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.


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.


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. puddintane

    No surprise whatsoever. Nothing in moderation in the US causes nothing but troubles.

    April 20, 2014 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  2. Mkaiser

    Europe has the means to defend itself but doesn't have to spend those dollars on defense because we in the USA are stupid enough to do it for them for free. Let us just worry about defending ourselves and our borders and there would be plenty left over for healthcare,education, job training or whatever!

    April 20, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Reply
    • lerianis

      Again this bullhockey? The fact is that England simply does not feel that with their nuclear weapons, anything else is necessary. Which they are pretty much totally right about.

      April 20, 2014 at 5:49 pm | Reply
      • Major Tom

        And what happens when a powerful enough enemy without a country invades the island? That has become an increasingly likely scenario. Your thinking is so 19th century.

        April 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm |
      • MattD

        The UK is doomed. It will be completely islamicized in 50 years, along with Scandinavia and maybe France.

        April 20, 2014 at 8:42 pm |
    • radar8

      I agree with you to a point. So far, since 1898 (Spanish American War), no war has been fought on American soil. I don't know if you have any idea what a benefit that is.

      SO while I want to limit the amount of defense funding that we use for Europe, if a conflict breaks out I'd prefer to fight it over there than here. Unfortunately, the Industrial Military Complex (yes, it's real) has so much power and influence in the United States, that it's very likely that we will have another war, and soon.

      The Industrial Military Complex controls our congress and thus, funding. That's one of the reasns that you sometimes hear a General say...."We don't need those (fill in the blank...tanks, planes, bombs, etc). We have what we need". Tat is immediately followed with Congress buying all of those tanks and planes that were not needed.
      We just have to keep the people that run the defense industries rolling in money

      April 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Reply
      • Robert

        The Spanish-American War of 1898 was fought on American soil? Please get your history right.

        April 20, 2014 at 6:47 pm |
      • radar8

        My bad. Spanish AMericn war was not fought on AMerican soil. THe last major war on American soil was the CIvil War. Thanks to Robert for pointing out my error. Cuba is close to the US 😉

        April 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm |
      • Durm_Dude

        There was of course the Aleutians campaign in '42-'43 which occurred in Alaska. That was when Alaska was a Territory not a State, but I would say that still counts as "On US Soil"

        April 20, 2014 at 7:50 pm |
    • Olaf Big

      We could defend ourselves AND Europe at a fraction of our current defense budget, if the priority was the actual defense, and not lining the pockets of defense industry. Nuclear deterrence and a small mobile expeditionary force to take care of bushfires is all that's needed, but we keep sinking billions into aircraft carriers that can be sunk by a single missile, and continuing to do so is pretty much the only thing democrats and republicans agree on.

      April 20, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • kennyzales

      As long as our gov't can continue to get you (and others with a similar viewpoint) to believe that without an awesome military, we'd have Al Qaeda and the Taliban camping at our doorstep, then they win. How this paranoid belief that every terrorist is itching to come a-knockin' at your door is beyond me. In time, as we continue to funnel your tax dollars into building better roads and bridges for terrorist supported regimes, those locations will be far better places to camp out than this 3rd-World country, so you have nothing to fear.

      April 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • Big 1

      Right on...President Ike was on taget when he warned us about the military complex draining our resourses.

      April 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm | Reply
    • Iconoclast

      The point of the article is that we spend more money than anyone else in the world on health care, yet we the measure of our health and wellness is horrible. I don't care how you look at it, you can't justify the amount of spending we do for "defense" (which more and more is becoming offense), when our citizens at home aren't being protected from the the companies which are essentially poisoning us with their food and drink and the greed which rules the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. The agricultural and pharmaceutical industries are so corrupted that they control our politicians and we are not protected. Not to mention the constant cutting of funds for education and how screwed up their methods are as well.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  3. manicdrummer

    The US is losing its groove because of the ever-widening gap between the rich and the rest. Until Americans get a little incentive and change things, it will only get worse. But I doubt it will ever happen. Americans would rather curl up and wither away than do anything that would be considered "un-American."

