looks like another "Evil America" post. We're bad, we suck, we're greedy, we're stupid, blah, blah,blah.
We're neither angels nor devils. We're human, same as any other people in the world. Some of us are good, some bad, some indifferent. No blah blah blah about it.
But back to the point - you talked about the economy being better than in years. I put up news I read this week that says different. There are rosey stats too - Bush talked up a lot of them yesterday in the face of the free falling Dow. Google should be able to find his speech in a split infinitive. If you're "With Stupid", go get it, paste it in, and let's look at what's what. If you can't be bothered well ... good luck to you and thanks for playing.
I'm sure the U.S.A. gives back to the world more then any other country.
I'm very grateful for what the USA has given Australia. If it weren't for the US pacific fleet we'd be talking either Japanese or Indonesian, depending on timeframe. Residents of many other countries have less reason to be grateful to US realpolitik ...
But we're talking economics here. The US has been a net grain exporter for a very long time - which is a good thing. And we used to make cars, software, planes, all kinds of manufactured goods. That was good too, though we don't do it any more.
We used to be a pretty fair tourist destination ... but we're letting that slip pretty badly. http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/07/25/nonny-mouse-goes-down-under/
has a recent story on this.
I'm not saying we don't have problems and we're certainly not perfect. And you're taking my quote out of context. I was replying about the economy and how it is doing better then it has in years and that is certainly true.
I was talking about the economy! If you're not aware of the basics, go look at the pretty graphs on http://mwhodges.home.att.net/summary.htm
- if you can read that page and come away feeling things are booming ... you're doing better than I am.
I'm not the only one - just yesterday Walmart slashed their prices across the board. They don't do that out of altruism. They do it because they don't think their customers can afford things any more. With the debt crunch plus falling dollars (hence more expensive imported manufactured goods) plus the oil price going ballistic the squeeze on the middle class is like a vice. Walmart ain't stupid.
Now you're lumping it with the administration as a whole and that's not what I was talking about......jealousy is very ugly.....
Um, you lost me on that last bend. Who am I jealous of? I don't lump all this guff at this administration's door. I said the problem is systemic - it's been going on at least since the Carter administration. The current administration is far from blameless, but then it's not their fault they're presiding over peak oil, peak debt, and peak carbon-pollution all at once. I'm no fan of theirs - they're deep dyed crooks so far as I can see - but I don't see how a Gore administration would have avoided this stuff either. We've been neglecting business for a long time now ...
Why is it, Peter, that you believe I am so much better and capable than all of the wretched, neglected, and abused poor in this country? Do you think I come from money? Do you think I have a higher education? Do you think I was brought up in private schools rather than the trash that passes for American public education? I made myself what I am today from NOTHING.
Good for you! Seriously, I admire your spirit and intelligence. I'm lucky enough to be married to a woman who did the same. As to why it is - guts and brains I'd bet, most likely in equal proportions.
And a parcel of good luck too, which I guess is my point. For every K-Mac there's dozens of winoes, junkies and jailbirds. Maybe they lack brains or guts. But a lot of them simply got such a bad deal they never had a chance. You compare the US with any other industrialized country and you see differences - the other countries work a lot harder to give people a second chance. We don't. And that's damn foolish of us - because people are fragile and valuable things, and throwing a big lot of them out just because they've got life lessons to learn is a big fat expensive waste of money for America as a whole.
And I don't think they're dumb and helpless like you do. I volunteered at the Astrodome all Labor Day weekend after Hurricane Katrina. I saw with my own eyes, tens of thousands of able-bodied people who failed to evacuate because they were waiting on their welfare check to come in. How pitiful! I saw, and smelled, first hand the stench of altruism and what it leads to. You can take that road my friend, but I will pick up a gun and fight like hell before I travel down it with you.
I wasn't there so can't comment. But I'm not suggesting altruism. Giving people money doesn't help 'em make money. I am suggesting that instead of spending our money to incarcerate people we strike every last victimless crime off our books, decriminalize and tax cannabis, wind our draconian legal system back to about 1950, free the 3/4 of a million druggies from our rape-factory jails, and take all the money we save and spend it on teachers, textbooks, schools, roads, port security, hospitals, energy research, and basically pulling our head out.
And while we're at it ban lobbyism, bust the media monopoly, stop playing international policeman, and blah, blah, big fat bleeding heart liberal blah. I don't see any altruism in any of the above - and if you do I'd like to understand how.
As for guns - I have had the pleasure of living for years in countries with and without laws regulating 'em. I observe people are more friendly and polite in countries with laws regulating 'em. I know the traditional American argument - that they're essential to prevent tyranny. But we've had two election stolen now by a pack of bald-faced fascists and I don't see anyone's guns doing any good against 'em. So I'd rather have the friendliness and politeness. That's just my personal preference though - and my choice as an Australian resident. Good luck to you if your preference is otherwise.