US Competitive Edge

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    If we are to retain our lead in R&D, we should intensify our public and private investments in science centers. We should consider increasing the tax advantage to companies and individuals that invest in R&D.

     
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    All of this is good info but let's not forget the need for freedom of information. If anything has given us an edge it's that one thing. We've proven that genius is not hereditary and the best decisions are not necessarily made by an elite ruling class. We've prospered because opportunity exists at all levels and access to information has been the key (i.e. public libraries, etc.) The great philanthropists of the past built libraries and museums, today they provide laptops to the disadvantaged.
     
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    Or...we could make all college education free and really get some bang for our bucks.
     
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    Companies that invest in r & d should be able to profit from it. Bottom line with the increasing interference by government into all aspects of commerce, it's become all a paper chase, rather than an investment in the business and products.
     
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    Togo is the country which puts the largest percentage of its GDP into R&D. I learned it on FIFA World Cup 2006 so it must be true.
     
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    Or our government can make a deal with the pharmaceutical companies that they won't negotiate the price of prescription drugs so those companies can sell US the drugs at more than top dollar while they sell them elsewhere on the cheap.

    Oh wait...
     
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    I wasn't thinking as much of the pharmaceutical as communications, transportation, and even education. I think the FDA is rather good, though takes too long.
     
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    Really? Did you know that the FDA won't allow dermatologists to prescribe a certain acne medication unless the prescribee (if female) has a pregnancy test every 30 days while on the med? That's new since the religious right took over the repub party.
     
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    What? If the drug is capable of deforming a fetus, I can understand it to a point. I think I'd just live with the acne, personally, if it has those kinds of side effects.
     
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    Exactamundo.

    The US should make it easier for qualified people to immigrate here. Other countries such as Canada and the UK have eased their immigration requirements so talented people can come from elsewhere. We should do so too.
     

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