    April 20, 2014 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • lerianis

      Fixing the gap between the rich and the poor is not un-American in the slightest. In fact, it might just be the most American thing on the planet, considering that we had programs that were trying to do just that at one time.

      April 20, 2014 at 5:50 pm | Reply
      • Mark

        Why do Americans feel the need to identify 'good deeds' with being 'the American thing to do'. It's that mindset 'we are good enough' that has the rest of the world pass America by.

        Anymore the American thing to do is complain about, but maintain the status quo.

        April 20, 2014 at 6:48 pm |
    • Name

      Absolutely correct. The same thing happened during 1929, thank god we had FDR for making our country great. We need that spirit right now, instead of partisan thing.

      April 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Reply
    • apelpicker

      Congratulation on this index. Now. tell Obama to stop telling Americans that the USA is the best place to live. Coming from Switzerland, it was a big step down to come to the USA in every respect. Americans work much too much for wages that that are much too low. Th minim wage should be about 4000 USD so that a family man or women can support a family. Americans are out of balance when it comes to work. All work and no play or too few vacations and time off. Somehow, Americans think that it is worn to have 6 weeks vacation? Crazy. Americans talk too much about money and possessions. They should spend more time balancing work and time off and we might just be able to reduce the number of mentally ill people in America. Sad but true America is no longer a nice place to live.

      April 20, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Reply
      • Vardoger

        Thanks for sharing your observation. This nation is addicted to ayn rand

        April 20, 2014 at 7:48 pm |
      • MattD

        Switzerland is a great place, but it's also small and insular. It's a club, and not easy to be accepted. The Swiss are always kind to me, because I could pass for one in looks and outlook. It's really not fair to compare the US and Switzerland. New Hampshire and Switzerland? Maybe.

        April 20, 2014 at 8:52 pm |
      • powder99

        "Now. tell Obama to stop telling Americans that the USA is the best place to live."
        I thought Obama was slammed for not saying America was exceptional. Did he not say something like "All countries think they are exceptional."

        April 21, 2014 at 12:39 am |
  4. Barry Lane

    They are attempting to measure something that cannot be defined. A progressive absurdity.

    April 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Reply
    • Name

      It is not absurd, it is real... go and google it, u will come to know more about it..

      April 20, 2014 at 6:03 pm | Reply
    • D_Moran

      It can be measured and the United States is lagging its peers on health care.

      Canada - 4.78 deaths per 1000 live births (2013, CIA), life expectancy: 82.5 years (2013, WHO)
      United States – -5.2 deaths per 1000 live births (2013, CIA), life expectancy: 79.8 years (2013, WHO)

      However, throwing more money at the health care problem isn't the answer. The U.S. spends more on health care per person than any other country in the world. It has more to do with effective allocation of the resources you already have.

      This report makes that clear in other categories as well. Increased social spending (conservatives call it big government) can only take you so far. For example, Greece spends more of its GDP on social programs than the U.S., yet it ranks 35th compared to 16th, respectively. The Greeks spent themselves into bankruptcy.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  5. chrissy

    There is NO Obamanation!!! Thats what the racist corporate and congressional clowns want everyone to believe though! So...whos the "sheeple" now? People like you thats who!

    April 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  6. Budd

    My quality of life is great. But I am not a drug addict, I have an education, I save money, I don't spend more than I make, I work hard to advance my career, and I don't expect others to give me things. I know I have a better standard of living than anyone except the very wealthy, who I don't hate by the way. I own my home and a new car, have the clothes I want and need and in general am pleased with my life. I know many others who feel the same way and would not ever want to live in Europe or Asia.

    April 20, 2014 at 5:39 pm | Reply
    • MHubbard

      All very true, except the food in France really is better!

      April 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Reply
      • Hello World

        I eat snails too, albeit the ones I find on the sidewalk. Mix 'em with chicken noodle soup over the fire at the
        camp site.

        April 20, 2014 at 7:28 pm |
    • Sneferu

      Well said. Your response covers a lot of ground. A lot of truth here. In addition, the fact that we spend more on health than other countries but are not healthy speaks to the fact that doctors can't help patients who eat volumes of unhealthy food, smoke, drink to excess and don't exercise.

