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The Next American Frontier
The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 19, 2008 | Michael S. Malone

Posted on 05/19/2008 12:21:33 PM PDT by giant sable

The entire world seems to be heading toward points of inflection. The developing world is embarking on the digital age. The developed world is entering the Internet era. And the United States, once again at the vanguard, is on the verge of becoming the world's first Entrepreneurial Nation.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial
KEYWORDS: entrepreneurship

1 posted on 05/19/2008 12:21:34 PM PDT by giant sable
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To: giant sable

Great! Let’s tax the entrepreneurs into oblivion to create a disincentive! I mean - sheesh - why should anyone get rewarded for their own ingenuity while the chiiiiiiildren suffer?

Besides, they’ve got the money. They should support everyone else who was either too stupid or too lazy to be an entrepreneur themselves. It’s only FAIR.


2 posted on 05/19/2008 12:31:29 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: giant sable
"An upcoming wave of new workers in our society will never work for an established company if they can help it. To them, having a traditional job is one of the biggest career failures they can imagine."

My son thinks like this. He's one of the founders of http://www.chumby.com
3 posted on 05/19/2008 1:03:58 PM PDT by EasySt (The Republican is a Democrat, the Democrat is a crooked Socialist, and the Socialist is a Communist.)
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To: giant sable

the United States, once again at the vanguard, is on the verge of becoming the world’s first Entrepreneurial Nation.

Well! Barack Hussein Obama isn’t going to let this happen. Just wait ‘til he gets wind of this!


4 posted on 05/19/2008 1:04:40 PM PDT by saganite
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To: EasySt

I saw those, they look pretty cool. Not sure whether to get a Chumby or a Nabaztag - don’t really need either of course!


5 posted on 05/19/2008 1:37:55 PM PDT by ikka
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To: giant sable
That fraction of Americans – 10%, 20% – who still dream of the gold watch or the 30-year pin will suffer the most . . . and unless their needs are somehow met as well, they will remain a perpetually open wound in our society.

There is a solution to this. Most of these people are concentrated in government jobs which they view as a lifetime entitlement.

Start retiring the bottom quintile at age 35, so that only the top performing 1/3rd are left by age 40 and only the top 1/8th or so are left by age 45.

The only replacements they can hire must be people over age 62 who are willing to forego social security in return for a government job. Most of these worker bees could even be employed at home or in local centers with little loss of service felt.

The government could only grow as fast as they could convince geezers to serve. The line between the two Americas, those who produce and those who consume tax dollars, would begin to disappear.

As the geezer supply stops growing . . . with the boomers passing into history . . . then we might actually be able to shrink government.

6 posted on 05/19/2008 1:57:09 PM PDT by Vigilanteman ((Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud))
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To: Vigilanteman

Your plan has merit, but you must understand that the principal purpose of government is to provide employment for the members of the public service labor unions. Until those unions are broken, there is nothing that can be done to fix that segment of society.


7 posted on 05/19/2008 2:02:05 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: ikka
I suppose there is some comparison between the Chumby and the Nabaztag. But it seems to me that the Chumby does more and talks less.

To see, just browse its 700+ widgets (all free) with 25 or more new ones released every week. ;-)

The Nabaztag won't display the Flickr photos or YouTube videos your kids send you, for example...
8 posted on 05/19/2008 2:04:43 PM PDT by EasySt (The Republican is a Democrat, the Democrat is a crooked Socialist, and the Socialist is a Communist.)
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To: giant sable

The Frontier was declared closed in 1890. That’s it, forget it until the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty is repealed. Don’t even bother trying to declare this commerce thing the moral equivalent of the Frontier. We know what the Frontier is and this isn’t it.


9 posted on 05/19/2008 2:04:53 PM PDT by RightWhale (You are reading this now)
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To: ClearCase_guy

The unions are not broken, they are just becoming less effective in the tidal wave of global competition. America will change and be innovators and entrepenuars out of necessity. In between, large groups of Americans will be displaced and many promises from government outright broken. But first I assume we’ll see a three or four year stint of socialism to attempt to resist the sacrifices leadership and citizens must make to retain the good life in America. Right now it’s the citizens that are suffering with politicial leadership gridlocked and business leadership already skinned the goose and leaving the carcass for the citizens.


10 posted on 05/19/2008 3:36:53 PM PDT by quant5
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To: giant sable

Very interesting article and I think the author has identified the new trend. I see many more people becomeing self-employed. The days when you could work for 30 years for one company and be confident that company would take care of you is long over.


11 posted on 05/19/2008 6:05:31 PM PDT by BeckB
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