Hopefully you have already seen and digested the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers study titled USA Inc. Former Goldman Sachs technology analyst Mary Meeker is now part of the venture capital community at KPCB, where she is one of the authors of the report on USA Inc. You can access a video presentation and the full report here.
From the foreword by George P. Shultz, Paul Volcker, Michael Bloomberg, Richard Ravitch and John Doerr:
Our country is in deep financial trouble. Federal, state and local governments are deep in debt yet continue to spend beyond their means, seemingly unable to stop. Our current path is simply unsustainable. Whattodo?
A lot of people have offered suggestions and proposed solutions. Few follow the four key guideposts to success that we see for setting our country back on the right path:
1) create a deep and widely held perception of the reality of the problem and the stakes involved;
2) reassure citizens that there are practical solutions;
3) develop support in key constituencies; and
4) determine the right timing to deliver the solutions.
USA Inc. uses each of these guideposts, and more; it is full of ideas that can help us build a better future for our children and our country.