Guest Post: America Isn't The Greatest Country Anymore

Tyler Durden's picture

Via Lance Roberts of Street Talk Live,

This weekend I had my first opportunity to watch "Newsroom," an HBO series, and I was struck by the opening sequence of the show as Jeff Daniels, aka Will McAvoy, discusses why America WAS the greatest country in the world - but no longer is.   Here are the stats as he breaks them down:

The U.S. is:

  • 7th in literacy
  • 27th in math 
  • 22nd in science
  • 49th in life expectancy
  • 178th in infant mortality
  • 3rd in median household income
  • 4th in labor force
  • 4th in exports

But here are some other stats where the U.S. ranks as well:

  • 19th is State success
  • 3rd in oil production
  • 12th in prosperity
  • 22nd in freedom of the press
  • 2nd in child poverty
  • 30th in nocturnal safety
  • 3rd in "liking" the United Sates (behind Japan and Kenya)
  • 11th in "happiness"
  • 22nd in freedom from corruption
  • 24th in "perceived" honesty
  • 39th in income inequality
  • 4th in employees "faking" illness
  • 3rd in human development
  • 10th in economic freedom
  • 17th in credit "worthiness"
  • 4th in global competitiveness
  • 47th in infant survival
  • 38th in trade freedom
  • 8th in researchers
  • 12th in thriving population
  • 34th in the Children's index
  • 61st in monetary freedom
  • and, most depressingly, 50th in erection length.

You get the idea.  The rise of economic strength was built on the backs of hard working Americans who built stuff from skyscrapers to railroads.  We farmed, we produced and we raised families.   The pride of "built in America" was the flag that we waved.  

America just voted for a continuation of dependency.  Dependency on government for handouts from food stamps to welfare.  Dependency on the graciousness of our neighbors to continue loaning us money to support excess spending.  America has become a debtor nation and the cancer of debt has eroded our economic prosperity.

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Can America be great again?  Absolutely.  America has an indomitable spirit and a will to succeed unmatched my any on this planet.  It just requires a spark to bring us together as a country to make the sacrifices necessary to return America to its former greatness.  However, it requires great leaders that will fight for moral values, stand up for what is right, strike down the wrong laws for the right reasons, fight for those in poverty, care about our neighbors and put our money where our mouth is.  

Yet it is great leadership that has been missing.  Each leader has followed the same path of profligate spending and reckless disregard of the long term economic drain for short term economic gains.  The country needs a leader that is willing to take the risks of failure to achieve success.  A leader that is willing to fall to earth while reaching for the stars.  A leader willing to accept the responsibility for his successes as well as his failures.  Our Forefathers were great leaders.  We have forgotten what great leadership meant.  We have opted for mediocrity and self-indulgence and we have reaped the harvest that we have sewn.  

It's not too late for America.  Will McAvoy is right: "The first step in solving any problem is recognizing that there is one.  America is not the greatest country in the world anymore."   We must acknowledge the program.  We must choose to return to begin the long road to recovery by becoming an informed and educated electorate.  We must begin making the right choices, sacrifices and demanding the same from our leadership.   I have hope.

Warning:  Video has strong language

 

 

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PrintingPress's picture

The presses shalt never be stopped! 

francis_sawyer's picture

Ron Paul tried to make it clear that "individual leadership" is what is needed... Although many knew this message to be true... Most failed to embrace the challenge...

May God help us with the consequences...

Inignort's picture

FORWAR!

Yemen, Syria, Iran, Somalia,...

 

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

  • 1st Drone weapons payload
  • 1st Drone altitude
  • 1st Drone loitering time over target
  • 1st Drone sensing capability
  • 1st Domestic drone fleet size
  • 1st Drone sales to foreign countries
  • 1st All-weather drone capabilities
  • 1st Drone fuel efficiency
  • 1st Drone remote control usability and ergonomics
  • 1st Drone VSTOL capabilities
  • 1st Drone-to-drone coordination

I am proud of my country!

 

francis_sawyer's picture

I'm proud to be a wookiee... HOOAH!

no taste's picture

Joe's not proud.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPdTSnmzdb4

Of course, if I were Joe, I wouldn't be either.

ratso's picture

Lance Roberts is a moron.

AldousHuxley's picture

SLAVES in the Roman Empire were still SLAVES!!!!!

 

You don't see Fidel Castro moving to America.

