions generated by coal, and 80% of the emissions generated by oil.”

Latham, Toya. “METHANE HYDRATES: IS ‘FIRE-ICE’ THE NEXT ENERGY REVOLUTION?.” Enverus, https://www.enverus.com/blog/methane-hydrates-fire-ice-next-energy-revolution/#:~:text=Methane%20hydrates%20or%20’fire%2Dice,easily%20ignited%2C%20like%20solid%20ethanol.

In the flywheel effect, the temperature of the oceans, Carbon is processed by either being left to float in the atmosphere or pulled for later allocation within the economy. This is our future and we need to embrace it by preparing the necessary investments. This could also begin to build the foundation of our evolving capitalism to employ millions of eager Western workers. This should help to bring back trust and confidence into the institutions that have seen massive distrust from populations they are determined to help and protect. This will absorb excess by-products while creating capital market opportunities for the public, the government for taxation, and corporations who want a chance to capitalize on business openings.

Now we could use the NOAA National Weather Service to get a pinpoint place to begin to allocate the Carbon in the Atmosphere by the season and find a “normal” pathway depending on Summer (Max Carbon pulled, Methane steady), Spring (Carbon pulled but on the smaller end, Methane steady) Winter (Min Carbon pulled, Methane Accelerated), and Autumn (mid-level Carbon pulled, Methane adjusted on climate data atm). I could see an NOAA and IPCC working together to provide accurate information to the industries, suppliers, and policymakers to have stability in the climate intergered economy.

“Officially, the current epoch is called the Holocene, which began 11,700 years ago after the last major ice age. However, the Anthropocene Epoch is an unofficial unit of geologic time, used to describe the most recent period in Earth’s history when human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystems. The word Anthropocene is derived from the Greek words anthropo, for “man,” and cene for “new,” coined and made popular by biologist Eugene Stormer and chemist Paul Crutzen in 2000.

Scientists still debate whether the Anthropocene is different from the Holocene, and the term has not been formally adopted by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), the international organization that names and defines epochs.”

National Geographic Editors. “Anthropocene” National Geographic Encyclopedia, https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/anthropocene/

This is great because this is the rumbling of the start of moving towards a Type 1 Civilization where we begin to craft the planet’s energy to support our existence. This is our ultimate destination where the U.S. will lead us to abundance and posterity.

https://www.enverus.com/blog/methane-hydrates-fire-ice-next-energy-revolution/#:~:text=Methane%20hydrates%20or%20’fire%2Dice,easily%20ignited%2C%20like%20solid%20ethanol.

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/anthropocene/

https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.349.6245.246-a#:~:text=Anthropocene%20seems%20a%20more%20reasonable,spotty%20human%20impact%20on%20Earth.

https://www.nbcnews.com/sciencemain/what-defines-end-summer-its-just-how-our-planet-tilted-4b11221602

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/activity/the-reason-for-the-seasons/

https://www.nbcnews.com/sciencemain/what-defines-end-summer-its-just-how-our-planet-tilted-4b11221602

https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2000/interplanetaryseasons

Fire Ice

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a8775/demystifying-fire-ice-methane-hydrates-explained-15239296/

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Environment/Climate-Change/Japan-eyes-undersea-fire-ice-as-source-of-clean-burning-hydrogen

https://netl.doe.gov/node/9721

https://energypost.eu/story-ice-fire-methane-hydrates-change-world/

Founding Purpose: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

The mechanism for achieving this goal is Capitalism and Democracy

Pro Carbon Fraction

The focus on climate change and carbon is a healthy debate for the world but this comes with a huge caveat! The net-zero carbon goal is too extreme and in some circumstances is just too uncompetitive for business. For citizens, the costs of upgrading homes, appliances, and fees may not be tolerable in the long run with declining wages. Many issues are now being discussed to help transition the economy from (cradle to grave) (nonsustainable, nonrecyclable) to a (cradle to cradle) (sustainable, recyclable, and regenerating) to continue to have a habitable planet for later generations. I understand the alarmism and concern behind the green movement but The Hamilton Institute sees an opportunity to:

  1. Reindustrialize the U.S. and the West while keeping with the concept of creative destruction where the economy loses jobs while creating jobs to replace the ones that are destroyed.
  2. Create a capital market and banking solution where mergers can help prop up pensions and help channel wealth into the economy to help reduce poverty.
  3. Give the U.S and the West a chance to gain a foothold on new technologies and sciences where the Western Institutions (Military, Universities, Government, Businesses) continue to have cutting edge advantage.
  4. U.S. Military has options on fuel scenarios for a great power conflict where traditional fuel sources may be starved or denied.

