Creating Real Jobs

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ITIF President Robert D. Atkinson called on Congress, in testimony before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation and Export Promotion, June 22 to lead a drive to spur innovation. “For over 50 years after World War II,” he said, the U.S. was “the global innovation leader.” But in the past decade, we had “lost that lead and our rank seems to be rapidly slipping.” He said the government needs to “better support innovation” and “charge the Administration with the creation of a national competitiveness and innovation strategy.” Atkinson told the Senators, “Government’s role in addressing the innovation economy is not to regulate business or to direct the path of technological development….Government should be a facilitator that spurs firms to innovate in ways that serve the public interest.”

The U.S. Department of Commerce in an April 13 White Paper called for patent reform legislation citing a backlog of 750,000 applications, costing the economy billions of dollars in “foregone innovation.” It pointed to technological innovation as a “key driver of a pro-growth, job-creating agenda.”

The government agency which has been a well-spring of innovation that has created jobs, new markets, and new technology through the years is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). But when President Obama announced his new budget in February, he scrapped NASA’s moon-bound Constellation program saying the nation “plans to work with international partners in future space exploration.” This seemed to contradict the words as recently as Feb. 1 of NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, emblazoned on the NASA website:

“Today we are launching a bold and ambitious new space initiative to enable us to explore new worlds, develop more innovative technologies, foster new industries, increase our understanding of the earth, expand our presence in the solar system, and inspire the next-generation of explorers.”

But a stunning and far-reaching restatement of the space agency’s goals was set forth by Administrator Bolden, and reported widely, including by FrontPage Magazine July 12. Bolton said President Obama had ordered him to pursue three new objectives: to “re-inspire children” to study science and math, to “expand out international relations,” and to “reach out to the Muslim world.” Bolden said the mission to reach out to Muslims is “perhaps foremost” because it will help Islamic nations “feel good” about their contributions to science, math, and engineering.

It’s doubtful few jobless Americans “feel good” about anything.

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  • Rifleman

    Hussein and the dp congress actually blew over a trillion on their 'stimulus' and over $120 billion is recurring, so that's just added onto the deficit. Since they blew most of it 'saving' government jobs, it just cost private sector jobs. Like all socialists, Hussein and the dp are putting the cart before the horse with the predictable result.

    • Stephen D.

      Rifleman my friend, what you haven't taken into consideration is the number of jobs BHO has created overseas with OUR stimuus (tax) money. In this regard he may count it as a success! Also, you shouldn't discount his ongoing efforts to engage the Muslim world so they can "feel good" about themselves. THAT will create jobs too don't you know. I'd like a count of all the moeny from the stimulus that went to other countries and the reasoning behind it. I'd also like to know how much went to so called "shovel ready" projects. I can't help but wonder as to the REAL reason they keep doing things that only hurt our country and never anything that will help.

  • Jean

    "Massive, but failed, federal jobs programs overlook two key sources of real job growth. Namely, EXPORTS and innovation". (emphasis mine)

    No kidding. It's so obvious that, if the goal were actually to benefit and restore the economy of the US, measures would already be rolling along.

  • Hammer2

    In the old Soviet Union, Russians could easily tell a foreigner just by looking at their shoes. Soviet made shoes were all that was available to the average citizen & were of poor quality. Therefore, if you had nice shoes – you were a foreigner.
    With all the controls & regulations being placed on business in America, not to mention outright takeovers, can it be very long before we Americans are find ourselves in a Soviet style economy?

  • WeWillie

    Some few thousands of good paying jobs can be created by allowing horse slaughter for human consumption. Japanese and French love horse flesh. The 35,000 BLM "wild" horses in fedlots could be sold for cash and the over aged horses of the Amish, failed race horses and other unwanted horses could be converted to cash. What pray tell is morally wrong about using horses for human consumption?

  • scum

    actually the crash was due to a quarter century of massive deregulation which led to little oversight of the financial/mortgage sector. Primarily, Phil Gramm and those who favored the liquidation of Glass-Steagall are to blame. In terms of job creation, the so-called 'real jobs' listed in this article are largely gone because in the last quarter century we tried another experiment – the 'post-industrial society'. This was a fancy name for American corporations shipping jobs out of the country as fast as they could. Job creation? No, it won't happen due to the stimulus – it has to be a far more radical approach that no one on this site is willing to broach. FPM stands for 'more of the same tired old politics that got us in this mess.'


    "Creating Real Jobs"
    This is very useful information—for those who *want* to create jobs. Obama doesn't. Don't you see it? He wants to break the back of the economy, and the country—once and for all. Why would he want more jobs? And pointing out the best way to create jobs makes his job (of NOT creating jobs) even easier. Don't help him, he is successful even without your help.

  • Thunder

    9.5% unempl. means 90.5% EMPLOYED….and cities & states go broke -> because people do not work and do not pay taxes; and half a million people lose their jobs each month…And how many millions "quit looking for a job"? No way to know….Gov. decides???
    Let's see the truth: is the unemployment 25% or higher?

  • cynthia curan

    Well, the only way you can have high taxes and production is during war. WWII brought alot of massive production and granted today Republicans that favor massive funding for aerospace which the first Bush opposed since the cold war are not going down that route. If cold war spending cuts were less than BushI did and Reagan had not given 3 million illegal immirgants legalization maybe, Southern Ca which depended upon that defense spending might have stayed in the Repubician category instead of going to the Dem side.

  • cynthia curan

    Well, Obama is in some ways worst than Roosevelt. As the Ceo of Verizon stated the power grind is agining.Obama could have put a lot of money in that which would have helped the economy when it pick up. Look at TVA, a project that Republicans hated years ago but made electrically much more possible than in Ten and some other southen. Even Johnson that expanded the welfare state, pushed for electrical development inTexas. This is why in some ways the new left is worst than the new left.

  • Wdwrkr

    Eliminate the R&D tax credit! Instead, reduce business taxes (as well as all other taxes). That will create jobs and boost the economy.

    However, that means less gov't meddling in the economy. So, unfortunately, the pols won't go for it.

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