November 20th, 2014
10:34 PM ET

America’s prospects are promising indeed

By Fareed Zakaria

Two-thirds of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track, a poll number that has not shifted much in three years. The midterm election results were just another reflection of this pervasive discontent. And yet, looking at the rest of the world, what’s striking is how well the United States is doing relative to other major economies. Japan is back in a recession and Germany has barely avoided slipping into one, which would have been its third since 2008. President Obama says the United States has produced more jobs in its recovery than the rest of the industrialized worldput together.

Why is this? Many believe that the American economy has some inherent advantages over its major competitors — a more flexible structure, stronger entrepreneurial traditions and a more demographically vibrant society. Along comes a fascinating new book that says you ain’t seen nothing yet.

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  1. palintwit

    Sarah Palin for president 2016!!!!

    November 21, 2014 at 9:37 am | Reply
    • Tea Party Patriot

      YES ! YES !

      November 21, 2014 at 9:59 am | Reply
  2. palintwit

    I feel. I have always felt. That the only way to put America back up to. #1 again is to get Sarah Palin into the oval office before obama does anymore damage.
    Too many illegal wet backs allowed in

    November 21, 2014 at 9:40 am | Reply
    • Igor

      Forget the Oval Office. I would like to get her in my oval bed.

      November 21, 2014 at 9:49 am | Reply
  3. Igor

    Great comments! Little petty talk. I like that.

    November 21, 2014 at 9:48 am | Reply
  4. rupert

    Igor. U are very s tup id. Pack your tiffin box, go back to Pakistan and hide in the mountains.
    Because if I find u, I will shove my fis t into your a.s.s.
    Understood my little hindu friend?

    November 21, 2014 at 9:53 am | Reply
  5. rupert

    Sux to be igor. Gay and no boyfriend. Probably a S E X addict. Does it with a tree

    November 21, 2014 at 9:55 am | Reply
  6. rupert

    This is MY thread. U blue hindu trolls pack your tiffin box and head pack to Pakistan.
    Dont come back till monday.

    November 21, 2014 at 10:00 am | Reply
  7. rupert

    I'm the man.

    November 21, 2014 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • rupert

      Hey you above, will you kindly quit using my screen name to vomit out your senseless garbage here? If you don't want to say anything, then don't say it under your own name. Besides, you're not even funny. Even a two-year-old makes more sense.

      November 21, 2014 at 10:11 am | Reply
  8. rupert

    No matter what Fareed says, America is on the wrong track and a an even greater depression is on the way. No, the future of this country bodes grim indeed!

    November 21, 2014 at 10:08 am | Reply
  9. It's just an opinion

    Those in power seem always to make the same mistakes. These times are no different and when America gets itself in trouble few if any will watch our backs. It is a failure of government and a system which allows little wisdom or insight in. The short term thinking of those who's aim is to control and if not direct foreign policy here using their bottom line has created a deep well for future endeavors here.

    November 21, 2014 at 11:35 am | Reply
  10. rupert

    Chrissy you break my heart ya ugly b itch.

    November 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  11. chri§§y

    Lol awesome sauce @ rupert...and you mean if you had one?

    November 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  12. palintwit

    He who warned, uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed." –Sarah Palin, botching the history of Paul Revere's midnight ride.

    November 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  13. palintwit

    Sarah Palin said today that illegal immigrants from Mexico should be put on boats and sent back across the ocean to their home country.

    True story.

    November 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  14. Crockett

    With such "Dark Age" culture still in existence in India how can the world be healthy and the neighbors prosperous. India poses a grave danger to the world and its deities and leaders set a bad example. Mahatma Gandhi, a pedophile, needs to be exposed and tried posthumously for his child molestation crimes just like the Penn State crowd Sandusky et al. Gandhi's statutes need to be knocked down everywhere they have been put in USA. The hindu deities need to be shattered and trashed. Disgusting figurines of ugly and scary looking characters with demonic personalities. How can hindu children grow up mentally stable looking at souch atrocious representations of evil in its most heinous form.

    November 21, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  15. Crockett

    We continue to monitor the economic, political and cultural bubble burst/malaise in India and are very concerned with the continued state of deterioration. At this point, we restate our view that India is in a precarious situation and that a geo-political implosion is imminent (if not already in process) and the need of the hour.
    We believe that this defragmentation of India will unleash boundless opportunities and uber economic demand that will be beneficial to US and Europe and help pull them out of current recessionary trends. We pray for the events to unfold peacefully and in a harmonious manner for the people of India and its neighbors.

