SLSS wrote:When you stop in your average big box store, you see an awful lot of our population that are not going to be part of an economy based solely on ideas and invention. Unless we want to have huge numbers of people on assistance programs, or huge government payrolls of maintenance workers, I don't see how our country has anywhere near full-employment without a strong manufacturing sector.befuddled wrote:wtf? Since when is globalization an issue of right vs. left?
This country has to become comfortable with the idea that we have to be an economy of ideas, of invention, versus an economy of manufacturing or it just isn't feasible for us to be in the top of the economic demographic. That's why it's important for us to be in the top of the Math/Science/Biology sectors. No Child left behind (except the exceptional) just won't do
I also don't think we can avoid a global economy. Corporations have little or no national loyalty, but they are driving most of the governments business/policy decisions.
I can agree, for the most part. But I think we need to be a country which excels at everything. Since the Industrial Revolution, the US was at the top of the heap in most everything--ideas, manufacturing, education, economics, democracy, blah, blah, blah. We lost that somewhere. I'm not sure what we excel at today. We still have the best democracy, but that don't pay the rent. I really think that if we stopped pissing money away on stupid wars and trying to be the protector of the world, we could begin to rebuild our own country. We need to set an example for the rest of the world, as we once did. We need to focus our resources on us. Fix our shit. Get off the OPEC tit. Get out of other people's business. Take the money we're pissing away and spend it on research in hydrogen-based electrical power and fuel cell technology. Spend it on guarding our borders, rebuilding infrastucture, keeping our military the strongest and best equipped in the world. The WPA and CCC worked during The Great Depression, by putting people to work, and giving them hope for the future. It could work again.
I say, tell the rest of the world they're on their own. We are going to take care of us first. We have a history of being the first-in to help in any disaster, with money and manpower. What has it gotten us? Nothing. Not even good will. Every time an issue comes up in the UN, it's like, "What have you done for us lately?" Well, let's see what they do without us. If we can take care of our own house, and put ourselves back on top, only then will we get the respect we deserve. You lead by example.