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American Proficiency: Waging War, Quite Adept; Manufacturing Products, Very Inept

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Doom and gloom has arrived in America and just won't go away. Stuck in Iraq, unable to pacify the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, an economy that is collapsing, a national catastrophe in the BP Gulf fiasco and a government that reports directly to corporate America. Where did we go wrong, what did we do to deserve this and how in the world are we going to get out of this mess?

America, in years past, was the classic example of successful capitalism. This nation once was about the business of taking raw materials, adding labor, technology and manufacturing techniques to create products for domestic consumption and exports; products that stimulated growth in our economy, created jobs, improved lifestyles, and established America as the world's leading manufacturer.

Those were really great times, but, that was then, this is now and it's getting real ugly. Conditions have changed quite radically in recent times and we have seen a steady decline in America's former manufacturing dominance. That decline has largely been caused by greedy corporations that cleverly manipulated our form of capitalism to generate huge profits for themselves at the expense of their fellow Americans. They have poisoned this economic system to the point that it is becoming dysfunctional.

While there are many other factors involved with the decline of our economy, and the obvious failures of capitalism, in this discussion we will concentrate on only two; America's wars and America's manufacturing capabilities. These two factors, at this point in time, are taking opposite directions with wars escalating, and manufacturing de-escalating. That is an untenable situation.

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