Here's my response to the article " OF MICE & MEN, THE REKINDLING OF THE COLD WAR
AND THE DEMISE OF AMERICA
" by former Navy SEAL hero Benjamin Smith. He suggests that the American economy is at the stage the Soviet Union was before its collapse, it's a very complex problem with even more complex solutions, but here some solutions:
America won the cold war mainly because we had an economic system and a free political system that worked and the Soviets had an oppressive self-destructive economic system. Back then America was a net exporter and no other competitor existed. Now the world is different. Current debt is not as important as the ability to pay back. America is not as productive anymore and is a net importer, regulations and other government made obstacles have turned America less attractive for most businesses to operate than many other parts of the world, so $100s of billions of American resources have been invested in other parts of the world, creating jobs for other nations and growing their economies. The other problem is an education system that has demonized America and economic success, all the attacks on Mitt Romney over his wealth makes you think we live in a communist state, American dream is now something evil! the political gridlock in Washington and what Ben calls "cold civil-war" is another major contributor to this decline, this country has never been so divided ideologically, 2 parties than can rarely find a common ground on anything because the country is led by a president who considers himself the president of only one party and not the whole country, even his foreign policy is based on his personal views, not the interest of America or the free world. Cult of personality is dangerous. I hope if business minded Romney wins the election, he'll inspire a more productive and productive America and make the federal gov't as efficient as he made the failing corporations that he rescued.
Communism is an extreme example of big government, by controlling all means of production, the communist governments eliminate competition, so the government will become the only job provider, if a communist government fails to provide jobs, there is no alternative and to keep the Marxist ideology alive they have to feed, provide housing, etc everyone under any economic condition, due to lack of competition such system naturally becomes more and more inefficient overtime and people get lazy and addicted to the big brother to provide for them. In a free market capitalist system, economy depends on the private sector and the markets, due to high level of competition prices are always kept at the lowest reasonable level and since the government employs a much smaller percentage of workforce, the private sector becomes a dominant job producer. What we have in America today is a mild version of crony capitalism and can not be considered a free market anymore. Too much mixture of economy and politics is lethal. China is a state capitalist system which I don’t favor, but one key advantage of their system which has nothing to do with being state capitalist or not is their business friendly government, you can get government approval for starting any industrial business anywhere in China in days or weeks while the same business would take months or years in the US, they have less regulations and that’s one reason they’re growing so fast and have killed most of the American industries over the past 20 years. Another reason is the Chinese worship money, new generation of Americans aren’t as passionate after being brainwashed by so many Marxist professors and teachers in the education system, people who don’t have motive to get rich would never start and grow companies of the future and the old ones will erode and decline until they’re out of business. America has far more sociology, philosophy, liberal arts, etc graduates than science, engineering and other fields that contribute to competitiveness of America technologically and economically, even militarily. Imagine if NASA and DoD end up hiring guest workers from other countries for secret programs to build future space defense and stealth bombers. I think the problem is reversible, I also believe weak and short-term vision foreign policy is one reason America has been declining, no matter how rich and powerful totalitarian China and Russia may be, nothing can beat America’s soft power if correctly used and turning foes into allies by brining pro-American democratic change turn the countries exploited by China and Russia today (such as Cuba, Iran, North Korea, …) into American trading partners as well as partners in global security, energy, etc. Not only the US would find new markets for exports and new alternatives to Chinese made goods (balance US-China trade, slow/end China’s growth, weaken your main rival), but would also save billions in defense spending (when Iran was ruled by a US ally prior to 1979, the US defense spending was far less than current level, most of today’s bases such as the one in Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia didn’t exist back then, America’s interest is partnership with Asian countries and needs to relocate some bases to S. E. Asia, but not until main threat in ME the regime in Iran removed)
America has the potential to become totally energy independent, proven recoverable oil and natural gas reserves in the U.S. is the highest in history
, they can make energy to drive cars super cheap by developing safer tanks for natural gas, instead of using Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) tanks use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and a trip from DC to NY would cost $5 if you own the compressing equipment, a 5 minute refill from a gas pipe at your own house or refill stations when the use become popular. The beauty of natural gas is that America has hundreds of years of proven reserves of it and every existing car can be converted to a dual natural gas-gasoline car for less than $500 if the technology becomes widely available. This isn't Rocket Science and American manufacturers are technologically advanced enough to create a safe and cheap natural gas tanks for cars and trucks to save on energy, become energy independent and protect the environment. By slashing the cost of fuel for drivers, the cost of transportation will decline, businesses and consumers save on transportation and fuel, the savings will be passed on to others while creating income for domestic oil industry and their employees and suppliers