I have been having a debate with Brad DeLong about America and if it is in decline. It is hard not to acknowledge our country’s problems, but I am biased by an immigrant’s optimism and a deep belief in technology and science. While the popular narrative is that America is in a decline, I remain resolutely optimistic. “Where there is struggle, there can also be transcendence. In order to experience the latter, we must first convince ourselves that it is possible,” is my conclusion in my final response.