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Why Businesses Aren't Investing in the U.S.

dsquires Wrote: May 06, 2012 2:48 AM
Businesses aren't investing in the US for one big reason -- threats from their own government: threats of increased taxes, threats of increased health insurance costs, threats of law suits for any of thousands of idiotic regulations. I only hope these businesses have a good hiding place for their investable capital, and I hope I can put my own retirement savings out of reach. We've already seen that they are open to stealing 401K savings and giving them to Union thugs as a payoff. Businesses will no doubt be required to cover that loss. -Dave Squires
Doug3370 Wrote: May 06, 2012 10:24 AM
There is no hiding place. Wealth is not a thing that can be hidden. It is dynamic. Wealth is a knack and a system for bringing a desirable product or service to people. Ownership of it can be direct, because you're the one with the knack and the system, or it can be indirect (stocks, bonds, cash). If the economy tanks, all wealth is impacted. If the government decides to appropriate ownership of wealth, a little of it shows up in government coffers but most of it evaporates. The system operates on a degree of trust---everyone expects that the government will take a share; we must have government and government must have taxes. But if the taking goes from "a share" to "the Lion's share", that trust dies.
LarryFromMo Wrote: May 06, 2012 8:03 AM
Let's not forget the threat of increased energy cost due to the war on fossil fuels. If you are a in a manufacturing industry that uses a lot of energy you would be crazy to make new investment in the US.
Doug3370 Wrote: May 06, 2012 10:27 AM
The "war on fossil fuels" is a response to the real and present danger of global warming. It's not unique to the U.S.; Europe has policies that are at least as tilted toward green energy. China, too, is subsidizing the development of green energy. The world's great economic powers are rightly apprehensive of increased flooding, rising sea levels, and so forth that must come with an unrestrained use of fossil fuels by one and all.

Economies can't adjust to all that as easily as they could adjust to a transition to green energy.
Original2 Wrote: May 06, 2012 12:52 PM
Seriously- you still waving the global warming Big Scary Man?

Ahem! People see that man behind the curtain now.

But hey, good luck with getting people like Al Gore and the little president to cut their own carbon footprints. You work on that- then we'll talk again.
dsquires Wrote: May 06, 2012 2:37 PM
So, let's tell the sun to stop blasting us with heat, the moon to stop distributing heat through global tides, the Earth's core to stop floating tectonic plates around, spewing volcanic ash and heating the oceans. Global warming? Sure it happened after the last ice age, what did humans have to do with that? You want to stop global warming, then outlaw solar energy, move the moon farther away, and freeze the Earth's core. Or, you can "green " the planet by liberating stored CO2 for use by plants. That's much easier to do.

Businesses aren’t investing in the United States because of a lack of consumer demand, International Paper CEO John Faraci said Friday.

“I think this was all about consumer spending and demand. You know, the problem we have is there’s inadequate demand to create jobs. We know how to respond when there is demand,” he said on CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report.”

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