DAVID WEBBER: Many ways to frame 'How is America doing?'

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:17 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Other ways of saying “Is America in decline?"

We watch for trends in specific economic, social, environmental, etc. series but what about in “overall quality of life”?

1. Changed?

2. Rise and fall of the U.S.?

3. Still the greatest?

4. Falling behind.

5. Rise of the rest.

6. Myopic?

7. Leveling off.

8. Stagnant?

9. In crisis.

10. Falling short?

11. Ossified?

12. In transition.

13. Sustainable?

14. The inevitable decline of great powers, including the U.S.

15. Just stagnation.

16. Failed, or a failure?

17. America muddles along.

18. Ill-prepared for the future.

19. No longer the greatest? or Is America still great?

20. America in a post-American World.

21. In turmoil.

22. In trouble?

23. Broken?

24. Trapped?

25. Going over a cliff?

26. Coming Apart? (title of book by Charles Murray)

27. Indispensable?

28. Slumping.

29. Back sliding.

30. Not decline, just slower incline.

31. Vulnerable.

32. Not in decline, just different.

33. Hitting bottom? Coming back?

34. Screwed up?

35. Ungovernable.

36. Overextended.

37. Apexed?

David Webber is an associate professor of political science at MU where he is currently teaching a course on "Is America in Decline?" He can be reached at Questions? Contact Opinion editor Elizabeth Conner.

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