What’s up with America?

Before I start I will just continue with my plea to the guys over at This Week in Asia – please – have me back on. I think I will keep this up until they relent. 🙂

Moving on…

I had a week in Philippines and now another one in Indonesia – so much going on in these regions. Sure the ad spend is not there, the bandwidth is not the best but the growth is astonishing. In both countries I picked up a USB data dongle with pre-paid plans. Pretty much works everywhere you need to be – which means not being tethered to the office. This is where Thailand is so messed up but I won’t get into it.

So on one of my mid-morning blog rolls I came across this piece:

If empires are complex systems that sooner or later succumb to sudden and catastrophic malfunctions, what are the implications for the United States today? First, debating the stages of decline may be a waste of time — it is a precipitous and unexpected fall that should most concern policymakers and citizens. Second, most imperial falls are associated with fiscal crises. Alarm bells should therefore be ringing very loudly indeed as the United States contemplates a deficit for 2010 of more than $1.5 trillion — about 11% of GDP, the biggest since World War II.

It is heady stuff and maybe even a tad outlandish but probably not as crazy as it sounds. America is in trouble and when I glance at it from afar I wonder what will turn it around? Higher education is being priced out of reach of normal folks, taxes just keep going up, debt is out of control, infrastructure is aging and to top it all off we seem to be fighting wars we shouldn’t.

I made the choice close to 10 years ago to be in Asia – mostly because I could. For others that is not such an easy option but something excites me about being in an area of growth and new frontiers while hanging out with people possessing a sense of optimism. Last trip to the states when I cruised around SF the thing I noticed most was how people just felt a little down.

It is scary but what scares me the most is our government, repubs and dems – seems more focused on their own agendas then they are focusing on turning the ship around. I actually thought Obama had a chance but he now appears to be just like the rest of them.

I wonder what will change it all?

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