Two Cents, loved your last statement:
“Finally, energy. Cheap energy can give US manufacturers an advantage. If manufacturers energy costs are low, they can create the goods we need while paying workers fair wages.”
How absolutely true this is. We had so many of our jobs sent overseas because of the cost of running these plants and a big chunk of that was the cost of the energy it takes to run a large manufacturing operation. If they didn’t have to spend so much on overhead, not only could they make more money, but as you said, they could afford to pay a fair wage.
And giving credit where credit is due, there is a lot to be said for Ross’ last statement:
“The best way for American to remain globally competitive well into the Twenty-First century is to curb entitlements, pursue a sound monetary policy, invest in infrastructure at home, stop nation building overseas, and explore EVERY available means of weaning ourselves off foreign energy (while not discounting the value of sound environmental regulations). Oh, and a sane immigration policy would be nice, too!”
All true, Ross, all true.
There are a lot of things that could and should be done to get our manufacturing companies back into the U.S. One of the first things we should do is stop regulating businesses so heavily (maintain clean air, soil, and water) and give manufacturing some much needed tax breaks, etc.
But back to the topic at hand. The more efficient we can be at creating clean, economical energy the better of the country will be, not only for the sake of business but also for Mr. and Mrs. America when they get a smaller electric bill.
Julia, this is going to sound like I’m picking on you, but I hope you don’t take it that way, but…when you say things like….”Our government needs to invest in efficient green energy…..”, I sometimes get the feeling that you don’t get what you’re saying.
The U.S. government does nothing to make money, the only money the government has or will ever have comes from taxes, ie., our money. You could have just as easily said, “Our government should raise our taxes again to invest in efficient green energy….”
Instead of raising our taxes, which they love to do because it makes government bigger, I would go along with using my tax dollars to find a more efficient energy source if we could get rid of some of the stupid stuff we are paying billions of dollars for every year, like the mating rituals of the Rocky Mountain Spotted Toad-frog, or saving the Northeastern Longtrail Slime Snail. How about we worry a little less about the life span of a Wobble-eyed Woodtick and more about what will benefit the PEOPLE of this country. (Sorry if any of this sounded like a rant, I abhor gov’t waste.)