As a country, having enough people trained in the skills that apprenticeships provide could keep many jobs from going overseas. We should commit ourselves to apprenticeship programs. As one student said to me: "Apprenticeship was my golden ticket to the middle class."
Part 2 of this three-part series concerning America's first offshore wind farm was an October interview with Cape Wind's Communications Director Mark Rodgers. Rodgers recently recalled the significance of Massachusetts's original windmills to the early economy of Cape Cod:
Obama makes clear that partnerships reduce individuals tax burden. Tying the discussion to the reform of the tax code gives a sense that we can cut taxes and invest in a revenue neutral way. At least in this area.
What galls Energy Policy Expert Fred Hewitt is that energy subsidies have been a fixture of American policy since the dawn of the fossil fuel era, and yet lawmakers refuse to make subsides for wind anywhere near permanent.
I suspect you'd learn a lot more at a working factory about the combination of public policy and private initiative needed to create good jobs on our shores than you would down the street at the convention center.
The victims of crimes of corruption are diffuse, invisible, and often vulnerable: every dollar paid in bribes tilts the scales further against the most unfortunate in societies where fairness frequently goes unprized.
Corporations can be prosecuted as criminals and every year some get convicted of crimes. However, over the past decade the government has not stepped up corporate crime enforcement. In fact, the evidence is to the contrary.
I wish we had this cool stuff in my country. But we don't. Instead, our government spends money on crippled people and old people and people with mental problems, and fixing old bridges and building highways and hospitals and things like this. We are not so cool as you.
Today's selections include pieces by Gucci, Noritake, Fornasetti and Eero Aarnio. Be sure to check out the beautiful mid-century desk, the interesting magazine stand and beautiful Art Nouveau Theresienthal glasses set.
If the current trajectory of Syrian street protests continue at their current, bloody pace, last Friday may be remembered as the epic day Syria's Assad dictatorial dynasty began a fateful, accelerating process of unraveling.
Western universities are undoubtedly under pressure to find financial support, but this does not mean they should allow abusive and corrupt foreign dictators, officials or their families launder their images in exchange for money.