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The ABC’s of Government PlanningWhen governments are planning, they should not hamper the economicdevelopment of a country by worrying about the quality of life and otherenvironmental concerns. The economy should be put ahead of all else. Money spent on protecting the environment is better spent on projects toencourage economic development. With a good economy, the disposal ofgarbage and toxic waste is made much easier. The government should make economic development the highest priority. By using the environment to their advantage, they will be able to increasethe economy even more. For instance, if they were to give large permits tologgers, the loggers would then be able to cut more trees, thus increasingthe economy. For those who say that people should not cut trees becausethey are the source of the oxygen we need to breathe, remember that the”seaweed in the ocean is the largest producer of oxygen and the largest userof carbon dioxide” (Dietz 34). When compared to seaweed, trees are smallpotatoes in terms of the amount of oxygen produced. It is best to not worry about the environment, while pursuingeconomic growth; it has lasted this long so it will make it through us also. “Many people have lost their jobs because someone decided that you can nolonger do something to the environment.” (Hellyer 22). This was recentlythe case in Newfoundland when the government decided that the fisherscould no longer fish. For many this was a deadly blow as fishing was allthey knew and now they have no way of making an income. This is just oneof many examples of how giving the environment a higher priority than theeconomy has negative effects. Once a good economy has been created, people can then go back andhelp the environment. It must be done in this order for numerous reasons. One such reason is that a healthy environment will help no one, unless thereis a thriving economy to go with it. “But getting a good environment with agood economy is extremely hard.” (Kerr 174). On the other side of the coin,creating an environment after there is a thriving economy is much easier. When one has a good economy, it does not matter what states the environmentis in. Once we have achieved a strong economy, we can then focus more on theenvironment. Lately, we have been searching for places to dispose of ourgarbage. If we were to all truck it to the Grand Canyon and dump it there,are problem would be solved. The Grand Canyon offers an almost limitlessamount of space for dumping our tremendous amount of garbage. There will bethose who complain that it is a major tourist attraction, so it should be leftalone. However, all the Grand Canyon is is a giant hole in the ground. If
you are the type of person who would miss looking at a hole, then grabyourself a shovel and head out to your backyard. If you do not feel likedigging a hole that big, dig a small one then use a magnifying glass toincrease the size of it. By doing this, we solve our garbage problem andallow everyone to have a tourist attraction in their own yard. We evenincrease the transfer of money among private citizens (you can charge moneyto people who want to look at your hole, and you could sell the dirt fromyour hole as top soil). Another bonus of having a robust economy, is that we can afford toproperly dispose of toxic waste. This idea has been proposed numerous timesin the last few years but always greeted with a negative response do to themoney involved. Now however, with the economy flourishing so much, we canafford to jettison the toxic waste into the sun. The technology for this hasbeen around for years but has always been cost prohibitive. Having a good economy will also allow us to help society as a whole. With all the money we will have, people should help those who are lessfortunate, we will not but we should. We will be able to reduce poverty. There will also be more money to spend on education and health care. Thisspending in turn will make the next generation better and stronger than theone before them. As long as the economy is arranged to be more important then theenvironment, the country as a whole will flourish. Once we have secureda booming economy, we will be able to put out attention to other areas ofinterest and concern. If you are the type to forget which order theyshould be put in, simply turn to the alphabet, “ec” from economy comesbefore “en” from environment. Simple right. I leave you now to ponder whatI said with this song to reinstate my views. Money SongThere is nothing quite as wonderful as money There is nothing quite as beautiful as cash Some people say it’s folly, But I’d rather have the lolly, With money you can make a splash. You can keep your Marxist ways For it’s only just a phase For it’s money makes the world go round. Money money money money money money money!
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