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美国人在花他们自己根本就没有的钱!                     消息来源:华盛顿时报

随着二十一世纪首个十年走入历史,论断本世纪天下大势似乎并不为时尚早。美国华盛顿时报三十日(当地时间)刊登文章指出,二十一世纪第二个十年伊始,美国人将发现他们正在步入一个走下坡的世纪。

  文章指出,华盛顿近来所作的一切不但没有逆转这个趋势,反而在加速其进行。跛脚鸭国会通过奥巴马的税务计划,令美国债务又增添一万亿,这个大规模的变相经济刺激计划,并没有抵消削减开支。

  文章认为,奥巴马政府通过解除军中同性恋禁令法案,对美国“核心机构”打击极大,该法案将毁灭世界最强军事力量,削弱凝聚力、道德和纪律,简直就是国家自杀行为。该法案徒增那些输赢未定战事的困难。

  遥想当年,美国赢得胜利的日子远在一九四五年,之后朝鲜战争僵局收场,越战吃了败仗,第一次海湾战争输给萨达姆.侯赛因,伊拉克和阿富汗战争已经泥潭深陷。完全胜利之于美国已然陌生。

  文章续道,奥巴马治下的政府开支失控、赤字飙升以及经济刺激计划扩大,与前任总统小布什相比有过之而无不及。美国人在花他们根本没有的钱。

  与很多欧洲人一样,美国人沉迷美好生活。慷慨的社会保障计划,加之不断增长的消费主义等形成当今西方社会特色。人生不再是牺牲与义务,而是愉悦和自我满足最大化。大多数美国人不再能忍受困苦,因此失业救济不断扩大。从前富生产力的国民,几十年后的今天却指望政府的施舍。

  就在美国变弱、自我放纵、深陷对国外干涉之时,一个新的大国已出现,那就是中国。过去十年里,中国执世界制造业及汽车业牛耳,并已成为世界第二大经济体。中国还持有大量美国国债。中国之于美国,正如当年美国之于英国——中国是正在兴起中的大国。

  文章最后感叹,人类历史文明兴衰交替。远有古希腊、波斯、罗马,近几个世纪当数各个欧洲帝国。殷鉴不远。美国全盛时期已过。

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KUHNER: The fall of America

Bush and Obama have more in common than they think

With 2010 drawing to a close, the American moment is ending not with a bang but a whimper. The 2000s will be remembered as the era of American decline.

Instead of trying to reverse this, Washington is hastening it. The lame-duck Congress, with help from Republicans, passed President Obama's tax deal, which adds nearly another trillion to the debt. It is a massive stimulus in disguise - with no offsetting spending cuts.

Moreover, Mr. Obama - again with GOP help - succeeded in getting "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) repealed, enabling homosexuals to serve openly in the military. This is one of the most revolutionary and damaging acts ever done to a core American institution. It will decimate the greatest fighting force on earth, undermining unit cohesion, morale and discipline - the lifeblood of a successful military. It is an act of national suicide.

This will add another layer of difficulty to our already inconclusive wars. Consider that the last time the United States won a major war was 1945 - Korea was a stalemate, Vietnam a defeat; the first Gulf War failed to topple Saddam Hussein; Afghanistan and Iraq have become prolonged quagmires. Total victory has become alien to us.

A small example of how far we have fallen, how pampered and coddled we have become, was the decision by the NFL this week to postpone the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings in Philadelphia. Football players are supposed to be the closest thing Americans have to modern Roman gladiators. The game exemplifies the rugged individualism and grit at the heart of the American character. The reason for the delay: Philadelphia was expecting 11 inches of snow. By comparison with historical Northeast winters, this was a minor storm - something previous generations simply shoveled and plowed through as they got on with their daily lives.

If 11 inches of snow brings America's gladiators to a halt, it is clear we have lost our resilience.

This is evident, too, in the kinds of leaders we elect. Conventional wisdom holds that Mr. Obama is the antithesis of his predecessor, former President George W. Bush. Mr. Obama is a liberal Democrat. Mr. Bush was a conservative Republican. Mr. Obama is a cosmopolitan internationalist, while Mr. Bush was a unilateralist cowboy. In fact, they have much more in common than either the left or the right would like to admit. Mr. Obama is simply continuing -and intensifying - many of the disastrous Bush policies.

Runaway government spending, new entitlements (for example, the prescription drug benefit), soaring deficits, bailouts, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, expensive stimulus packages, a porous southern border and nation-building abroad - all of this began under Mr. Bush. Mr. Obama is accelerating the big-government corporatism and social-engineering militarism that marked the Bush years. At its core, Mr. Obama's presidency is a culmination of - not a break from - Bushism.

Economic stagnation has set in. Mr. Obama's trillion-dollar deficits have pushed us to the brink of national bankruptcy. The greatest domestic threat to America is the skyrocketing national debt - which is approaching Greece-like levels. Instead of slashing spending, Washington continues to party like it's 1965. Obamacare is the final nail in America's fiscal coffin. We are spending money we simply do not have.

Moreover, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid combined account for more than $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities. The stark reality is that we cannot afford these huge - and popular - entitlement programs. To restore fiscal sanity and prevent crushing taxation, these programs must be privatized or substantially scaled back. The public, however, has no appetite for these kinds of draconian measures.

Like many Europeans, Americans have become addicted to la dolce vita - the good life. Generous social programs combined with increasing consumerism and sexual hedonism characterize the modern West. It is the end result of a society stripped from its Christian moorings.

The 19th-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche claimed "God is dead." Nietzsche's point was that the loss of faith would constitute our civilization's seminal cultural reality. The passing of the Christian West signifies the end not only of a worldview, but of a character type - one based on honor, family, self-help, blood-and-soil patriotism, personal responsibility and a God-centered moral order. Self-indulgence and self-expression have filled the vacuum. Life is no longer about sacrifice and duty; it's about maximizing pleasure and self-fulfillment.

Most Americans can no longer endure pain. This is why unemployment benefits keep being extended. This is why nearly every industry is "too big to fail." It is the inevitable consequence of statism: the transformation of freeborn and productive citizens into de facto serfs who look to Uncle Sam for handouts. Decades of liberalism have led to the servile state.

In the 2000s, as we became soft, self-indulgent and mired in foreign interventions, a new great power emerged: an ultranationalist China. During the past decade, Beijing became the world's No. 1 manufacturer and automaker, premier exporting nation and No. 2 economy. China is engaged in a massive military buildup and menaces its neighbors. It owns much of our public debt. It is to America what we once were to Great Britain: the rising force in the world.

All civilizations rise and fall. Ancient Greece, Persia, Rome, medieval Europe, the great Italian city-states, the Ottoman Empire, the vast European empires - the past is littered with the corpses of once unparalleled and dominant powers that are now a distant memory. So too has America passed its zenith.                                By Jeffrey T. Kuhner           December 30, 2010

Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute.  

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