Thomas L. Friedman has a great article on Making America Stupid. I've ranted about it a million times before, but one comment really brought home the silliness of the "drill, baby, drill!" chant at the RNC.
From my point of view in the technology industry, to my professional interests in transit, transportation, and automobiles America just continues to implement these things in a horribly innefficient manner, and the RNC really just points to their backing of bad implementations.
Mind you, I don't really intend to make this a political entry, because I doubt the Democrats have any truly better ideas (at least in functional implementation). But the Republicans seem hell bent to prove to any remotely intelligent human being that they definitely do NOT have any real solutions.
Even in technology we have these issues, and slowly I've started seeing legislative encroachment into the software field. Sarbanes Oxley is almost touching on actual implementation, which removes progress. If it encroaches further I am scared the technology industry will quickly lose its A-Game Geeks, not just Microsoft or single companies in the country, but the whole country. Those non-stupid Americans that become these A-Game Geeks, the productive of the country would not tolerate being dictated their profession to them. Just like the machine geeks of the guilded age left their trades and it slowly began, and now has died a slow death over the last 50 years. Politicians Republican, Democrat and others will be treading a thin line between starting the decay of the industry, or staying out of the way and letting the industry to continue its breakneck pace of progress, advancement, job growth, and intellectual stimulation.
I hope as long as I live, I will see this freedom in the industry be maintained and the liberty to innovate, advance, and procure progress and growth for America will continue. This freedom is even more important in the coming years with the giants of China and India becoming economically vital in the world economy. Our freedom and unhindered progress is vital to the continued standard of living in America. To keeping our economic freedom, cheers to success, cheers to America the non-stupid.