America is becoming less than a third world country

I really believe America is becoming less than a third world country. While Asia continues to develop at a faster rate, it is becoming clearer and clearer that the Great American global experiment is finally coming to a crashing end.Americans keep up the infighting, and the cultural wars, because it won't be some evil terrorist force that will destroy you , It will be sadly the american people themselves , through lack of personal sacrifice, and an unwillingness to work together to solve the these huge economic and social problems.

As long as Americans believe in "What I can get from the USA "( and most seem to believe that way), Instead of saying."What I can give to America!", (not just American blood wasted in a stupid foreign war ), but what we can we all do to make this country a fair decent , humane , place to live. Surely that is true patriotism. Giving back , and working together to make America the country it once was, before Corporations, Big business ,Bean Counters Lawyers , Congress, and successive President's stole the dream...

The economy will rebound jobs will come back they always do.... yes do nothing and keep your headin the sand... This is not the same downturn as before. Jobs always come back, you just keepthat thought... Tell that to the auto workers...LOL - This is now a global market and we need topay attention and develop new products that we can use here and sell to the rest of the world.The older people lost 40% of their savings so they will hang on to jobs that they would have let gowhen they retired. How does that affect the job market? Come on wake up...

We as a country need to create or dominate a large market that we can keep right here in the USA for the next 3 decades. The automotive industry used to be just that. We had the market in the palm of our hands until the late 80's. That's when union wage practices and lack of American Pride destroyed it. We need to come up with the next "automobile" (maybe not even a form of transportation, but something everyone will need and something we have the domestic resources to produce), and then make sure that to a man/woman...we do not leave the door open for other countries to be able to "beat" us at our own new game.

To get a job right now you need serious connections.. I personally regret studying so hard. I too graduated with a 3.8 GPA. It's totally worthless. I have no intention of going to grad school; that would mean taking on more loans. No thanks.. I don't care what Obama says.. Education is highly overrated. Again, you need connections. You may have a high school diploma AND still be able to land a job if you know the right people. You may be college educated and super driven and still NOT be able to find work.

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Comment by Rev. Tom Hicks, D.D. on May 22, 2009 at 5:56pm
Comment by Method on May 22, 2009 at 6:22pm
Robots are taking over production. Look at included image.

Comment by Rev. Tom Hicks, D.D. on May 22, 2009 at 8:19pm
Rise of the machine.

Comment by Doug Reardon on May 22, 2009 at 8:48pm
I have a masters degree, neither my brother nor sister ever graduated from high school. I have never made as much as either of them!
Comment by Frink on May 23, 2009 at 3:04pm
It takes more than an education to find work. You need communication skills, motivation and the ability to adapt to change. If you have a degree, there's a job for you somewhere in the country, as evidenced by the hundreds of thousands of postings per job-seeker website. The most inhibiting condition is the one which requires a geographic change--moving is not always desired--but it can be necessary to find work.

Anyway, the economy has been through this before and will doubtless go through it again. We still have a great standard of living in this country, so forgive me for thinking your post sounds like little more than whining. To say we're not going to recover from this or find a new industry to move people into is nothing short of an ignorance of industrial history in the Western world. It reminds me of the politician who wished to close the patent office in the 1930's because there was "nothing left to invent."
Comment by CJoe on May 23, 2009 at 5:32pm
I agree, Frink. I think people end up performing best under pressure. Honestly, I think our culture has gotten soft and lazy; they walk around expecting freebies and contribute nothing. In our economy, people are forced to adapt and survive. All pretenses fall away when a person is in survival-mode, plus they have to utilize the one resource they're so eager to turn off... their mind.

New problems arise, and sharp minds find solutions.
Comment by Nick on May 23, 2009 at 8:21pm
The economic center of the world is going to move from the North Atlantic to the Asia Pacific Rim + India. It is a simple fact of economic growth and population. Many people will see that as "America losing". That is stupid though. Sure we won't be the only game in town, but we're still going to be rich. We're not going to become a third world nation because countries outside the West are managing to give their citizens a decent life. Things will be different but not bad.

I may sound like an optimist that thinks everything is going to work out 'just because'. But I do realize that we stand at a moment when the biggest decisions ever needed to be made, need to made by the entire world together. They're going to be hard decisions, they're going to be costly, and they're going to change everything.
Comment by Nick on May 23, 2009 at 8:22pm
I don't know much about the education/job thing though! I have a shitty job and no complete education! Yet!
Comment by LaRae Meadows on May 24, 2009 at 3:31pm
Third World Country means any country that didn't take a side in the second world war. FYI.
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on May 24, 2009 at 3:47pm
Hahaha.. have any of you ever actually been to a "third world" country? (I'm talking about poverty levels, not political alliances.
I have.
It's not pretty, and I don't see America ever reaching that state. Mainly because most Americans wouldn't survive it, and then as the majority died off, there would be job openings for the survivors.
A lady in Cambodia tried to sell me her baby once. Cambodia isn't even the worst of it. I've been to Burma and seen people that live in a state that you don't even believe is real until you see it and smell it.
Just because the AREA of Asia is growing at an awesome rate doesn't mean that the countries that make up that particular place is. The rich to poor divide is still at a level most people can't imagine.
Yeah, Americans can be real assholes to each other. They can be selfish pricks with no thought for community or culture, but they are far too soft to slit their neighbors throat for a piece of bread.
The fact of it is that the "American Experiment" gave them enough of a head start that when things go bad, they have a big enough cushion to see it through and come out comfortable. It might not be the same comfort, but it won't be anything like what is really in Asia once you drive past the flashy cities.


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