These four outlines can help use the climate change policy goals by creating more inequality and tension between people in declining energy clusters (coal, oil,) and shifting them into the growing energy clusters (green hydrogen, carbon, natural gas).

Now you got it from the title and I’m going to say it again and again. You cannot have a green economy without the six most plentiful atoms in the universe in the equation. CARBON!!! Without carbon in the mix is like saying you want to lose weight by stopping drinking water completely or to reduce carbon you are going to try and reduce how much you exhale. It’s just mad.

A massive upstream infrastructure was built because it was the cheapest, profit-making, and best option at the time for the fossil fuel industry that has over a century of infrastructure.  Converting carbon into a cradle-to-cradle economy that keeps the business and stability together a massive downstream infrastructure needs to be built to complete a cycle. The U.S. Government can step in to help finance this aspect of sustainability. IF the U.S. and Western Governments do this it would make the private industry take this much more seriously with backing to plan for this policy/investments.

A combined upstream and downstream infrastructure will help reduce the excess emission but create a securitized carbon cycle/market.  This will pull carbon out of the atmosphere while decisions are made to either recycle or sequestered for later manufacturing.  In the next article, I will talk about using methane to heat up the planet while adjusting for the winter and summer climate position of the planet.

Since the Keystone XL pipeline has been canceled and the rise of Blue/Green hydrogen can be turned into an opportunity for the west. A multi-regional pipeline(s) pushed by the U.S. Government with Energy Majors can help the capital markets while propping up employment for an economy battered by COVID. Modifying the Keystone XL pipeline can be upgraded to carry hydrogen, methane, and hybrid gases with oil will help employ eager citizens while enhancing Western energy security.

https://forestbiofacts.com/introduction-to-forest-based-bioeconomy/carbon-cycle-and-circular-bioeconomy/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBbOUDDJv4Q

https://www.wsj.com/articles/exxon-chevron-ceos-discussed-merger-11612126203https://www.wsj.com/articles/exxon-chevron-ceos-discussed-merger-11612126203

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-exxon-mobil-chevron-breakingviews/breakingviews-exxon-chevron-deal-could-help-kill-fossil-fuels-idUSKBN2BH309

https://energyfactor.exxonmobil.com/reducing-emissions/carbon-capture-and-storage/stop-carbon-dioxide-emissions-power-plants/

https://createdigital.org.au/carbon-capture-method-turns-co2-back-coal/

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/31/carbon-capture-technology.html

Founding Purpose: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

The mechanism for achieving this goal is Capitalism and Democracy.

Regional Thinking Pt. 3 Six Californias and (Six New Yorks, Texas’s and Florida’s)

This is a great idea after the first two proposals (1 and 2) for reforms to the government and economy of the U.S. This is the best idea to advance democracy and strengthen the republic at the same time. The left/right debate has been vaporized in the election of President Trump where the body politic was expecting someone out of the political world but got something that was totally unexpected. The destruction of two political dynasties which were the Bush and Clinton political families. Gov. Jeb Bush on the Republican side and Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton on the Democratic Side.

I don’t want to dwell on the 2016 election any longer since it was last year and it was an election that I wanted to end very quickly. Instead of the political left/right crap but actually, reforms and ideas to help the coming generation come into its own. This is the way to actually make the institutions of government respond and reflect the will of its citizens. The problem with American Democracy is the same old theme that many people are saying. It’s not tyranny, dictatorship, or Neo-Hitlerian thoughts (Alt-right, White supremacy, or Neo Confederacy), and I not saying there are no racial problems in the country. It’s taxation without representation.

I argue the question that is on the public, political scientists, historians, and politicians’ minds is that why is the public will is never reflected in the outcome of bills.

