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  •  I think we need smart and strategic (none)
    regulation coupled with areas of free reign of creativity. And regulation should change over the life cycle of an industry and depending on the type of industry and extraneous conditions. Plus, I just do not think it is smart for any country not to be producing the goods that meet its basic needs for survival. There are some sectors that should never, never, never be unregulated--like the electrical grid! It is sheer stupidity for these self-styled hardnosed security types to put the maintenance of the infrastructure of the country in the hands of their friends, who then turn around and hire the their idea of an absolute piece of pure labor at the lowest cost possible (to them, in the moment). [A related aside: I don't know if anyone remembers this, but following 9/11, only a few months after Bush reluctantly created TSA, he started saying we should privatize Air Traffic Controllers and Airport Security. I remember looking at him as he spoke and thinking, are you partially demented? Did you forget 9/11? Or is it that you just can't stop yourself from saying "privatize, privatize, privatize?"]

    Overall, I think capitalism should serve democratic goals, and democracy should not be subservient to capitalism.

    Having a large, vivacious, highly productive, highly emotionally invested middle class promotes social stability.

    If these companies want to leave and go to India and China then we should seize control of our economy and make our own companies. Screw them.

    I think these people running the country and the corporations are absolute idiots. Sure, they are getting very wealthy in the short run. But they are setting up conditions for a social revolution. And it ain't gonna be pretty.

    "And you can dream--So dream out loud--And don't let the bastards grind you down." Bono, Acrobat, Achtung Baby

    by lecsmith on Sat Feb 04, 2006 at 03:00:52 PM PST

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