I don't think the potential scrapping of the SS United States is to be totally unexpected news...it's been rumored for years.
However, I think its shameful for the United States of America to let a ship, which carries our country's name, a ship which epitomized grace, beauty and speed, go to the scrappers.
Maybe this ship could be restored using the same basic motivation and publicity as the restoration of the Statue Of Liberty.
Maybe restoring this ship could instill some of the same pride in the USA, as the space program once did.
It sure as hell would create needed jobs.