Michael Lind is going deeper into the debate that needs to be started and solved:

“Nobody should underestimate the power of inertia in American politics.  But we will never have any progress, if we accept stupid things just because they are old.

At this point, to the tune of “Yankee Doodle” on a fife and drum, somebody in the peanut gallery will object that our system represents the “genius of the Founding Fathers.”  Sorry, peanut gallery patriots — the major Founders hated the overrepresentation of small states in the Senate.  For most of their political careers, Alexander Hamilton favored more centralization, while the “Father of the Constitution,” James Madison (except early in his career), was for states’ rights.  But these two co-authors of the Federalist Papers agreed that states should be represented in the Senate on the basis of population and that the compromise in the Constitution that gave each state two senators, no matter its size, was a mistake.

In the guise of denouncing the Articles of Confederation, Hamilton made his feelings clear in Federalist No. 22:

The right of equal suffrage among the States is another exceptionable part of the Confederation. Every idea of proportion and every rule of fair representation conspire to condemn a principle, which gives to Rhode Island an equal weight in the scale of power with Massachusetts, or Connecticut, or New York; and to Delaware an equal voice in the national deliberations with Pennsylvania, or Virginia, or North Carolina. Its operation contradicts the fundamental maxim of republican government, which requires that the sense of the majority should prevail…. It may happen that this majority of States is a small minority of the people of America; and two thirds of the people of America could not long be persuaded, upon the credit of artificial distinctions and syllogistic subtleties, to submit their interests to the management and disposal of one third. The larger States would after a while revolt from the idea of receiving the law from the smaller.”

Michael Lind –Break up the states! The case for the United Statelets of America

We need to reform the Senate and allow the big states to be fully represented in the Senate where democracy has been missing for about 240 years. (241 if you include July 4, 2017) Michael Lind goes deeper into the sanity of representation of big states’ populations in the Senate:

“If we assume that microstates like Wyoming are not going to give up their two U.S. senators, then macrostates like California, Texas, Florida and New York should voluntarily divide themselves, in order to boost their representation in America’s upper house.  Under the Six Californias plan, for example, residents of present-day California would send 12 senators to Washington, not two.”

“And because they are smaller, the successor states to the Former California would be more citizen-friendly.  A citizen of Wyoming, Vermont, North Dakota or Alaska — the four least populous states — has a much better chance of influencing the legislature or arranging an appointment with the governor than does a citizen of California or Texas who is not backed by an army of lobbyists or hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

“Why not form new states within the jurisdictions of the existing megastates? Why not divide in order to rule? This is not as crazy as it sounds. Commentator Walter Russell Mead has suggested that no American should have to live in a state with more than 4 or 5 million citizens. If the 4-million-population rule were applied to the large states, California might be subdivided into eight new states; Texas, five; New York and Florida, four; Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Ohio, three; and Michigan and New Jersey, two.

Eight Californias? Five Texases? Four New Yorks? Why not?

That includes four Floridas in this new way of thinking. Redistricting is going to have a new meaning where instead of not only congressional districts but also regional governors manage these new areas. The only thing that I disagree with Michael Lind is the creation of new states. You could keep the same states but treat the new “statelets” as regions within a state as a district.

Let’s evolve our institutions and perfect the union! Mr. Draper is on to something big!!!!

This is the third article in a three-article series on Regional Governance.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/empire/empire-threeuscities/2013/11/2013112417488309525.html

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/28/break_up_the_states_the_case_for_the_united_statelets_of_america/?utm_content=bufferc7041&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2013/07/economist-explains-21?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/how_did_estonia_become_a_leader_in_technology_

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2014/07/15/theres-a-plan-to-split-california-into-6-states-heres-what-it-might-look-like/?utm_term=.487a2e7ecb28

http://www.fixcal.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Californias

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2014/03/california-politics?utm_content=buffer9d61f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2014/07/15/331694432/plan-to-make-6-states-out-of-california-may-head-to-ballot

http://venturebeat.com/2014/06/21/why-venture-capitalist-tim-draper-wants-to-divide-california-into-six-states-interview/

Founding Purpose: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

The mechanism for achieving this goal is Capitalism and Democracy.

