http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/03/magazine/03Obama-t.html?_r=1&hpw It's long, but a worthy read. I supported Obama in his bid for election against McCain, all things being equal, although I wasn't exactly enthusiastic. I'd much rather have had the chance to have voted for someone loyal to pure American interests, which no one from either major (same) party will do, or can do, given who controls them. Also, I'm not sure things would have turned out any better or differently had McCain won - we would have drifted lower, for different reasons, and the buzzwords would have been different. But in this interview, if you pay attention, you will read about a grand plan that literally makes FDR's New Deal seem tame by comparison. I am not Keynesian nor am I completely free market. Moderation is the key in all things in life. But we now have an Administration that has very laudable, yet totally unrealistic goals, given that we are becoming less central, and not more central, in global consumption, commerce and even military projection. The deniers won't want to hear or believe this, but it's staring them smack dab in the face, waving at them, as fact. The Obama Administration wants to wean us off cars, lull us into mass transit, provide universal health care, set up a clean energy grid that nearly eliminates our carbon footprint within several decades, speak of restoring 'rights' and 'privacy' as government grows ever larger, criticize the cozy ties previous administrations have had with Wall Street while allowing that very institution to literally draft economic policy (and I do mean literally; during his transition, President Obama submitted letters and other documents printed on the stationary of a good friend's hedge fund and another friend's law firm which has close ties to big investment banks, and President Obama's transition team worked out of the office of that same hedge fund friend's offices in D.C. - I couldn't make this up if I tried). In the meantime, we are following in the exact same footsteps of the U.K., allowing manufacturing and the jobs that accompany it to flee (encouraging it, even), which takes critical legs of technology with it, and banking our future on the 'information and finance age.' Memo to President Obama - no great civilization ever existed or survived that didn't make leading edge 'things;' things that the rest of the world lusted after, but couldn't produce themselves. And it will never happen. You can take Google, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, and all other firms like them, and they'll never provide the employment on a numbers basis, or remotely close to a wage basis (because of the numbers) that the Whirlpools, Ford Motor Companies, Electroluxs, Boeings, RCAs, GEs, Boeings, General Motors, Pfizers, Kodaks, Cornings, Dows, Strykers, EDSs, Hughes, Raytheons, United Technologies, Amanas, etc. provided this nation in the 50s, 60s and even 70s, and to add insult to injury, the Googles, Microsofts and Goldmans are expanding overseas, and not here, as are the latter companies I listed. We are devolving into a services sector economy, just like the UK, and China, Japan and South Korea are building all the products that the rest of the world will lust after, and not be able to build for themselves, and on top of that, in our arrogance and tendency to believe the lies we are told, we will try to maintain our former standard of living by borrowing and levering whatever assets any given one of us has, so as perpetuate the myth that we still lead the world and are immune, and that we are christened as perpetual untouchables, destined to rule. We are being lied to. No service oriented economy will ever provide us or our children the living standards or power that the business of making 'hard to design and fabricate things' ever will - it's not even a close equation. So, whether you agree or not, read this article, and if your mind is clear and your eyes lucid, you will see that President Obama and the technocrats that he has empowered are leading us into decline, on grand promises that can never be delivered upon, and it's all one carefully constructed theatrical production, with no substance behind it. I still personally like President Obama, and don't believe the Republicans were providing any 'vision thing,' let along a flawed one, and that's why Obama won handily. I just happen to believe President Obama has ambitions that are far too grand, will put us into perpetual debt, and like so many others before him, refuses to level with the American People about the realistic choices we face and must make as a nation. Our institutions of government and education are failing, we are falling behind in math and sciences, and we have a Democrat who wants to keep feeding the same failed institutions that are, in part, sucking our human and financial resources up at an alarming and incredibly inefficient manner. But unless we refuse to allow Toyota, Samsung, Honda, Komatsu, Airbus, Siemens, Roche, etc. to stomp our 'makers of things' out of preeminence, we're doomed to the same fate as the U.K.