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  1. #1 Welcome to the 21st Century Bud! 
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    Dec 2008
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    When I read this guy's article, my first thought was, where has this guy been living for the last 30 years?

    Time to Reboot America

    I had a bad day last Friday, but it was an all-too-typical day for America.

    It actually started well, on Kau Sai Chau, an island off Hong Kong, where I stood on a rocky hilltop overlooking the South China Sea and talked to my wife back in Maryland, static-free, using a friend’s Chinese cellphone. A few hours later, I took off from Hong Kong’s ultramodern airport after riding out there from downtown on a sleek high-speed train — with wireless connectivity that was so good I was able to surf the Web the whole way on my laptop.

    Landing at Kennedy Airport from Hong Kong was, as I’ve argued before, like going from the Jetsons to the Flintstones. The ugly, low-ceilinged arrival hall was cramped, and using a luggage cart cost $3. (Couldn’t we at least supply foreign visitors with a free luggage cart, like other major airports in the world?) As I looked around at this dingy room, it reminded of somewhere I had been before. Then I remembered: It was the luggage hall in the old Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport. It closed in 1998.

    The next day I went to Penn Station, where the escalators down to the tracks are so narrow that they seem to have been designed before suitcases were invented. The disgusting track-side platforms apparently have not been cleaned since World War II. I took the Acela, America’s sorry excuse for a bullet train, from New York to Washington. Along the way, I tried to use my cellphone to conduct an interview and my conversation was interrupted by three dropped calls within one 15-minute span.

    All I could think to myself was: If we’re so smart, why are other people living so much better than us? What has become of our infrastructure, which is so crucial to productivity? Back home, I was greeted by the news that General Motors was being bailed out — that’s the G.M. that Fortune magazine just noted “lost more than $72 billion in the past four years, and yet you can count on one hand the number of executives who have been reassigned or lost their job.”

    My fellow Americans, we can’t continue in this mode of “Dumb as we wanna be.” We’ve indulged ourselves for too long with tax cuts that we can’t afford, bailouts of auto companies that have become giant wealth-destruction machines, energy prices that do not encourage investment in 21st-century renewable power systems or efficient cars, public schools with no national standards to prevent illiterates from graduating and immigration policies that have our colleges educating the world’s best scientists and engineers and then, when these foreigners graduate, instead of stapling green cards to their diplomas, we order them to go home and start companies to compete against ours.
    All I can say, is WAKE UP DUDE!
    We just got 'super highways' 60 years ago and since then we have been building at unprecedented rates!
    All the while leading the world into a new century.
    But, this ol' country of ours has been in need of infrastructure repair since the 70s!

    I have personally refurbished 17 homes since then(and made a tidy sum I might add), and there are many more 'run down' homes in every neighborhood in America!
    We've been a little busy...
    I guess this guy is either not old enough or just hasn't been paying attention.

    My message to this guy...
    So this is news?
    Don't go blaming anybody but your globetrotting self, Bud!
    Obama isn't going to do anything any differently. You can stop beating the drum at any time...
    Secular militants, not Christian conservatives, currently strive to transform America in a way our founders would neither recognize nor approve.
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    Hey this guy sounds like he loves Red China...

    well I guess if we ran communism, we too would have the same kind of fake tourist set up...

    you know that if that guy had bothered looking out the window instead of at his myspace page while riding the train in Hong Kong he might have seen the conditions that China is really living in, they put on a great face for the media, but they're not doing so well...
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