It used to be cool to be a scientist. Now, people are going into media studies. Before it was MBAs that everyone craved. No one producing anything except debt, an economy sustained by never ending consumerism. You know, I understand why the US wants to be like Europe, where everyone works for the government and very little innovation happens. What I don't understand is why Europe is like Europe. Do human beings really only respond to external threats, like when Sputnik went up and sent a nation giddy on scientists? I hang out at Borders books store. You know what I notice? The Asian kids are studying Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology, etc..Know what the US kids are studying? They are sitting with tutors helping them beat the system - they are learning how to get high scores on ACT and SATs. What a disaster man. ___HOW___ does a nation get into this rut?