Is America Losing its Edge in the World?

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 11:47 AM

President Obama revealed a big theme of his upcoming State of the Union address: competitiveness. In a video preview released over the weekend, the president says it will be his number one focus in order to "win the future."

On Tuesday's show, we'll look at just what the president means by this — in what area can the United States still be number one in the world? Is it education? Is it helping entrepreneurs? Or is it something else?

In advance of the conversation, we're asking you why competitiveness is the focus: Do you think America is losing its edge? And where do you think we should be most competitive?

In the meantime, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman think it's a myth.

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Comments [9]

Al from KY

A nation's economy is only as good as the health and education of its workers. Limited access to health care for increasing numbers of citizens, deteriorating education, and misplaced benefits to the rich instead of the common people are destroying our hope of regaining an edge. People who are sicker and uneducated don't get the better paying jobs and hence don't buy as many goods and services.

Jan. 25 2011 11:01 AM
Thomas Capetanelis (via Facebook) from Brooklyn, NY

pie eating contest

Jan. 24 2011 02:18 PM
Tom Pryor (via Facebook) from Brooklyn, NY

I think we should be most competitive in the area of pointless internet polls. USA! USA! USA!

Jan. 24 2011 02:17 PM
Doug Plavin (via Facebook) from New Salem, Mass.

I think health care is an important consideration in itself, but also in regard to entrepreneurialism. If creative individuals weren't shackled to jobs for the security of medical benefits, we'd see lots more innovation in small business.

Jan. 24 2011 12:47 PM
By text from Michigan

Yes. Give tax credits for r&d and tax people who send jobs overseas.

Jan. 24 2011 12:18 PM
Denise Barrand (by text) from Lionshead Lake, NJ

Have u read "Super Sad True Love Story"? It says it all, in the extreme!

Jan. 24 2011 12:18 PM
By text from Enid, Okla.

Better education of our kids. Longer school year and most kids go to collage.

Jan. 24 2011 12:17 PM
Jay Fab (by text) from Providence, RI

We have lost our edge because all we do is buy things and self gratify! Our leaders need to set goals for our nation. We haven't done anything since Apollo 11

Jan. 24 2011 12:17 PM
By text from Denver, Colo.

We compete by being humble and stop perpetuating policies world wide that we don't do at home. Strengthen public schools with real curriculum and rid itself of rote learning approaches. Encourage small business development with global expansion potential and open ourselves to participate in the world community authentically.

Jan. 24 2011 12:16 PM

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