Indeed, the State system is a sign of the genius of your founders. Also: I agree that the US has a great deal to recommend itself to potential capital investors: power/transport infrastructure, political stability, the rule of law, proximity to end-users and so forth.
But of course tariffs set at the federal level hit all states equally. You can't escape them by going to Texas. Also: it's apparent that the US's internal advantages for capital are not currently out-balancing its many burdens.
A new President who (for instance) got rid of the EPA and promised to drill baby drill would solve a lot of your problems at a stroke.
Agreed, the EPA is choking business at all levels and effectively sealing out all but the wealthiest of corporations who can afford to pay to comply with often contradictory rules.
Also think Obamacare is simply murdering job creation, no wise businessmen or woman would dare to seriously expand to be stuck with massively expensive employees.
They will go with automation instead, this sort of thing only kills upward mobility and wage growth as automation requires huge capital investment that..only the largest corporations can afford.
It’s very foolish, but that is what happens when politics and economics mix.