April 19th, 2014
10:09 AM ET

How U.S. is lagging on quality of life

Fareed speaks with Michael Porter, a professor at the Harvard Business School, about a groundbreaking new Social Progress Index – and how the United States is lagging on many indicators. Watch the video for the full interview or on GPS this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

You were shocked at what you learned about America.

Yes, I think this wasn’t the picture of America that I think many of us Americans have – that we are a leader, a social leader, that we've advanced the ball in terms of opportunity and the needs of our citizens. And it shows anything but that.

So if you look at the Social Progress Index, on the whole, what's striking is the top countries are New Zealand, Switzerland, Iceland, these small countries. But basically then a lot of European countries and Canada beat the United States.

Correct.

The United States is 16, Ireland is ahead of it, Japan is ahead of it, Britain is ahead of it, Germany is ahead of it.

Yes.

What does that tell us? What does that measure?

So this effort tries to really, for the first time ever, take let's call it the social or community or quality of life dimensions of a society, and capture those in a rigorous measurement framework – using the best data available in the world. That's the best and objective measures of these various multiple things. But of course, social progress is a broad concept.

Right. And that's where you break it down into these subcategories. Health and wellness, Japan is number one, Italy is number two, Switzerland is number three. You have to go all the way to 70 to get to the United States.

It's an area where the U.S. – if you actually look objectively, we're just not delivering. We actually spend the most money on this of any country in the world, probably in all of recorded history, in terms of our health care budget every year. But in terms of the actual outcomes – and by the way, the Social Progress Index measures the outcomes you achieve, not how much you spend, not how much you care, not whether you have a big heart…

 

 

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  1. JJJ

    The USA has been transformed into a has been third world dictatorship....since January 2009.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • hankering

      Just a slight problem with your theory - the quality of life wasn't any better under the prior president. Try again.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:04 am | Reply
      • justdad

        Actually unemployment was much lower under Bush, if you research the banking crisis, it was caused by Robert Rubin rewritting laws to benifit his coming position at Citigroup during the Clinton Administration. Bush was unable to head off the bubble largely because the Democratically controlled congress denied the problem at the behest of Barney Frank. If democrats actually read the News articles at the time, the Clinton Administrations claimed they had achieved a great victory by forcing banks to provide very large loans to people in cities without the ability to make payments. The promise was Universal housing, reminds me a lot of Universal Healthcare. No one cane afford to pay fro something that is limitless and "free". It collapses under its own weight.

        April 20, 2014 at 1:46 pm |
    • Michael SC

      That dictatorship lasted 8yrs from 2000-2008

      April 20, 2014 at 11:15 am | Reply
      • Kevin

        He got voted in, too. Just because we didn't enjoy those 8 years doesn't make it a dictatorship, it means that sometimes you have to suck it up in a representative government.

        April 20, 2014 at 11:19 am |
      • HWB

        I has exacerbated 10 folds since 2009. Get your doodoo together.

        April 20, 2014 at 11:25 am |
      • HWB

        It has exacerbated 10 folds since 2009. Get your doodoo together.

        April 20, 2014 at 11:26 am |
      • outofafrika

        The question is...who u gonna pick to FIX it...GHOSTBUSTERS?

        April 20, 2014 at 11:29 am |
      • rdeleys

        Bush lost the election in 2000 but was coronated by 5 members of the Supreme Court.

        April 20, 2014 at 11:32 am |
    • WES

      THE US IS WHERE IT IS BECAUSE OF CORPRAT MONEY CONTROLLING DONKEYPHANT POLITICIANS. THE PEOPLE ARE PAWNS OF COLLECTIVIST CAPITALISM. SAME O SAME O. WHEN LAND, RESOURCES, POWER, AND THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION FALL INTO THE HANDS OF THE VERY FEW SLAVERY RESULTS. WEALTH GENTRIFICATION!

      April 20, 2014 at 11:17 am | Reply
      • William Television

        I second that, WES. Also, our populace is being fed poisonous propaganda from those corporate interests – which in turn divides us as a people, rendering us politically impotent, so the oligarchy can remain strong.

        We need to find issues that both the right and the left can agree on, and build from that point out. I am not sure what that topic would be, at the moment (campaign finance reform??), but we better come together quick and retake this country as a unified people... and not as a RIGHT or LEFT dominating force.

        April 20, 2014 at 11:27 am |
      • rdeleys

        I agree!

