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. Occupy Wall Street for CONGRESS

    This reminds me of that Charlie Brown cartoon where they are racing down the river in rafts and the bullies are constantly yelling at to Charlie Brown, "We're number 1."

    That chant is the only thing I remember from that cartoon.

    In the end they lost.

    They weren't number 1.

    Either way, it was quite hilarious.

    April 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  2. taxedmore

    Nobody is responsible for anything, nobody is held accountable for anything. Everything is somebody else's fault. Somebody else has to be taxed to pay the bills. The liberal/progressive way.

    April 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • Falcon

      Can't help but notice how you blame someone else....

      April 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • maximusvad

      So what's you're saying it ..it's the liberals fault ?

      April 20, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Reply
      • Dual Bag

        Mostly, yes.

        April 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm |
    • John Smith

      Yes it is progressive views that cause us not to change, but conservative views are all about change. Wow there is no wonder why the rest of the world sees you as you really are! How is the weather there in your bubble?

      April 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • Flappy

      Blame the liberals. That's the conservative way.

      April 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm | Reply
      • Bubba

        Blame the consertives? Just blame politics. Or the news. Live your own life and win your own race. If you're unhappy, it's your fault.

        April 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm |
      • Dual Bag

        Bubba gets it.

        April 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm |
    • James Oliver

      Excellent example of irony.

      April 20, 2014 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • helicohunter

      So why is it that all of those countries, which have far more liberal leaders and policies than the U.S., are so much better off? They have all of the things that conservatives decry- access to healthcare, maternity leaves, social safety nets, smaller gaps between rich and poor, vacations, the opportunity to retire without starving, etc. Could it be that greed, hate, and materialism aren't the things that make people happy?

      April 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  3. chrissy

    @ . it wasnt the Unions that brought down Detroit nearly as much as the politicians that have abused Detroit for so long!!!!

    April 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      Here's where some of your hard earned tax dollars were sent. Make sure you look at the bottom of the list.
      B=billions, M=millions

      $5B Ukraine (invested in a revolution that back fired)
      $3.2B Israel
      $2.2B Afghanistan
      $1.55B Egypt
      $1.16B Pakistan
      $693M Nigeria
      $670M Jordan
      $573M Iraq
      $563M Kenya
      $552M Tanzania
      $456M Uganda
      $445M South Africa
      $440M West Bank & Gaza
      $417M Ethiopia
      $393M South Sudan
      $372M Mozambique
      $362M Zambia
      $323M Colombia
      $300M Haiti
      $236M Congo
      $205M Mexico
      $188M Philippines
      $183M Indonesia
      $180M Mali
      $169M Rwanda
      $166M Malawi
      $165M Lebanon
      $165M Bangladesh
      $160M Ghana
      $157M Liberia
      $135M Ivory Coast
      $135M Zimbabwe
      $121M Somalia

      $108M Detroit

      April 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Reply
      • Miguel Caban

        You forgot Puerto Rico, I think it is between 8 to 9 Billions dollar...

        April 20, 2014 at 1:02 pm |
      • Jenna's

        This is what we borrow money from China for????!

        April 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm |
      • Gelli

        This is an impressive list, but what most Americans do not realise is that on a per capita basis, the US gives a lot less than most other countries!

        April 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm |
      • Hammond Ecks

        Miguel, Puerto Rico is part of the US. OK, it's not a state but perhaps we should also look at how much is sent to red states like Mississippi, Alabama, etc. from those "failed liberal" states like New York and California.

        April 20, 2014 at 3:17 pm |
      • Freduardo

        Puerto Rico is a part of the US but shouldn't be, we need to make Puerto Rico an
        Independent nation.

        April 20, 2014 at 9:40 pm |
  4. Make a prison list of 2008 fraudsters

    WE THE PEOPLE....

    I thought we the people had a brain

    I thought we the people had a say

    Coulda sworn i read it somewhere

    Thought I'd seen it on a bumper sticker

    I thought we the people had a right

    i guess we the people were wrong

    We the people always are

    Let's go elect another God

    The laws they make

    I don't give a damn anyway

    Rules are made to break to bend to beat to buy

    The American dream

    Or a bag of magic beans

    You can find it on the TV

    Whaever you need

    Send me your tired your poor and broken

    Send me your life so I can break you

    We the people can have a plan

    We the people can make a stand

    Coulda sworn i read it somewhere

    Might've seen it in the funny papers

    Your money's made to take

    To cheat to steal to rob

    I can sell you a dream

    Fat's bustin' at the seams

    You can get it on the TV

    Whatever you need

    Send me your tired, your poor and broken

    Send me your life, so i can break you

    Give me your trust, your faith and wishes

    Own Buy Sell Out

    Everyday there's something new to try

    Everyday there's something new to buy

    Everyday there's a new American dream

    Goin' broke in the land of opportunity

    Send me your tired, your poor and broken

    Send me your life, so I can break you

    Give me your trust, your faith and wishes

    Give me your life, so I can own you

    Control you

    April 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Reply
    • Robert Lemasters

      Your poem reminds me of Doctor Suss...but unfortunately there is truth and not children's entertainment.

