American businesses have survived the disinterest in additional resource development simply by paying attention to the wind direction. Good businesses make sure, first and foremost of their competitive survival. They do so, if they are run by intelligent decision-makers. And collectively American business decision-makers will continuously adapt to anything, including the pervasive and prevailing "control" policies in place. Simply put, government is leading with "control" as it primary objective, and industry has been forced to follow with "survival" as its primary objective. It has been this way for quite awhile and the results are now self-evident. The economic trends reflect the priorities of government control and business survival. It is not a winning combination if your assumptions call for ever-increasing resources.
Are the terrible economic trends that are plaguing America interminable? Is America destined to go to the economic graveyard of human history? The answer is a resounding NO. In a free society there is always a fork in the road. And the choices continuously presented to voters offer two distinct alternatives, particularly when it comes to the one interest seemingly all people have in common (our pocketbooks). As an adaptive society our votes will continue in the future, as they have in the past, to go towards either those who trust business interests more, or to those who trust government more.