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C VanDorne
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re: Rebuilding America: Really? Have we given up?
C VanDorne   5/25/2012 3:44:51 PM
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Don't forget the consumer in all this - the power of the purse is immense. That's you and me, of course. If we want to start a movement let's start with ourselves and be more discerning with where our money goes. Everything follows the consumers decision.

landar
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re: Rebuilding America: Really? Have we given up?
landar   5/21/2012 7:52:42 PM
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Well said, weflynn!

weflynnJr
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re: Rebuilding America: Really? Have we given up?
weflynnJr   5/21/2012 7:35:53 PM
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What was the last German thing you bought? Japan has been in a depression for the last 20 years. You think we should be like them? Really???

weflynnJr
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re: Rebuilding America: Really? Have we given up?
weflynnJr   5/21/2012 7:33:45 PM
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Study after study after study has shown that desktops, laptops, and tablets have either no effect or a negative effect on learning. How can you "require" worker training? That's a foolish statement that leads to MORE outsourcing. Tax tax tax tax. Spend spend spend. Is that your only solution to problems? Why does the government have to get involoved? What have they ever done right besides the Constitution? LESS government, LESS tax, LESS spend. Force schools to lower costs???? How? Why? Who picks by how much they should be lowered? Where does the differential come from? Let me guess: More taxes. Another name for taxes = Theft.

weflynnJr
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re: Rebuilding America: Really? Have we given up?
weflynnJr   5/21/2012 7:28:39 PM
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Um, no. In THIS economy, we go with the lowest total cost provider. Doing anything else is ethically wrong because there is a fiduciary responsibility to the shareholder. You may not like it, but it is nonetheless so. You all seem to forget that part. Convienent. It is this "forgetting" that lets your socialist soapbox continue to stand. Please - be an engineer. Do some root cause analysis. Take some economics. What most of you are proposing is what's causing the collapse of the EU.

weflynnJr
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re: Rebuilding America: Really? Have we given up?
weflynnJr   5/21/2012 7:18:35 PM
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You're freaking kidding, right? Let's put another layer of financial burden on corporations and drive even more jobs overseas. Nice idea. How about we get the government out of the individual's and the corporation's pockets, loosen EPA restrictions, and pay people a worldwide competetive wage, not an artifical "minimum" wage. Then the jobs will come back all by themseleves. Stop the wishful thinking and apply some economics and root cause analysis. Why did the jobs leave? Whatever the reason, reverse that.

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re: Rebuilding America: Really? Have we given up?
any1   5/21/2012 2:00:43 PM
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I think that it is important to maintain a manufacturing base in America. Towards that end we need to keep what's left of the automotive, aerospace, and other heavy industries in the US. And we need to educate more young Americans in STEM fields. There are still more STEM jobs in America than there are Americans with STEM skills to fill them. Somehow we need to instill discipline in and the belief of our children that taking the path of least resistance is not in their best interest. Perhaps we need to import more Asian "tiger moms" and turn them loose in our suburbs.

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Brian at Impulse   2/22/2012 4:36:37 AM
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Another aspect of America’s drift away from its manufacturing base is the internal “brain drain” in the core industries. I got my MBA from Wharton in the 80’s. Even then many of the most talented MBAs avoided manufacturing based companies to find their fortunes in banking, consulting and other non-manufacturing industries. These were the folk that could have really helped us preserve American manufacturing. I went on to work at Data I/O, Tektronix and Impulse C. We saved a few jobs and maybe made a few American manufacturing jobs…. but it sure would have been great to have those “A” MBAs in the manufacturing trenches with the rest of us.

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kalpak   2/13/2012 10:44:57 AM
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The seeds of destruction were laid long ago. With the moon shot "dream". America wasted a whole generation of brilliant and passionate men and women on satisfying some politicians' ego. With it were wasted a few billion dollars of tax payers money, which could have gone into better education and research in the universities. And don't talk about spin offs from the space program. Those same driven folks would have invented the "spin off" technology anyway. The moon shot was the pyramids of USA.

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TFCSD   2/13/2012 4:40:14 AM
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Hate to be blatantly blunt and redundant, But until the powers that be and the market figures out the "Get laid or get paid" (GLGP) problem facing many STEMs professions and businesses, most smart students and businesses are going to shriek and flee towards careers in fields like finance, medical, legal, and business that have successfully solved the GLGP problem. You do not hear them continually sniveling for students or money.

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