The death of global leadership? GREED: Companies won't hire until the economy recovers. And the economy won't recover until businesses start hiring. Companies argue they face uncertainties and government shouldn't add to them. If there's so much uncertainty, why did corporate profits hit an all-time high of $1.37 trillion in the first quarter? What do the 20 million people without jobs do in the meantime, as companies sit on their piles of cash? IGNORANCE: There really are no simple black or white solutions (metaphorically) that can immediately remedy the vast ideological differences between the left and the right over a myriad of problem issues, so pretending there will be some grand solutions if one party or the other is in control is irrational at best and downright stupid at worst. HYSTERIA: Just because everything isn't going YOUR way, throwing hissy fits, going on malevolent vendettas, gathering weapons and whipping up frenzies which results in mob mentality only postpones real solutions. CHAOS: Time doesn't stand still. The same problems become the same problems only bigger while political battles rage on, day after day, which does nothing but create gridlock amid the chaos. In my opinion. As all the shouting makes its way into 24/7 news cycles, other countries see what's going on through the same venues, and the image of the United States as a strong and compromising democracy, always able to overcome internal divergences (and looked upon to take the lead for the rest of the world to emulate) ultimately will be reversed and we will be seen as weak and vulnerable to those who would love to take our place at the top.