'That Used to Be Us': Staging America's Comeback

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Tonight, President Obama will unveil his plan for creating more jobs in America. Obama returned from summer vacation to the dismal news that the country gained no new jobs in August. Unemployment continues to hover around nine percent and it is likely to stay that way through 2012. While the U.S. faces a slow economic decline, countries like China and India are on the rise. "It makes no sense for China to have better rail systems than us, and Singapore having better airports than us," the president noted in his speech following the 2010 midterm elections. "And we just learned that China now has the fastest supercomputer on Earth — that used to be us."

Many think America has fallen behind. What does the country need to do to to catch up? That’s the question Tom Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum try to answer in their new book, "That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back." Friedman is a columnist for The New York Times, and Mandelbaum is a professor of American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University. 

Comments [3]

Sara from NJ

We don't need a new party. We just need the Dems to grow some balls.

Sep. 08 2011 09:29 AM

Perhaps a Democratic Congress and President that these intellects supported who spent more than anytime in human history while punishing "corporate America" that pays for it all, had a little something to do with setting the nation on a declining path?
As they try to sell books, the journalists and academics are deeply befuddled because they had their dream candidate in 2008 and he failed miserably.

Sep. 08 2011 08:43 AM
Paul Rickter

I'm amused by the authors suggestion that we need a third party to save us, as if the problem is that the two current major parties have both failed. As I see it, Obama has been BEGGING to work with the GOP on solving our big problems and the GOP has decided to fight him rather than work with him. We don't need a third party, we need a new Republican Party that isn't packed with leaders who refuse to compromise. But as long as the voters reward GOP party-first tactics nothing will change.

Sep. 08 2011 07:11 AM

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