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The role of the West has changed drastically over the centuries Our world dominance is now in the balance and we must all decide if we should take part in fight or flight America faces many challengesbut the enemy I fear most is complacency We are about to be hit by the full force of global competitionWe must now establish a sense of urgency There are two culprits that can be attributed to the United States complacent attitude and slow decline China and India These two countries are surpassing us in economic success global competitiveness and educationFirstly the US is considerably confused when it comes to real gross domestic product which has been shown in our gross domestic product numbers for quarter 3 of 2013 The American economy grew 28 at an annualized pace in Q3 accelerating from Q2s 25 pace of growth and coming in well ahead of consensus estimates for 20 This is where I must agree with the educator above when he says We must now establish a sense of urgency1 Yes we see the numbers and the word accelerating immediately pops out Everyones sense of urgency immediately deflates just a bit because the numbers give him or her a warm feeling of reassurance As a fellow American I can understand seeing those numbers and thinking were just fine America will find a way back This thinking of being satisfied with how things are and not trying to make them better is how we have fallen behind At the very bottom of the article it becomes clear why so many see these numbers and get a false sense of hope only to find out the truth later down the road This GDP report should be more preliminary than usual due to the government shutdown and the attendant delays in data releases2 Not only must I be upset with the excitement over false
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