In the past 100 years of US Presidents, we’ve had eight Democrats and nine Republicans.
University of St. Thomas professor David Schein’s new book, “The Decline of America: 100 Years of Leadership Failures” focuses on the leadership decisions and ethics of presidents, from Wilson to Obama.
“America clearly won World War I, overwhelming was the major force in World War IIWI, they won the Space Race and we won the Cold War,” said Schein.
We also have a rocketing public sector debt exceeding 20-trillion-dollars.
“I estimate we’re about $100 trillion in debt, a truly daunting figure,” said Schein.
He says we have to get our financial house in order.
While we’ve had some big wins, we’ve had some big fails, too.
A Legacy of Leadership Failures
America has not won a combat war since WWII
160,000 soldiers dead and untold injuries, mental and physical
Billions spent on lost causes
Great Start – Sad End:
LBJ from Civil Rights Hero to Vietnam War Goat
George H.W. Bush from Desert Storm to Loss to an Unknown
George W. Bush from 9/11 to the Great Recession
Harding, Clinton, JFK, Nixon and Johnson
Coolidge, FDR, Reagan & Obama
He said we can change things and do much better moving forward.
Proposals for Change
Failure to Control the Deficit is Fatal to America
Reform the Electoral System
Tough, Lean, Elite Military is Crucial
Have a President and a Prime Minister
More Effective Enforcement of Anti-Trust Laws
If we don’t, we'll become another failed empire.
“So I think the public has largely been taxed about as much as they can handle, and I think it’s time for our public sector to really do some budget cut, or belt tightening,” said Schein.