The Microsoft story is a unique on; we're talking two young individuals from MIT who were able to get in on the ground floor of the home computing and software industry but who had alot of help moving up that economic ladder.
Yes, there will always be people who are poor or who just ascend to average means, but fewer people of average means seek government aid than you think. And even some poor people are proud people and will only go to the government for help as a last resort. Of course, there are some who take advantage of the system, but to label every person of average or poor means as lazy, shift-less, drug addicts, or moochers is just stupid and biggoted on your part. BTW, I understand the "private sector" very well for an "average" person.
The deep water drilling moritorum has long since been lifted.
How does the National Labor Relations Board dilemma in SC impact the entire nation?
Tax policy...this is a new argument...really didn't become an issue until Obama came into the White House. Your side keeps arguing that the corporate tax rate is too high compared to other industrialized nations, but I don't recall GWB seeking to lower it at any time throughout his tenure. So, why has it suddenly become this big issue within the last 2-3 years? Furthermore, if you're going to make the argument that our nation's economic policies are hampering job growth, were were you 4-8 years ago informing your Republican/Conservative leadership to change the tax codes back then?