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Economic advancement

What do you think is the best way to improve the economy?

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  • Tobias Maxwell

    We must put together massive work programs centered on the solar panel industry. The clear goal is to get every US household that could benefit both themselves and their towns/cities by going solar, then it should be done! Period. It would be this generations’ legacy, like all the great purvayors of community results from the Great Depression generation. Think: HOOVER DAM! There are so many worthwhile projects JUST waiting to be completed. THIS IS HOW money should be spent. “

  • highflyer

    To bring down the debt, you need investment in the economy — this yields jobs and jobs create spending, investment and taxes. The theory that you stop investment, stop investment in education, new ideas, technology, and projects that yield growth and jobs and the big one, CONFIDENCE, is a trickle down theory which does now work, has continually ruined growth in Europe and has elongated this recession. The consequences of elongating this recession has been caused by the refusal by elected officials on a Federal level to listen to each other, listen to governors and to those that elected them. They protect the wealthy, create a “special class” and sign agreements with individuals not to participate in solutions while holding the door open for the lobbyists. Outrageous!

  • highflyer

    Good ideas but wanted to comment that taking water from the Colorado River has a large impact years later on the future of California industry. Water was the largest issue (not building another dam) when Nixon was running for Governor in that state. I was one of many students working in L.A. in the Nixon resource center almost entirely focused on the issue of water and the future of California. Hopefully someone will come up with investment that partners with homeowners to finance solar while private enterprise leases the converters and computers necessary to trap the energy and re-sell that on the market. That is a large factor in holding back this conversion.

  • Donna Kat

    I cannot comprehend how a majority of those answering this poll can be so frighteningly ignorant. You cannot have a democracy if the citizens are uninformed.

  • Bruce M. Foster

    Just remember it is still only nine people. Answers to this poll are what the poll biz refers to as ‘self-selected.’

  • keykeeper

    Stop spending so much on our huge war machine. Spend more on roads, bridges, high-speed rail, education, r&d for future manufacturing opportunities. Build an economy for the middle-class and the debt will come in line. Building the rich at the expense of the poor is killing our country.

  • Robert & Lynne Dillon

    Wonderful program this evening – as was said during the program, the discussion was much more interesting and productive than what we have heard from Congress. I think the comments about the opportunity ladders were extreemly important and that the difficulties of limits due to income are a major consideration. It is extreemly important to have a sound public education system that helps more young people have an equal opportunity to succeed. There will always be advantages for the wealthy, however, if students perceive an opportunity to succeed based to some degree on their efforts, there will be more people working to better themselves.
    Thanks again for a wonderful program – it should be required watching for all our legislators.

  • andrew carnegie

    Stop merger and acquisition activity or at the very least tax the hell out of the corporations and investment banks involved. Many times such activities do nothing to create jobs or promote economic growth. Huge sums of money are paid to the few individuals involved at the expense of the careers and livelihoods of the employees of the company being acquired.

  • steve

    A certain party in DC keeps looking at ways to reduce taxes as a way of jump starting the economy. Given were are a consumer economy, I say lets start treating the bulk
    of consumers in a way that allows them to consume at least domestic services. Lets give consumers who ffor a paycheck and their employers relief from regressive Social Security taxes. Reduce such taxes gradually and permanently until it is eliminated and adjust income tax rates upward. The effect is to place the welfare of labor on par with all other lines in the federal budget..

  • V

    Unemployment solution: Reinstate the draft…

  • Wade Schmidt

    Great show. So nice to see and listen (be able to without arguing) to a group of people discuss the economy. They seem to agree much more then disagree. It’s sad that DC can’t do that cause if they could we would be the unstoppable that we should be and can be. It’s so discouraging that they can’t do what they undoubtedly know is best for the country. If they are scared of their constituents then they need to educate them. If they don’t know how bring a guest speaker to help. Sadly, I’m afraid ity is just that they simply don’t want Obama to show any further success making them extremely unpatriotic. That’s the bottom line. They are so much the opposite that they claim to be. The debt would be a non discussion if we just improved the work situation. New taxes and less unemployment will fix most of it. Ad forMedicare, medicine is in the midst of huge cosy savings technological changes too which will solve a lot of those woes. Further investment in medical innovation would be agreatly investment as well.
    Thanks for the show.

  • Wade Schmidt

    Great comment. I agree with you completely, howeveri thinkDonna above is unfortunately the uninformed that she speaks about. Seems she has been bamboozled. Oh well. Enjoy your weekend.