Regional Thinking Pt. 2 – Regional Mayors and Govenors

The greatest challenge to the United States Post WWII and the Post Cold War era where the U.S was in deep competition with the Soviet Union. The issues of threats changed from being external to now being internal. The evolution of Globalization/Americanization has contained threats and challenges. Challenges that the United States had to call upon its population to enlist/commission in its armed services and sometimes tragically give life and limbs to values that are enshrined today. In the first post, I explained the net gains of consolidations of institutions to expand the power of markets in the Continental United States.

With the transformation and evolution of the global economy in the 21st Century. Reforms are needed to keep up with the pace of change and adapt to the world where changes are happening whether you like it or not. The U.S. is at a point in its history where the right decisions and investments are made. We could be talking about the next American century and the concept of the true Pax Americana where the world is less focused on warfare and the concept of commerce, eCommerce, and science. This will help the U.S. compete in the next coming century with more players in the game. (China, India, Latin America, the Middle East/North Africa, and Africa)

The concept of Regional Mayors and Governors will help the economy change where political infighting has shown that the politics and lawmakers are holding back the progress of the U.S. Polls after polls showed that people do not see each other and politicians and natural disasters, and terrorism as threats to their livelihood. The last eight years and another four to maybe another eight years showed that the U.S. cannot have political incompetence. This will continue to bog down future administrations where the list of things to do adds up and the crisis always bring political deadlock.

Regional Mayors will help to expand cities that would help to harmonize laws, public works, and investment deals where instead of one city looking for cluster placement. A series of twenty or thirty cities will bring attention to these areas with a large pool of customers, human capital, and financial capital. This would increase of hitting power of American cities, towns, and rural areas that are seeking investments. This should make it easier for Regional Governors to collaborate with local and county officials.

 

Regional Governor will help dissolved the political deadlock by bringing business, trade, and cultural differences to expand the market. Public Health, Public Services, Infrastructure, and working business will help develop these areas into megaregions. With differed districts, one for commerce and another for military/law enforcement will assist and enforce the commercial consolidation. The website for the Council of Governors states the following and research should be put into this Council:

“The Council of Governors (Council) was created by the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008 and formally established by Executive Order 13528, issued on January 11, 2010. The Council is intended to serve as a mechanism for governors and key federal officials to address matters pertaining to the National Guard, homeland defense and defense support to civil authorities.” 

Military/National Guard/FEMA/                                  Commerce consolidation based on the

Law Enforcement Districts                                                      U.S. Federal Reserve Districts

This should help with help institutions with adjusting to not only the commercial realities but includes law enforcement/military institutions for white-collar, cybercrimes, and natural disasters that will certainly take place.

This is the second article in a three-article series on Regional Governance.

http://www.rpa.org/article/what-us-map-should-really-look-like

https://www.nga.org/cms/CoG

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/12/the-radical-new-map-that-would-really-reflect-life-in-the-u-s/?utm_term=.de2459fc269c

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/story/news/local/clarksville/2016/10/06/city-mayor-kim-mcmillan-lead-regional-mayors-caucus/91708566/

http://www.sanantonio.gov/DotGov/Full-Article/ArtMID/2621/ArticleID/8547/Mayors-to-meet-for-regional-growth-summit

http://minnesota.uli.org/rcm/

Founding Purpose: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

The mechanism for achieving this goal is Capitalism and Democracy.

Neo Federal Reserve (Mega Capitalism)

I hope everyone is enjoying their new year and I wanted to jump-start this blog because of the major risk and uncertainty that is accelerating in the coming months. The incoming Trump Administration has something that 44 presidents had before them in terms of a record to come off. The President-elect soon-to-be President has no record or background in politics to reference and that has a lot of people terrified.  I see this as a major opportunity to open doors and destroy intellectually wasteful left/right debate in this country’s politics.

The first issue, I come to terms with not playing stupid gotcha left/right politics and creating opportunities for major reforms that are needed in the global economy because of the advancement of globalization, institutional changes to integrate new technological clusters into the economy, and consolidations needed to resolve conflict and risk. This central theme for the next post will be about creating fluid economic institutions to deal with a post gold standard economy.

