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That Used To Be Us:

How America Fell Behind in the World and How We Can Come Back
By: Natalie West
Saturday, April 27, 13
The Long Telegram
! Most famous diplomatic
communication in history of the
! Called for the containment of
military power of the Soviet
Union and political resistance to
its communist ideology.
! Served as the charter for U.S.
foreign policy during the Cold
! Basically a wake up call for U.S
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Destroying Communism
! By helping destroy communism,
we helped two billion more
people want the American
! World we are now living in is in
fact a world we invented.
! Ending communism, rapidly
accelerated process of
! Americans now had to work
harder, faster, and longer to
merely stay in place.
Expansion of Communism
1920s and 1930s
1940s and 1950s
1960s and 1970s
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The Big Four:
Challenges that America Will Face
How to adapt to
How to adjust to the
information technology !IT"
How to cope with budget
How to manage a world of
rising energy consumption
and climate threats
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! Technology attened the global
economics by reducing the
advantages of the developed
countries, and empowering the
less developed.
! Revolution for information
technology, which began in U.S
then throughout the world.
! Led to American
overcondence by living in the
past, and failing to see what the
rest of the world was doing.
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Adjust to the IT
! Expanded dramatically due to
success of free market
! Every American is competing
with the Eastern world because
of telecommuting, WWW, and
free market.
! Engineering, science, education,
technology, are clearly within the
core of what has to be done...We
can only prosper with properly
prepared and properly applied
brainpower.# Charles Vest
!former MIT President"
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Coping with Budget Decits
! Rising national debt and
annual decits since Cold
! U.S. has borrowed several
trillion dollars from China,
other foreign countries.
! Debt could increase due to
interest rates.
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Managing a World with Rising
! Surge in energy consumption as a
result of globalization.
! Predicts that Energy Technology
!ET" will be the new IT.
! A country with a thriving ET will
enjoy energy security, enhance its
own national security, and
contribute to global
environmental security
! America needs to home these
innovative companies in order to
have a rising standard of living.
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What do they all have in Common?
Enhance Skills to
win high paying jobs
Entrepreneurs Must Create Jobs
Spend less, pay more, & increase
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Periods of economic prosperity,
were also periods of social,
political and religious tolerance.
Which do you believe a!ects the
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