About the fears of the decline of the United States

Most of the time, fears of U.S. decline come in as xenophobia. China has taken over manufacturing. Buy American. Close borders to Mexican trucks. The education system is defunct. These tend to deny many measures of reality. They may also be a distraction from areas where the United States is putting itself into decline in regards to some fairly important global competitions. The Financial Post describes one example in its story about an Avertible catastrophe.

Why does neither the U.S. government nor U.S. energy companies have on hand the cleanup technology available in Europe? Ironically, the superior European technology runs afoul of U.S. environmental rules.

Being “attuned to the possibility of looming catastrophe” and prepared for risks with proper planning and preparation has been subjugated to environmental ideologies, collective labor protectionism, and other issues that were given more importance.

A catastrophe that could have been averted is now playing out. With oil increasingly reaching the Gulf coast, the emergency construction of sand berns to minimize the damage is imperative. Again, the U.S. government priority is on U.S. jobs, with the Dutch asked to train American workers rather than to build the berns.

The priority in the United States appears to no longer be on growth and progress but rather on protection and security. There is a balance needed there and it may be shifting.

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