The real stress is the economy that no one is talking about is the economy is expanding fastest than the present institutions can handle. To handle the major change and bring certainty and fluidity back to the market. Before we continue any further on this post. We have to define the two policies affecting the economy right now:

“Monetary policy involves changing the interest rate and influencing the money supply. Fiscal policy involves the government changing tax rates and levels of government spending to influence aggregate demand in the economy.”

Difference between monetary and fiscal policy | Economics Help

www.economicshelp.org/blog/1850/…/difference-between-monetary-and-fiscalpolicy/

 

We need to acknowledge that we are in a shotgun wedding when it comes to the economy, treaties, and trade pacts. There is no way out of this or around it because the only autonomous nation on the planet is North Korea(they’re leveraged with food by the Chinese). We need to understand and create dialogue to address the structural shortcomings and the measures to resolve them. What I’ll love to inject into the debate is that we do not need so much tension where political showdowns and battles translate into market uncertainty which delays investments, contracts, and implementation of business decisions from the C-Suite.

The first issue I’m going to tackle is reforms of the Central Banks or commonly known as the Bretton Woods system to adapt to the current market of emerging markets, globalization, declining and evolving technological clusters, and upgrades to the current infrastructure. Basel III is the current structure of the global economy in terms of banks and the holdings they are required to have to keep the banks running. This could be the founding of Basel IV where the new changes in the tax code are updated across the world.

I don’t have an economics, finance, or high-level maths degree to work out the equations but the three areas that will explode the economy with a capital-rich environment is these three areas: capital requirements, leverage ratio, and liquidity requirements. The updated tax plan and policies suggested in this blog will help to reverse the declining clusters around the world.

The picture shows the role of the central banks in the country:

I’m proposing a consolidation of the top 8 central banks into a new central bank system with the U.S. and the U.K. The top financial cities(New York and London) are in those countries and the growth is small compares to the rest of the world. It already has the institutions within its borders and people are used to this nation-leading:

8 Central Banks You Need to Know

Taking the top 8 Central Banks and putting them into the U.S. Federal Reserve System and the U.K.’s Bank of England can help to resolve and bring efficiency back to the markets.

  1. US Federal Reserve Bank (USD)
  2. European Central Bank (EUR)
  3. Bank of England (GBP)
  4. Bank of Japan (JPY)
  5. Swiss National Bank (CHF)
  6. Bank of Canada (CAD)
  7. Reserve Bank of Australia (AUD)
  8. Reserve Bank of New Zealand (NZD)

Take the bottom banks and put them into the U.S. Federal Reserve System:


The same is on the bottom and will create Dual Branches of the Federal Reserve system that will reduce the number of central banks policies to contend with and make business decisions easier.

Take the bottom banks and put them into the Bank of England and it will help to reduce the danger of currency fluctuations and harmonize monetary policy around the World. Moving and splitting the Bank of International Settlements into both the U.S. and U.K. will help shake up the mix. I know what everyone is thinking (What about Brexit?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This first series of reforms will help to create an environment to adapt to the changing world.

https://www.federalreserve.gov/

http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/Pages/home.aspx

http://www.hoover.org/research/reform-federal-reserve

http://money.cnn.com/2016/11/16/news/economy/us-china-trade-war-donald-trump/

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21699121-americas-next-president-should-modernise-federal-reserve-system-right-kind-reform

Founding Purpose: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

The mechanism for achieving this goal is Capitalism and Democracy.

Improving Police and Communities Relations

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In this post, I’m not going to use any references or links to other pages to discuss this post. It’s a post on an issue that is not unsolvable or doomed to repeat for generations. The Police are needed and to be respected but we need better policies to prevent peace officers from becoming tactical 24/7. The free-market approach to the criminal justice system is now an anti-growth policy. This affects the economy, communities, and the reputation of the United States. This blog post will lay out a way to resolve this issue once and for all.

Ferguson, Baltimore, and the tragic losses of Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and Freddie Gray. The first issue is the (suppose) pathological nature of black men and communities that are pumped through the media. The issue with black neighborhoods is the absence and leaving of individuals who would comprise the black middle class. The black middle class is 1 trillion dollars but none of that s going to revitalize black neighborhoods, black schools, black colleges, and forming black corporations.

