Staggering under a national debt of £830billion ($1.245 trillion) for a nation only about the size of California with a population about twice that state’s, the UK’s Labour Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, is selling off its hard asset Dover Port to its historical arch-enemy, France, in a benighted attempt at debt reduction through privatization.
Although the UK already has sold off its other major ports to private hands through the 1991 Ports Act, the sale of Dover Port and the White Cliffs to France has generated anger and outrage among the general British population, a large percentage of whom have living memories of WWII.
Confronted by the historically inverted, proposed sale to the regional council of Nord-pas-de-Calais, Tory candidate for MP, Charles Elphicke had this to say of Calais owning Dover, “In trying to sell off our port and the White Cliffs, it’s clear Gordon Brown has no sense of the history of our nation or the pride of our town.
‘How dare he consider selling it all off to the French? Dover is the English border. We stood proud in defending our nation in times past.
‘We are the nation’s front line. The people of Dover have a clear message for him – hands off our port, hands off the English border, hands off the White Cliffs.’
The sale of Dover is expected to generate between £350million and £500million and was initially prompted by the Dover harbor board’s request to be privatized to the UK Transportation Secretary in order to get construction money for port upgrades.
Earlier this year Calais already proclaimed itself as “part of England” and “the gateway to the UK” in order to catch some anticipated reflected glory and tourist dollars from the Olympics set for London in 2012.
Thanks to Edward III’s continental conquest, it could be argued that Calais was “part of England” from 1347 to 1558 but not since. Dover and Calais are only 21 miles apart and a major transport connection between the UK and the EU.
Other items on the UK’s asset fire sale are its Post Office, student loans, a major toll highway crossing the Thames, and its stake in a uranium processing company called Urenco.
The UK is apparently a Petri dish for socialist experimentation in the English speaking world so whatever is done to the UK will translate to American shores within three to ten years depending on how fast agendas are set in place. Considering the $12 trillion (and counting!) national debt of the US, what might the Obama Administration, seemingly bent on the destruction of the U.S.A., sell off in order to ease that debt?
Since France is already in a buying mood, would it like to take back the Louisiana Purchase? No doubt that would produce a few trillion dollars right there although Obama might have to throw in New Orleans “as is” to get Paris to take it off our hands. Spain’s King Juan Carlos already has dibs on the tolls to be generated by the stalled trans-Texas corridor but Florida is always up for grabs. Al Gore blindly handed over something like $40 billion to Russia during the Clinton years so they do have the dosh to buy back Seward’s Folly, a.k.a. Alaska, although Gov. Palin might have something to say about that transaction.
Mexico would just love to take back all of our Southwest but has no intention on paying back anything it received from us in the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo since it is currently using the demographics of its poor to flood our country with recolonizing illegal aliens.
Then there’s our Post Office system and schools although a quick glance at our universities and text books show Saudi money flooding in so they might as well stop fooling around and buy the US educational system wholesale. Japan might like to buy Hawaii if Hawaii doesn’t leave the Union first although considering that Japan has yet to recover from it’s economy going south in the ‘80s, that sale may just be tabled for the foreseeable future.
If all this sounds far-fetched, think again. Our bad bank loans were bundled up and sold as financial instruments overseas prompting a world-wide financial crisis that not only shows no signs of clearing up but of getting worse. Thanks to Jimmy Carter, we no longer control the strategic Panama Canal and thanks to the Bush and Obama administrations massive government bailouts and Weimar Republic-style running of our printing presses, our future and the futures of at least five generations of yet-to-be-born Americans have been sold off to the Federal Reserve and Wall Street. We’re indentured servants now and, since a nation’s greatest asset is its people, it wouldn’t all be that big a step to slavery at the auction block at the rate the Democrats and the Obama Administration are spending money.