Is it possible and important to set as a goal for the rest of the world to live a consumer lifestyle on a par with the United States? Is this up to Americans to decide? Why or why not?

I think that it would be a great goal for all the countries in the world to aim for the same type of consumer lifestyle and have the same opportunities as we have in America. However, at the same time I do not think it is America’s job to do that and try to force other countries into this decision. It is not up to Americans to decide either. Our job is to set the example and show countries what is possible, and how it is done. It is then up to them to decide if they want to follow in America’s footsteps. There are not enough resources to give everybody everything in the world, so it would not work if all countries were like this, but it should be the goal.