Instead of fixing problems, let's throw more money at them.
Some of the ideas aren't bad, but some really are a waste.
Democratic Leaders Push 'America Competes'
By RON FOURNIER
AP Political Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States will "spiral downward" and may not recover in a fast-changing global economy without urgent investments in education, health care and alternative energies, Democratic governors said Tuesday.
"We're getting the living daylights kicked out of us," said Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.
Rendell, finance chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, said the United States is falling behind China, India and other nations on education, health care and the race to find alternatives to oil. In addition, he said unfair trade practices are shipping U.S. jobs overseas.
He unveiled the DGA's $75 billion "America Competes" plan and asked President Bush to make the proposals part of next week's State of the Union address. The ideas include:
- A 17 percent tax credit for companies that contribute to employee health care.
- Increasing the number of high school students who pass advanced placement exams by 25 percent.
- Requiring the federal government to make at least 25 percent of its 600,000 vehicles equipped with hybrid technology.
- Working with the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization to crack down on China's currency manipulation.
Rendell said there is no time to waste because the nation's competitors are catching up and passing the United States.
"If we don't do something about our competitive edge and do something about it soon, America will continue to spiral downward to the point where ... we may not recover," Rendell said.
The Pennsylvania governor said money should not be a roadblock for a federal government that paid for the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq and hurricane relief in the Gulf Coast.
"When the Congress and the president need to find money to spend, we find it, right?" Rendell said.
Uh, no. The United States is the world's largest economy with the largest per capita GDP of all large nations.
Kiss my ass, Ed.
"tax, tax, tax....and send jobs overseas...
tax, tax, tax....we're just simple commies..."