      April 20, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • ellas mcdaniel

      Shorter Budd,

      I got mine, screw everyone else

      April 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm | Reply
    • a4mrtheist

      I have the same but it is going down fast. If it were not for kids and grandkids I would leave.

      April 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Reply
    • Bernie Carbo

      I'm in a very similar situation as you, except I lived in Europe as a college student and otherwise back in the 80s. Many great things here, but Northern Italy was wonderful. No need to be so xenophobic, Americans.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  7. John Rosen

    The U.S. is becoming irrelevant. First of all, most of the world hates us until they need us. Pretty much every citizen wants special treatment for their individual wants and politicians put reelection as their top priority.

    April 20, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • lerianis

      You kidding? The rest of the world 'hates us' because we act like sociopaths 90% of the time on the world stage, trying to dictate to every other foreign nation on the planet and telling them "Do as we say, not as we do!"

      April 20, 2014 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  8. Erwin A. Bahr, Jr.

    Another left wing attempt at creating a division in the country. I am fortunate enough to have a job
    which requires me to travel occasionally to different parts of the world and believe me..."THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!!.......America is the shiznit !!.......Take a whiff!!!

    April 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm | Reply
    • James Oliver

      You do realize pretty everyone thinks that – right?

      April 20, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • Bernie Carbo

      I travel a lot too. But the quality of life in some European countries is better than ours.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Reply
      • MattD

        You've probably never been beyond the tourist meccas and business centers. Much of Europe isn't so great.

        April 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm |
  9. earl

    America is the greatest country in the world and is blessed by the Lord. The reason we are sinking is because of the liberals.Taking God out of schools led to this.

    April 20, 2014 at 6:01 pm | Reply
    • LargeWoodenBadger

      Exactly; we took God out of the schools, and that's why we are ranked behind a long list of more liberal, less religious countries in this ranking, that took "God out of the schools" long before America did. Because, clearly, if you teach about God, you will have better public healthcare.

      Go back to your celebration of resurrecting bunnies today.

      This is the same kind of thinking that says if we have any hint of socialism, are economy can't keep up with the communist Chinese.

      Maybe we should try teaching logic in schools.

      April 20, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Reply
      • Margaret

        Maybe we should try teaching Geography, Science, Math, and other languages besides English like other countries. Some group in Texas tells the whole country what to put in Science and History books. No wonder we are falling behind. Our kids think it is bad to be smart, it is good to be stupid. Girls dumb down because everyone knows that girls should be dumb. Now why is the country in trouble?

        April 20, 2014 at 7:24 pm |
    • James Oliver

      I hope you realize anyone that has an IQ above their shoe size thinks you are as dull as dead grass.

      April 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Reply
      • pluscachange

        well put, sadly

        April 20, 2014 at 6:43 pm |
    • radar8

      YOu are a complete nut-job. I don't want god in our schools. You want god in yours, go to a catholic or similar school.

      April 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Reply
    • susan

      'earl' wrote:

      'America is the greatest country in the world and is blessed by the Lord.'

      Actually, Earl, god is an American.

      April 20, 2014 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  10. Mike

    Try living in ANY one of the so called leaders for a month. You will wish you were back in the good ol' USA!

    April 20, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • fatandstupid

      Mike– you SHOULD try it– you'll find you are wrong. In the video, Porter says that we Americans don't see ourselves as we really are. Look in the mirror, what do you see? Look around your community, what do you see?

      April 20, 2014 at 6:43 pm | Reply
      • Mike

        I DID.

        April 21, 2014 at 8:43 am |
    • radar8

      Said by someone that likely hasn't ever left his own back yard.

      I've traveled extensively and you are completely wrong. Place like Germany are fantastic. They have a great healthcare system. Even Canada has a better system than ours. Many other countries have better healthcare (cheaper, too), better education, better infrastructure, better schools. The only thing that we do better in the USA is brag.
      DOn't get me wrong. THere are many good people in the US that want to improve things, but there are many others that eschew education and science and in many cases, reality. They are dragging us down more with every passing year.
      I know that the USA should be first in your mind, but shouting USA, USA over and over again doesn't change anything. Neither does wearing lapel flag pins.

