To most readers, these headlines qualify as second tier business stories. Worth a read perhaps, but hardly gripping material. Few take the time to wonder if any of these stories are part of a pattern—or more importantly, whether they are part of a policy. Their significance to a few big companies and their shareholders is obvious, but their importance to overall economic growth? To the future of American leadership? To the annoyingly persistent absence of jobs, jobs, jobs? Those connections seem harder to make.
They shouldn’t be. All three of these stories—and the many similar lower-profile stories like them—relate to innovation and competition policy. And innovation and competition are the lifeblood of the future American economy. We can only grow, thrive, and continue our leadership of the global economy as a country if we motivate our finest minds and greatest talents to want to grow, thrive, and continue leading the world. Our innovation and competition policies form the heart of that motivation.