That’s a recent headline on Fox News. Yeah, Fox News so you know it has to be pretty serious when even they agree with the IMF predictions that China will overtake the US economy by 2016. I thought the article was right but deep inside me I didn’t want to believe it.
I still believe in the American spirit of striving to be the best… at least I did until I read a comment I received on my cooking blog today. I had written a post many months ago about the best onion ring recipe in the world and I received this comment:
No one said math was going to be involved. Here in the USA we use Fahrenheit.
Recipe looks fine but converting the oil temp will stop me in my tracks. 🙂
Seriously? She can’t figure out how to convert a temperature? People around the world who use Internet/blog recipes from the USA have to convert from Fahrenheit every day of the year and none of us finds it that difficult.
If this were the first comment like this I’d say it’s a once-off and not to worry but sadly it’s not. Which brings me back to the original subject. Have Americans lost their competitive spirit? Maybe Romney was right about the 47% and too many people find competing all too hard? The tertiary education in the US is widely regarded as being the best in the world so there are some pretty cluey people coming out of American universities but there seems to be a real split between those and the ones who can’t figure out how to convert a temperature.
Personally, I find it quite stressing. This is where my children and grandchildren live and it’s not the same sort of place I grew up in. Yeah, we were taught from kindergarten that the US was the best in the world and had everything and we didn’t need to ever leave the states to find anything better. It didn’t exist, my 5th grade teacher said. Mind you, she also said that Castro was a hero to the Cuban people and then had to turn around and say he was a bad Communist.
The US needs to control its debt, stop spending trillions fighting wars they can’t win and be a good global citizen who doesn’t go around telling other countries what they should do. It doesn’t seem like such a monumental problem but there are so many special interest groups who must be listened to, it might be impossible to achieve a solution.