  • Roz

    Your evidently Republican panelist failed to acknowledge that a lot of rich people got that way with government contracts – eg Ross Perot.
    The budget could be reduced with a 3 yr suspension of interest to the private Fed that creates its loans out of thin air. (Like seniors on SS had to endure with COLAs.)
    We could stop still giving TRILLIONS to the nation busting banksters.
    Just eliminating one or two pointless military aircraft … or maybe a carrier would certainly help.
    Cutting congressional pay to US average of $40,000 would help, along with cutting their lifetime health plans & pensions. They need to recall that they ran as servants … not the privileged.
    They need to stop calling SS & Medicare “entitlements” in the sense they weren’t paid for. Bush took $18 TRILLION from our “Trust” fund – that boomers paid to cover themselves with a start to the next generation. We should take every Bush asset to recover from the $30 TRILLION he drained from our treasury.
    And, if there was a serious desire to move the economy, min wage would be set at $12/hr. Obama’s $9 would be just enough to kick in taxes – good for gov revenue but net neutral for lower classes.

  • Keith Evans

    I prefer economic development to be a product of the private sector. The best way to achieve this, as was demonstrated in the 50′s and 60′s, is a high marginal rate on top income earners with opportunities to offset that rate with credits for productive investment. The problem with this, and the main reason for it’s demise in the 80′s, is the access this group of earners has to elected officials who can create preferential treatment. Not all “loopholes” are bad, as they produce economic activity that returns multiples of the effective tax rate by giving government access to multiple bites of the apple in a dynamic flow of capital. There does need to be a different yardstick for what is “productive” than just a campaign contribution.

  • Anonymous

    Great ideas. The problem with our congressmen & senators is that they are in congress to advocate & do favors for their campaign donors & lobbyists not the taxpayer voters. The only time they care about the voters is re-election time. People say we need term limits for our congressmen & senators. My state has term limits for the state assemblyman & senators. Doesn’t work. All term limits did was give the campaign donors & lobbyists more power because the freshmen assemblyman & senators aren’t educated enough on the issues. In addition, when the politician’s term is limited, all he does is run for another political office.

  • Anonymous

    Correct, when a merger or acquisition occurs, thousands of people are terminated because of duplication & the corporation needs the money it saved to pay for the merger or acquisition.

  • Lwc

    I agree, we should sopport our renewable energy industry (solar, wind,etc). Other countries like China, Japan, and Europe subsidize their own companies to gain market share. Tom Friedman describes very well our energy crisis in his book “Hot, Flat,Crowded World”

  • tom rhinehart

    The worst thing we could do is let policy makers in washington have a plan to fix the debt or a plan to do anything as a matter of fact. We don’t need a plan or a debt ceiling, we need to hire a cost cutter who would, in a responsible and careful way, go through all govn. agencys and put forth to congress for a vote every three months those finds that would cut waste and costs. This should be done in a responsible and careful manner for at least five years or longer. The debt didn’t happen in six months, so it should take years to fix. In the mean time our economy would have the time needed to heal. The sequester should be cancelled right away–clear cutting the forest is not responsible work.

  • Tobias Maxwell This latest great new discover coming out of University of Calgary speaks to your concerns. “Trapping the energy” and have it stored for when usage is needed, AT A MORE REAONABLE PRICE that would enduce our leaders to move iwth vision and strength. It’s simply a matter of educating our world leaders. WE must move the information at the ready so that their decisions are based on facts. It can all be done.

  • me

    Too many sheep….

  • backstory

    I agree with keykeeper and he mentions building the rich up at the expense of the poor. Everyone talks about this and I think they alluded to it in the piece. “the wages of the middle class have been stagnant”". This type OF COMMENT IS Us usually accompanied by something like “The CEO’s and upper echelon’s salary has gone up by some amazing amount in comparison. I have not heard this concept pursued with any facts in the mainstream news. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT INVESTIGATED.

    Walmart has some 2 million employees in the US. For argument say they make $8. an hour or $16,000. a year. If they got a $1./hr raise and work around 2000 hours a year that would be $2,000. That’s a lot if you are on food stamps. One source said %80 of their employees are on food stamps (!?). Don’t know about that but what if it’s just %30 or %20. I know several myself so %10 might not be unreasonable. What if it was just 10,000 people and meanwhile their management is making millions and they are giving money away to charities to make themselves look good?

    Multiply that by many corporations. Ask yourself how Bill Gates made $2 or $3 billion. Do you think maybe he was charging way more for those computers than it cost to make them?

    These numbers might be off but the point is – WHO IS ASKING THESE QUESTIONS? Why are wages stagnant?

  • mcav

    Moody’s says corporation are sitting on almost $1.5 trillion dollars – that’s like hoarding food when people are starving or hoarding clothing when people are naked. Fix the economy by using the money to invest in R&D, create jobs making the transition to renewable, clean energy, re-educate people in fossil fuel industries who need new jobs, hire young people so they can re-pay their college loans – put people back to work to restore their dignity and to save the planet.