More from the National Summit, the Good and the Bad

From The Detroit Free Press:

  • National Summit to head to Washington — 6/18/09
  • NATIONAL SUMMIT IN DETROIT: Mulally favors assistance for consolidating auto suppliers — 6/18/09
  • TOM WALSH: Microsoft CEO explains locating site in Canada — 6/18/09
  • Mulally: Supplier health a top priority — 6/17/09
  • TOM WALSH: Staffing manufacturing revival isn’t easy — 6/17/09
  • Ideas on opportunity, competition, cooperation emerge at National Summit — 6/17/09
  • Tom Walsh’s interview with Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer addresses key issues of innovation and immigration, playing off Microsoft’s decision to open a research lab in Vancouver, B.C., because of various U.S. policies:

    “We opened the lab in Vancouver,” Ballmer said, “because we were having trouble getting visas for the best and the brightest to come to Seattle. The Canadian government said, ‘We’re happy to have those people.’ ”

    “It’s a bit goofy,” he said, “because for every person we hire to be an engineer, there’s probably another four or five people who we employ at Microsoft. There’s another set of people employed in the community in construction and housing and retail, a bunch of different industries.”

    “We want the best and the brightest, and we want a great education system, with great opportunities for people who were born here,” said Detroit-born Ballmer.

    From The Detroit News:

  • Daniel Howes: Auto woes are America’s woes
  • Michigan jobless rate 14.1%, highest since ’83
  • White House hears pleas
  • Photos: National Summit
  • Expanded coverage: The National Summit
  • How to restore U.S. jobs edge
  • Expanded coverage: The National Summit
  • Nolan Finley, In RenCen, CEOs tilt at windmills 
  • Business Insider, Granholm puts in a plug for batteries
  • Editorial: Save the scholarships
  • Young people tune in to summit ideas
  • That’s an alarming headline on Nolan Finley’s piece, but since he’s on our list of columnist who are correct at least 90 percent of the time, here’s an excerpt:

    [There] were some solid, common-sense solutions for reviving America put on the table this week in Detroit. The brain power gathered in the RenCen’s silos could have moved a mountain, if anyone had been listening. In normal times, this line-up of CEOs would have drawn overflowing crowds of wisdom seekers. But many of the sessions were sparsely attended, despite featuring some of the nation’s top corporate bosses.

    Business doesn’t matter in the upside-down world in which we live. Government has all the answers, all the money and all the muscle. Critical decisions are being made about the future of industry without the input of industrialists.

    In a heartbeat we’ve moved from a nation that worships entrepreneurship, innovation and the freedom to succeed to one that craves the false security of an economy carefully contained by the government.


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