Excerpt:Â It's an old adage that "if you walk too far on a short plank, you will fall off." That fits well with my grandmother's saying "it's a long way down from high up."Such is the precarious situation the United States finds itself confronted with today. We are in effect going for a long walk on a short plank, blissfully ignorant of how high up we are and how painful it will be when we hit bottom. The Chinese continue to stretch us out â€“ weakening us â€“ leading us to a brink where, for the first time in our remarkable history, we may not be able to sufficiently defend ourselves. The dollar continues to weaken at an alarming pace.