        April 20, 2014 at 11:33 am |
    • .

      The more the government tries to even the playing field, the less even the playing field becomes.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • A Traveler

      Let me be one of many to suggest you leave this country.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:18 am | Reply
      • .

        We're not leaving, Traveler...... we're takin' it back starting in November. Many young people out there have realized the hopey changey hasn't worked. They're graduating from college and can't find a job. We produce 200,000 jobs a month - and the news says we're recovering. But what the fail to emphasize is that there are 300 to 350,000 first time claims for unemployment for that same month.

        It ain't working.

        April 20, 2014 at 11:22 am |
      • rdeleys

        I have as much right to be here as you. If someone needs to leave, as you suggest, maybe it's YOU!

        April 20, 2014 at 11:34 am |
    • Michael SC

      Just received a bill from a doctor for $430. was less than 15 minutes and he only talked and basically said, that he doesn't know anything and that further tests are needed. That all for $430 !!!! Thats whats wrong with healthcare in the US. GREED and INCOMPETENCE. BTW I gave the Nurse my insurance informatiion but as usual, she was overpaid and too stupid to write it down and instead put selfpay on it.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:18 am | Reply
      • John Smith

        Cool, just went to my doctor. No cost. Then was referred to a specialist. No cost. Had surgery. No cost. Oh yeah, I do not live in the the greatest country on earth the US 🙂

        April 20, 2014 at 7:02 pm |
    • anoncnn

      And it is exactly comments like these as to why things won't get any better.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:21 am | Reply
    • ramy143

      A major turn around point was when we entered and paid for years of wars that should not have been. That money would have gone a long way in medical research, infrastructure repair and maintenance, research in alternative energy and numerous job producing efforts to revitalize our country and maintain a high standard of living. Also as we progressed from a democracy to an Oligarchy from the Reagan era onward we have lost our high standards as a Country.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:28 am | Reply
      • EugeneBlair

        People don't need advanced care. They need affordable basic care. Basic health care should be like water... really cheap and available.

        April 20, 2014 at 11:35 am |
      • .

        I agree with you, ramey.... the War Powers Act should include a tax on everyone to pay for the war. And a two year military hitch should be mandatory. That'll make us think before we get ourselves into another war.

        April 20, 2014 at 11:38 am |
      • EugeneBlair

        Also: I agree, the big shift in USA values happened under Reagan. under Reagan the Mafia completed their takeover of corporate America via the attorney business. We became a mob owned and run nation. The mobsters are mostly attorneys now. USA is a Crime-ocracy.... where minor personal offenses suffer endless prison but corporations freely pillage and commit much greater crime, all for their Profit and pleasure.

        April 20, 2014 at 11:43 am |
    • Profile Of The Typical Republican Voter

      1. Thinks they themselves are rich.
      2. Makes less than $100,000/yr.
      3. Has a net worth less than $200,000.
      4. Primary residence is on wheels or blocks.
      5. Still has a mortgage on that residence.
      6. Thinks republicans are conservatives.
      7. Benefits directly from the ACA but really, really hates Obamacare.
      8. Thinks they are religious but they should read the book, "How NOT To Be A Republican" (a.k.a. The Bible).
      9. Probably retired and depending on SS and Medicare or will be the person most likely to need SS and Medicare.
      10. Racist.
      11. Likes to vote against their own interests.
      12. Actually thinks republicans represent THEM!!

      April 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Reply
      • mac

        Then a democrat would be
        1 makes less than 15,000 a year
        2 lives in a project
        3 has no networth
        4 on food stamps

        April 20, 2014 at 6:18 pm |
      • But

        @Mac – But at least they are smart enough to NOT vote against their own interests. How about you? I guess not.

        April 24, 2014 at 9:15 am |
    • cxm

      You're all idiots. Calling one president or another a dictator simply because he's not part of your 'team' is exactly why the country is in such an effed up state. Instead of working together to fix things, you guys spend all your time an energy sniping at each other and trying to make the other guys look bad. You're all part of the problem, and the really sad part is, that so many of you are proud of it. It's pathetic.

      April 21, 2014 at 1:01 am | Reply
  2. chrissy

    Lol @ kevin and @ orchawk, in the infamous words of Elgen Long "forget it, you'll never change the minds of true believers....you'll only confuse them with the facts!"

