What’s happening to America, and what do we need to experience a resurgence of our country ?

As we watch our country distance itself from its former glory of the undisputed mightiest and largest economy in the world, literally by the day, and the heir apparent – China – is gaining speed in overtaking us just as they have the number two and three economies in the world – Japan, and Germany respectively – to reach the number two spot within the past two years, the question: “what is going on here?” is a very relevant and worthwhile one to say the least. I’m starting this blog to explore the question, try to answer it with my own limited knowledge, and hopefully, with the collective wisdom and intelligence of this blog’s patrons we can come up with some good theories on what is going on, what precipitated this momentum, why it is happening, what’s being done about it now, if anything, and what we can propose doing to counter a seemingly irreversible course of losing not only our economic preeminence, but our very standard of living. This is serious stuff folks, and it’s happening right before our eyes, and rather quickly.

How many times have you gone shopping for something – electronics, shoes, clothes, furniture, etc., etc. and seen a Made in the USA label? Personally, this is a rare occurrence for me anymore. I don’t think any of us would argue that a lot of manufacturing, now even services, has been outsourced from this country to cheaper labor overseas in the interest of higher profits, global price competitiveness, cheaper prices domestically, and so on. Has anyone, namely our politicians and corporate leaders really weighed the true cost of outsourcing abroad though? While we continue to lose jobs and have an erosion of wealth and our standard of living, not only from lost and reduced wages and concessions, but home values – for many people their largest asset – have gone down dramatically as well. Are the masses really prospering from the presumed “cost savings” of outsourcing abroad? I think not!!!

Indeed for many of us there has been a reduction in our standard of living marked by stagnated or reduced real wages, a loss of real net worth from real and financial assets, and dimming prospects for any real rebound – especially considering the trajectory our country is on right now with relentless government spending, persistent budget deficits, trade deficits, current account deficits, and a deepening set of systemic problems, not the least of which is our faltering domestic economic activity and workforce for lack of jobs.

I hope this will be an intelligent forum and kept strictly factual without deriding any other country, citizens or economies. Clearly all of these entities may be mentioned, and surely we’re all entitled to our opinions, but I hope we will keep emotions on the sidelines and participate in truly intelligent and factual discussion. I truly believe we are on an economic precipice and unless we as a nation – that is each and every one of us – get a handle on what’s going on, and make substantive changes to counter the trends that are firmly in place, we are doomed to falling behind and losing our economic preeminence, our upward mobility, and the very lifestyle we know as Americans. Thank you in advance for your contributions to this blog.


8 thoughts on “What’s happening to America, and what do we need to experience a resurgence of our country ?

  1. Oren says:

    Well said & hope that a grass roots effort will take a few steps forward..keep it going

  2. Indeed a grass roots effort is what we need. We as individuals need to make conscious choices that will boost our domestic economy, i.e. buy American made goods when you can find them as an alternative. Sadly, sometimes we don’t even have the choice because offshore manufacturing is so rampant already. I spread the word in my own circles Oren and try to raise consciousness about these issues in my own way. If enough people start doing this perhaps this movement can gain momentum. Thank you for your comment, and spread the word !

  3. James says:

    The only answer to the “centralized problem” is a “Local de-centralized solution”

    We have to become “BOTTOM UP” self reliant again. I am working on a “Local Sustainability” concept that can soften the hard landing we are heading for as I speak.

    The threat is that unlike the last depression most people have lost the capacity to grow food. 7 days after the store shelves are empty Chaos/roving bands will TAKE what the can in order to feed their families.

    • Thanks for your input James. Consistent with what I think you’re saying, we are going to have to make our own way, grow things, make things, provide a service, barter, do what it is you have to do to make a living – legally of course !
      Let’s keep this going !!!

  4. Patty Boyd says:

    Will, I work at Thorlo and was given this web address by Susan. I am a patriot and a Christian, and I hope you will allow me to post this scripture. I truly believe this is the foundation of saving America.

    2 Chronicles 7:14

    If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

  5. Patty Boyd says:

    In response to James, a group of us are starting a community garden in Wilkes County, NC. We hope to start planting soon. I suggest everyone get to know your neighbors. Buy a shotgun for home defense, and learn how to use it. Buy more guns if you can, and plenty of ammo. Buy the Foxfire books for basic life skills. As our blog host suggests, buy American: Thorlo socks, Diamond Gusset Jeans, King Arthur Flour (they have a great website), All American Clothing, etc. I also suggest joining your local Tea Party group for like-minded people. And pray for America and the U.S. economy.

    • Thanks for your contributions Patty. I hope it doesn’t come down to needing guns and ammo and civil strife, but as history suggests, some of the momentous social changes come with a lot of social unrest and civil strife.

      Buy American for sure, and spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors. I just think we need awareness first, and the impetus for change will be born.

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