[image: Reflections, 2010, JA Van Devender]
Proverbs 27:19 (NKJV)
19 As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man.
Now, after Mr. Horstmann has spent more than $500,000, much has changed. Cape Wind, the wind farm’s developer, won a court case over an important approval on Wednesday but is still caught up in legal and financial wrangling and faces a tenuous future. And even if the project is completed, most of the investment and jobs for supplying the parts will go not to American companies like Mass Tank, but to European manufacturers.
What's true for individuals is true for nations also. What's in their heart reveals their nature.
The off-shore wind-mill farm proposed for the Cape Cod seascape is legitimately debatable. There are pros & cons to the entire idea. There may or may not be significant threats to birds in the massive blades whirling slowly in the near continuous breeze. The environmental effects of huge pier foundations to support the massive structures may or may not alter the tidal characteristics. Certainly the sheer beauty of the seascape may be diminished. We have no absolutely clear idea about how it will help the power grid. All these things are debatable.
What is absolute fact is that this entire idea is keyed to the environmentalist program that is so passionately pursued by the current administration and its allies in congress. Whatever its risks, these same folks consider it negligible compared to the absolutely horrible, near catastrophic effects envisioned by the expanded Keystone pipeline. What is also absolutely true is that a major aspect of the economic 'strategy', if such it could be called, over the past four years was to pour money into the private sector in order to promote jobs and encourage investment.
Yet here we have a threatened industry in a state that is so firmly fixed in the liberal camp that it is nearly impossible for conservatives to gain a hearing on university campuses there, finding that the promises made by the politicians, even after a half-million dollars have been invested in it, are not going to be kept. The components that this company would have built is, instead, going to be built in Europe.
In the image above the 'bent' tree trunk reflected in the water accurately reveals the heart of the tree itself.
Oh there are reasons... good, sound, legitimate reasons.... we are told. And I don't doubt that they are good reasons. But the point is, in this article, all of the factors that are now pushing for foreign procurement were not hidden under some basket years ago. Like what appears to be a continuing trend (remember the Solar Power companies the fizzled a few years back with the executives golden parachutes supplied with tax payer dollars) the decision making process in these matters is almost entirely impetuous and reactionary. There is no discernable 'strategy' that I can perceive. There is "let's try this and let's try that" shot-gun initiatives that sound good on the campaign trail but are flimsy beyond comprehension when examined closely. It is environmentalism & economic stimulation 'on the fly' with virtually no attempt at sober assessment and out-year planning. When the primary determinant on policy is the political consideration of the next upcoming election (cf. Benghazi, the Surge), then any resulting strategy will be essentially a two-year scan. Spend money now... if it show progress, take credit for it in the campaign. If it doesn't work, the public will have forgotten about it anyway, and after all, it's only money that we are spending.
This particular situation in Massachusetts is problematic across the board and I am not persuaded that these windmills are a good idea but neither am I implacably opposed to them. What I am implacably opposed to is the way these things are happening.
Contrast this with the building of the Panama canal. Yes it was hotly debated... Yes there was political corruption and double-dealing, especially with the South American nations. But the project itself... the massive technical and economic considerations that went into it... furnished jobs that reflected a clear set of goals and a strategy to achieve them.
This is what is so discouragingly lacking today. And what it "reveals" is that our nation has no real idea of how to solve its problems. Our leaders seems only concerned to tread water and retain power. That is not the character of the leadership we need.