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RWGR
03-23-2016, 09:44 AM
While the United States has many domestic problems, America is not an empire in decline like ancient Rome, which had no growth in productivity and suffered from bloody civil wars. Thanks to immigration, we are the only major developed country that will not experience a demographic decline by midcentury; our dependence on energy imports is decreasing rather than rising; we are at the forefront of the major technologies (bio-, nano-, information) that will shape this century; and our universities dominate in international rankings. Campaign rhetoric notwithstanding, we are not a pitiful giant in absolute decline.

The United States is not about to be overtaken in overall power by another state. Europe lacks unity. Russia is suffering demographic and economic decline. India is growing at an impressive rate, but its $2 trillion economy is one-ninth the size of the United States’s. (The ratio is similar for Brazil and Russia.) The only possible challenger among the “BRICS” is China, a $10 trillion economy (compared to our $18 trillion), growing at something like 6 percent a year.

http://democracyjournal.org/magazine/40/where-in-the-world-are-we/

loquetas
03-23-2016, 10:46 AM
Trump is/will be your down fall. The whole world is trying to tell you this and yet......

RWGR
03-23-2016, 10:49 AM
Your envy is warranted

loquetas
03-23-2016, 10:50 AM
not envy rw, more like pathos and fear for the free world.

RWGR
03-23-2016, 10:50 AM
Your need to hide your envy is understandable

loquetas
03-23-2016, 10:52 AM
again my friend, i think you have envy confused with other emotions of the world

RWGR
03-23-2016, 10:58 AM
Your envy is warranted

loquetas
03-23-2016, 11:00 AM
wow RW, what the hell happened to you?
You used to be the second most intelligent person on this board and ALWAYS the best debater. I feel like I'm being cheated with your repetitiveness and court jester responses.

RWGR
03-23-2016, 11:04 AM
I'm the most intelligent person here, let's not kid ourselves.

Bluesky
03-23-2016, 12:14 PM
Trump, is that you??

RWGR
03-23-2016, 01:00 PM
He wishes

loquetas
03-23-2016, 01:09 PM
I'm the most intelligent person here

Spoken like a true Republican!

riggs
03-23-2016, 01:16 PM
While the United States has many domestic problems, America is not an empire in decline like ancient Rome, which had no growth in productivity and suffered from bloody civil wars. Thanks to immigration, we are the only major developed country that will not experience a demographic decline by midcentury; our dependence on energy imports is decreasing rather than rising; we are at the forefront of the major technologies (bio-, nano-, information) that will shape this century; and our universities dominate in international rankings. Campaign rhetoric notwithstanding, we are not a pitiful giant in absolute decline.

The United States is not about to be overtaken in overall power by another state. Europe lacks unity. Russia is suffering demographic and economic decline. India is growing at an impressive rate, but its $2 trillion economy is one-ninth the size of the United States’s. (The ratio is similar for Brazil and Russia.) The only possible challenger among the “BRICS” is China, a $10 trillion economy (compared to our $18 trillion), growing at something like 6 percent a year.

http://democracyjournal.org/magazine/40/where-in-the-world-are-we/

So Barack Obama is not so bad after all?

RWGR
03-23-2016, 01:23 PM
It doesn't infer that at all. Decline would happen over decades. No one president could take blame for it.

But, the decline is not happening, so it's a moot point.

loquetas
03-23-2016, 01:30 PM
Denial is the first hurdle of a junkie/addict.

RWGR
03-23-2016, 01:33 PM
Well, looking back at your rebuttals made against the points made in the article, I'd have to say ...

loquetas
03-23-2016, 01:39 PM
I guess the US can take out a loan from El Chapo, seeing as how they made him so rich and powerful anyways.

RWGR
03-23-2016, 01:42 PM
Your envy is showing again

loquetas
03-23-2016, 01:53 PM
your seedy underbelly is showing.

RWGR
03-23-2016, 01:57 PM
I win

The Chronic Liar
03-23-2016, 01:59 PM
wow RW, what the hell happened to you?
You used to be the second most intelligent person on this board and ALWAYS the best debater. I feel like I'm being cheated with your repetitiveness and court jester responses.

Kind words, thank you. I value my #1 position

loquetas
03-23-2016, 02:00 PM
ya, i guess you did big fella. Now go lay down for your nap while the grown ups clean up your mess (as usual) and talk.

RWGR
03-23-2016, 02:14 PM
Your anger, while warranted, is still surprising in its vitriol

Bluesky
03-23-2016, 04:39 PM
RWGR

I'm the most intelligent person here, let's not kid ourselves.

Trump
22. "My IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it
Read more at http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/550112/donald-trump-quotes.html#QqfoAtK63zYvK0gy.99

RWGR
03-23-2016, 05:11 PM
Trump claims to be one of the smartest people. I claim to be the smartest.

Big difference.

loquetas
03-23-2016, 05:18 PM
if you were that smart, you'd know to vote for Pedro.

RWGR
03-23-2016, 05:18 PM
if you were the smart, you'd know to vote for Pedro.

Only if he gives me tots

loquetas
03-23-2016, 05:22 PM
There's my old friend! Welcome back!

Hans
03-23-2016, 07:10 PM
While the United States has many domestic problems, America is not an empire in decline like ancient Rome, which had no growth in productivity and suffered from bloody civil wars. Thanks to immigration, we are the only major developed country that will not experience a demographic decline by midcentury; our dependence on energy imports is decreasing rather than rising; we are at the forefront of the major technologies (bio-, nano-, information) that will shape this century; and our universities dominate in international rankings. Campaign rhetoric notwithstanding, we are not a pitiful giant in absolute decline.

The United States is not about to be overtaken in overall power by another state. Europe lacks unity. Russia is suffering demographic and economic decline. India is growing at an impressive rate, but its $2 trillion economy is one-ninth the size of the United States’s. (The ratio is similar for Brazil and Russia.) The only possible challenger among the “BRICS” is China, a $10 trillion economy (compared to our $18 trillion), growing at something like 6 percent a year.

http://democracyjournal.org/magazine/40/where-in-the-world-are-we/

You know, I will tell you a story to illustrate the world does not work that way.

About 3 years ago, when the oil was at around $100/barrel, I attended a meeting where someone predicted the requirements for the North American oil and gas industry in the next 10 years to increase dramatically.
Graphs were shown, rig counts were shown, import/export was shown, numbers, data, the whole works. The prediction was everything would be booming even more in the next 10 years. As always, I took that with a grain of salt.

Fast forward 3 years to today, and the oil and gas market in North America is fighting it's biggest battle ever. Those same people that made those predictions 3 years ago, are now saying they have never encountered such a crisis since 1985 and have no idea how the future is going to look.

Interesting, is it not?

RWGR
03-24-2016, 06:28 AM
No crisis here, as for your country, well ...

Hans
03-24-2016, 08:55 PM
As usual, you see this as a European problem.
I guess Europe was responsible for 911?

RWGR
03-25-2016, 01:21 PM
The only 'problem' with Europe is it ceased being a worthwhile entity decades ago.

Hans
03-25-2016, 08:28 PM
Your anger is showing.

RWGR
03-26-2016, 07:58 AM
"imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"

I win :)

Hans
03-26-2016, 06:24 PM
So angry. I understand, it happens.