I'm of the opinion that the dismantling of our industrial base by the tens of thousands year after year with a acceleration the last couple years has finally caught up to us. Jobs shipped, factories shuttered.
We don't even make our own blue jeans anymore, military air tankers either. The bottom line replaced good sense.
We need to create a standard financial instrument as far as mortgages go to ensure the stability and the believability of our housing market and also appraisal reform.
We need to be the generation to fix these problems along with education, healthcare costs and science or we're toast.
With these monumental tasks ahead of us either we can tear each other apart with our differences or be united in our own salvation for ourselves our children and our childrens children.
Thats why politics needs to take a back seat a couple of years in order to come up with common solutions for our common problems.
(watching too much CNN lately, sorry.)
You should listen to NPR, its better.
Just wanted to point out one thing. IRT the tankers, the difference was whether Boeing would make them in Washington, or Airbus would make them in Alabama. Both companies outsourced parts manufacture for the aircraft, so its not like they would be entirely american made even if Boeing made them.
Also, our manufacturing output is still the largest in the world, despite all the outsourcing and buying overseas. Its not as bad as some people make it out to be.