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  •  Blocked Progress (4+ / 0-)

    For decades there has been blocked progress in areas that now would really help the overall economy move into the future, as well as recover.

    This recession, to me, is connected to economic dynamics that we have been struggling with for decades.

    The green economic shift that Obama has proposes is certainly a paradigm shift long overdue.  Reagan came into office with support from oil companies that he delivered for.  Practically the first thing he did was do away with the solar panels that Carter had installed on the White House roof.  His policies pretty much put the lid on alternative energy development.  Both Bush and his father were certainly there for the oil industry.  

    To me, one way of looking at what is going on is that there is a huge shift in the way the world works occuring.  To some extent this is because the internet is having a huge impact on the way communication leads to so many kinds of innovation we can't really consider them all.  So we don't and this is why that factor isn't more emphasized by pundits.

    Given that the 21st century world we live in has characteristics we don't fully understand yet, the problem is to make sure that we don't fall into the cracks while the new future takes  shape.  That means we need a much smarter sort of stimulus plan.  

    Stimulus spending has to take into account that there are things we can do quickly, like so-called "shovel ready" projects, but there are also things that should help us survive the transition, like supporting innovative ways for people to find alternatives to the sorts of jobs you used to find in the Want Ads, but which currently are dwindling to nothing.  

    Incentive grants or some kind of small business venture capital that could allow people to do anything from selling burritos to figuring out ways to work from home on a computer, to anything remotely connected to the green economy need to be brainstormed.

    The same old approaches to the same old ways of looking at the economy are not going to be enough.  We need to create incentives that bring forward truly new thinking.

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Thu Dec 03, 2009 at 11:34:08 AM PST

    •  And that is going to require (0+ / 0-)

      kicking the dinosaurs out of our government.  What's the median age of our Senators?  House Reps?  Some new, young blood is needed.  But those old farts have made a mockery of serving your country in the political arena and not many young people wanna touch it.

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