Solved the problem! I feel like a complete dumbass!!!
I yanked the fuel pump and at first everything looked normal till I inspected the wires leading up to the pigtail.
This is what I found!
When I installed the fuel pump I soldered all of the wires so ensure a secure connection. I also used heat shrink tubing to insulate the wires....what I didn't take into consideration was that the tubing I used was not rated for gasoline! It took about a month for the heat shrink tubing to partially dissolve and short out. :(
So I didn't have chemically resistant heat shrink tubing so I used old school butt connectors to keep the connection tight and insulated. Here is the result:
Reinstalled the fuel pump assembly, installed the 30A fuse, and jumped the diagnostic terminals. The fuse didn't blow! So I cranked the car over and it started!
for the 30A fuse because a short in the fuel tank means that my little Miata could have blown SKY HIGH!
On the positive side I did discover:
1) A bunch of vacuum hoses that were cracked. This would explain why I was getting sporadic surging and funky idling at times.
2) The radiator hoses were also feeling spongy so those need to be replaced.
3) I also discovered that my valve cover gasket and the PCV valve were shot so those need to be replaced.
4) My throttle body and upper intake manifold was caked with oil so those need to be cleaned.