Problems Unique To America

The USA has some serious problems with a recession, unemployment, a ballooning wealth gap, greenhouse gas emissions out of control, a deteriorating environment, drug addiction, terrorist attacks, poor health, exploding health care costs, an aging population, gun violence, deteriorating infrastructure… You’d think the Americans would look around at the countries who have these problems reasonably under control such as Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland… and ask What are they doing different? What might we do to get similar results? But they don’t . Americans are so patriotic, conceited and xenophobic, they automatically discount any idea, simply because non-Americans have already adopted it. It is like the playground notion of cooties. Anything from another country is metaphysically contaminated with socialism. They would rather suffer than borrow a good idea.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)