President Obama’s Speech & Arlington’s Environment
When the president said, “This task, of making America more competitive for the long haul, is a job for all of us. For government and for private companies. For states and for local communities – and for every American citizen. All of us will have to up our game. All of us will have to change the way we do business.”
He went on to say, ‘We should have no more regulation than the health, safety, and security of the American people require.” We in Arlington we must tell our leaders on the county board what the minimum is. Urbanization is a good thing up to a point, but not at the expense of clear water, clean air, and clean streets. We need to kick some bad habits, and again, “change the way we do business.” Easy way to get started — Ban the Bags Hold the Foam. Stop using Styrofoam and single-use bags. So simple.
Just as President Obama said and how could you disagree, “We shouldn’t be in a race to the bottom, where we try to offer the cheapest labor and the worst pollution standards.” We in Arlington can afford to be Virginia’s the most practical, innovative, and fun places to raise a family. Here we can enjoy a first class lifestyle. What’s more fun than boating, biking, and enjoying the outdoors? All are free and healthy choices that attract business. All are improved by cleaning up Arlington. All are well within reach of every business, politician, and parent and child.
I want to see communities following our example. I would like to see Arlington proudly called the “Most Sustainable Community in the World.” Almost as catchy as “Made in America.”
My favorite line in the President’s speech was when he spoke on jobs. “If we want them to start here and stay here and hire here, we have to be able to out-build, out-educate, and out-innovate every other country on Earth.” President Obama September 8, 2011.