      April 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Reply
      • Melissa

        It's not a poem, it's a song by mudvayne.

        Sounds like the republicans.

        April 20, 2014 at 1:19 pm |
  5. Truth Today

    The Social Progress Index at least provides a more objective way of comparing quality of life among countries. I agree that we should measure happiness since culture will determine how people respond regardless of their country's SPI. If nothing else, the SPI may encourage more countries to embrace policies that are in the best interest of all of its citizens and not a handful of those who may control the purse.

    April 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Reply
    • bman

      Rome is burning and America's politicians are fiddling.......this downhill slide is apparent to any objective observer. This is attributable to most politicians of all political stripes and has been ongoing for several decades. America is sliding and no one seems to have the political will to do what is right for the country rather than what is right for either themselves or their political party / interests.

      April 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • Robert Lemasters

      As I type this, I am looking out my window to the park...there sits three homeless, unemployed young men, one is a veteran, I know because I have hired them to do odd jobs and gave them coffee and something I cooked this mourning...not too good but they thanked me anyway...and by the way they are made in America, unlike most of everything else, because we no longer produce much of anything...any questions?

      April 20, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Reply
      • Sad, but true

        In my office we hire people with graduate degrees in bottom rung part-time positions that pay only $10 an hour. Fifteen years ago we were hiring high school kids to do this same job. They work there just to get their "foot in the door." I have a 25 year old son who has a college degree. He works a couple part-time jobs. No benefits. 75% of his friends are the same way. None of them have really good jobs, even those with engineering degrees. If they work, it's part-time at FedEx or construction or a coffee shop. Most of them are just barely getting by. A few of them are homeless. Our young people are really hurting. If we don't fix this, we will all suffer.

        April 21, 2014 at 1:43 am |
  6. Jimmy

    Greed – pure and simple.

    April 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  7. allenwoll

    .
    America's problem has become its net inability to equitably DISTRIBUTE its economic product - I speak here now NOT what you, the "Typi-CON" thinks - Give-Aways - But rather in seeing to it that all sectors of its population CAN and DO EARN the products of our economy. . Potential Equitable Distribution takes a really, REALLY serious hit when economic activity (the job) is shipped overseas to maybe save a penny (without having to INVEST a dollar to save that penny so many millions of times over, otherwise known as "Globalism", please excuse the nasty language in quotes there).
    .
    We indulge in an "LOW-Investment, Quick-HIGH-Profit" strategy : An ultimately Dead-End strategy, for both the People AND the Investor : NO paying customers, No profit, PERIOD : END of story ! ! . That rascal Henny Ford understood this well a hundred years ago ! ! ! . Too bad for us that his teachings and acute insights have been apparently utterly forgotten by his bone-headed fellows now running this nation on the UN-Restrained Greed pattern.
    .

    April 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Reply
    • timelord7202

      Who wants to invest when one market crash has the value of four stock go down? And it does not magically disappear: Those who have the most stock sell, which devalues the rest.

      Our human-made economy of choice does workers no favors.

      Oh, a flat tax would be good – when we pay 24% and the rich pay 12% or less...

      April 20, 2014 at 12:31 pm | Reply
      • justdad

        Ignorance of the tax code for investment verses earnings is cronic among the young people who support liberal idealogy. Paying 15 percent on earnings from money you have already earned is paying a high rate. Most grandmothers diversify investment with municipal bonds, which are untaxed because you are loaning money to he government for a gaurenteed return at 4-5%. Taxing this income would make people invest elsewhere than the local community. It would be nice if liberals actually understood investment before criticizing it.

        April 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm |
  8. chrissy

    Yessssss!!! @ Jimmy!

    April 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  9. Mike

    I was reading through the data and I love the "Tolerance for Immigrants". I especially love how European countries like Spain scored well (blue) ,... and of Australia, New Zealand....These countries might allow immigration which 'makes' them tolerant on paper but the people are far from being tolerant. This I know from personal experience and observations.

