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The wealthiest nation in the world? Wrong!

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There is a great obstacle standing in the way of what I am proposing. The shallow thinking emanating from our leadership in Washington, from the top on down, cannot be allowed to thwart such a program and maintain the status quo. Our leaders must be made to understand that America cannot remain a strong military power if its economic foundation is collapsing. Only if we regain our economic strength can we continue to maintain a strong military.

Rebuilding America is certainly achievable given the appropriate funding. Yes, it would take innovative thinking, planning and organizing but it could be done. The funds, freed up from the defense budget would be there, the workforce would be available, and there would be a large cadre of professionals with many different skills who would be more than willing to embark upon such an ambitious, exciting project.

The only impediment to bringing such a change to America would be if our leaders could not free themselves from the embedded status quo mentality that now permeates the Washington Establishment. Currently those in Congress and the White House are hooked on maintaining the gargantuan military juggernaut that is draining the lifeblood out of our nation. In their minds the thought of reducing any part of the mammoth defense budget is unthinkable. But that outdated, narrow-minded thinking cannot be allowed to continue.

As at so many times in life, we in America have arrived at a critical crossroads. We can continue down the current misguided path that will take us to eventual economic collapse; or we can totally reject that obsolete thinking, take a new direction, and pump new life back into America.

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