What this guy says makes a heck of a lot of sense: it's production NOT consumption that drives an economy. Agree? Disagree? I've always said that it is technology and creativity that puts America at the top. Am I out of my mind? Well, if I'm not crazy, then the "economic stimulus package" is going about everything exactly bass ackwards: http://www.forbes.com/opinions/2008...n-oped-cx_ybr_0214yaron.html?feed=rss_tickers Finally, he argues that to increase production you don't need MORE government, you need LESS. So why does everyone in our country want MORE government? I think he does a great job of listing just a few ways that we straightjacket our businesses: "For example: If a fast-growing software company needs to quickly import a dozen eager and talented Indian programmers, it can't, thanks to our immigration laws. If a company needs to fire a group of incompetent employees to make its workforce more productive, it risks a million-dollar lawsuit. If a developer seeks to offer low-cost housing in the vast, unused tracts of land in expensive California districts, too bad--that would go against environmentalist "open space" laws. If a health insurance company tries to win more customers with deductibles, coverage and limits that will make insurance far more affordable, the idea is sunk; states dictate the terms of health insurance contracts. If a group of venture capitalists want to invest in new nuclear power, to supply cheap energy to a new market, it cannot--environmental regulations have prevented any new plants for decades, despite the technology's stellar safety record. If the board of a struggling public company wants to hire a top-flight CEO to turn its company around, its job is much harder (and more expensive) thanks to the CEO-repelling climate created by Sarbanes-Oxley, whose vague laws and new criminal penalties make managing a firm much riskier. Even the simple project of building a larger facility to house a growing business can easily be held up for six months, while the owner must glad-hand zoning and permit bureaucrats."