    April 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  10. timelord7202

    Not surprising. Real food costs more, pay has not kept up, vacation time is behind that of other developed countries, ineffifcient work hour structure, obscene college costs since a degree is MANDATORY for a job... and the sheer bulk of jobs are sedentary, making time for exercise and other necessities WHILE keeping time for studying and family... a health care system that rewards private insurance instead of the people... 😦

    April 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  11. chrissy

    Most "which people?" @ southerncelt? Republicans? Or just the useless 114th congress as a whole?

    April 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • b2bliving

      US congress is an exact replication of American people....just look at the comments to CNN articles....as divided and as ridiculous as the government....

      April 20, 2014 at 12:43 pm | Reply
      • ✠RZ✠

        Evidently. And a keyword apparently missing in both places is c o n s t I t u t I o n.

        April 20, 2014 at 1:14 pm |
  12. ELMO

    Fareed I really enjoy some of your work but you need to study Federalism in American history. We are 50 individual states more than we are a nation on the topics you select to cover.

    April 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • John Smith

      Then break up your country back to the states. See how long you last before you start killing each other. What a joke

      April 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • Seth Hill

      Uh, er ... our Civil War cancelled the idea of individual states. For better or worse, we're not a Federalism any more.

      April 20, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Reply
      • justdad

        Sad, we are States, not a United STATE.

        April 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm |
  13. Juliska

    The USA has initiative and creativity. We also have an anchor weighing us down called Narcissism...look at us, we're number one. The latter has crept out of control...Sticking our collective nose where it shouldn't belong. It has dragged us down economically and morally. Time to let go of the world reins.

    April 20, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  14. southerncelt

    Maybe we should teach our children the value of human life and the purpose of work. This generation obviously seems to have missed that lesson (or didn't listen). You can blame the media, the neighbor's brat(s), your kid's school, or anything else, but it all comes down to what you teach your kid and who/what you let them play with.

    April 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Reply
    • PaulMN

      Well stated.

      April 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  15. Rosslaw

    Every republican is opposed to the ACA with nothing to replace it while chanting the fantasy that the US already has the best health care system in the world. The focus of the right-wing is fear-mongering about imaginary FEMA camps and imposing sharia law-like preabortion requirements like invasive ultrasounds that no doctor would ever recommend legislated by old white guys who make sure they can get their viagra under their health insurance policies. And now the Supremes are about to decide whether 12th century social policies should return with corporations claiming their imaginary religious rights are abridged if they can't force their supposed religious belief on their employees, also known as "real people". Maybe we'll finally have a reaction when the right tries to sell the story that "bleeding" and the application of leeches are cure alls.

    April 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  16. b2bliving

    yep...keep electing people like George Bush Jr & Obama....

    April 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Reply
    • Juliska

      Agreed. Two absolute duds still supported by their political ideologues. The leadership process is twisted but hard to know an alternative.

      April 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm | Reply
      • ✠RZ✠

        Hijacked circus of clowns run by big $s, not the people. . We can't even use the word c o n s t i t u t I o n here.

        April 20, 2014 at 1:07 pm |
  17. Timmy Suckle

    I kissed my way up to CEO at a health insurance company. Now I take over $1,000,000 of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. And that’s just me. Now think about how many other CEOs, VPs, Directors, Managers, etc. are at my company alone. Now multiply that by thousands of others at hundreds of other health insurance companies. From 10 to 25% of your health care dollars go towards administration that adds NO VALUE to your health care. But my company’s PAC dollars will continue to fool you little people into thinking that a single payer system will be bad. Little people like you are so easy to fool. Little people also don’t realize that a single payer system is the ONLY system that would allow little people (as an entire country) to negotiate better health care prices. Little people don’t realize that the Medical Cartels already know that. And that is the reason why the Medical Cartels spend so much PAC money from the hospitals and doctors lobbying against a single payer system. Some little people say that a single payer system would cost you little people more. But if that were true, then wouldn’t the hospitals and doctors WANT that extra money? Yes they would. So why do the Medical Cartels lobby against a single payer system? It’s because the Medical Cartels know it would allow little people to negotiate better health care prices. And that’s what the Medical Cartels are afraid of. Period.
    But us big wigs at insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmacy companies don’t ever need to worry about health care no matter what it costs. We get our health care paid for one way or another by you little people. And we get the little people that work at our companies to contribute to our PACs. And us big wigs say it’s to protect the little peoples’ jobs. But in reality it would be in the little peoples’ best interest to NOT contribute to the PAC. Again, little people are so easily fooled. I won’t ever have to worry about losing my job with so many little people being brain washed by the Medical Cartels’ PAC money. Not only that, the Medical Cartels’ PAC money is used to elect so many republicans that will never allow a single payer system. Republicans have always fought against any meaningful health care reform. But that’s what our Medical Cartels’ PACs pay them for. Politicians can be bought so easily.
    Pretty soon the only people that will be able to afford health care is us big wigs. And that’s the way it should be. We don’t want you little people using up the resources when we need them. And once again, I thank you little people for capping my SS tax at the $117,000 level. Now I only pay 1.17% SS tax and you little people pay 6.2%. Also, thank you for extending my tax breaks. I’m using the extra money on my vacation houses.

