What Went Wrong, or Was It Right?

The New American Way

by Jackson Phillips III



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/15/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 112
ISBN : 9781546275848
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 112
ISBN : 9781546275831
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 112
ISBN : 9781546275824

About the Book

In 2095, while Pops and his college-aged great-grandson are cleaning the attic of a family farm, they find a variety of magazines and papers stowed away near 2018 by Pops’s father. Based on their few hours of examination, they disagree on whether the apparent changes suggested in the papers they observed were all good. Pops agrees to study and summarize what he learns from the documents about the era. Andrew is to return his frank comments. Pops then begins a systematic study to compare this past period against the current existing conditions. A series of letters to Andrew (chapters in this book) follow, summarizing US conditions in earlier periods, noting the dramatic changes since then in technology, culture, and economics. Pops is surprised to find just how bad the US situation was during his own childhood. In the investigating process, Pops also finds that his father had served on a lead section of a national-level committee whose job it was to suggest remedies for a then-sadly ailing US government and economy. Pops’s study reveals that the startling economic changes from the mid-2010s were not entirely driven by the rapidly advancing technology. The shift back to US prosperity and world economic leadership was accomplished by major changes in the way the economy was structured and the way it ran. In a step requiring a national vote, the relationship between government and business was dramatically altered, and the US economy became extremely efficient. The government, after receiving approval in a national election, made major changes to the way the economy was structured. As a result, well-paying jobs became available for anyone wanting them or needing to work. Government handouts became limited only to the severely handicapped. Work hours were lessened, and individuals were able to easily find their way toward a personally suited ideal career. Recreation time and retirement were secure. Good universal health care became the standard, although it was needed substantially less as the nation’s health improved due to medical breakthroughs, healthier lifestyles, more tightly controlled foodstuff, and tailored standard medications. Personal safety ceased to be a significant concern. Although not advocating this volume’s predicted solution to America’s problems, in the author’s opinion, this approach may be the only one actually feasible.

About the Author

Mr. Phillips has lived around the country and traveled extensively. He has made his home in St. Johns New Brunswick, Boston MA, New York City/New Jersey, the Philadelphia area, Washington DC and in various towns in Oklahoma and Texas. He studied novel writing at Rice University with internationally known author P. Kulkarny for many years. His business career included working with several industrial and consulting companies. In consulting Mr. Phillips worked with over 100 businesses and governmental agencies in the US and abroad. Formal education included a degree in engineering, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He does not publish using his real name as author.