posted on Dec, 30 2004 @ 09:07 AM
Normally I am an adamant supporter of the American government, but in this case, that support wavers. This is HORRIBLE long-term planning, but the
government's action in cancelling the Raptor program is not the problem, but a symptom of it.
The problem, as I see it, is the consumerist attitude of the nation, and the culture of short-termism - consumption spending rather than investment
spending. America needs to move towards investment slightly more, if it hopes to survive as a superpower.
In March I had the fine opportunity to talk with a defense policy expert as well as some military officers at Fort McNair, and they all agreed that
the heart of maintaining superpower status is the ability to outspend the rest of the world in military expenditure. Obviously, this cannot be done if
spending on consumer goods continues at such a rate (which, in case anyone is wondering, drives up borrowing, which leads to a deficit - spending more
than you actually have).
On the other hand, a strong focus on investment spending generally has beneficial results. Singapore, for example, is a nation where almost 50% of all
expenditure is on savings and investment, and they have come a long way in the three decades for which that has been true.
I strongly believe that America is a nation that can only be reduced in power from within. This can take place in many ways from the economical to the
spiritual, and I won't go into all of them here. The way that IS relevant here is the rising deficit, a direct result of the consumerist attitude of
Unfortunately I don't know any way in which this can be changed, and who knows, I may be wrong on all this. If so, I hope I am wrong in subscribing
this to a complicated problem. Prevailing attitudes can be a nation's greatest strength, or its deadliest weakness. If America is replaced as the
world's premier power, it will be due to a lack of direction, a lack of passion, and a lack of forward-thinking. I fear that this is a symptom of the