1787 - the U.S. Constitution is adopted
1890 - the U.S. passes China to become the world's largest economy
1913 - the Federal Reserve is created, after which it slowly and deceptively begins destroying the U.S. economy
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine...11_page_2.htmljust look at the U.S. Between 1890, when America became the world’s largest economy, and 2008, the U.S.’s annualized per capita income growth was about a quarter of a percentage point lower than China’s. America’s growth performance during those 118 years ranked just 15th out of 37 countries for which the University of Groningen’s Maddison has data—behind economies including Denmark, Canada, Sweden, and (wait for it) Greece. Even a number of really small countries have done better than America.