IMPEACH HUSSEIN OBAMA
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Absolutely energy plus technology, e-commerce, finance, healthcare, transportation, distribution, pharmaceuticals, entertainment etc, etc, etc.In the 1960's traditional manufacturing was about 25% of the economy, it is now less than 10%. During this time while manufacturing steadily declined the economy had periods of very high growth and much smaller deficits than we have now. In the 90's we even had a surplus. So I don't see any reason that we need to revive heavy manufacturing to grow. When we import material and finished products at a lower cost than we can do it ourselves that just frees up money to be used else where.There are energy resources all over this country that can be tapped if the government will just allow it. Two examples of where federal government was not able to get in the way are the natural gas boom in Texas where I live and the Bakken Formation in North Dakota where there is an oil based gold rush underway with drilling and exploration. The unemployment rate in Texas is 6.9% and in ND 3.0% and both states have growing workforces, not decreasing like the country as a whole.In the 70's growth sucked under the former worst President in the Modern History of the United States Jimmah Cahter but then revived under Ronald Reagan. At the same time, manufacturing declined. When we get rid of the current worst President in the Modern History of United States the same thing can happen again.
We are now in a jobless recovery. The government talks a good story about creating new jobs but the truth is they can't. Without manufacturing they're screwed. Because of unemployment and flat lined wages housing, is in the tank and still sinking. Your premise that we don't need heavy manufacturing is wrong. Manufacturing is the hing pin on growth. When people start buying, manufacturing puts out new good paying jobs. That was/is the basis for the sought for growth. Without it, any growth is in the service economy and those aren't the good paying jobs. Loss of manufacturing and debt load are the changes in the growth equation that eliminates some of the old solutions.So we expand energy in this country. Are we buying American made equipment, pipe, etc. to find that energy? If not, we grown someone else's economy. We must learn how to bring manufacturing back home and make it competitive with low wages else where. One bright light was the announcement that one industry came back home when management realized that Americans could produce their product in three hours at a higher quality then overseas at 15 hours. We need more of that.
Secondly while revenue was down by $100 billion from 2007 to 2012, annual spending increased by $1 trillion. Half of this increase occurred from 2008 to 2009 when the budget increased from $3 trillion to $3.5 trillion largely due to items like TARP and the "Stimulus." These were supposed to be one time events but spending continued to grow from the $3.5 trillion level. By not budgeting a specific line item called "Stimulus" the government effectively hid where this money went.