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To those who believe that we live in the best of all possible United States of Americas, I would suggest that it’s time to examine our country more closely.Some questions to explore might include the following: How are we doing in providing equality of opportunity? For example, a month ago, how did the public education system in New Orleans compare to that in Westchester County or, for that matter, to that in Summit County?How does the distribution of wealth in the U.S. today compare to that in the U.S. during the late 19th century, the time of the robber barons, or to that of the 1950s?How effective is our health care system versus those of other industrialized nations? Do we receive a level of care per dollar comparable to the level of care per dollar provided in other countries? How does our infant mortality rate rank among those of the rest of the world?How competitive will we be globally in the future? Are we investing adequately in infrastructure? Do our students rank well in science and math among students at comparable levels around the world? Is higher education as accessible in this country as it is, for example, in Ireland?How well are we selecting our leaders? Do they reflect our values? Are they working to promote equality of opportunity in this country? How well are they managing our finances?In a global context, is our country leading by example and influence or by attempting to dominate militarily? Which of these approaches best fits our image of our country?How are we viewed by the rest of the world? Are we seen as behaving according to our much admired values? Are we considered a force for good or as a force for our own narrow self-interest?Finally, what kind of legacy will we leave for our children and for future generations of Americans? Do we care?Simeon ThomasDillonTo those who believe that we live in the best of all possible United States of Americas, I would suggest that itís time to examine our country more closely.Some questions to explore might include the following: How are we doing in providing equality of opportunity? For example, a month ago, how did the public education system in New Orleans compare to that in Westchester County or, for that matter, to that in Summit County?How does the distribution of wealth in the U.S. today compare to that in the U.S. during the late 19th century, the time of the Robber Barons, or to that of the 1950s?How effective is our health care system versus those of other industrialized nations? Do we receive a level of care per dollar comparable to the level of care per dollar provided in other countries? How does our infant mortality rate rank among those of the rest of the world?How competitive will we be globally in the future? Are we investing adequately in infrastructure? Do our students rank well in science and math among students at comparable levels around the world? Is higher education as accessible in this country as it is, for example, in Ireland?How well are we selecting our leaders? Do they reflect our values? Are they working to promote equality of opportunity in this country? How well are they managing our finances?In a global context, is our country leading by example and influence or by attempting to dominate militarily? Which of these approaches best fits our image of our country?How are we viewed in the rest of the world? Are we seen as behaving according to our much admired values? Are we considered a force for good or as a force for our own narrow self interest?Finally, what kind of legacy will we leave for our children and for future generations of Americans? Do we care?


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