I think the United States is on it's way to becoming a third world country. It might take a while, but the direction is clear.
State politicians in Texas are now legislating how provacative cheer leading routines can be.
Our president will veto bills that would provide federal money for stem cell research. Meanwhile, countless other countries are making advances in medical research (recently Britain's cloning and So. Korea's cloning and stem cell research).
These are just two examples of our government legislating for the wrong things. Why aren't the Texas politicians more concerned with literacy and less concerned with cheer leaders?
Why is our government actively discouraging research that could save thousands of lives, while at the same time spending billions to end lives in Afghanistan and Iraq?
Soon promising young university students will choose other countries for their education because the USA isn't quite as good as places in Europe and even So. Korea.