This is the 21st in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad.
Since I am writing this from the E.R. I am unable to do any additional research on this.
When I am able to do so, I plan to check how the U.S ranked in math and science in 1980 and compare those rankings to today
My guess is that our ranking has gotten worse in the past 35 years.
As to where the blame may be, I am sure there are many factors that have contributed to the problem.
I will suggest one possible way to improve the situation – cut back on military spending and support education instead.