    April 20, 2014 at 11:01 am | Reply
  3. davecu

    My belief is that the US is lagging for many reasons.
    1)Parenting has become a necessary evil. The costs of living well require both parents to work so parenting becomes a part-time job. Personal responsibility is downplayed. Personal integrity is vanishing as well.
    2)We lost having 'something' to believe in. Whether a god, a worthy cause, a calling, all have taken a lesser role in our lives.
    3)We lost our way politically. Where we once had people of good will earnestly debating, not arguing, two or more diverse beliefs we now have partisan hack both bought and paid for. Their priorities seem to be 1) themselves, 2) their party, and 3) finally the voters they need to accomplish 1 and 2.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • Big Bob

      Well put. With all of the glory in a "diverse" society, it still creates so many special interests that there is no consensus any more. You'd almost think it was planned? Hmmmm...

      April 20, 2014 at 11:21 am | Reply
    • EugeneBlair

      You got it. Divide and Conquer. Focus on differences, not commonalities.

      One single action will restore America as known: LIMIT ATTORNEY COMPENSATION to the median in their community.

      As hard as that may be to comprehend, once that is done within 5 years problems will start to melt away. See, there is a vast overproduction of attorneys and they have to cause, find, or label trouble in order to get paid.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:48 am | Reply
      • Jim

        Absolutely false. Who planted this idea in your head? Rush Limbaugh? Sure there are lots of attorneys out there, but to pin all of society's blame on them is ludicrous and naive.

        April 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm |
  4. Curt Campbell

    Could it be that the government of the people have enslaved the people: 13.3% state tax California 28% Fed, social security and then tax on the 401k? With all of the other taxation why work?

    April 20, 2014 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • .

      I'm with you, Mr. Campbell.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • rdeleys

      Taxes are the price you pay to live in a civilized society.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:37 am | Reply
      • .

        True. But the power to tax is also the power to destroy. And I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of paying taxes to support public employee union crooks. They're just as bad as greedy corporations.

        April 20, 2014 at 11:39 am |
    • brianprice1948

      If you look at the other 15 countries above us in the index – they all tax far more heavily than we do. They tax more for sales tax (14-24%), income tax, corporate taxes and payroll taxes. So you can't blame the 'high' level of taxation in America for our ills. In fact you could make a case that we should be taxing more and then we might stop our slide into third world status by almost every measure.

      April 20, 2014 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  5. HappyEaster

    Health and wellness aren't going to happen in a place where people think the definition of democracy is like a dog's chew toy, a place where the crazy try to make everyone crazier in the misguided hope of proving their own superiority, a place where random gun violence is commonplace and fantasized about by many more. It's not going to happen in a place where everyone is jealous of any real success but refuses to admit it, where common sense that should dictate priorities long since flew the coop. Real art has to peek out from behind great darkness, uncomfortable truth is squelched through threatened violence. Hoards in tatters are political pawns.They don't care, believing negative attention is better than none. Ad men and celebs are also used as pawns, everybody fighting for the same fictional superiority. It's not going to happen in a place where kids can't safely go to school, can't even count on their elders to reliably teach them right from wrong.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:07 am | Reply
  6. Joe Chelan

    People around the world look at American life style and marvels about every material things we enjoy...Few and even us, understand that we are living poor. We work tirelessly to pay for all of it. The big car is for work, the big house we rarely live in since most of the time we are at work...Everything we have is just that, decoration, entertainment for what is left of us after work...We do not enjoy life, but work tirelessly to pay debt, to make the rich richer.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:07 am | Reply
  7. NorthVanCan

    Countries have worked hard to catch up to the US.
    The US has got lazy and complacent being "#1".
    It happens to everyone throughout history.
    Nothing new here, just human nature and the cycle of life.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:09 am | Reply
  8. Steve

    No mention of corporate greed.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • .

      Or government public sector union greed, for that matter.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • rdeleys

      Corporate greed is like a cancer on our society.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:38 am | Reply
      • .

        So are the public sector unions. Look what they've done to Detroit, California and the northeast. The pension deficits are unsustainable.

        More Chapter 9 bankruptcies to come, folks.....

        April 20, 2014 at 11:41 am |
      • rdeleys

        The middle class owes its very existence to labor unions!

