Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Max Boot

While some of his conclusions about WWII made me wince recently and I'm not sold on his optimism that, "... our politicos [can] cross party lines and formulate a decisive response in a time of crisis," I am somewhat comforted by his report on the dreaded sound fundamentals.

From the LA Times:

What the pessimists ignore is that the fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain strong. Indeed, the World Economic Forum has ranked the United States as the world's most competitive economy for the last two years. (The new survey comes out next month.) Its statistics show that per-capita gross domestic product in the U.S. consistently has grown faster than in other developed economies since 1980.

Looking deeper at the causes of American competitiveness shows that we score especially strongly not only in domestic market size (No. 1 in the world) but also in such areas as time required to start a business (No. 3), venture capital availability (No. 1), the cost of firing an employee (No. 1), ownership of personal computers (No. 2), university/industry research collaboration (No. 1) and quality of scientific research institutions (No. 2).

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