Good Points, Mr. President

By February 8, 2011Economy, Trade

From President Obama’s remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday:

We know what it will take for America to win the future.  We need to out-innovate, we need to out-educate, we need to out-build our competitors.  We need an economy that’s based not on what we consume and borrow from other nations, but what we make and what we sell around the world.  We need to make America the best place on Earth to do business.

Indeed. From the National Association of Manufacturers’ “Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America“:

We want the United States to be the best place in the world to headquarter a business. The United States should be the best place to innovate and do the bulk of a company’s global research and development. And the United States should be a great place to manufacture for the North American market and to serve as an export platform for the global market.

And, one of the two applause lines in the President’s 35-minute speech:

And I will tell you I will go anywhere anytime to be a booster for American businesses, American workers and American products.

OK. How about Capitol Hill, with a copy of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement under your arm, asking members of Congress to enact the jobs-creating agreement? Tuck a copy of the U.S.-Panama FTA in the portfolio, too.

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