        April 20, 2014 at 12:43 pm |
  9. amb

    Maybe everyone should try solving the problem instead of looking for someone other than themselves to blame. Think about this...The President of the United Stated gets elected with votes from LESS THAN 25% of the ELIGIBLE (not registered) VOTERS voting for him. Pretty sad

    April 20, 2014 at 11:10 am | Reply
  10. jolena klugmann

    Its because of the US love affair with the extreme reactionaries running the country and striving to go back to the 19th century.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:12 am | Reply
  11. chrissy

    Exactly @ curt, hankerin, davecu, Happy Easter, Joe Chelan and of course RZ! And to the racist pig in the room....you need to go lay down by your dish!

    April 20, 2014 at 11:14 am | Reply
  12. .

    We've lost our way. And if you don't believe that, watch an episode of CNN's Chicago series. It's an eyeopener.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:15 am | Reply
  13. Kevin

    Jesus Christ people. Just because we aren't #1 in every desirable category there is to offer doesn't mean it's 476 AD all over again.

    Call it getting the spurs. You're not trying to hurt and demotivate the horse, you're trying to get it to pick up the pace.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:16 am | Reply
  14. Elena

    Why is the US lagging on quality of life? good to hear this type of question, may be this wakes up people to the fact that instead of going around putting and removing dictators to serve capitalist master plans, will be better to demand your politicians to worry about the people. The US is lagging behind on quality of life because it became an oligarchy as stated by Princeton University!

    April 20, 2014 at 11:17 am | Reply
  15. chrissy

    And @ amb most definitely! It not only is it our right to vote but our DUTY as well!

    April 20, 2014 at 11:18 am | Reply
  16. mkuske

    All this does is take what one group of people arbitrarily assigns as "quality" and makes a list out of it. For example, the largest contributor to our less than optimal ranking in life expectancy is the choices we freely make for ourselves. What we put in our bodies and how much of it we shovel in is a choice between two "qualities" (freedom and health). A person choosing one over the other is that person choosing what quality they prefer, not having the qualities arbitrarily assigned by a third party. That's the problem with "social progress" or progressivism in general. It's one group of people telling another group of people what's good for them. Thanks, but as a person with an internal locus of control, I define what's good for me. Accordingly, I'll let you define what's good for you.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:19 am | Reply
  17. kenlinkins

    Someone could use this data to say that on the avg the darker the skin the worst the score. Even as the USA has become darker in skin color it seems to be dropping. I really hope that they do not try and use this for that reason, but I am sure someone will.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • .

      Why?

      April 20, 2014 at 11:23 am | Reply
  18. The Fall of Rome, part 2

    The nuts will tell you we have the best health care in the world (maybe Congress does) and the best justice system in the world, both of which will cause you to go broke. What a joke.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:21 am | Reply
  19. mmgrant73

    There is a correlation between inequality and a number of social issues such as this one. For example, public health, obesity rates, social trust, social mobility and many other issue that has a social gradient seems to be correlated with inequality. Now I know correlation does not mean causation but it does not rule it out either. Cigarettes company used to defend themselves with the whole correlation does not mean causation argument. But as the evidences rolled in people eventually had to come to the conclusion that cigarettes were bad for you. My question to society in general is that if the evidence come in and shows that there is a causation between inequality and many negative social issue are we going to accepted it and start questioning the current economic system.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:21 am | Reply
  20. Vic

    Hey, but we have the most bombs, WMDs, bombers, nuclear missiles and military bases. Who cares if our schools are overcrowded, our roads and bridges crumbling and our people having to get by with less and less. Thank the military for our situation ....

    April 20, 2014 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • rdeleys

      Eisenhower was absolutely right when he warned about the Military-Industrial Complex.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:42 am | Reply
  21. JD

    Its quite simple aside from all the political issues and social issues we just work to damn hard to earn an average living. In Paris it is ILLEGAL to work more then 40 hours a week just to show an example.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • .

      Europe is a kleptocracy. The governments don't run the countries. The public sector unions that run the bureaucracies run the countries. If you work in the private sector, you're a peon.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:27 am | Reply
  22. Wizard1234

    Even with the ACA (a plan with a fatal flaw) the US healthcare system ranks with the worst in the world. Every country with a single-payer, state-sponsered healthcare system ranks significantly better than the US. Yet, 50% of Americans live in knee-knocking fear of such a system.

    As long as the profit motive is the driving force behind our system, so long will we be ranked as a tail-ender.

