Things have been worse … haven't they?

McCarthy, Andrew C.
January 2012
New Criterion;Jan2012, Vol. 30 Issue 5, p29
The article discusses the possibility of the decline of the U.S., focusing on economic conditions and the concept of the American Idea. The author discusses government spending debt and problems with the Medicare and Social Security systems and suggests that the government cannot provide jobs, homes, and financial protection for every citizen. Other topics include the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the balance between liberty and welfare.


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