Watching the government in the US dance around solutions for our economy and manufacturing base would be funny, if it wasn’t actually (not) happening.
And that’s the problem isn’t it? President Obama seems to have a pathology for talking about issues – issuing decrees & observations, creating initiatives with little or no follow-up, and delivering heartfelt speeches that will have little tangible, short-term effect – in ways that almost look like he doesn’t have an idea what to do next. In the military, we called it ‘flailing about smartly’ – that is, doing nothing, but looking awfully impressive while doing it.
But it’s not all the President’s fault. His cabinet, his advisers, our Congress (on both sides of the aisle) – our entire government seems to be exclusively stocked by academics and economists that only measure those things which have already happened. There appears to be no clue, except to listen to multinationals and lobbyists – still others that aren’t really good at building something outta nothin’.
While things look pretty bleak right now, I had an idea to get us unstuck from this malaise right quick. It’s simple, effective, and our government has shown that it’s up to the task.
I say we declare a war on manufacturing.