American Resurgence

American Resurgence

Nevada shows West the way

LAS VEGAS - "Vast acreage surrounded by untouched public lands; unique desert terrain teeming with native wildlife; a bustling metropolis; a Jack Nicklaus golf course..." So reads the brochure of the new Lake Las Vegas development designed for upscale retirees or the Lone Eagle freelance professional working from his desert home to deliver services over the Internet. 

Buffalo chips to microchips

Ten years ago, in the December 1987 issue of Planning, the journal of the American Planning Association, Rutgers University researchers, Frank and Deborah Popper published a widely cited paper calling for massive federal intervention in the Great Plains. Their words: "The federal government's commanding task on the Plains for next century will be to recreate the 19th century, to reestablish what we would call the Buffalo Commons." 

Things Looking Up All Across America

I noted last week that the Sunday New York Times (on April 27, 1997) carried a lead story called, "World beaters," signaling to the rest of the media establishment that it is now OK to acknowledge America's high performing economy. 

It's official: America back in the big time

Hellooo. After 15 years of hand-wringing about America's economic and competitive decline, The New York Timesfinally came to its senses last Sunday -- with a lead story on the front page it its "Week in Review" section called "Worldbeaters: Puffed Up by Prosperity, U.S. Struts Its Stuff." 

The rest of the American establishment is now on notice: It's OK to talk about our high-performing economy, where "profits are strong, unemployment low, jobs multiplying, inflation inconsequential, the stock market booming, product quality much improved." 

True compassion comes one-on-one

This past weekend, national news was dominated by pictures and stories from floods and fires, a media two-fer, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. 

Candidates ignore world to the south

The future of this hemisphere depends on decisions which governments are making today, and which governments -- including the U.S. government -- will be making in the next five years. Yet there is a virtual blackout in the current presidential contest on foreign and national security policy issues -- and, unfortunately, no one seems to care. 

Rust Belt is on the rebound

TOLEDO, Ohio -- I spent a couple of days this past weekend here in the heart of the Rust Belt. I visited the University of Toledo, where I had been invited to give the commencement address -- and I learned about the University's National Center for Tooling and Precision Components, one of several initiatives to help regain U.S. leadership in robots and machine tools. 

Calif.'s demise overdramatized

LOS ANGELES -- Eastern media love to hate California: "The Promised Land now seems like the Valley of the Damned," opined U.S. News & World Report in the wake of recent natural disasters -- earthquakes, fires and mudslides -- which came on top of recession, deep cuts in defense spending, cratering real estate values, a state budget crisis and social disintegration symbolized by immigrants on the dole and riots that followed the Rodney King verdict. 

Protest obscures epochal event

October 12 is Columbus Day, and this year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the landing of Columbus in the islands of the Western Hemisphere. 

The state of Colorado, in 1907, was the first to declare Columbus Day a legal holiday. Pueblo, in 1905, was the first to unveil a monument to Columbus. The rest of the nation followed suit when Columbus Day was established by presidential proclamation in 1937. 

Like Lazarus, U.S. rebounds

A few weeks back I participated in a conversation where a big name business leader held forth about how the Japanese had "taken over" the U.S. auto industry. Heads nodded in somber agreement as the high status "expert" intoned a parade of horribles about the ills of Detroit and the shortcomings of top management, many of which were true. 

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Reboot

Reboot!

It’s better to wear out than rust out.”  That is the message of Reboot!  While American culture glamorizes the “Golden Years” of endless leisure and amusement, Phil Burgess rejects retirement, as he makes the case for returning to work in the post-career years, a time he calls later life.

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