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2013-01-10 12:29:32 PM
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"Something fundamentally is going wrong to cause our country to lose ground against other high-income countries," Woolf added.

Yes, it's called Capitalism. All of those other countries are to varying degrees more socialist than the US is. Unfettered capitalism results in huge disparities in wealth and income, so with unfettered capitalism, there will always be a significant part of the population living in poverty, which in turn spawns crime, including violence, denies health care to many who need it, and limits educational choices.

Yes there are many other factors that play into this, but poverty is the thing that makes the other issues impossible to fix.

Capitalism is not a bad thing in and of itself, but left to run its course without restriction it will always result in a few rich and a lot of poor. We've been down this road before in the 1800's, which is why we have so many laws that "make it so difficult to do business" like anti-trust laws.

Just my opinion, but I think it's a good one. Fire away.
2013-01-10 09:59:15 AM
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sigdiamond2000: Who's to blame? According to the study's authors, American culture in general is at fault.

"We have a culture in our country ... that cherishes personal autonomy and wants to limit intrusion of government and other entities upon our personal lives," Woolf said.

We do?


Nowhere else on earth would a first lady planting a vegetable garden be hysterically reported as a "war on cookies."
2013-01-10 09:43:08 AM
2 votes:
Ironic that the nation with the most to live for isn't equipped to do so.
2013-01-10 08:26:29 AM
2 votes:
I blame Ke$ha.
2013-01-10 12:25:59 PM
1 votes:
The USA is like the retarded kid that everyone makes fun of, but is too retarded to realize that everyone's making fun of him.
2013-01-10 11:43:48 AM
1 votes:
And number 1 in reporting all these things that others countries do not or have differing thresholds for, but dont let that get in the way of your derp subby
2013-01-10 11:25:26 AM
1 votes:

doczoidberg: If unhealthy behavior is so lauded in America, then why is it illegal now to smoke practically anywhere?


I think the fact that there HAS to be laws against it should tell you everything you need to know about Americans.
2013-01-10 11:16:14 AM
1 votes:
Oooh, I wanna play.

Nowhere else on earth would the 11 people that insist on calling it "the holidays" be waging a War On Christmas.

Nowhere else on earth would approximately half the politicians hold an entire economy hostage to protest a situation which they themselves had created.
2013-01-10 11:13:47 AM
1 votes:
It's better to burn out than it is to rust.
2013-01-10 11:11:03 AM
1 votes:
And you-sorority girl-yeah-just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know, and one of them is that there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world. We're seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science, forty-ninth in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are allies. None of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are without a doubt, a member of the WORST-period-GENERATION-period-EVER-period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world,I don't know what the fark you're talking about?! Yosemite?!!!
2013-01-10 10:22:10 AM
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sigdiamond2000: Who's to blame? According to the study's authors, American culture in general is at fault.

"We have a culture in our country ... that cherishes personal autonomy and wants to limit intrusion of government and other entities upon our personal lives," Woolf said.

We do?


Only if you're not a homosexual, or transgendered, or a woman, or an immigrant, or have been convicted of something in the past, or poor, or someone of color.
2013-01-10 10:19:35 AM
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Diogenes: jaylectricity: Ironic that the nation with the most to live for isn't equipped to do so.

Hedonistic nihilism?


It's more a problem with the existence of the American Dream.  If you don't have the ability to get through at least a Bachelors, which is nearly a requirement these days, then you have no real hope of ever succeeding in this country.  If you're not rich, the American Dream says you're not worth anything, so what's there to live for?
2013-01-10 09:53:18 AM
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jaylectricity: Ironic that the nation with the most to live for isn't equipped to do so.


Hedonistic nihilism?
 
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