      April 20, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Reply
      • JJ

        I live in Canada, and the healthcare comparison is not that simple. The United States has nearly 330 million people while we have a little over 30 million. It's a lot different to implement a universal health care program within ten years for that many people, while expanding the amount of nurses, social workers, PT's, and other health care at a time when those jobs are disappearing because nobody can afford to hire RN's anymore (many are graduates of RN programs and still work as nursing assistants).

        Canada has a quality of life that is good, but the United States has visibility – there are cities there on the coasts where things happen, people want to go to and people can be successful. Canada is almost impossible to immigrate to unless you are either a billionaire or have a post-doctorate degree in astrophysics or something – unless you are extremely affluent or have about 20 years' worth of post-undergraduate education in a field that is in high demand, you'll never stand a chance at living here. So on that front, the way that this country is so unwelcoming to anyone from the outside is a hindrance. In the US, many people can arrive, get educated and flourish. If you're open to it, you can learn a lot from these people and see how they succeeded.

        The problem with the US is that it's so fragmented and isolated. The people from this part of the US want nothing to do with those from another part, or if they look like this, or are gay, or are poor, or whatever else – these little tedious things wind up being huge mountains that are unnecessary. People don't dislike America because of a supposed superiority complex; they dislike America because of how it's citizens treat each other. How can people from the US have pride in their country if they can't even have pride amongst/for each other? There are two things that the rednecks and religious fanatics have stolen – the US flag and the cross – which belongs to all people – and have used those two things as propaganda and tools for hate. Those who are forward-thinking, intelligent people need to reclaim those things for everyone because that's who they belong to. Once all this foolishness ends, I think people will grow up.

        Of course the other thing is the US is getting overpopulated in some areas (NYC, LA, San Fran) and underpopulated in cities like Buffalo, Duluth Minn., and other Great Lakes cities. Start creating some incentive for people to move to these other places and take the pressure off having to live in the overcrowded coastal cities and I'm sure some great things could happen. But as it stands, there's nothing left to pioneer in the US except for northern Minnesota, the Dakotas and northern parts of other border states.

        April 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm |
      • Mike

        TRAVELLING is NOT the same as LIVING there.

        April 21, 2014 at 8:45 am |
    • Mick

      And that is exactly how I feel coming back in to Canada after visiting the U.S.
      That's just the way it is.

      April 20, 2014 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • Olaf Big

      I have, and for much longer than a month, and I enjoyed it very much.

      April 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  11. tom

    Yet another blind-eyed religious nut.

    April 20, 2014 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  12. Bilal

    The etiology of this is relatively simple: greed or love of "material possessions"
    More tangibly, debit and interest are at the root cause. At every level, personal all the way up to the government the problem of living on credit, buying what you really cant afford, spending money you dont have is the culture of America now.
    On a general level everyone will do whatever it takes to "get mine" at almost no cost.
    Like many other have said, if you really live within your means it solves many problems. Not all, but many. Of course I do agree that its getting harder and harder to live within your means with increasing costs of basic needs...health care, education. If you look at many of those countries ahead of us the health care and education burden are very low.
    Unfortunately nothing gets done here as the rich control much of the way legislature is set.

    April 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  13. jon

    Our government never really does anything for us.

    April 20, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Reply
    • Doris Dehne

      Do you drive to work or to the grocery on a paved road? or take a bath in tap water?

      April 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • radar8

      Like others have said, if you think that government does nothing for you, dont:

      Drive on a road
      drink any clean water
      eat any safe food
      call the fire department
      call the police
      get an education
      defend your country
      get sick (the NIH)
      lose your job

      Yeah, you're right, Your government does nothing for you.... if you live under a rock in the wilderness.

      April 20, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  14. Rich R

    Imagine a country where everyone has the right to a public education through grade 12. That education will be a major basis for their financial success. Now imagine 35% don't graduate because they quit school early or chooses not to value an education and do little but take up space and disturb education of others. I'd say its an inner city cultural choice, choice. And sadly it is generational. And surprisingly few want to say it out loud.

    April 20, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • radar8

      IMagine a country where everyone is out for themselves. Where their motto is "I got mine, screw you". Image a place where the poor are blamed for their condition and the rioh are heralded like kings.

