reply to Sammer
And where do you think the investment money should come from?
If Americans will no longer scrimp and save and invest in companies doing the right thing, those companies are driven to increase short term value to bring in the cash and credit to invest and that money now comes from overseas, BECAUSE of the higher return and better stability of the US.
Deciding to lockup huge amounts a capital in a nationwide fiber network is a political decision, a choice to provide real, long term incentive, to own it and profit from it.
Yes short term thinking is a corporate problem, but it started at the political and social levels first..i.e. too many Americans got fat and lazy, and expected every toy and gadget handed to them on the first day of out of school AND to pay less and less for it.
Until people CHOOSE to forgo instant gradification and instead Invest LONGTERM, companies will have no choice but to continue to follow the shorterm/whim of the day money market.