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A soft landing for America 40 years from now? Don't bet on it. The demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines. If Washington is dreaming of 2040 or 2050 as the end of the American Century, a more realistic assessment of domestic and global trends suggests that in 2025, just 15 years from now, it could all be over except for the shouting.
Originally posted by CB328
I am curious what people think about the actions I listed as being integral to destroying America?
Originally posted by CB328
No, North America is the name of the continent. I think the poster was referring to red america and blue america, or some such ideological division.
I don't see it as the end of American exceptionalism
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
That is an interesting list. It's a little recent for looking at causes, but looks accurate in a few points... If I may suggest a couple to insert somewhere?
1913 : Establishment of the first U.S Personal Income tax on a Perm. Basis. (Lincoln had a temp one for the war)
1913 : Establishment of the Federal Reserve Bank to take the duties of currency control and and stablization from the hands of our elected representatives in Congress to a private sector business. Also a first.
FDR: Establishment of the New Deal programs and the entirely unintended consequence of building a system which would lead to the total destruction of the nation he was trying to save. Estimates of 70-125 TRILLION in New Deal related entitlements in our living future isn't bad, it's the end.
Nixon: Moves the United States off the Gold Standard, never again to be in a position remotely close to Solvent. From that day forward, the question wasn't of whether the United States was a creditor or debtor nation, but how far in the hold, to whom and how bad a position it puts us in for each creditor nation being discussed.
Being American...on the thread about the fall of our nation, I hope no one minds my two cents.
You missed the malaise days of Jimmy Carter. Carter (under the auspices of lowering prices and decreasing consumption) opened the door for hyperinflation driven by speculators in the oil markets, handed over the Panama Canal in a true ass-brained move, bailed out Chrysler, weakened the US' standing in the world by kissing Brezhnev's ass and signing the first nuclear arms reduction treaty between the US and USSR, crapped the bed while dealing with Iran, and was basically an overall disaster of a president.
Also, what's the deal with listing Reagan's populization of American Exceptionalism as a fault/flaw?