Mark Steyn notes that the interest payments alone on our national debt will soon exceed what we spend for national defense, and those payments will entirely finance China’s vast military buildup. He says the core of our problem is the "governmentalization of American life.” The business of America is no longer business-—it’s regulation. The level of control by government bureaucrats over the most minute matters is astounding.
Our spendthrift nanny state also wastes something even more valuable than money. It wastes human lives by “increasing dependency, disincentivizing self-reliance, [and] absolving the citizenry from responsibility for their actions.” The U.S. spending crisis is driven by a moral crisis, where one in six Americans are dependent on fellow citizens to cover some or even all of their living expenses.
Mark Steyn lays much of the blame for our national decline on our educational system, which he calls “the biggest single structural defect in the United States.” He says that when most Americans had only an 8th grade education, that generation gave us great inventions such as the automobile, telephone, washer and dryer. The best many 22-year-old college graduates can offer today, after all their years of school and college, is to “celebrate diversity” while they struggle to pay off their student loans.
Steyn warns that Americans must act quickly to avoid a fate that resembles Greece, Europe, and even the Third World. Mark Steyn's provocative new book is entitled After America: Get Ready for Armageddon.
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