More troublesome to me as an economist, though, is that calling on Americans to “win the future” misleads us about the nature of the policy choices ahead. Achieving economic prosperity is not like winning a game, and guiding an economy is not like managing a sports team...I like it for two reasons. One is because I agree that the administration's sloganeering is pathetically weak (as I said last month in a sadly ignored post). The other is because the opposition party should oppose, and here Mankiw opposes on real policy grounds, not phony math or equally inane slogan-mongering.
Listening to the president, you might think that competition from China and other rapidly growing nations was one of the larger threats facing the United States. But the essence of economic exchange belies that description. Other nations are best viewed not as our competitors but as our trading partners. Partners are to be welcomed, not feared. As a general matter, their prosperity does not come at our expense.
Anyway, I'm terrified at the thought of hearing two more years of "win the future." It's like suffering through the "bridge to the 21st century" again, only even more content-free and...did I say inane already? So anything to knock that down, I'll probably be for.