Are American Best Days Behind Us?

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Dang Tran 3B Analyze essay America is still number one in many areas. But in the 21st century, while other countries are getting stronger and stronger, the U.S is still do nothing. In the article “Are America’s Best Days Behind Us”, Fareed Zakaria shows us why the U.S is falling behind some developed countries and what the American people should do to help their country remain the best of the world again. In the second paragraph, Zakaria explain that the decision that creates America high economy today is made fifty years ago. “What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and '60s” (p.1): in science, technology, public education system and interstate-highway system. But now, the ranking of the U.S in those areas is decreasing rapidly, while their ranking in guns owns and crimes is remaining number one. Zakaria clarifies that it is not because of the America’s mistakes but because other countries are growing much faster (p. 2). They have found the way to boom their economy just like the U.S in the 1950s and 1960s, especially China and Japan (p. 2). Besides, the political system is also a big problem. Washington is trying to cut funds in education, scientific research, air-traffic control, NASA, and alternative energy, which will damage their economy in long term growth. “democracy works too well” that they cannot investing for the future but instead preserving the past (p. 3). The industry still remains the same and there is no investment for the next generation of industries. The government spend more money on elderly people and insurance than what they spend on younger generation. In the third part, the author uses an example of the economy of two European countries after World War II. Britain won and its society grew comfortable, but its economic and political arrangements just
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