This New York Times Op-Ed piece by Bob Herbert really hits home:
"The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely." (from Losing Our Way)
It's called "Losing Our Way". You should read it.