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Are we a nation of takers, not makers?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704050204576219073867182108.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

President Obama says we have to retool our economy to "win the future." The only way to do that is to grow the economy that makes things, not the sector that takes things.

If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.

It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees. Is it any wonder that so many states and cities cannot pay their bills?

 
tasches

Asked by tasches at 4:52 PM on Apr. 1, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Jesse pretty much said what I would have. We NEED to get our manufacturing base back. Right now, if the US had to make do with what we can produce here, we would be doing without pretty much everything. We would be doing without for a good decade, in fact. It takes time to build factories and production lines (most that are in use today are leftovers from WWII and the parts have to be milled individually). It takes time to train people to build them, to run them, and to manage them. A decade is a very optimistic estimate fwiw. Most likely, it would be closer to 20 years.

    People here need jobs. People here need reliable merchandise that should be made right here in the US again. It's time to bring our jobs home, stop allowing a few to profit on slave labor overseas, and stop taxing businesses and forcing them to move or go out of business. It's time to tax imports enough to cover the difference, scrap NAFTA, etc.
    Farmlady09

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 5:29 PM on Apr. 1, 2011

  • President Obama says we have to retool our economy to "win the future." The only way to do that is to grow the economy that makes things, not the sector that takes things.


    Maybe we should call him 'Commander of the Obvious'. His 'make things' is all tech stuff. He wants us to be the makers of high ticket items. He doesn't want us to make widgets. They are to mundane. We need to make everything our society needs to survive. We need to make the low tech (a hammer) and the high tech (a micro-chip). This statement is too 'campaign slogany'. I like JFK's 'ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country'. Basically, don't be takers; be doers.

    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 4:57 PM on Apr. 1, 2011

  • Well here is a newsflash for him....how about he mandates that ALL govt contracts go to American companies, using American labor and doing so on American soil??? He needs to put his money where his mouth is.

    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 6:54 PM on Apr. 1, 2011

  • Scummy George Soros is behind much of what is happening and I suggest you read the link of what he has in store. I am sure Media Matters is all over this.

    http://usa.goooh.com/2011/03/29/george-soros/soros-event-aims-to-remake-entire-global-economy/
    annabarred

    Answer by annabarred at 6:21 PM on Apr. 1, 2011

  • It SHOULD be obvious to those who support BIGGER GOVERNMENT that the sheer number jobs that are dependent on taxpayer funding in unsustainable!!

    And this article doesn't even take into the millions of people who DEPEND on government subsidies to live (social security, welfare, etc.)!! Ugh.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 5:30 PM on Apr. 1, 2011

  • Well here is a newsflash for him....how about he mandates that ALL govt contracts go to American companies, using American labor and doing so on American soil??? He needs to put his money where his mouth is.

    Excellent idea!!! But I'm not going to hold my breath.
    DSamuels

    Answer by DSamuels at 7:46 PM on Apr. 1, 2011

  • That's not it all all. The reason manufacturing left is not that Americans are too stuck up for the work. It's because companies get it done cheaper elsewhere. How are you blaming this on Obama?

    What are you saying? That Americans don't want to work? You are throwing hard-working tax payers under the bus for your leftist socialist agenda...Taxes my dear, are the reason the big corporations, the ones that can go overseas because they are so large,...like GE...have left the country...not to mention the socialist unions that are killing the economy with Obama's help. He is a true obamanation if there ever was one. Lazy Americans my ass. Don't try to paint others with your brush.
    annabarred

    Answer by annabarred at 10:15 PM on Apr. 1, 2011

  • your right, we don't manufacture as much as other countries, but maybe it's because "factory workers" have a bad rap. its sad we have to work for our government to get good benefits but those who work for the government ARE the government. They take initiative on a daily basis and choose to work in that field. Soldiers also get good benefits because they are doing "good work" whether it be war or peace. its KILL or BE KILLED damit and if you havent enrolled in the army to sacrifice your life then you don't know the true WORK these soldiers go through. it is their life and that deserves benefits. Other government workers go through the same shit, they sacrifice their LIVES to follow orders and do what they are told even if they don't think it's right. I know so many people who are unhappy with their government jobs due to the demanding protocol they must follow. That deserves benefits in their eyes.
    Liz4Life

    Answer by Liz4Life at 10:29 PM on Apr. 1, 2011

  • People here need jobs. People here need reliable merchandise that should be made right here in the US again. It's time to bring our jobs home, stop allowing a few to profit on slave labor overseas, and stop taxing businesses and forcing them to move or go out of business. It's time to tax imports enough to cover the difference, scrap NAFTA, etc. I would go even farther...I think they should levy HIGHER taxes on those companies who move operations offshore, in an effort to evade US Corporate tax. In addition, the tax rate means squat IF loopholes are present that allow businesses to get off scot free (as many companies appear to do) in terms of taxes. IMO,it's what you actually PAY that counts....the rate means nothing!

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 5:38 PM on Apr. 1, 2011

  • He doesn't want us to make widgets. They are to mundane.
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    That's not it all all. The reason manufacturing left is not that Americans are too stuck up for the work. It's because companies get it done cheaper elsewhere. How are you blaming this on Obama?
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 9:55 PM on Apr. 1, 2011

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