The US has given the world great men and great ideas. This country has had smart people for a long time.

DeWitt Wallace, founder of the Reader’s Digest is a good example. Although this magazine had humble beginnings, after 5 thousand issues, it is read around the world.

With this magazine the US could propagate its ideas worldwide. The US could export its image.

After a hard day of work it was great to arrive home and read this magazine.

Over the years Readers Digest has denounced the atrocities of the Japanese in Nanking, China, and attacked the abuses committed by communist dictatorships.

Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company is another example of a great man with a great idea. He improved the living conditions of factory workers and developed many ideas that improved the manufacturing capacity of the US.

Ford is the father of modern assembly lines used in mass production.

He is credited with “Fordism”, that is, the mass production of large numbers of inexpensive automobiles using the assembly line. He also introduced fair wages for his workers—notably the $5.00 a day pay scale adopted in 1914.

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, is another noteworthy figure. This company was in its infancy 30 years ago, but today it has a market value of about $300 billion. Life became easier with Microsoft. Technology has been made available to the masses, it is not the monopoly of just a few.

Just look at the vision of these three men. Their ideas are top quality. They were not just intelligent, they also had faith, a global vision, and a working ethic. The US gained respect worldwide because of them.

The question is, can our current generation keep pace, is there another Henry Ford out there? Or as some would have us believe, is our time as the world leader at an end? Is our educational system world class? Where are the new visionaries of the american people?

US exported its power and technology worldwide. Today US is the greatest importer and has the largest trade deficit.

[Edited by Simon – Title had no bearing on the content. Fixed typos and english]

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