We are a nation of “get rich schemes” from books to videos to infomercials.
We can buy books on how to start your own home business making Widgets or on how to get money from the government “that’s just sitting there waiting for you!”
We can take expensive courses from the likes of Donald Trump, hoping to learn how to make it in the Real Estate business but to learn the secrets you have to come back next week at the cost of $150 only to find out you have to keep coming back over and over again.
We are a nation that lacks innovation and invention, well unless you tune into the newest reality TV series that lets you hock that “continuous toilet paper dispenser with fresh Spring scent” that you’ve been trying to gorilla glue together in your basement.
Without innovation or invention, we stand still and become complacent with what’s around us. Without innovation or invention, revenue and consumption does not roll to create jobs.
Innovation and invention pushed the US from the turn of the 1900’s through the 1960’s only to trickle out in the 70’s to today. The conviction by people named Mellon, Carnegie, Ford, Kennedy and Tucker pushed the US to further their innovation and invention and now we are stuck with Vince the “Shaw-Wow!” guy and other hucksters.
The Obama stimulus missed the mark by about 50 years with innovation. Yes, we need repairs to our infrastructure that produced roads and railway in the 1950’s under Pres Eisenhower, but not the “shovel ready” type they bet on. No, the infrastructure repair that were needed had to do with our electric and cable system, call it “shift alt control ready.”
The innovation of creating a new efficient electrical grid and Wi-Fi system is needed. The revamping of our nations computer systems to help deter hackers and not compromise our nation to terrorist cyber attacks. Seriously, it’s rather scary that some bored 15 year old zit faced computer nerd can easily hack into our National Defense or Investigative Services such as the FBI and CIA. Makes me beleive Hollywood was right back in the 1980’s that a nerdy kid with a Commodore 64 could cause a nuclear war in the movie War Games!
Jobs could’ve been created easily for this, but instead, it was wasted on pothole patching and line painting. Yes, I know, many states need(ed) road and bridge repairs, but think about the electrical grid this summer when we hear stories of people dying in the Midwest due to blackouts in 100 degree temperatures because the grid is outdated and overloaded.
Oh, fear not Republicans, I have words for you as well. You too are of partial blame for this issue. How you ask? Well you are breaking your promise given last year in your “Pledge to America” that the economy is top priority and you have the Con-Opinionating Media to thank.
Republicans are lacking innovation as well this Congressional calendar. They continuously bring up facts from the 1980’s of Pres Reagan and 1990’s of Pres Clinton.
Living in the past of 15 to 30 years ago does not help America, that was then this is now.
Their claims of “shrinking government” is a façade, since a large majority of their legislation actually grows government and does help job growth nor does it help the consumer’s bank account.
Take for instance an article written last week by The Hill’s Gautham Nagesh.
Nagesh reports on Texas Republican Representative Joe Barton introduction of legislation to let only Internet Poker become legal in all 50 States.
So creating websites for Internet Poker is how Rep. Joe Barton wants to help the economy with job creation?!
But how will Internet Poker be monitored, I mean someone has got to regulate it to make sure they are being fair. Well Rep. Barton’s plan also involves the creation of a government regulatory commission to placed within the House Energy & Commerce Committee.
That’s right, Rep Barton’s plan to the economy and jobs outlook is to legalize internet poker and so you bet your $ away, as well as pay government employee wages and benefits, and Gramma’s Social Security check is not used for medications and heat.
A National Lottery system has a better chance of working, play twice a year, each ticket costing $20 (that’s what most play on a slot machine within the first 10 minutes anyway) and play as many times as you want. Let’s say the prize is either $250 million after taxes or maybe 5 tax free years.
Congress is better off creating a National Lottery system or put a giant roulette wheel on the Washington Monument. It might be more cost effective for taxpayers than anything that’s currently coming out of Washington.
There’s a reason why taxes were high under Pres. Eisenhower. We were on the cutting edge of innovation and invention with a growing country, industry pumping out new cars, televisions, radios, and building skyscrapers and housing.
Now we barely create Chia pets and doggie booties, while Congress and the President are betting the house on “Red 45”