      YOur perfect world sounds a lot like any of the many dictatorships in the middle east.

      April 20, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Reply
    • susan

      Rich R. writes:

      '...35% don't graduate because they quit school early or chooses not to value an education...'

      Not counting the % who choose to be born handicapped, mongoloid or in a poor family...

      Those irresponsible people, hey, Rich?

      April 20, 2014 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  15. TheBob

    I wonder if they make a #77 foam finger.

    WE'RE #77! W'RE #77! YAY!!!!! GO USA!!!!

    April 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  16. reader10

    Quality of life is up to the individual.
    If you want to live under a bridge it is up to you.

    April 20, 2014 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  17. Olaf Big

    The biggest obstacle in the way of improving Americans' quality of life is our stubborn refusal to learn from other countries. American exceptionalism strikes again, and exceptionalism is just another word for ignorance.

    April 20, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • radar8

      But we are exceptional. Look, we wave the flag at every rally. We wear American Flag lapel pins. We shout USA, USA ad nauseum. We hate the poor. We worship money.

      April 20, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Reply
      • radar8

        It has been said, and rightly so, that "when Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."

        April 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm |
  18. Margaret

    Americans increasingly seem to think I got mine, and if you did not get enough too bad for you. Why should I pay for your health care, why should I pay for your kids education, if you can't afford an apartment why should I help you. Other countries are putting money toward child care, and infrastructure. They built high speed trains, while our congress calls repairing bridges, roads and dams make work. Yet our local governments pay to build huge stadiums. If your husband gets Alzheimers too bad, you married him, you take care of him. Then we complain about the immigrants who come here and work in our hospitals and high tech because we are Not educating our own people. Yes those other countries do pay higher taxes and they get more for them, plus for some reason they seem to be able to come to this country on vacation, while we work longer hours and don't get to go very far.

    April 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  19. John B.

    Religious whackjobs are destroying this country. America used to be the leader in scientific research and science education. Now you have to fight your case in court if you want your school to teach science rather than fairy tales from the bronze age.

    America's decline is a direct result of the spread of religious lunacy. Never have the fundamentalist whackjobs had more political power in this country than today. We're headed straight for where Iran began heading to in 1979. If you wonder about our future, just take a good look at Iran.

    April 20, 2014 at 7:19 pm | Reply
    • Swede in America

      I love how religious America is and should be even more and continue.... I dislike the first amendment. I want state religion

      April 20, 2014 at 7:31 pm | Reply
      • John B.

        Move to Iran. You'll LOVE it there. You'll get state religion shove down your throat so hard you'll never get hungry again.

        April 20, 2014 at 7:43 pm |
  20. Roger Burnett

    Compare the United States to other large, muti-ethnic nations like India, China, Brazil and Indonesia. Now how do we stack up? Sorry, wasting our time comparing the US to Ireland, Switzerland, et al. Those countries are not like the United States and the United States will never be like those countries. Compare apples to apples.

    April 20, 2014 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  21. Swede in America

    I was born and raised in Sweden and moved to New Jersey few years ago; I do not miss Sweden at all except the metric system and mandatory paid vacation/holidays/sick leave and no strict separation of church and state (or whining atheists and Jews).

    April 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • Rationalist

      If separation of church and state isn't your thing then move to Iran where the church (or rather the mosque) IS the state. It'll be heaven for you.

      April 20, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • Sabababataba

      You're just jealous because all the Swedish women flock to Israel to get 'serviced' by all the dark, swarthy Israeli men, that includes your mother too. Admit it, you couldn't cope so you figured NJ was more at your level.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  22. EmbeddedDude

    Social health? The problem we have is we reward bad behavior. Do you want a check from the government? Have 3-4-5 or even 7 illegitimate children. We will send you a check. Do you want free health care, well gain 300lbs and do NOT follow your doctors advice and keep smoking!

