As teabagger Republicans work their will, refusing to pay for anything including (maybe starting with) education, America will accelerate its slide from relevance. India, among others, is more than ready to take up the slack. They already are.
BANGALORE, INDIA - In a futuristic lab on a leafy information technology campus, an inventor showed off a power strip that calculates a household's carbon emissions for the environmentally conscious U.S. market. In a research center nearby, rocket scientists worked on designs for lighter, more aerodynamic wings for Boeing fighter jets...
...In the latest phase of globalization, some economists say, Silicon Valley is in danger of losing a sizable piece of its knowledge-based industry to India in much the same way Detroit lost its lead to Japan in the auto industry.
My guess is it's already not just about money. But, clearly, the day is coming when it'll be only about locating the best talent. Our schools are failing, running out of money. Teachers are being laid off, measures -- as in my state -- to raise money for education are being rejected by the "I got mine, screw you" brand of America-love that now passes for so-called patriotism.