Is America in Decline?

Robert Samuelson, Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The American Century is dead. Long live the next American Century.The subtext of political debate these days is that the United States is in decline — a proposition often portrayed as self-evident. The economy lacks dynamism; unemployment near 8 percent remains at recession levels. The president and his Republican critics barely talk to each other; stalemate seems unending. But what if America isn't in decline? A powerful rebuttal comes from an unlikely place: Wall Street.In a report to clients, analysts at Goldman Sachs argue that the United States still has the…

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