The second issue is the heavy metal contamination in the black community such as lead, mercury, and arsenic. Children born in these neighborhoods are unable to compete in the economy which creates a lower, inferior, and different mindset that affects inner-city black communities (especially black men). This breeds (why should I try) in the minds of at-risk black youth. If an environmental and renewal program hires these youth to knock down and rebuild their communities. The effect on black unemployment will drop and the skills acquired by youth will help them move on to other fields.

Crime Prevention

The government paying people not to shoot each other, paying schoolchildren to get “A’s” and staying on the honor roll, dean’s list, and going to college will help get young children into these new technological clusters will destroy the chronic unemployment which cannot be absorbed by the economy. This will help drop the inmate recidivism rate where because of how the penalty for felonies is defined. You cannot get certain jobs, can’t vote, or re-educate yourself. This is how you can reconstruct black neighborhoods where you could return to the black middle class to further reduce the disparity.

The reforms being proposed for the U.S. Criminal Justice system are good and a start but it is a beginning process of undoing decades of harm and injustice. Another option no one is talking about is having black business people join the Fraternal Order of Police. The problem in black neighborhoods is the perception of just thugs, drugs, and prostitutes. One credit I give Fox News and the conservative media is the highlight of black businesses during Ferguson and Baltimore. No one talks about building loans, grants, or credit to develop these businesses in black neighborhoods.

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This will help get at-risk communities all over the country into this new technological age where no one can say that no one cares.

Founding Purpose: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

Nextgen – A model for reform of American Government

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The changing environment of aviation will yield untold benefits for the market. Consolidations of the major powers to increase competitiveness with the U.S. economy will produce competition.  These changes will force U.S. policymakers to re-examine certain viewpoints in regard to government and the free market. The coming traffic of 1 billion flyers will force many aspects of the FAA to change to meet the increasing demand for air travel. Wired magazine tells a great story about Brian Howard who wanted to leave the earth but wanted to damage the U.S. Air Traffic Control System marking his unfortunate demise.

Brian ultimately showed how outdated and ineffective the current system “HOST” is for the U.S. The FAA responded with the next-generation system to replace HOST named “NextGen.” The Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act is a possible model for reform with another initiative called U.S. Digital Service. This can create new high-tech jobs with the ability not to be outsourced which will help technological clusters in the U.S. from declining in the short run.

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This example can be applied to other government agencies like the VA health system, Federal and State infrastructure, and the U.S. education system which is still under government control and can direct a centralized education system but it has the ability to fire people. The U.S. Government needs to be reformed to compete in this high-speed/high-tech world.

http://www.wired.com/2015/02/air-traffic-control/

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/03/time-to-fix-air-traffic-control.html

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CONGRESS_AVIATION_OVERHAUL?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

http://www.wsj.com/articles/republican-house-measure-seeks-independent-air-traffic-control-board-1454512598

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/saab-reinvents-air-traffic-control-with-a-digital-panorama-112525034/

Founding Purpose: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

The mechanism for achieving this goal is Capitalism and Democracy.

NAU UK (Advancing NAFTA and adding the U.K. to strengthen the U.S. Economy)

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I’m a CNBC/Bloomberg junkie and I just can’t go a day without seeing news stories about Brexit which I think is another opportunity for the United States. Regional thinking is the central theme of this website and I was thinking this “how consolidation might work for the standard-bearers of the English language”. I’m a critic of NAFTA and the damage it has caused to Mexico’s agriculture, labor, and environmental standards but a reformed tax system can remedy the chaos.

Here is the definition from Investopedia about Brexit:

“The Brexit, an abbreviation of “British exit” that mirrors the term Grexit, refers to the possibility of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. A number of British political parties support a referendum on EU membership; the most prominent are the Conservative Party, which has promised a 2017 in/out referendum if it wins the May 2015 General Election”

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With the polls gaining support and the U.K’s business community feels constrained by the E.U. regulations. I agree with their argument that they should focus on America, India, and China than the E.U. which has different institutions that are descended from the Napoleonic Code which will not work in the U.K.’s case. The net gain for Britain joining NAFTA will help American exports with a net gain of 63,182,000 new customers. That adds about (*)1.5 new Californias, about two Texas, and about three New York states. This is excluding immigration from the newly formed trading block which can dominate in this age of urbanization around the world (esp. India and China).

