As I said Jamo, I think there's a few things, but allow me to try another angle
If I can see a few possibilities (I emphasise the word possibility) as I wouldn't pretend to have magic bullet solutions, and I'm quite sure the States have got a better appreciation of their situation than my cold eyed outsiders view etc But if I can see a few possibilities based on my own area interests, imagine what else might be possible if everyone with all the numerous different interests that golf embraces were given the oxygen to air them, and the States the autonomy to get on with it
What is undeniable though, and I'm sure I saw some NGF figures for the last decade only this week, is that the number of annual rounds being played in the States is falling incrementally
I recently recieved an email from a State GA (who I won't name for obvious reasons) but I'll reproduce it.
The email was in repsonse to a specific proposal that would benefit the States members, and in the medium term their clubs (and me of course - lets not pretend otherwise)
"Thanks for the email and information. While I think there are probably some groups of Americans who would relish the challenge, we can't help you get the word out for your project.
I wish you the best of luck in your endeavor."
Roughly translated I'd say "relish" is a strong word? and there is acknowledgement that some American's would want to do this (hardly speculative spam is it?). Who benefits? Me - well yes, of course I do, I have motive so lets get that out front. The American participant/ association member? - well hopefully, unless we really screw up!!! and given that return business should flow back, so again therefore would a few host clubs in the US.
Who doesn't benefit? The Golf Association I'd suggest? So they won't help (even though it need only take them an hour) because the benefits are being felt elsewhere
Now if I expaned on any of these, i fall into breach your spam rules, which is a shame as America used to be very good, nay, it was better than very good, it led the world in communicating, but now its in retreat in this field. Luckily however, you haven't lost that sense of 'positivity' yet, which still comes across when you can actually do make contact with an American. In that respect you're nearly always uplifting people to deal with (much better than "can't do Europe") but actually getting in contact is hard