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
> 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
> President-elect Obama made the case for a dramatic increase in the
> government, along with key initiatives that would affect the
> -- 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
> long-term growth, but at this particular moment, only government
> the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this
> 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
> spending leads to lost jobs which leads to even less spending;
> inability to lend and borrow stops growth and leads to even less
> Specifically, Obama proposed to double the production of
> within three years; to upgrade classrooms and laboratories at tens
> of educational institutions across the country, to launch
> projects to upgrade bridges, roads and schools; and to expand
> 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."