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There’s A Slight Problem With This Latest Cunning Plan



From the American Prospect. A surefire way to bring on that progressive future:

Making Industrial Policy Work
We need a smart and systematic process, not just pretty goals.

OK, how are we going to do that?

One really smart idea is a bill created by Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, co-sponsored by Democrat Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota with lead Republican co-sponsors Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania. The bill would create a high-level Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation at the White House to set priorities and coordinate government-wide consistent strategies and goals. The office would be responsible for creating a national strategic plan. It would also house a Coordinating Council, whose members included all the relevant Cabinet departments.

We;ll stick some bureaucrats in a room and it will work.

Because Gosplan did work so well, didn’t it?



  1. Good god, they’re re-inventing NEDDIE. And that worked oh so well that people like Clive Sinclair abandoned their entire companies and started up new ones.

  2. Surely the first things they’d have to do is reverse Biden’s restrictions on fracking and the Keystone pipeline?

    Of course the next would be to scrap the compulsions to buy wind and solar power.

    So being sensible bureaucrats, they’d simply rubber stamp all the nonsense that Biden wanted and retire on a substantial pension.

  3. If politicians and bureaucrats knew what to do they would be off doing it rather than mucking about and causing damage to the economy, the environment and the citizenry.

  4. Creating another office and another bunch of people on sale to the lobbyists, and coincidentally increasing the cost of doing business for same, fine upstanding members of the community that they are.

  5. On the other hand, the Japanese MITI was generally reckoned to be a success.

    It rather depends on whether the bureaucrats are interested in helping the country, or helping themselves…


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