 

It is better to be the mob head of a shitty state (but you are still relatively wealthy) than live in the ghetto Detroit without a job selling drugs in the street corners and enjoy "welfare"

 

 

James_Cole's picture

"The rise of economic strength was built on the backs of hard working Americans who built stuff from skyscrapers to railroads.  We farmed, we produced and we raised families.   The pride of "built in America" was the flag that we waved. "

This was sarcasm right? Americans don't actually believe this bullshit do they?

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

Shakespeare said "the abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power" and I think that describes America's drone bombing very well. Today I hear no remorse, either from the leadership or from the people in America, regarding US global drone pre-crime murder.

The problem with the policy, other than the fact it is a war crime that destroys the very basis of our legal system, is that it sets the worst possible worldwide precedent. If we think it's OK for a nation to kill someone in a foreign country for a crime they might commit in the future then we need to be ready for their drones killing people in the US. Because the other side will soon have drones just like ours. Oops.

Bombing another country has always been an act of war, and always should be.

blunderdog's picture

You must be one of them furriner types.  Sounds like you haven't quite got the hang of the 'Merkin double-standard thingie, yet...

When the USA does drone-strikes, we're making the world safe for democracy and defending freedom.

When someone ELSE does drone-strikes, they're committing war-crimes and instigating terror.

Diogenes's picture

That's right. When Hitler fired V2 flying bombs at London it was bad. When Obama does the same thing it's good.

blunderdog's picture

Exactly!  Have we started attacking London, yet?

(NB: the V2 was a *rocket,* not a buzz-bomb, but I forgive you because you were already dead a couple thousand years before that stuff came along...)

AldousHuxley's picture

winners write history

 

US won, so hitler is taught as the bad guy

If Germans won, Jews will be taught as the bad guys

 

When China wins, they are going to tell the world how stupid, corrupt, crass, uncultured, brutal Americans were compared to themselves.

cossack55's picture

Good read: Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez

See where the drone evolution leads

xtop23's picture

im going to assume the spelling error is a jab at our failing public schools. the alternative is better at exemplifying our educational failure than the actual article.

pods's picture

Well I think this might sum it up:

"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"

AldousHuxley's picture

why learn to spell when you have spell check?

 

why learn to spell when you have rappers who can't spell become millionares while English teachers get welfare?

 

Why learn at all when education doesn't pay?

jimod's picture

Start by bringing back the Fairness Doctrine.

News is not entertainment.  

Forbes's picture

But first define fairness...

All the silliness of Humpty Dumpty:

 "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less."
"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master that's all."

News may not be entertainment, but everything in the media that does not entertain does not garner an audience.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

 

 

It just requires a spark to bring us together as a country to make the sacrifices necessary to return America to its former greatness.

 

The problem is that we are forced to sacrifice in order to promote that which is against our own interest. Sacrifice is the problem. Supporting one's family and friends is not sacrifice. It's a mutually beneficial social arrangement based on love and respect.

We need less of government "leadership." This used to be a somewhat free country. Free men are not lead by compulsion.

1100-TACTICAL-12's picture

Truth is we are fucked @ this point it will only get worse till she finally blows. The meaning of " hell on earth" will be realized by the end of the decade. If I was a betting man I'd say a hell of alot sooner. No man or political party can reverse this now. Winner takes all..

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Events will depend on whether the crisis makes in easier or harder for the moochers and looters to assault the productive members of society. It's entirely possible that in some areas the crisis will lead to greater freedom and that individuals will be free to interact voluntarily and live more prosperously than they did under the empire. Fewer useless gadgets, more organic butter. Sounds good to me. In fact I'm currently not writing a novel on that theme. Too much ZH can lead to a lack of productivity, that's for sure.

Richard Chesler's picture

Sacrifice 1: my Obamaphone don't have to be an iphone5. I'll settle for a 4s.

Dugald's picture

First, get rid of the top to bottom corruption, a challenge that is I think, for Americans, unsurmountable being too deeply entrenched.

cossack55's picture

"men who think cannot be ruled"

Ayn

Incubus's picture

You needed some diseased bitch to tell you that?

PD Quig's picture

Clearly the tack to take here is to do everything that the Dems want to do. They just won a mandate, right?

Unfortunately, reality gets the only vote that counts. There is no way that the either the Democrats or Republicans will ever agree to the draconian change that is required to avoid an economic collapse. Things are so far out of whack that a 100% confiscation of 1%'er wealth would barely close one year's deficit, let alone dent the debt.

