Are America's Best Days Behind Us?

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Are America's Best Days Behind Us?
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?,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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Registered: 03-02-2009
Wed, 03-16-2011 - 10:52pm

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

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Registered: 04-09-2006
Wed, 03-16-2011 - 11:56pm
Maybe your browser linked you to the wrong article.