Are America's Best Days Behind Us?

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Are America's Best Days Behind Us?
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Fri, 03-04-2011 - 11:51am

I started to put this in the Non-Debatable Folder just because I thought it was an interesting article that you might want to read. There are so many debatable points though, so I'm putting it here instead.

Are America's Best Days Behind Us?
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2056610,00.html

A few quotes...

  • The decisions that created today's growth — decisions about education, infrastructure and the like — were made decades ago. What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and '60s...
  • And all those interests are dedicated to preserving the past rather than investing for the future. There are no lobbying groups for the next generation of industries, only for those companies that are here now with cash to spend. There are no special-interest groups for our children's economic well-being, only for people who get government benefits right now.
  • What is really depressing is the tone of our debate. In place of the thoughtful concern of Jefferson and Adams, we have its opposite in tone and temperament — the shallow triumphalism purveyed by politicians now. The founders loved America, but they also understood that it was a work in progress, an unfinished enterprise that would constantly be in need of change, adjustment and repair.
Tell me what you think of the article and the premise - are the best days indeed behind us?
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Fri, 03-04-2011 - 3:50pm

Yes. I was thinking of this today actually. Vogue Magazine ran a rather fawning story on Asma al-Asad, first lady of Syria. At one point she talks about how her family is run very democratically, and how important it is to teach kids about democracy etc.

This,

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Fri, 03-04-2011 - 9:05pm

Who defines "best"?

Jabberwocka

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Sat, 03-05-2011 - 3:43am

The key things for me are the loss of international prestige and the steady widening of the income gap.

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Sat, 03-05-2011 - 4:59pm

We lost status, prestige and moral rectitude under the "leadership" of Dubya.

Jabberwocka

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Sat, 03-05-2011 - 11:09pm

We have a president that aims for mediocrity, and that's what we are getting. We had 6 years of democrat controlled Congress, a big failure.

They were so proud to get an unemployment rate of 8.9% So so days are here again, the skies above are partly cloudy again... That's a disgrace.

Remember how Obama was going to get countries to like us (Oh, that sounds so sweet)? I'd like to see a list of countries that hated us that are saying,"Y'know, that America isn't so bad now." Iran? North Korea? Russia? No, there's nobody on the list.

But, there is a long list. That's of countries that have lost respect for us under Obama, and think he is a joke.. And, yes, Iran, North Korea, and the Ruskies are on it.

I'm just glad the American people realized how horrible a president he is last November. Obviously,

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Sun, 03-06-2011 - 4:30am

Yes, and what I am seeing, both here in Europe and from talking to people in the Middle East regularly, is that the loss of prestige

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Sun, 03-06-2011 - 11:32am

I think that many challenges are in the future for the U.S.......and sacrifices.

Jabberwocka

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Mon, 03-07-2011 - 9:12am

I was reading The Hill this morning and the poll that most Americans cutting debt is the most crucial, AND not adding tax burdens at the same time.


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Mon, 03-07-2011 - 10:33am

The first paragraph,

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Mon, 03-07-2011 - 10:47am

It makes no sense whatsoever, poll

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