New York Times columnist Tom Friedman has a radical idea for President Obama: shift our national economic focus to fostering innovation and creating jobs.
In a brilliant article, Friedman calls on the White House to launch a “moon shot,” by making 2010 “the year of innovation, the year of making our pie bigger, the year of ‘Start-Up America.’”
Friedman further suggests that rather than simply creating make-work highway jobs, we shift our national focus to spurring the sort of innovative start-ups that create high-paying, 21st Century jobs, by enacting policies that spur entrepreneurship and education.
It’s hard to see how politicians on either side of the aisle could disagree with Friedman’s recommendations. Here’s hoping that they’re listening.
One of Friedman’s final arguments is for the launch of a national Innovation Movement to get us all moving in the right direction. Like many good ideas, it’s one that has been shared by others. Last year, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) launched the Innovation Movement with precisely the same goal.
I’m certain they’d be happy to have lawmakers on board.