George Kaiser, o homem mais rico de Oklahoma, acumulou a sua fortuna na banca e em petróleo, e escreveu uma peça de opinião acerca da persistência de oitos mitos sobre Oklahoma. (Poder-se-ia dizer que a peça de opinião de Kaiser, publicada ontem no Tulsa World, é o equivalente à idea dos "desmitos" da economia portuguesa popularizada por Álvaro Santos Pereira.) Kaiser, um dos 50 filantropos mais importantes dos EUA e fundador da George Kaiser Family Foundation, escreve o seguinte:
"Like many Oklahomans, I am deeply disturbed about the deterioration of our state over the past five years, while our leaders looked away. I have lived here for more than two-thirds of the life of the state, and I have never seen the situation so desperate or the governmental response to the plight of our people so dismissive.
In terms of quality of life and core government services, we are truly in a race to the bottom. As an oilman and banker, I know that we cannot attract talent nor retain our bright high school and college graduates nor generate any true economic development with poor schools, health care, public safety and infrastructure. We are seeing an evacuation of our best and brightest, and not just teachers. Our greatest job growth is in low wage call/fulfillment centers. This is a self-inflicted wound — the direct result of an extreme application of the discredited economic theory that tax reductions stimulate economic activity, the so-called Laffer (should be Laugher) Curve.
Most of us will acknowledge that the state is in a fiscal meltdown. We have long ago cast off the frills and fat and are now deep into the muscle. How did we get to this point and how can we turn the vicious cycle into a virtuous one? It starts by understanding and rejecting the eight myths upon which the prevailing policies are based:
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