I am watching the Chris Matthews show. There was a comment about American’s being nostalgic for their childhood when families stayed together and there were no global problems.
The problem with that point of view is that it is not true today, it may never have been true. We are in a situation now where the weak economy feeds this nostalgia. We have to move as fast as possible away from the solutions of the past which bind us to a weak economy. Coal, Oil, and Gas do not create jobs, they spend the savings on our balance sheet — exploit our natural resources for short term gain. Do we need to continue to do this to tie us over, absolutely. But real job growth and wealth creation comes from innovation. Alternative energy, efficient cars, advanced agriculture, zero-energy buildings, next generation radar systems, and much more will create millions of jobs which reducing the impact on our planet — borrowing from our balance sheet as necessary but not consuming from it like a drunken sailor.
I am optimistic about the future. We can do this, but we have to start with leaving our nostalgia behind.