. SouthAmerica: My cousin from Brazil is visiting us here in New Jersey right now â so far he did visit Florida, Pennsylvania and the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area â he took a few weeks vacation for this trip. My cousin has visited the US more than 15 times over the years. He graduated with a MBA from Duke University about 20 years ago. He also traveled over the years many times to European and Asian countries â he has visited a lot of countries around the world. Today when we were talking he mentioned to me that in his latest travels in the United States one thing called his attention â The decaying of bridges, the infrastructure, and neighborhoods in all the places that he visited. He also knows well the United States and has visited in the past most of the US states. In the last two days we did spend hours watching on various channels what is happening in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. First, Iraq became to the United States what Afghanistan represented to the Soviet Union in the late 1980âs - The kiss of death. After that I saw the Soviet Union melt slowly and die a slow death. The United States has been following in the footsteps of the Soviet Union since Bush took power in the United States in 2001. I have been watching on television in the last 3 days a reminder of the disintegration of the Soviet Union all over again. The handwrite is in the wall everywhere you look at â the health care system, a crumbling pension system, 50 percent of the graduating high school students âclass of 2005â canât read or write, the shuttle program is in shambles you donât know if the Shuttle is going to explode on lift off or on the way back on re-entry, the power grid of the United States is in intensive care, a month ago after a storm various towns in Bergen county had no electric power and Ridgewood an up scale town had no power for 3 days â some parts of California lost power last week â and yesterday they did not have power most of the day in areas around Ramsey and Mahwah also in Bergen county NJ â Tennesse just cut Medicaid to 200,000 people many of these people are very sick with cancer, stroke and other nasty diseases â the place where I fix my car a mechanic only 34 years old became very ill and had to apply for disability insurance, after many months of a US government run around he became so frustrated and felt so helpless that he did blow his brains with a gun on may 15, 2005 â he left behind a wife and a young daughter. The signs are all around us â the United States is declining at the speed of light â and to make matters worse we have a âMoronâ in charge. .