Ben Stein, host of the show Win Ben Stein’s Money wrote an article (second part) complaining that we’re squelching what gives this country an edge and asks, “What would it take to kill innovation altogether?”
He believes we’re already far down the road on many of them, but I disagree. The problems are usually with a small number of people and the country as a whole is not as bleak as the picture he paints. On the other hand, if we don’t address the problems and they are permitted to grow, we have the potential to extinguish the innovative spirit of our society. If that happens, we will not be able to continue progressing as rapidly and some other country will pass us by.
More discussion about this can be found on the mefi post I made.