Decline in America

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During the Cold War, Soviets and Americans raced to be the best at everything. From the “Space Race” to economies to education and technology, the feeling in both countries was that the loser would be annihilated. Since the end of the Cold War, the drive to be the best is no longer fueling such determination. As a result, over the past two decades or so, Americans are increasingly aware and afraid of decline. There is a raging debate as to the current state of America both compared to where it was 40 years ago and relative to other countries. Some, like New York Times columnist Bob Herbert, contend that there is a “fire in the basement” and we don’t even know it’s there. These “declinists” feel that America has a serious problem and…show more content…
Specifically discussing education, he predicted that “over the next 10 years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education that goes beyond a high school education, and yet, as many as a quarter of our students aren’t even finishing high school. The quality of our math and science education lags behind many other nations. America has fallen to ninth in the proportion of young people with a college degree” (Obama). The President himself, the face of the country and one who should be displaying the greatest optimism and hope, is afraid for the state of American education. Another indicator of decline in America is the giant debt we have created for ourselves. How are we to compete with the rest of the world if we cannot even afford to fund something as basic as the postal service? The United States Government Accountability Office performed a study of the United State Postal Service in the summer of 2009 and concluded that despite increases in the cost of postage, the financial outlook of the USPS is grim. Because of a 13% decrease in mail volume, they projected a $7 billion loss. There are those who would argue that the reason the post office is having financial difficulty is simply because people are using e-mail instead of post. They may be right, but that is beside the point. The fact remains that a post office should be a basic government service: it is routinely provided even by governments of third world countries. If our government cannot manage to
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