Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Reviving the American dream

From page A4 | January 10, 2014 | 19 Comments

There is a good chance that the rolling disaster that Obamacare is showing itself to be will lead to a new Senate majority, one without Harry Reid as Senate majority leader. Should that happen, here is our prescription for reviving the American dream. We realize, of course, that will require inspiring leadership in the White House in 2016. But Congress can begin the spade work in 2015.

First on our list would be reining in the Environmental Protection Agency, which has been running amok. Second, would be streamlining the environmental report process. Somehow, all the U.S. Forest Service seems to do is EIRs for forest plans, which they are constantly changing and thus constantly redoing. The Forest Service used to send silviculture experts out to cruise the forest and mark trees for harvesting. They get sued when they try to sell burned trees from a forest fire.

Third, the Endangered Species Act needs revamping. It is not just trying to save endangered species, but ever since President Carter it has been applying the same restrictions to “threatened species.”

“A law intended to conserve species and habitat has brought about the recovery of … less than 2 percent of approximately 2,100 species listed as endangered or threatened,” according to Damien Schiff, principal attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation and Julie McDonald, former deputy secretary for Fish & Wildlife and Parks at the U.S. Department of Interior.

The two authors of a Wall Street Journal column attribute some of the more serious problems to sloppy non-peer-reviewed biological opinions by U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff.

“Unbelievably, most data that were supposed to have informed past decisions were unavailable. In some cases, the information was never even gathered before a ruling was issued. In other cases it unaccountably vanished, e.g., the computer files alleged to hold it were said to be corrupted.”

The ESA needs to be modernized and should allow more preference for private property rights.

These things, of course, are the tip of the iceberg. The real holy grail is reducing the federal government’s footprint on our country. We’d like to do the same in California, but that is a lost cause for now.

In reviewing a book called Big Bang Disruptions by Larry Downes and Paul Nunes, regular Wall Street Journal high-tech columnist L. Gordon Cravitz wrote, “Government involvement leads to what the authors call ‘Eroom’s Law,’ which is Moore’s Law backward: Instead of computing power doubling every 18 months, regulation makes innovation harder and slower.”

“‘In heavily regulated industries,’ Messrs. Downes and Nunes write, ‘the cost and other limits imposed by regulation loom large in design, testing and deployment of new innovations,’” according to Cravitz.

The regulations holding us back include everything from all the professional licenses California requires such as hair braiders, eyebrow knitters and barbers. It includes the FDA’s stultifying regulation of drug innovation and its smothering of the genetic analysis business. It includes local regulation of taxis and attempts to prevent new mobile services like Uber. San Francisco is now trying to tax and regulate private bus and van services that pick up Silicon Valley tech workers living in San Francisco.

Reduce regulation, replace Obamacare, open this country up for more economic opportunity. Change our immigration policy one step at a time. Give green cards to every foreign student who completes a master’s degree in scientific or technical fields and is not a threat to this country. Allow more highly trained workers to immigrate.

Here are some fascinating facts assembled by John Dearie and Courtney Gedulig, authors of “Where the Jobs Are: Entrepreneurship and the Soul of the American Economy”:

“Immigrants represent 13 percent of the U.S. population but account for nearly 20 percent of small business owners.” In 2010 they employed 5 million and had revenue of $776 billion.

“…more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or a child of immigrants.”

“…of the top 50 venture capital-backed companies in the U.S. last year, 23 have at least one foreign-born founder, while 37 have at least one immigrant in a major management position.” Examples of companies started by the foreign born are Google, Intel, Yahoo and eBay.

Secondly, farmers and dairymen from California to Washington state and Georgia need agricultural workers, both seasonal and year-round. The only folks who will do that hard work are Mexicans and Central Americans. We need a plan to help our agricultural industry continue to feed America and the rest of the world.

As for the 11 million undocumented residents currently living in this country, a way must be found for changing their status to documented and paying income, and Social Security taxes and car insurance. Many of these are already working. They will not clog the labor market. In the last 20 years the workforce actually expanded as a huge number of women entered the labor force. In 1950, 1 in 3 women worked. By 1998 that ratio shift to 3 of 5. By 2008 women made up 48 percent of the workforce. In 2010, according the Department of Labor, there were 72 million women working or looking for work. The projection is for a 51 percent increase in women in the workforce between 2008 and 2018. We can easily absorb 11 million undocumented workers.

This is how we go about reviving the American dream. Simplify our government and welcome other dreamers.

Mountain Democrat


Discussion | 19 comments

  • EvelynJanuary 09, 2014 - 9:50 am

    Inconsistent logic permits the Mt. Dem. to speak of simplifying our government (above) though elsewhere branding as a "selfish minority" people opposing forced taxpayer subsidization of the Sacramento Kings. And, not to flog a not-yet-dead horse, the paper recommends saddle blankets (sic!) for "round-a-bout" opponents. Opponents include well-established local businesses that will be seriously jeopardized by the City's apparent determination to proceed, despite constituent preferences. "Reviving the American Dream"?

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 10, 2014 - 10:20 am

    I was just reading a Report on the Cato Institute.... and low and behold..... Your Editorial reads almost verbatim like one of their reports.... You realize that the Cato Institute is a close follower of the Ayn Rand Institute.... whose reports are very similar.... But your editorial came from Cato's memo.... because both John Dearie and Courtney Gedulig are connected to Cato..... The Koch Brothers (who own and operate Cato) have always reminded me of the little boy who grabs up all the blocks in the playroom...... and yells "Mine, Mine" when others come to play.... It's all about them... not the USA!