    I recently spent two days in the hospital to have a stent implanted. The total bill ran to nearly $61,000 and the cost of the stent, a small hunk of wire mesh that probably cost the supplier less than $5 to produce, was $5,012! Last year more than 500,000 stents were implanted in the US, Simple math–2.5 billion dollars for the stents alone, excluding the $30-$60K hospital bills.

    Our insane system will collapse upon itself and only the super-rich will be able to aford comprehensive health care.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • Ally Buster

      You may thank the republican party and their wealthy cronies.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:27 am | Reply
      • .

        You can also thank the Democratic Party and their wealthy allies in the public sector unions.

        April 20, 2014 at 11:28 am |
      • rdeleys

        Correct!

        April 20, 2014 at 11:43 am |
    • John Smith

      You can thank you fellow Americans for being so easily brainwashed by the Rich! A number of the countries above the US in the rankings had the Rich issue also but as a society they overcame and put in a system for the people, ALL the people!

      April 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  23. mdemartino1991

    Why had the quality of life gone down in the United States?

    1) Our education system is broken.

    Districting guarantees that poor schools stay poor and rich schools stay rich. The fact that a University student is already in debt the second they try and enter the job market prevents them from being able to function freely at an economic level.

    2) Our country is literally falling apart.

    We are behind every other modern nation is trains, roads, bridges, airports, and so on. How the hell are people supposed to believe that things are getting better when they look around and see a country that is rotting.

    3) We have a two party system without term limits.

    Congress as well as the presidency should have a one term limit. You get four years and then you leave, making way for a new generation of elected officials. That prevents the buying and selling of elected officials since they would now have a constant flow of people who couldn't be set in stone at the seats of power.

    4) We don't have a basic healthcare system.

    Every citizen should be guaranteed a basic level of healthcare. Every other first world nation does it and their people are healthier than us. The argument about government healthcare being inferior is done with, you lost. We need to make sure everyone has healthcare and is healthy enough to push the country forward.

    5) The minimum wage in this country is nowhere near what is necessary for survival.

    How can you expect people to work if the money is worth less than it was back in the day? Productivity has gone up 400% in the United States but pay has remained at below what is required for basic living needs. We need to up the minimum wage to $10.25 so people have the money the economy needs to get spending going again.

    6) We need to punish companies who ship jobs overseas with taxes.

    American companies will be required to hold 75% of their workforce in the United States. If they don't meet this minimum they will face tax punishments which will counteract the benefits they get from sending jobs overseas.

    They will not move out of the United States. Our tax system is too good for them to risk up and moving.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • Ally Buster

      Exactly!

      The republican party is to blame for ALL of the problems you've sited.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • Kevin

      1. It's certainly not great but it looks a lot worse because it's being dragged down by averages in areas where education isn't valued as highly as others. Your government cannot fix that.

      2. Orange cones all summer every summer would make a crumbling infrastructure suspect. Perhaps some things do get left at the wayside of allowed to exist into decrepitude to save costs, but don't pretend like in 10 years we'll look like Mad Max because there's no one at the helm.

      3. Yeah, congress and the senate certainly need term limits. 2 Parties is as effective if not more effective than 50 parties. You'll note that just because someone is a democrat or a republican still doesn't paint too distinct a picture of what someone's political platform actually is. Just the broad strokes.

      4.Sure we do, it's called taxes. It's a rudimentary system in the face of socialized medicine, but please keep in mind that the US still provides 60% of all worldwide medical research BECAUSE we have greedy pharmaceutical companies and colleges that rake you over the coals in tuition. Medicine is something the US does better for the world than it does for itself.

      5. Totally agree. $10 would still be insulting. The health of a society wanes when inflation outpaces the minimum working wage... which has been happening for 60 years in this country. Blame a legacy many young people might be aware of, but we used to be vehemently anti-socialist in this country and that set back the progress of unions and rights groups greatly across the country from about 1910 to 1990. I promise though that in 20 years that will be as forgotten a part of our legacy as people who still would advocate slavery seemed to people in 1940.

      6. Yeah. But that's so unbelievably tricky you might never see it done. It might also be the brush fire that clears out an old guard of thinking and forces us into a society that functions on cultural exports, education and technology. Sort of like what England had to do after it lost all her colonies. Lastly, you can't outsource our agriculture, in which we still lead the world by miles. Just remember that 'post-industrial' is usually a positive connotation.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • John Smith

      You have moved from a country of pure slavery to economic slavery. From the time you are born to the time you die you are an economic slave to the rich. You are always in a state of economic slavery giving your employers master over your life. Your country has not evolved much has it. You have gone from the slave master of the whip to the slave master with the money.