    April 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • Gary L. Wimmer, Master of Lithomancy

      The question always boils down to "Are we caring about our fellow human beings, especially those who have less, or are we just covering our own ass?" Caring and helping others is living The Golden Rule... in any and every religion. To just cover one's own ass, like "survival of the fittest," is for the animal kingdom, not where man should be. Selfishness is pathetic, regardless of how one rationalizes it.

      April 20, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Reply
    • justdad

      My guess is this is written by somebody who wants a single payer system and thinks a lieing is a good way to get there.

      April 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  18. chrissy

    Because THATs all THEY've done since Obama was elected! One temper tantrum after another! Theyve not attempted to do one positive thing for this country because their "only" focus has been to insure that our POTUS appear to be a failure! THAT has NOT gone unnoticed and they, i think, are starting to get a little bit worried about it now!

    April 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  19. b2bliving

    yep...keep electing people like George Bush Jr & Obama to feed the greed at the top and feed the laziness at the bottom...and this is what you will get,,,,

    April 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  20. Robert Lemasters

    Off-shored industries and tens of millions of off-shored jobs...and could the fact that what is left of the American economy on Main Street, what has not been sold to the likes of Communist China, is being scrapped out...as the thousand of bronze cemetery urns that have been stolen from our local cemeteries can attest...or could it be our non productive people....the human carnival freak show one experience'es on every visit to a Wal-Mart...because Wal-Mart and other mega global corporations have driven out all of the locally owned small businesses and we now have no where else to shop...any questions? Or...three unfunded wars, Wall Street looting, the 17.5 trillion dollar debt that soon even the interest payments will not be met by income and products produced...or could we also count the cadre of vermin and filth career politicians as a negative in this worsening economy and culture....how about the 20 million Mexican immigration law breakers..which in my opinion lawlessness and selective enforcement of our laws is also a negative...I was going to mention extrapolations and trends that point to catastrophe...but, I believe that we are there now.

    April 20, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  21. Larry

    While I'm sure it's not government policy, there is a simple answer to this complex question. In the societies that are topping the list, people are conditioned to work. In the US, we've spent the last 50 YEARS conditioning people that it's fine to sit on their butts and do nothing and expect the government to provide you with welfare, health care, Section 8 housing, and a free phone.

    April 20, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Reply
    • OCCUPY WALLSTREET.

      Sitting on your bumb not working as you put it is actually a better quality of life than working a job you hate just to survive.

      The problem is we are conditioned to think the 40+ hour work week is still needed to make a minimum standard of living. There are too many people out there and too few decent paying jobs to support everyone.

      And it will only get worse with the 3D printer and more modern electronics making human labor almost useless.

      As for picking up a trade to repair these things, there are only so many people who will be needed. The number of jobs lost will be nowhere near the number of jobs added.

      Closing your eyes and calling people lazy is not going to change that. But I guess it makes you feel good calling people names.

      April 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • Really

      Really Larry. Which country that ranks ahead of the US does NOT have a Nationalized Health Care system?

      April 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Reply
      • justdad

        The United Kingdom is pulling back from theirs because it exploded their National debt. We owe about 54,000 per man woman or child in the US. The UK is over three times that much and on track to bankrupt the government in a few years. The truth is you cannot provide enough healthcare on a public scale to make everyone live forever, people die for different reasons and society will bankrupt itself on the notion that any amount of free healthcare will be enough.

        April 20, 2014 at 1:24 pm |
    • helicohunter

      Which of those countries above us doesn't have generous welfare systems? They value human life more than you. You sit around and feel jealous because some people who have far less than you are receiving help to keep from starving. Be grateful that you have a job. Plenty of unemployed folks would gladly trade welfare for what you have.

