My deepest sympathies and wishes for a speedy recovery to the people who were injured and to the families who lost loved ones in the horrible explosions at the Boston Marathon. Hopefully you have good medical insurance and lawyers because you will be out of the headlines in a week and sadly like the 911 victims, you will probably abandoned to your own devices.
You are not the Boston Tsunami Effect.
Today at breakfast I heard the conspiracy theorists are already blaming Barack Obama and the US government for what was an act of butchery. At the time of this writing there are no publicly announced suspects for the carnage, but conspiracy plays into the hands of those who wish to discredit the US government and play the political blame game. It keeps us all distracted from the real issues.
I sincerely doubt the US government would create this type of incident, there are many who believe 911 was a government act, I do not. I do believe the government used the events of 911 to get Americans to consent to a massive erosion of their rights in the name of safety. I do suspect like 911 this event will birth new laws further restricting individual rights. The nature of government is to take power and never to relinquish it.
That is not the Boston Tsunami effect but it leading there.
As seems to happen after each Presidential election cycle we see a new wave of immigrants from the US to other parts of the world. People fleeing for political reasons. Panama and Boquete garners it’s fair share of that wave. The wave has been growing recently with people fleeing the “socialist” government of Barack Obama. People who are coming to Boquete looking for housing and properties in a far more socialist country than the one they are leaving.
There are two new reasons the wave will grow into a small Tsunami. Obama, the socialist, is offering to steal from all of us who paid into Social Security by using something called chained CPI which in essence will not allow Social Security to keep up with inflation. This offer to the Right is being accepted with open arms by some since it pilfers the worker to subsidize the wealthy. Not a very socialist act. If this happens, many Baby Boomers will be pushed out to sea with out row boat or oars as they retire, if they can ever retire.
The second reason is fear, fear is a great motivator. Now not only the fear of losing assets, not only the fear of inflation with decreased retirement income, not only the fear of hordes of immigrants but now add the fear of exploding pressure cookers. Pressure cookers can be bought without a license or background investigation, at least for now. You can also buy nails for shrapnel and mix them with basic gunpowder, a mixture of charcoal, saltpeter and sulphur. This is what some suspect was the low tech explosive of choice in Boston. No government can ever prevent the acts of insane people but they can try, and trying erodes the rights of all citizens.
I fear the Tsunami of potential immigrants who join those arriving here daily with no interest in being in Panama other than the fact immigration is easy and they read it was a good place to retire from someone selling beach front property. They are fleeing an old life because of fear, not coming to a new life for what it offers.
Immigrants who say to realtors things like, “I want a nice house but I don’t want no Mexicans next door” or “how come these people don’t speak English” or “that’s not the way we do it in Kansas!” Guess what Todo, you’re not in Kansas anymore. If you come to Panama thinking Panama is just like Kansas, but with more freedom, be sure you pack your ruby slippers because you will need to click those heels to get back.