This is my generational plan for everything.
Jim Clifton, the chairman and CEO of Gallup, projects in his groundbreaking book The Coming Jobs War, that global GDP will be $200 trillion by 2040. Global GDP is presently approximately $60 trillion. That means that the next 28 years is an all-out fight for who gets the remaining $140 trillion. Who gets their fair share of the remaining $140 trillion in untapped global GDP will determine everything in the world; who leads the free world; who has the biggest military budget for the purpose of protection and global democratic stability; who can afford international aid; or being charitable to nations and people in need. What nation gets to determine global priorities.
Some think that this war has already been fought, and America has lost. Underscoring this misnomer, according to Gallup, approximately 53 percent of Americans today believe that China is already the economic leader of the free world, even though China’s GDP is a mere $7 trillion, if you believe their numbers, and U.S. GDP is a robust $15 trillion plus, or more than twice as big. To put our GDP into perspective, you can place two or three of the largest economies in the world into our economy, add South Africa, Mexico and several other economies for good measure — and you still have room. America is no punk, and our story is far from over. Remember, the world counted America out 20 years when it was universally assumed that Japan would rule the world, and us too. That bet was wrong, and the China bet could be wrong, too.
Some others would say that this war is off in the distance and nothing to worry about. I would argue that it is actually underway right now. But it is not a military war. The time has passed when the greatest wars fought in the world will be strictly military-led. The current war is about economics and jobs, and it is happening right now. Right now. China, as an example, is at war in the world. It’s an economic war, and it is a war about global GDP growth and good jobs. Who wins this war changes everything.
The greatest American weapon for the re-winning of America (it’s not about anyone else losing; it is about America becoming a winner again) is the one asset almost no one is paying any attention. It’s her 30 million American youth, fourth grade through 12th grad, 8 to 18 years olds. This group represents the single best chance for the re-emergence of America, and the sustained success of the American Dream model of democracy in the world. This group represents the “farm club and the bench strength for the playoff game of the rest of our lives.” Organized youth economic energy, and America’s “magic sauce” of entrepreneurship and free enterprise for all, could change everything.
Read the complete article on the Huffington Post here.