So yes, the world has changed. The competition for jobs is real. But this shouldn't discourage us. It should challenge us. Remember – for all the hits we've taken these last few years, for all the naysayers predicting our decline, America still has the largest, most prosperous economy in the world. No workers are more productive than ours. No country has more successful companies, or grants more patents to inventors and entrepreneurs. We are home to the world's best colleges and universities, where more students come to study than any other place on Earth.
The President hit the right notes in his SOTU speech. Things are better but still not great. We need to get off our butts and rise to the challenges before us. It's shameful that we have a 25% drop out rate for high school and that so many countries are doing better than us academically.
I liked that the President co-opted so many Republican issues and did so in a way that will make it difficult for them to get around him. Mixed houses of congress and presidents often lead to legislation that is good for the country. It would be great if the next two years worked in the favor of us and not the special interests.