The tower soars, but the foundation crumbles

Dear Editor:

I really appreciate the way The Ellsworth American reminds us of the national debt on the front page: $21.4 trillion. There are many issues to discuss, but the fact that we’re living beyond our means, printing money and borrowing money from other nations to pay our bills is simply astonishing.

What surprises me, aside from our general lack of curiosity about the debt, is that we don’t have much to show for it. If we’ve been spending too much money on ourselves, I don’t see it.

When I fly into American cities these days, I’m struck by how shabby we’re looking compared to other countries. Our infrastructure is dirty and crumbling; tent cities are popping up, even in our capital; wages are stagnant, the middle class is shrinking, etc. Something isn’t right, and it hasn’t always been like this.

In her book “Billions Lost: The American Tech Crisis and the Road to Change,” Hilarie T. Gamm (a pseudonym) brings her inside knowledge as an experienced tech industry executive to the “big picture.”

How is it that American taxpayers, who built the internet, the worldwide web and world class academic and research institutions to support this phenomenal “technology goose that laid the golden egg” have so little to show for their investment? Why aren’t more American workers and American communities profiting from this spectacular project?

The tower soars and the foundation crumbles.

She tells the story without judgment or blame, and she arrives at 20 common sense recommendations for change, largely focused on the employment, the education and well-being of our children and American workers. It’s a book that could unite us, liberals and conservatives.

Jonette Christian


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