Our economic issues have very little to do with Obama. There certainly are some obstructionist politicians in Washington these days, but that's nothing new. Regardless of whether you think he's doing a good job or not, our current problems started long before he got here. And, no. That doesn't mean Bush either. A whole lot of people in the US and abroad have contributed to where we are. Obama just happens to have landed in the most difficult job given to a president since Reagan.
I'd turn grey too. Maybe even pick up smoking.
Your assesment of the engineering mind is accurate. So apply those analytical skills to the current administration and ask yourself if he is nurturing the American Dream or targeting it. Based on the evidence I see, it is the latter. And although you are correct that the execution of the American Dream is ultimatley in our hands government is, unfortortunately, much more powerful now than it ever has been, thus my concern.
The dream is dying because we have let the Socialists remake America. We have ruinous taxation to pay for a government that tries to do everything the communists, socialists, and progressives have been wishing for for years. Our educational institutions and our mass media education have made us all into socialists, because we think the solution is for the government to try harder. The dissenting voices are marginalized, and no serious public discussion can be had, because no one even understands the nature of the problem. The American dream is dying because we have been led to believe that America is a place, but it is really a set of ideas, and we really don't understand today what those ideas even are. How many of us have read the Federalist Papers? Or any of the Founding Fathers' writings? Most of us have no idea how far we are from the Founders' vision of America, the Land of the Free...
If this major economic crisis helps us revamp the whole world's financial system, then history will record it as a blessing in disguise. If we miss this opportunity, then we've been had yet again by the world's financiers. So I do not think the dream is over, no. In fact, it can be renewed vigorously if we seize the opportunity: bring back the strong link between hard work/sincerity/ingenuity and reward; strip the financiers of their hold over the economy by abolishing central banks, separating retail banking from investment banking, and abolishing usury... back to basics!
Frank- Well said, as always. Thank you for weighing in. I think that there are actually a lot more "glass half full" types out there than it sometimes appears.
I admire your perspective. Clearly you are doing work that still entralls you. The value of that cannot be measured. I think that's one thing that people sometimes lose sight of. Engineering, like any worthwhile profession, is as much a calling as it is a career.
Count me among the old fogies who still believes in the American Dream for my kids, who still loves doing electronics design work every day, and who feels fortunate to have had -- and continue to have -- opportunities to do exciting work, make some nice profits for my company, and make a decent salary.
As I have said here before, I have one child studying engineering right now, and as it turns out, another who is now giving it serious consideration. Do they worry about the economy and their career prospects as soon to be young engineering grads in the U.S.? Of course they do. Don't we all do that when the economy is down and companies are tightening their belts? But do we give up on our dreams? Is that the message we give to our children? Not in my house we don't!
Meanwhile, this past Black Friday was the biggest in history. Not bad for the "worst economy since the Great Depression." And for those who are caught up in the media-fueled malaise, for those who think there are no more big opportunities for growth, history is a great reminder. Even in this past decade, which started with a recession, the dot-com bubble bursting, and the worst attack on our country since WW2, there were huge opportunities, especially in electronics and internet-related fields. Even a bright young kid could start a company, drop out of college, start a company and find himself living the life of a multi-billionaire, while still in his 20s.
Opportunity and the American Dream is a state of mind. Those who see the glass as half empty will muddle along, slowly emptying that glass until it is dry. Those who see it as half full will find a way to fill it up, and then another glass, and yet another.
I disagree: the engineering world is full of "revolutions". After the PC revolution came the Internet revolution, and after the internet revolution maybe the green energy revolution, or something else. It is up to us to create our next revolution.