The great American corporations today are doing well for their top executives and shareholders, but this does not mean that they are doing well for the country as a whole.
Recent news out of Tennessee about "bumps" in the teacher evaluation component of its Race to the Top education reform efforts are emblematic of larger, systemic concerns about RttT generally.
A national value-added tax would keep Americans more attentive to government spending, and it would send a signal to the world that we are serious about deficit spending and debt reduction.