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America: The Grim Truth

 

Some of the claims in the article are untrue (70% of taxes going to the military) and others are just nuts (the government is going to lock the place down...they don’t want their “recruits” escaping. They don’t want YOU escaping)

 

However, let's take a look at the primary claim:

"You (Americans) have the worst quality of life in the developed world – by a wide margin"

 

and some of the supporting claims

Americans have:

-less access to health care

-poorer diets (less healthy)

-Low quality food (more processed, more contamination, etc)

-More reliance on meds

-Less vacation time (more stress)

-Expensive education (starting life with high debt)

-Greater Debt Overall

-Higher Bankruptucy rates (see above on debts)

-Less freedom (drug tests, surveillence)

-Misinformed citizenry (Fox News, Right/Left wing media)

-An uneducated population

-Corrupt politicians

-Crushing Debt

-etc, etc, etc.

 

I'd love to hear from anyone, but especially those of you who reside outside of America and can provide objective viewpoints.

 

 

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Righteeo. Well put. Any individual or group of individuals that makes profit should assume the risk. One should not assume, by law, risk or responsibility for any body but themselves. If one wishes to give generously to a cause or venture with any sort of, or lack of, attachments to that, go ahead, be my guest (as long as it does not impinge on another's rights).

SS,

No, prosperity does not necessitate bullying, but socialism does.

Funny enough, the most prosperous nations have some form of socialism.

SS,

Funny, but true.

 

That is pure subjective conjecture. How do you measure prosperity?

What I want to know is why the US ranks 1st in health when the WHO ranks us 37th in functionality
Good question.

Why do you think the US is first, it never has been.  Not from the info I have found!  Canada has a longer life span and a lower rate of infant mortality.  They also spend less on health care the the US does.

 

"Forbes.com has found that the region is home to some of the world's healthiest countries, including top-ranking Iceland, Sweden and Finland.

Others that fared well include Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Denmark, Canada, Austria and the Netherlands."

http://www.forbes.com/2008/04/07/health-world-countries-forbeslife-...

Please explain how socialism bullies.

Willow,

Are you serious? It forces me, by threat of incarceration, to give up almost half my means of living for other people who did not earn it. Gimme your lunch money!!!

"Half of my means of living?"   Half?? what tax bracket are you in? 

 

Here's another question:  Do you think the US has high taxes?  If you had to rank the US out of the 30 industrialized countries, where would you think we are? 

LL,

A little hyperbole never hurt anyone. More than a third is almost half, kind of. And I don't get paid like that, yet.

 

Uh, somewhere around 27? If it's one dime over what I agree or give voluntarily, it's too much.

 

I think you guys underestimate what can be done without force. Granted, it would be more difficult to foster laziness, but still.

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