In preparation for his presidential bid, Barack Obama pursued this vein and wrote "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream." In his State of the Union speech this week, Obama proposed that we build momentum with investment in research, education, technology and infrastructure.
The challenge is the projected deficit for 2011 stands at $1.5 trillion, and the government will need to borrow 40 cents for every dollar it spends.
Our third-largest budget item is the military. We can no longer afford to serve as the global policeman. The American Dream 2.0 requires awareness that our fiscal and military resources are not limitless and that our moral authority has been called into question. As a country we have no choice but to seek global solutions in partnership.
What about North Korea? Will it be easier to work with Kim Jong Un than his father, Kim Jong Il, if the young man weathers the transition to power?