Suggested Timetable for the “Old-Man River” Projects

by Bobby Reyes

| Photo by Edvaldo LL Souza via Wikimedia Commons

Part XIX of the “EDEN America” Series

The majority of the voters — from both major parties and the independents — in the 33 states linked to the Mississippi River can force the issue of harnessing the river’s waters. And do all the downstream projects, as discussed earlier in this series.

How? I suggest that even a plurality of voters must pressure candidates (including those seeking reelection) of all political colors and parties (or those running as independents) in the 2022 mid-term elections to make a stand. Yes, all candidates vying for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the state capitals, and other local elective positions, including the proverbial role of “dog catcher.” Then the same strategy will have to be done in the 2024 presidential, congressional and local elections. The voters can force all the willing candidates to sign a collective “Covenant With the People” — starting in the primary contests — to accelerate the process of developing the “Old-Man River” and its tributaries, if not also its distributary rivers, to harness the waters into doing more for the American people and humanity. Then a bipartisan coalition can pressure the White House to provide the national leadership.

“There is no more luxury of adopting a “one step at a time strategy.” The survival of humanity is at stake. There should be a 21st-century version of the “Manhattan Project” to push the “Old-Man River” initiative.”

Why? Because “baby steps” will not be sufficient. There is no time left to replenish the waters at America’s aquifers due to Americans’ exploding demand for potable water. And secondly, because of the alarming rate that Climate Change is wrecking the country, North America (and all the continents), and in fact, the whole Planet Earth. There is no more luxury of adopting a “one step at a time strategy.” The survival of humanity is at stake. There should be a 21st-century version of the “Manhattan Project” to push the “Old-Man River” initiative. Yes, with an urgency similar to that the United States had to implement rapidly to build an atomic bomb before Nazi Germany could do it.

This column has also written the following proposals in a series of articles called the “Biden Back-to-Basics (B2B) Doctrine.” Some of the Democratic friends promised to forward them to the Office of the President. Here they are:

“Biden Back-to-Basics (B2B) Doctrine”

How A Biden Doctrine Can “Reinvent” Poor Christian Countries’ Christmas-Season Meals
A Biden B2B Doctrine for Economic Empowerment

A Biden B2B Doctrine for Economic Empowerment (Part II)
A Biden B2B Doctrine for Economic Empowerment (Part III): The “I2D2” Proposal

A Biden B2B Doctrine for Economic Empowerment (Part IV): The “I2D2” Proposal
Biden Can Become a “Super Genius” (Part V of a “Biden B2B Doctrine” for Economic Empowerment)
Funding Biden B2B Doctrine’s Medical Centers to Fight Pandemics (Part VI)

Biden B2B Doctrine Must Make Vaccination a Human Right (Part VII)

“Wealth Tax” in Rich Nations Can End “Vaccine Imperialism” (Part IX)

But so far, there is not even a single acknowledgment of receipt received by this columnist or the Philippine Daily Mirror of New York City, or both, from the White House. Perhaps Democratic and Republican groups (even on Facebook) must help reach out together to the POTUS, at least through the Office of the Press Secretary. And force to consider the issues raised in this column as a national priority project. Or thrown into the wastebasket.

Quo Vadis, American voters?

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