By MATTHEW CHAPPELL

There is a lot of talk these days about what to do about the economy. It seems that we have come up against a brick wall when it comes to growth. Our prevailing concern is in finding a new market for American exceptionalism by carving out a niche in today’s global economy. But in order to do this there seems to be a consensus that our emphasis for growth on a global scale should accompany strong domestic growth right here at home.

America is rich with land and resources. I thoroughly believe that the issues of concentrated wealth are heavily influenced by a lack of infilling, accompanied by concentrated population centers on our outer extremes, particularly the east coast. We can use urban growth boundaries as a positive example of how, when used, the distributional burdens tend to be wider dispersed while adding concentrated growth on the central part of a municipal region. This in effect stabilizes property values.

When you translate this model over the U.S. continent it becomes more evident that what we need is infill towards America’s heartland. With today’s travel and communication outlets accompanied by American business overseas, we have a less stringent natural oceanic boundary which is partly less inhibitory to further global impacts. What we need is to find a vital function of the U.S. economy which acts as a firm base for American exports while opening up new and less costly room for growth and redistribution.

We also need to sectionalize our nation into four vital interconnected networks which would streamline the movement of business throughout the four corner regions, and distribute the economic share so as to enable an affordable and livable central section from which all four regions come together.

I have climbed Mount Jefferson before and have also considered that it is land which is vital to America, making it what it is and always has been. I believe America’s manifest destiny lies in it’s ability for charitable growth, and that there is no other more nobler cause then for the production of food supplies and other basic foundational necessities which even today cement  together the most modern of economies.

As a charitable and God-fearing nation I believe it is our responsibility to act according to the resources that Almighty God has given us to meet the needs of an emerging deficit of growing poverty and privation threatening the lives of people everywhere. We have both the opportunity and the resources to begin to develop, produce and store critical supplies to meet the demands of the near and uncertain future. But we must begin to act now.

We know that half the battle rests with labor, by capitalizing on our immigrant population by creating the incentive for popular input as a pathway towards citizenship, we can conditonalize a program of amnesty in return for the construction and investment of well-founded, sustainable communities right at the center of America’s heartland. America’s new-found identity would be in the assembly of diverse cultural centers which strive for mutual success based upon separate but equal partners of mutually benefiting cooperation’s.

By boldly leveraging our land to meet the vital needs of global concerns, and by inviting investment and input from an international (universal) perspective, we can create a secure America whose growth will justify itself in the minds of world opinion and widely benefit our own citizens in the process. What we need is cooperation built upon the charity and trust of the American people. Cooperation built upon liberty itself.

Matthew Chappell lives in Keizer.