Motivating factor – protectionism?

Ain’t none of my dollars going overseas!

While the American monolith of industry takes its time in bringing in new technology – there are some that will do it themselves. But what motivation?

Is it just that they are waiting – or is it that they are taking a political stance and keeping their dollars in the US?

Horsley, a self-described do-it-yourselfer, simply plugs his truck into an electric wall outlet in his Douglasville, Georgia, garage and charges it overnight, instead of buying gasoline refined from mostly imported oil.

“If I can keep a dollar from going overseas, I’ll spend two dollars,” he said

You do have to give credit where credit is due – and here it is. With the innovation of these people we could see a surge in more electric cars and less gas fuelled ones – but how long will it last? Is the motivation just the dollar in your pocket – oil is coming down in price and with that so is the price of gas. Even the political argument is becoming muted to some degree.

What ever it is the investment that Obama says he will push into the US economy and into industry must come forth, this is one crisis that can be forgotten very quickly – until the next one.

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0 Responses to Motivating factor – protectionism?

  1. leapsecond says:

    Some say economics is the study of incentives, and I guess money is the biggest incentive of all.

    I think there are some that will innovate regardless of how much money they make in the end. They are few and far between, but they exist.

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