      April 20, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  24. Ally Buster

    There is ONE reason for this: republicans!

    April 20, 2014 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • .

      You're going to be a very sad person after the November mid term. Your policies aren't creating any economic growth. Young people are graduating from college and they can't find employment.

      Hopey changey is over with. We've figured it out.

      April 20, 2014 at 11:30 am | Reply
      • Profile Of The Typical Republican Voter

        1. Thinks they themselves are rich.
        2. Makes less than $100,000/yr.
        3. Has a net worth less than $200,000.
        4. Primary residence is on wheels or blocks.
        5. Still has a mortgage on that residence.
        6. Thinks republicans are conservatives.
        7. Benefits directly from the ACA but really, really hates Obamacare.
        8. Thinks they are religious but they should read the book, "How NOT To Be A Republican" (a.k.a. The Bible).
        9. Probably retired and depending on SS and Medicare or will be the person most likely to need SS and Medicare.
        10. Racist.
        11. Likes to vote against their own interests.
        12. Actually thinks republicans represent THEM!!

        April 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm |
      • EugeneBlair

        Work is now automated. Vast legions of college grads are employed in make-work cubicle farms doing NOTHING. If you listen to the conspiracy people, they think FEMA is going to enslave Americans in FEMA work camps (i am not kidding, they really think that). Meanwhile most government and corporate workers do ZERO, their entire job is dressing up, driving to work so as to keep the clothing and auto industry going. Our entire economy and legal system is modeled after the Roman Empire... only computerized and on steroids

        April 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm |
      • Sayhey

        No, it's your policies that have caused this my, friend. The president cannot act unilaterally, and the GOP has done everything in its power to prevent any jobs bills from being passed, they have insanely and fruitlessly continued to challenge the legality of the ACA (look up the definition of insanity and then try to challenge this statement), and they have waged a continuous war on Obama since before his first inauguration. Your party is utterly devoid of positive ideas, and true patriotism, but you guys like to pretend like you have some secret formula that will turn things around. The only thing that would work is for you to take your inane rhetoric and get out of the way.

        April 20, 2014 at 10:29 pm |
  25. machiavel

    We are a "for profit" country. Nothing is done, conceived of, or worked upon unless there is a profit incentive. Education has become for the profit of banks, technology for sales. We are using 100 year old technology for most things because there is no profit incentive to grow or develop new technologies. Until we cut loose from banks and profit motives, we are sunk. This will never change- does not matter if you are Republican or Democrat both parties work for the same people.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • EugeneBlair

      Capitalism and all the other 'isms' are methods to allocate scarcity that existed for most of human existence. What we call capitalism, as incarnated in our corporations who control all government actions via attorneys..... fails horribly when we are faced with allocating SURPLUS. Our production methods (as a species) are so efficient only about 10% of all humans at any given time are needed to produce what the rest NEED (but not what they will want if given a system that allows them to take it). Computerization did us in. 3w, theRANDmemorandum dottcom... it was Foreseen and succinctly warned of by people like Paul Baran who started it all...... links to the old memorandum where they recorded concerns of what they were making (arpanet....internet).

      April 20, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  26. Norcalmojo

    Globalism has failed.

    April 20, 2014 at 11:29 am | Reply
  27. David

    The US ranks 70th in health care

    April 20, 2014 at 11:29 am | Reply
  28. outofafrika

    Nickros and whitetarsh have put this country upside down!

    April 20, 2014 at 11:30 am | Reply
  29. DickPerry

    Isn't U.S lagging in all areas except for the military and tax paid benefits for the 1 percent?

    April 20, 2014 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • EugeneBlair

      Don't forget the incarceration rate. Here in the "Land of the Free" we are #1 in the entire world in putting people in PRISON, usually for some puffed up minor offense contrary to what the news might make you think.

      April 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Reply
      • John Smith

        Yes and know, We NEVER put people in jail when they steal all our money as bankers, etc. We just put the person who stole the chocolate bar in jail. We have our standards you know.

        April 20, 2014 at 7:19 pm |
  30. outofafrika

    Whitetarsh got their slovenly ways from nickros!

    April 20, 2014 at 11:31 am | Reply
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