“The storyline around America has taken a sudden, and to many, unexpected turn in the past couple months. Just two weeks ago, The Economist featured a cover with a shirtless Uncle Sam flexing with the words “Comeback Kid” above the muscle-bound American icon. This wasn’t your father’s Uncle Sam poster. This Uncle Sam had red, white, and blue pasties on its nipples. The new America seems to have an edge.
The message behind that Economist cover? America has managed to come out of the recession with a leaner, more powerful economy, and is quietly becoming an energy superpower on par with Saudi Arabia thanks to recent advancements in finding new oil and gas. Along with a revitalized energy future, America has begun paying down its debts, closing its trade gap, and was the first to clean up its banking system.”