Friday, February 08, 2008


Alex Tolley

"If we do not change course, Asia or China will pass us by as the economic superpower, just as we passed England and France during the last century. "

Michael, just what change of course do you see that will keep the US ahead of China & India? We've had Republicans in control of Congress since 1994 and the administration since 2000. Yet since 2000 we have engaged in futile foreign wars and massive domestic deficit spending. That looks as close to the Paul Kennedy "Imperial overstretch" hypothesis of the fall of empires as I can see. So what would Romney change? More tax cuts for the wealthy extending the deficit? Extending the occupation of Iraq?

It is very easy for candidates (anybody really) to speak of the fear of foreigners (immigrants taking jobs, terrorists trying to destroy domestic assets and values and foreign nations usurping national hegemony), but it is another to understand what the real drivers are and how best to change the national scene to meet those challenges.

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