      April 20, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  22. chrissy

    I would support a Flat tax even if my taxes go up! And ty @ RZ!

    April 20, 2014 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • ✠RZ✠

      Check it out, GPS blog will not permit me use of word C O N S T I T U T I O N.

      April 20, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Reply
    • mike

      Flat tax once a real standard deduction is established for each citizen. The standard deduction should be twice the current poverty level at least. Everything above that level should be taxed equally with no write offs allowed for mortgage interest and charitable giving, etc. Pie in the sky, the rich will never allow a fair flat tax.

      April 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Reply
      • justdad

        Everyone should pay who makes above poverty level. People will care whether and how much they are taxed if they have skin in the game, having 50 percent who pay no taxes means you have 50 percent who dont care how the money is wasted because it is the other guys money.

        April 20, 2014 at 1:28 pm |
  23. Racist Tea Party Voter

    This is what happens when you let a black man run the country.

    Every country run by a black man devolves into poverty.

    Heck, even cities in the USA run by black people are run into poverty.

    They turn prosperous areas into Little Zimbabwes.

    April 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • James Oliver

      G.W. Bush put the USA in the toilet and he looks white to me.

      April 20, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • justdad

      Dont fall for this, I have yet to meet a Racist Tea Partier. Most are grandparents and working people who think the government is wasting money and keeping minorities down by promising more aid and more money instead of a job and self reliance. I am seeing a lot of fake posts claiming to be Tea partiers just trying to stir racism.

      April 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  24. american firster

    Our media is all about the illusion of wealth in this country. we have never been wealthy.

    April 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  25. Melissa

    Why? Because this country places money before the people, that's why. Any child could tell you that. The republicans have a vested interest in keeping anyone that isn't rich poor and ignorant and they are doing everything they can to make sure it stays that way. And the people in the republican party that aren't rich? They've been brainwashed over hundreds of years and passed it on to their kids. A functioning country does NOT treat their people this way. It's like a bunch of buzzards nibbling at the dying animals on the ground.

    April 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • wii kin bii hom skoold

      wii kin bii hom skoold. wii dun ned demokrates 2 rax taxiz fer skoolz. demokrate unly wunt 2 raz taxiz n tayk wey jezuz frum da skoolz. iv demokrates raz mi taxiz i wunt bii abl 2 bi mii er dubl wyd tralr. i unly hav 20 paymntz un mi 1970 singl wyd levt.

      April 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  26. Robin Ingenthron (@WR3A)

    The comparison of "nations" is a bit of a "lines on maps" problem created by the grouping. A nation with a high percentage of rural citizens in remote places (Russia, Canada, USA, China, Brazil) has a higher burden for "last mile of track". Compare a city-state like Singapore to Malaysia, and you find a different discrepancy than between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur or Jahor Bahru. Norway and Sweden have a lot of land, but unihabited land, and population density makes them almost more similar to city-states. If you compare "Massachusetts" to "Belgium", it might be more meaningful than "USA" to Belgium.

    April 20, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • Melissa

      But you see, that's what we call "an excuse". Americans love to toss around "well we have more people" like a mantra against the nasty things they do to teach other as though it excuses it. There's no reason what works in other countries won't work in this one. None. Other than the fact that so many Americans hold on to their ideal above reality. Yes, in an ideal world, republicanism would work. But in THIS world, it doesn't because people are nasty, horrible, and greedy. And those people use any means they can think of (even paying their employees far too little for them to live on so they can keep more in their own pockets) to keep others down. Liberalism has worked in EVERY OTHER first world country in the world (yes, even France). Maybe it's time that THIS country started learning what OTHER countries are doing right. No matter what Americans like to think, this country is NOT perfect.

      April 20, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  27. unsername1

    damn 9 out of 10 things are made in China, that's why.

    April 20, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  28. relians

    because all our policies are created to enrich rhe already wealthy first. whatever good they do is a side effect.

    April 20, 2014 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  29. Robert Lemasters

    PS..politicians, liberals, media types and would be masters of the universe and others of like perversions take note...throughout European history and in America, there lies a fierce dragon...a sleeping dragon whose' heart is dark and pitiless, in the last century more then 160 million people were killed, many by industrial extermination by this dragon....this fierce dragon when awaken from it's sleep, will protect itself and people...reclaim it's freedom, security, economy prosperity and self government I am now hearing it's hateful voice and whispering's, more and more in private conversations.

    April 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm | 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 1:14 pm | Reply
  30. mike

    Yeah, but we have the most millionaires, so take that! sarc

    April 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm | Reply
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