    You have psychological problems or fears, smoke legal marijuana to accelerate your mental illness progression. The problem is that we do NOT provide free vasectomies and tubal ligation for men and women after they have 2 kids. If you want welfare after 2 kids, you have to get the procedure. If you want free health care, from medicare you should have to follow the doctors advice. We have people who refuse to take Tuberculosis medicines and have to be under house arrest. Disease like measles and whooping cough are coming back because illegal immigrants, crazy people who think vaccines will cause autism when the root cause is OLDER age mothers, and the real possibility the Polio could come back in California due to illegal immigrants and people NOT getting vaccinated needs to be addressed.

    April 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  23. d4drd



    you may be watched
    do usa&israel use the internet(facebook,youtube,twitter, chat rooms ..ect)to collect informations,can we call that spying??
    they ask for ur name,age,gender,occupation,location&sometimes political point of veiw?!?!
    do they record&analyse everything we do on the internet,,can they harm you using these informations??
    تحذير قد تكون مراقب
    هل تستخدم امريكا و اسرائيل الانترنت بمواقعه (فيس بوك,يوتيوب,تويتر,غرف الشات....الخ) للتجسس؟
    warning you may be watched
    do usa&israel use the internet(facebook,youtube,twitter, chat rooms ..ect)to collect informations,can we call that spying??
    they ask for ur name,age,gender,occupation,location&sometimes political point of veiw?!?!
    do they record&analyse everything we do on the internet,,can they harm you using these informations??
    تحذير قد تكون مراقب
    هل تستخدم امريكا و اسرائيل الانترنت بمواقعه (فيس بوك,يوتيوب,تويتر,غرف الشات....الخ) للتجسس؟
    warning you may be watched
    do usa&israel use the internet(facebook,youtube,twitter, chat rooms ..ect)to spy??
    do usa&israel use the internet 2 collect informations,,can we call that spying??
    they ask for ur name,age,gender,occupation,location&sometimes political point of veiw?!?!
    do they record&analyse everything we do on the internet,,can they harm you using these informations??

    April 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • Sabababataba

      We're watching you d4drd. You can run but you can't hide, and that goes goes for your little dog Toto too!

      April 20, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  24. Christian Republic of the United States of America

    ^^^^^ dream to repeal first amendment

    April 20, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  25. lean6

    America lags because of its culture if consumption and greed. Despite all evidence to the contrary, there are enough people in the 99-percent who believe that they can one day gorge themselves at the table with the one percenters if they just keep playing the game. In all reality though, most of the people on the planet are one Wall Street closing bell away from eating cat food.

    April 20, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  26. shinyhalo

    I'm not surprised. In a "representative" form of government, the only people politicians end up representing is themselves and their rich friends.

    April 20, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  27. PaPilot

    We lag in quality of life because our taxes are too low, and we don't have enough social programs to guarantee a basic income or quality of life for every American. While we have millions of people living in poverty, we allow a select group of 500 or so people to hoard 99% of all wealth for themselves.

    If you want to see the US economy flourish and the standard of living rise, stop letting 500 people keep all the wealth for themselves and spread it around so every American has a chance at the dream.

    April 20, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Reply
    • ES

      May be your taxes are too low. I pay the European of taxes while still having to pay for healthcare and college and retirement myself unlike the Europeans.

      April 20, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  28. ADR

    Six to seven trillion in war costs in the last 13 years.

    700 billion a year for military spending, nearly 10 times what Russia spends.

    Six to seven million manufacturing jobs lost in the last 10 years.

    Highest income inequality in U.S. history.

    Highest poverty rate in 50 years

    Lowest labor participation rate in 35 years.

    Ranks poorly in education among OECD countries.

    Ranks poorly in health care among OECD countries.

    Worst illegal and prescription drug abuse in the world.

    And people just can't seem to figure out what's wrong.

    April 20, 2014 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  29. mickinmd

    I've traveled to many other countries and it's amazing how the tenseness you feel in America about remembering to lock your door or finding yourself walking on an unfamiliar streets peels away when you're in a truly "free" country. Even in Paris, my companion and I didn't have to worry about letting our 74 and 78 year old mothers walk alone through the streets at night.

    April 20, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  30. Alex

    Thanks to Facebook, internet blogs, etc., the partisan idiocy that keeps us from making any real progress is only spreading.

    April 20, 2014 at 8:01 pm | Reply
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