Everything that will be done in the next few months will remain firmly in the realm of window dressing and can kicking. It is simply inconceivable that there is the political courage on either side to admit to the real depth of the problems and to suggest the kinds of solutions actually required: wholesale elimination of entire cabinet level departments (Education, Energy, HHS, etc.), massive adjustment to entitlements, and a complete restructuring of the tax code that destroys growth and costs a trillion in compliance every year. None of this has any chance of happening. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Zip.

Give the Democrats what they want. Raise rates, raise spending, raise regulations. The real message of last Tuesday was that all hundred and twenty million people who voted still believe that we can walk across the economic equivalent of a bed of hot coals. Let's try it. I'm ready.

machineh's picture

Every empire crumbles from within, due to the (unprofitable) cost of 'projecting power.'

Not one empire has ever quit the game in time.

The US could still demobilize from WW II, 67 years after it ended. But it won't.

Popo's picture

Not just projecting power.  Sates bankrupt themselves in countless ways.  Why?  To preserve the powers of the entrenched elites.   An increasing number of disaffected groups are paid for complacency.   Eventually they can't pay them all and social schisms appear.  Then it crumbles.

But at the end of the day it is always about a small group of elites who rose up through the system and then arrive at the conclusion that the system itself can be used to support them.   Systems are inherently volatile.  As soon as you attempt to lock a structure in place, the "lock" must give or the system must collapse.    

GernB's picture

I agree with everyting you said, except I wouldn't place it on one party or the other. I'd just say "let those who think government is the solution do everything they want to do." In the end it will collapse becase there is no solution that is pallatable to politicians on either side. The first step in fixing an addiction problem is admiting you have a problem. We have not got to the stage yet where the public can really see the nature of the problem.

jekyll island's picture

It's not length that matters, it's width.  Don't get depressed unless you have too. 

Dugald's picture

Absolutely, never mind the quality...feel the width!

macholatte's picture

 

 

 

We must choose to return to begin the long road to recovery by becoming an informed and educated electorate.  

Why?  50+% don't care.

 

 

We must begin making the right choices, sacrifices and demanding the same from our leadership.

The right choices were made. Clearly, not your choices.  Time to adapt.

 

 

 

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville

 

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
John Adams

 

 

EuroInhabitant's picture

"US to overtake Saudi Arabia in oil as China's water runs dry"

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/ambroseevans-pritchard/100021244/us-to-overtake-saudi-arabia-in-oil-as-chinas-water-runs-dry/

US is saved. Forget the doom, US will earn piles of real money and pays off any debt with a big smile. Bye bye crisis.

sosoome's picture

Eventually...lot's of gaps between now and then.

TeamDepends's picture

Obama gets 99% of the vote in 100 precincts in Cuyahoga county Ohio.  No way there's any fraud there!

Hey Oh Way to go Ohio

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

I live here in buckeye land and it is: Nohio

LMAOLORI's picture

 

 

No way at all lol what I think is hilarious is I can't tell you how many times the young people on site have whined about the debt claiming it was all the Boomer's fault (supposedly even those who voted against those they knew were big spenders) well kids your day is coming eventually austerity will kick in and who will you blame when it is YOU picking up the tab?

The 49 Percent That Defeated Romney: Young Voters

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-07/the-49-percent-that-defeated-ro...

GernB's picture

Maybe, but at some poine they will realize the burden that has been placed upon them without their consent.

Loose-Tools's picture

I did NOT vote for Obama (I did NOT vote for Romney, either ... Boo Hoo!). But I do call BULLSHIT on your "Fox News" style lying Propaganda. Cuyahoga County precincts reporting = 1077 of 1077.  Total vote cast for all candidates = 612,415. Votes for Obama/Biden = 420,953. 420,953 divided by 612,415 = 69 percent!  http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/RaceResultsFiltered.aspx  . 100 precincts is not a valid representation of Cuyahoga County. One could probably cherry-pick 100 precincts in a large county in Texas and produce similar results for Romney. BTW...  we were guaranteed to be sodomized no matter who won. Take your Red/Blue shit and eat it!

TeamDepends's picture

Tool, you need to eat less period.  The evidence of voter fraud is overwhelming.  As long time Ron Paul supporters, we shed exactly zero tears when Romney lost.  So you think Barry actually received 99% in those precincts?

bigkansas's picture

Long live our idiocracy! 

Louie the Dog's picture

I have hope.

 

That's all you'll have soon.