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  • ObviousJanuary 10, 2014 - 10:28 am

    dinky, do you believe that those who immigrate to the United States are here to pursue the American dream?

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 10, 2014 - 11:36 am

    Let's see "Obvious"..... Why did your people come here? To have the opportunity to feed and clothe their family, right?.... Why did my mother's people come here? (My Dad's people were already here)..... They were starving Ireland, so it was to feed and clothe the family...... Why did the English woman come here about 10years ago? (Illegal) So she could go to American schools and she could make a living..... Why do the Mexicans and Latin Americans come across the border? To feed their kids back home because a team of California Farmers (Anderson Clayton & co., Boston Ranch Co., Giffen Ranch, South Lake Farms Inc., and don't forget Westhaven Farming Co.,) went INTO Mexico and promised them jobs... if they got there (Must have they got there and working in the fields)..... Whose dream is better than the another persons?.... The American Dream? Are you saying they came to 'build' America? I NEVER heard a single immigrant ever say that... it was all about being able to work and make money..... I haven't see where it wasn't to pursue the "American Dream" .....

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  • James E.January 10, 2014 - 10:31 am

    Please don't tell me that the MtDemocrat editorials are simply reprints of Tea/Republican rants? Please.

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  • ObviousJanuary 10, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    dinky is the United States already built? I don't think so. Your description of the immigrants who come to our country seems to be that of people who have failed in there's. I believe it is people who want to live in our free society. The French believed that also. And demonstrated it with their gift of the statue of liberty. Have you ever read the poem on her base? Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" I believe that's why the United States is a great inspiration for the rest of the world. Not the bitter and angry takers who are filled with vile and hate. Like Garon, James and you. Poor pathetic little dinky. If only there were a land that you could be proud of. I hear North Korea is nice this time of year.

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 10, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    I do hope you are feeling better soon, Obvious

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  • LMAOJanuary 10, 2014 - 1:26 pm

    Well I hate to say it righties but who are you going to run in 2016? I think Chris Christie and Rand Paul are out. They have not had a very good year. Hmmmmm. Maybe that brilliant Sara Palin will agree. Any way you look at it the Tea Party has cooked your goose!

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  • Dee#1January 10, 2014 - 1:32 pm

    Gov.Scott Walker

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  • ObviousJanuary 10, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    Dee, ABSOLUTELY! Walker would be a nice change to the last few Presidents. Funny how know it all left wing haters all have bought tickets to Hillary's coronation. Did she lose big to Obama in the Left's Primary?

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 10, 2014 - 5:35 pm

    Since Gov. Walker took office Wisconsin has the HIGHEST rate per capita of Unemployment..... According to Bur of Labor Stats -- CA --> 1.5 million OUT of 18 million ..... Wisconsin --> 1.9 million OUT of 3 million ........ ALSO..... Corporations and LAND owners don't pay taxes.... ONLY the people buying gas for their cars and homes and shoes for their kids pay taxes....... This country was built on Land Owners paying property tax..... Remember the Boston Tea Party... Taxing goods (TEA) instead of property owners??? ..... King George III would be proud to have Gov. Walker among his Lords....

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 10, 2014 - 6:10 pm

    Dink observes, "This country was built on Land Owners paying property tax" . . . Wondering . . . are the owners of the Scheiber Ranch getting their money's worth?

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  • James E.January 10, 2014 - 1:26 pm

    Obvious, how about my 50 year membership in the American Legion? You went silent on that, and now "bitter and angry takers who are filled with vile and hate." Please give specific examples for myself, Dink, and Mr. Garon. Break it down, each category, bitter, angry, takers, filled with vile and hate, for each us. Or, was that just a BS throwaway comment? Given you aren't going to give any examples we can conclude you are BSing us with your bitter and angry comments filled with vile and hate. Ball in your court. Are you a teenager (13 to 19)?

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  • cookie monsterJanuary 10, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Where is Cookie? Sounds like she is posting under other names. Same lingo.

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  • ObviousJanuary 10, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    James enlighten me on the WTF American Legion statement? What does your being a Member of the American Legion have to do with what I wrote? I was talking about American Exceptionalism. Something takers like Garon, tiny dinky and you have shown hatred of hundreds of times. You are simply a senile old hater. Do you realize you are typing on a post? HTF can I respond to you when I haven't read it yet? An example of your ignorance and stupidity is your last post. I didn't give an example because your pathetic whiny ass demanded, I did it because it was easy. I rest my case.

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  • paralysis distalysisJanuary 10, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    Any adults present are advised be beat a hasty retreat before being spat upon by the mad men. Abuse wins no converts.

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  • James E.January 10, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    Obvious, did I confuse you with someone else? Didn't you say I was wasn't worth dog spit because I wasn't man enough to be a member of the American Legion? Help me, if not you then who did? And we are still waiting for those quotes for my being a bitter and angry taker filled with vile and hate? And, don't forget Dink and Mr. Garon. Waiting, waiting.

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  • James E.January 10, 2014 - 2:06 pm

    Obvious, sorry, it was Observer who made the American Legion comment. Obvious, Observer, hey, I'm not perfect.

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  • ObviousJanuary 10, 2014 - 2:50 pm

    LOL James, your statements are obviously from someone in need of help. Might I suggest you heed the MD's advice and hire a care provider. You could then be giving back to society. I think tiny dinky and Garon are unemployed you ought to give them a call...

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