INDUSTRY WEEK PRESENTS "AGENDA IN SEARCH OF A LEADER"
INDUSTRY WEEK PRESENTS "AGENDA IN SEARCH OF A LEADER" CLEVELAND, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Declaring that work still needs to
be done to ensure America's role in the global economy, "Industry Week" (IW) magazine is offering an 11-point agenda for the nation's economic and social well-being. All that remains is to identify the leadership to carry the agenda forward, said IW's editors.
"Critical to this is the cooperation -- and, often, the unchallenged leadership -- of government. In the end, no other institution can wrestle with such issues as taxes, education, health care, and trade strategies," according to the editors. It is with that in mind that "Industry Week", the industry management magazine of Penton Publishing, puts forth its agenda, which it is delivering to the President, his advisors, members of Congress, and presidential candidates. In its Jan. 6 issue, the editors observe, "Two decades ago, the U.S. saw its first symptoms of industrial flabbiness and financial profligacy." By the mid-1980s, America found itself a winded competitor -- industry leaders reacted to this threat of national disaster by embracing the quality gospel. A movement toward industrial renewal was under way. Here, in summary, is "Industry Week's" agenda: 1. Congress: Sweep the Halls. An effective, efficient, and truly representative legislative body can be restored, but only through lasting reform. That means amending the constitution, limiting terms for legislators to 12 years -- two six-year terms for senators and six two-year terms for representatives. 2. Competitiveness: Retool Our Trade Strategy. The U.S. must elect a president and members of Congress who recognize that economic strength is vital to national security. We must strictly enforce U.S. antidumping and countervailing laws to halt predatory foreign pricing and unjustifiable subsidies. 3. The Deficit: Make it Personal. The President and Congress should agree to couch the deficit and debt issues in personal terms for all Americans. That means turning the discussion to employment and prosperity. If the average American sees that this mountain of bills keeps us all from growing, too, then we've won the biggest battle in the war. 4. Education: Test Our Skills. What's needed is national achievement testing in our schools. Administered in the fourth, eighth, and 10th grades, this testing would reflect the real knowledge of each student moving through primary and secondary schooling. The capstone of such testing would be a basic skills and knowledge certification exam when a student is 16. Testing can also determine which schools and school districts are genuinely successful, returning accountability to the system. 5. Energy: The Solutions Are Already There. An intelligent policy can be devised that addresses both energy development and the environment, and balances them with considerations for the economy. Research should be increased on renewable sources such as solar energy, as well as electric- and hydrogen-powered cars. 6. The Environment: Straighten Our Priorities. We must establish national priorities based on the most serious risks to human health and the environment. We must develop strategies to allow flexibility and greater reliance on market incentives in achieving national environmental goals. We must modify the U.S. Tax Code so industry's investment in pollution prevention and abatement do not put it at a competitive disadvantage. 7. Health Care: Not Too Complex to Solve. Government must end the rhetoric that health care is too complex an issue to attack with comprehensive reform. In truth, only comprehensive reform to correct the ills of the current system will bring health-care costs under control. To begin, we must end cost-shifting. Congress must create a mechanism so medical costs incurred by Americans without health-care insurance aren't being shouldered by just one segment of society. Then Congress must plant the seeds for a shift to a single-payer system, at least for hospital bills. That could reduce costs and provide data needed to measure efficiency and quality. 8. Infrastructure: Repair, Not Replace. What's needed is a bullet train of actions before the infrastructure requires costly replacement, not just repair and maintenance. Federal, state and local spending must double from the current level of $50 billion annually for infrastructure projects. One revenue source would be an increase in user fees so the beneficiaries pay for each category of infrastructure improvement. 9. Tax Policy: Take Away the Stick. Almost unanimously, economists agree that taxes on savings and investment gains are too high. Current federal tax provisions discourage saving and investment relative to consumption and borrowing. The three principles behind reform should be: eliminate disincentives to saving, avoid encouraging one type of saving over another, and make changes fair and nonregressive. 10. Technology: The Need for Involvement. It's not too late to update, revise and harness federal research and development involvement to maximize usefulness to our national economic performance. If we want to enhance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, improving technology transfer must be a priority for government and business. 11. Quality: Make It a Matter of Policy. An Administration and a Congress that champion Total Quality Management in U.S. Industry -- and, equally important, implement it within government -- are certainly in the national interest. A fundamental obligation of government is to provide an environment that allows its economy to flourish, so participants can develop products and services, create jobs and wealth, and advance society. Total Quality sparks improvements because it is not a program, but a philosophy and an ongoing process. It is appropriate for government to identify and nurture such promising management methods, just as it is appropriate to promote promising technologies. -0- 1/3/92 /CONTACT: Chuck Day of Industry Week, 216-696-7000, or 216-521-3861, after hours/ CO: Industry Week ST: Ohio IN: PUB SU:
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