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The common cultural, language, and liberal values on the economy, defense, education, and scientific development will advance R&D in the new alliance. For the capital markets, this new alliance will bring all of the top exchanges into the fold under a single banner. The TMX (Toronto Stock Exchange) and LSE (London Stock Exchange) can help the transiting to the Monster NYSE by giving small companies the experience of going public without the hassle of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act (SOX) which can take up to 5% of the companies’ budget. History and background in the smaller but influential capital markets would help keep new wealth begin created. This is nothing but benefits for all parties involved in the adding of the U.K. into the NAFTA agreement.

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IAIN MURRAY AND JAMES C. BENNETT have a great idea for a post-E.U. Britain:

“Britons also feel at home south of the Canadian border. Contrary to an oft-repeated myth, links between Britain and the United States are not reducible to the personal relationships between presidents and prime ministers. The U.S. and the U.K. have always been each other’s, primary financial partners. A few simple measures could substantially deepen this relationship, especially once Britain no longer needs to adhere to EU rules.”

“Foremost among these would be to admit a post-EU Britain to the North American Free Trade Agreement. Nafta is not a perfect vehicle, but it has the enormous advantage of already existing, with a nearly 20-year track record behind it. And unlike the EU, Nafta would not seek to impose a single social vision on its members. For example, Nafta has had no effect on Canadian social policy, which is very similar to Britain’s—except for Canada having more revenue to pay for it all.”

Let’s not forget about the four top universities working together

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Harvard, Yale, Cambridge, and Oxford University with all the top universities in the U.S. and U.K. would create an R&D, Educational, and Scientific Giant.

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Also, the two centers of global finance are under one umbrella which is New York and London.

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Who knows???? A super merger of English Speaking Nations/Markets may be the new global titan!

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8ba35856-c8d1-11e5-be0b-b7ece4e953a0.html#axzz3z2SIMvhR

http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2016/01/graphics-britain-s-referendum-eu-membership

https://www.rt.com/uk/330853-brexit-support-eu-poll/

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielhannan/100126384/should-britain-join-the-united-states/

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970204791104577110163558996698

https://www.reddit.com/r/vexillology/comments/19sweo/canada_usa_great_britain_australia_and_new/

Founding Purpose: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

The mechanism for achieving this goal is Capitalism and Democracy.

Regional Thinking (Creating a Friendlier Environment for Competitiveness)

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The age of the states is over in the global economy as regional and multilateral agreements are becoming the norm. ASEAN, AIIB, EU, BRIC, and the IBSA-trilateral are becoming more common. The regional consolidation based on the Federal Reserve System would bring great benefits to the U.S. Instead of 50 different systems, a reduction to 12 will help corporations, small businesses, and individuals with their decisions. This will help in developing the mega-region/corridor system (Staple Corridors (Global Cities)) that was posted two articles ago. The ease of business will go up when you have multiple parties that agree to a single agreement.

Now, I’m not saying to get rid of the 50 states but put a layer above them to compete with the coming Indian and Chinese age. I say look at the Chinese province’s system to become more competitive. Each of the provinces has about the same population as about 5 to 6 European countries. The way to make America continue to be a powerhouse in this age is through reforms, innovation, and consolidations. The weight of multiple states and governors behind them makes the business environment in the U.S. very favorable and friendly.

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This mega-region/corridor can be a model for the development of the U.S. economy. To see the strengths of each region please look here: http://www.america2050.org/megaregions.html.

Instead of States, you’ll begin to look at America’s regional clusters which are the reason for the U.S.A being so strong. Resources, institutions, and funding could be directed to these areas to diversify, improve, or invest in new tech or business clusters.

The Hamilton Institute calls for the Regional Plan Association to be expanded to each one of these districts. Since there are 12 Fed districts then there should be 12 RPA’s devoted to these districts. Please see here: http://www.rpa.org/

This is the first article in a three-article series on Regional Governance.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve_System

http://www.federalreserve.gov/otherfrb.htm

http://www.china.org.cn/top10/2013-08/15/content_29728241.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Chinese_administrative_divisions_by_population

Founding Purpose: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

The mechanism for achieving this goal is Capitalism and Democracy.