For more, watch "Zakaria: Age of U.S. dominance is over," updated Sun February 5, 2012. CNN's Fareed Zakaria gives his take on Mitt Romney: http://x.co/fareedcnn
Foreign policy and global economics are the issues that I care about most in the upcoming election because the way in which we handle our role in a frantically globalizing world will directly impact our level of success as a country in the coming years. I like what Fareed argues here about Mitt Romney's need to change his approach to international affairs because as Fareed says, and I quote, "This is not about the decline of America but rather about the rise of everyone else." I commend Mr. Romney for his patriotism and his desire to "win" this game of national prowess. I will also point out that each of us as Americans need to take a look at the rise of our international neighbors, acknowledge those countries' relevance that didn't exist in recent history and have a game-plan for being a player amongst competition that is successfully training to be in our same weight class. Our ingenuity and our willingness to accept globalization will allow us to stay relevant.
I like the Chinese example to justify why we need to better adapt to globalization. China has already filled a void that we're simply not capable of filling back up with the way we're equipped: I'm talking about manufacturing. Unless you've been cut off from the world and been living in a shack somewhere in Yellowstone, you know that a majority of what you buy says, "Made in China." You may even have gone as far as turning to your friend and saying, "Man! Why does China make everything? That's weird. I've never even been there..." However, even though most of us have never been to China, it is certainly not a fairy-tale land, either. China will have the largest economy in the world per GDP by 2018, as Fareed points out, because the very phone or computer you're reading this note on was manufactured in China most likely. The clothes on your back and the fork you ate your eggs with this morning may have ties to China as well. Our toys, our tools, our tech gadgets our lamps and our tables were made at such a massive scale and at such a low cost that we cannot compete with. We have lost the manufacturing game to globalization. If we're not careful we will be losing the game of education, too.
Education teaches skills for jobs. Jobs are a big issue in this election. Let's take a look at not job creation, but filling existing demand. A solution to lowering our national unemployment rate is to figure out where all the jobs are and then put an emphasis on education to tech those skills. We cannot build a long-term, skill nourishing country in just a few years. It could take a child 16 years of schooling before he or she would be able to contribute to our GDP in the technology sector. Alas, to pursue math and science is the child's choice. This is not a dictatorship; this is purely economics.
Romney claims that he can fix the job crisis in the country. He also wants to decrease taxes so there is more money to stimulate the economy. He wants to cut governmental spending to decrease the national budget deficit. This is all economically sound for the short term. However, what happens when we cut spending to our education programs? In the long run, countries like China and India will "win," as Governor Romney puts it. We had better start looking at long-term solutions to these problems now. You know why? China and India already have that on lock down. Your move, America. -ABA