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Carson: Rethinking America's Decline
Townhall.com ^ | May 7, 2014 | Ben S. Carson

Posted on 05/07/2014 8:46:08 AM PDT by jazusamo

We recently learned that China is poised to replace the United States as the No. 1 economic power in the world sometime later this year. Our anemic quarterly growth rate of 0.1 percent certainly lends credence to this speculation. We must seriously question those who say our nation is not in decline. They are adopting the ostrich strategy and sticking their heads in the sand.

There is no question that America is the pinnacle nation of the world and is likely to remain in that position for several years, given our military strength and the depth and stability of our financial infrastructure. However, overconfidence is the frequent companion of catastrophic decline, as confirmed by numerous historical writings. If we continue our fiscally irresponsible ways, coupled with our arrogance, there exists no other possibility than self-ruination.

Our ability to print money is already in jeopardy, as other nations have been making noise about altering the international reserve-currency system to emphasize multiple currencies, elevating their status and decreasing the strength of the U.S. dollar. Our ever-increasing national debt would then place us on shaky ground. The Treasury securities we have been offering to China and others would no longer hold the same appeal, and all the borrowing we have done against the financial well-being of our progeny will come back to plague us and them.

Many who are responsible for putting us in this precarious position would argue that we don't need to worry about countries such as China replacing us, because they have too many structural problems. China is far behind us in per-capita income, creating many social issues and negatively impacting growth of the middle class, which is the most effective growth engine.

Their paucity of appropriate environmental controls has led to lethal industrial pollution, encouraging some of the intellectually gifted and mobile citizens to leave the country. China also has a weak banking system, with too much government interference, which means their currency is unlikely to be accepted by the rest of the world as the reserve currency for many years. They could, however, recognize and correct these deficiencies more rapidly than expected, thereby enhancing their position as a formidable challenger to the United States.

Even if these problems are rectified, China cannot expect continuation of its recent economic expansion, which is already dissipating. If the United States has the good sense to significantly lower its corporate-tax rate, this dissipation will accelerate. Additionally, the lack of intellectual private-property protection in China will prevent it from generating the kind of innovation that usually accompanies pinnacle-nation status.

When it comes to energy, China has large potential reserves of shale gas, but lacks natural water in those areas, making extraction difficult without new technology. We may be unable to exploit this weakness because of self-imposed, shortsighted overregulation of the energy sector in our country.

From these few examples, it can be seen that a combination of wise moves by China and unwise moves by the U.S. in the next few years could have very troubling implications for the future of our country.

If there is a sudden, cataclysmic debt-engendered U.S. financial crisis, China is only one of a number of possible successors to our position. Perhaps our energy should be spent figuring out how to avoid financial collapse and also invigorate the most powerful economic engine the world has ever known. We should take advantage of the great laboratory of ideas: successful states that have gone from severe budgetary deficits to significant surpluses through actions of wise governors and legislative bodies. Let's look at their taxation policies and the business conditions they created that stimulated economic activity. There is nothing partisan about this approach. It would be a manifestation of common sense, which should know no political affiliation.

The economic problems we are experiencing in this country fortunately are induced by our own ineptitude. I say fortunately, because it is within our power to alter our course. We do not have to depend on the good will of someone else. When we work together, as was the case with the Simpson-Bowles commission on fiscal responsibility, excellent ideas can be generated that could move us along the path of economic recovery. As was the case with the Roman Empire, our fate is in our hands.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bencarson; carson; china; debt

1 posted on 05/07/2014 8:46:08 AM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 05/07/2014 8:47:21 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Ali Baba, China’s enormous online shopping service, is presenting their IPO on the NYSE today. It is truly amazing what they have done with our idea.

In China, one orders online and the product is delivered within 24 hours. Upon delivery, the customer can accept it or return it to the delivery person on the spot. In fact, clothes can be tried on and returned to the delivery person. They have approximately 245 million subscribers to their service….truly mind boggling.


3 posted on 05/07/2014 8:52:40 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: jazusamo

Ben Carson article: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3153191/posts


4 posted on 05/07/2014 8:53:14 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: jazusamo

If only we could exchange a thinker and accomplished professional like Carson for the stale, frozen, hostile, layabout ideologue in the White House.

To think that we’re stuck with that jerk for another 3 years.

Oy.

The only chance we have is to limit the damage this fascist boar in a china shop can do with a conservative Congressional majority in both houses.

Pray that God will send us that victory this November.


5 posted on 05/07/2014 8:56:38 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: jazusamo
This paragraph is an example of the "arrogance" mentioned. "Even if these problems are rectified, China cannot expect continuation of its recent economic expansion, which is already dissipating. If the United States has the good sense to significantly lower its corporate-tax rate, this dissipation will accelerate. Additionally, the lack of intellectual private-property protection in China will prevent it from generating the kind of innovation that usually accompanies pinnacle-nation status."

No, No, and No. China's economic expansion is not decelerating. Don't buy the disinformation that has come out of China weekly for years. The corporate tax rate alone is not enough to slow China's expansion. We need to restore the import tariffs. You can eliminate every tax and business regulations and still not compete with the huge wage differentials with China. And while the lack of intellectual private property protection may stifle some innovation, whoever has the manufacturing processes are the ones who will innovate.

Restore the import tariffs, put Americans back to work, bring back American industries, cut income and corporate taxes by the amount of the import tariffs. Gov't revenues will go up when people go back to work. Gov't outlays will fall when people go back to work. Gov't deficits and debt will benefit from both.

6 posted on 05/07/2014 9:01:13 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Utilizer; Admin Moderator

Thanks, Utilizer. I searched this title , the Washington Times title and keyword “Carson” but nothing came up.

Admin Mod, please pull this thread.


7 posted on 05/07/2014 9:03:35 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

No worries. I actually did not post so you could pull the thread, just pointing out that the similar article was posted from another source in case people wanted to read comments on the other thread. Not your fault.


8 posted on 05/07/2014 9:10:06 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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