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8438Re: [hreg] Re: Only government' can solve nation's ills

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  • Jack Wagner
    Jan 13, 2009
      Randy wrote:

      The role of government is to allow us, as a community, to do together
      what one or a few of us cannot do alone.

      There are many people on the left, right (and down the middle) who are suspicious of the role of government based on past actions. For a great read on the historical role of government, see Howard
      Zinn's "A Power Governments Cannot Suppress." For those with a more free-market leaning, Ron Paul's "The Revolution: A Manifesto" will do nicely.  Either way, as much as we might wish the government could undo the damage caused by the financial con game of recent decades, the free market will ultimately rule and correct the situation regardless of government stimulation.

      From: Randy Scott <redscott77092@...>
      To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2009 11:47:43 AM
      Subject: [hreg] Re: Only government' can solve nation's ills

      The role of government is to allow us, as a community, to do together
      what one or a few of us cannot do alone.
      Bush became famous for his rhetoric of "I'm a uniter, not a divider."
      It's neccessary to push a stupidly simple slogan when you're not
      doing anything else constructive.
      'Bama's message is more subtle and indicates a genuine call for the
      entire nation to work together for a common goal....I hope.

      I think we could capitalize on this IF we can get past the invisible
      force field that politicians surround themselves with.

      I've been actively looking for opportunities to get out of the
      oilfield machinery industry and into a "green collar job". More and
      more lately it's become fashionable to talk of a "new economy" of
      sustainability, even if it only means corporate news media giving a
      mouthpiece for corporate green-washing promises of how green the
      future is going to be after corporate executives pocket another
      government handout or after someone magically invents a new battery
      that will make the Chevy Volt economically viable.

      It's possible that honest efforts to create green jobs may ride in on
      the rising tide that becomes possible as "new green economy" rhetoric
      becomes more mainstream. For a while, at least, the status quo
      conservatives will continue the cry about "socialism" and "nanny
      state" but dinosaur ideologies are fading away gradually as real
      world neccessity forces people to look at reality.

      --- In hreg@yahoogroups. com, Solar Energy <WhySolar@.. .> wrote:
      > What does this declaration by Obama mean?  Can we capitalize on
      this offer?
      > Ahmad
      > Obama: 'Only government'
      > can solve nation's ills
      > By Tom Shoop tshoop@...
      > January 8, 2009
      > In a major address on Thursday in which he unveiled his economic
      stimulus plan,
      > President-elect Obama made the case for a dramatic increase in the
      role of
      > government, along with key initiatives that would affect the
      federal workplace
      > -- including a proposal to upgrade 75 percent of federal buildings
      to make them
      > more energy efficient.
      > "It is true that we cannot depend on government alone to create
      jobs or
      > long-term growth, but at this particular moment, only government
      can provide
      > the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this
      deep and
      > severe," Obama said in a
      > speech at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. "Only government
      > break the vicious cycles that are crippling our economy -- where a
      lack of
      > spending leads to lost jobs which leads to even less spending;
      where an
      > inability to lend and borrow stops growth and leads to even less
      > Specifically, Obama proposed to double the production of
      alternative energy
      > within three years; to upgrade classrooms and laboratories at tens
      of thousands
      > of educational institutions across the country, to launch
      infrastructure repair
      > projects to upgrade bridges, roads and schools; and to expand
      broadband access
      > nationwide.
      > Obama also pledged to "modernize more than 75 percent of federal
      > buildings" to increase energy efficiency. In a December address,
      Obama said, "We need to upgrade our
      > federal buildings by replacing old heating systems and installing
      > light bulbs."
      > Obama insisted on Thursday that his proposal was "not just another
      > works program." Under the plan, he said, "the overwhelming majority
      > of the jobs created will be in the private sector." He added that
      > proposal would "save the public sector jobs of teachers, cops,
      > firefighters and others who provide vital services."
      > "Our goal is not to create a slew of new government programs," Obama
      > said, "but a foundation for long-term economic growth."

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