Think many have always known that even the US suffers from a "special-interest" malady but from where I stand, it is depressing because in the Philippines, public interest has been and always is just an election slogan.
Been late to this great piece of work, "Can America Fail" by Dean Kishore Mahbubani of the National University of Singapore in which he lists and discusses the causes of US decline.
Here he lists 3 failures that were the cause of the decline.
"The first systemic failure America has suffered is groupthink."
"The second systemic failure has been the erosion of the notion of individual responsibility ."
"The third systemic failure of American society is its failure to see how the abuse of American power has created many of the problems the United States now confronts abroad. "
Curiously, he hasn't touched economic causes too much. I'm guessing he attributes the 'loss of manufacturing hegemony' to that prevailing American ego enveloped by 'entitlement'. Clearly without which, America wouldn't be the rich nation that it was before. And with how things are cheaper everywhere else (and with the manufacturing skill and know-how found equally on foreign shores), innovation is of prime importance to be able to climb back on top again.
And while the US continues to struggle with their less than rosy picture, the Philippines, enjoys it's fair share of offshore contracts that boost the economy with plenty of reasons why companies should keep them here http://bit.ly/mjh5Svthan go some place else.
However, it would be in the best interest if our national officials also examine and reflect on Dean Mahbubani's points which are clearly present here which manifests as corruption. Because if not, then whatever economic gain we get from outsourcing will never be enough to lift the country out of the doldrums.