    November 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm | Reply
    • ShiningStar

      Hindus in France
      Raiping each other at first glance
      Looking for babies with delight
      Wondering in the night
      What were the chances
      Of shoving candles in their genitals without exchanging glances
      Hindus in the nighttttttt....
      Doobie Doo Daaa Dooobie Daaa

      November 21, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  16. ShiningStar

    Apparently, Modi's balls have been cut off and on display in the Golden Temple in Amritsar

    November 21, 2014 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  17. Ferhat Balkan

    Well, Obama managed to repair most of the damage GW Bush created, so the US was on the right track till now... NOW that the Republicans won during the midterm elections, we can expect to be back where we started.

    November 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm | Reply
    • Crockett

      Is that you @Blue Saffron?

      November 21, 2014 at 4:45 pm | Reply
      • ShiningStar

        That must be chrissy. I dare say.

        November 21, 2014 at 4:47 pm |
      • banasy©

        That's Ferhat Balkan, as his name clearly says.

        November 21, 2014 at 5:12 pm |
      • ShiningStar

        What is your claim to fame? S ukking his and my d ikk? Muther f ukker! LMFAO. Here'ssss Johnnnnny !!

        November 21, 2014 at 5:28 pm |
      • banasy©

        That's kind of a personal question to be asking Crockett, isn't it?

        November 21, 2014 at 5:31 pm |
      • banasy©

        Not really chrissy. Go f ukk yourself.

        November 21, 2014 at 5:33 pm |
      • banasy©

        No kidding, it's not really Chrissy.

        It is not me @5:33, either.

        November 21, 2014 at 6:13 pm |
  18. Philip

    Two-thirds of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track. The other 1/3 are on drugs.

    November 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • Crockett

      You can shed your skin now. It's Friday.

      November 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Well said, Philip. Thank you.

      November 21, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  19. banasy©

    Hiya'lll I just raiped my umma in Beehar, India. Want some chaat masala.

    November 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      You want to rape my mother?

      Freak.

      November 21, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      These mindless Tea Partiers above all but took over this website. Look at what's posted above! Such senseless, meaningless filth!!! CNN really needs to put an end to it once and for all.

      November 21, 2014 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  20. George patton

    Sorry folks, not me above. There goes that Tea Party joker again posting all that Tea Party vomit. This clown just won't stop.
    You know better than that. Use your own name.

    November 21, 2014 at 8:17 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      What Phunnie boy, has this to do with America or it's future, may I ask?

      November 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  21. Blue Sapphire

    What we have here on these forums is a Hydra. An ugly one. Call it chrissy with other heads as banasy, ferhat, philip, palintwit, george patton, rupert, igor, crockett etc. Cut one head and you kill this monster. That is what needs to be done.

    November 21, 2014 at 8:46 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      None of the names you listed are topics for

      November 21, 2014 at 8:54 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        ...are topics for convo. This melting pot boils over on it's own without witches like you stirring the pot.

        November 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm |
    • George patton

      Quite true, Blue Saffron. None of these senseless comments have anything to do with America's future. Enough is enough!!!

      November 21, 2014 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  22. Philip

    It's true, George. 1/3 of US voters are addicted to mind altering drugs. When 51% of voters are drug addicts democracies fully decay.

    November 21, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Thank you, Philip.

      November 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm | Reply
    • My Name Is Philip

      My name is Philip and this post is 100% fact-free.

      November 21, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  23. Blue Max

    Stupid comments keep on coming. Pillow talk

    November 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm | Reply
    • Moon Walk

      Pillow Talk. That was the name of a huge top 40 hit back in the 70's. Use your own generation at least.

      November 21, 2014 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  24. Philip

    America has been sold. Not sold-out. Flat out Sold to the fed/central banks doing business in America, and sold to other foreigners. SOLD! Well. Actually financed and in the middle of being repossessed, actually.

    November 21, 2014 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      But yeah. The fed owns Harley-Davidson. Ever hear of that? Nope.

      November 21, 2014 at 9:07 pm | Reply
      • My Name Is Philip

        And Kawasaki Motors own Harley-Davidson.

        November 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm |
  25. My name is Pill Chaser

    Oops. I mean My name is Philip he's not like me.

    November 21, 2014 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  26. chri§§y

    Lol his mental generation or his physical generation? Big difference between the two.

    November 21, 2014 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  27. chri§§y

    @ bs....Funny how i always have the same Avatar, where as you keep forgetting which device you use on your various names! Dont deflect your bad behavior onto me!

    November 21, 2014 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  28. Blue Max

    The Hydra is here frothing.

    November 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm | Reply
    • The Hague v Banazi

      Ya don't say. Lmao

      November 21, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Reply
      • 1025 Garner Street

        When are you going up for crimes against children?

        November 21, 2014 at 9:36 pm |
    • The Hague v Banazi

      And just so ya know, Blue Max is a copyright trademark. Not invented for people to hide behind.

      November 21, 2014 at 9:36 pm | Reply
      • The Hag v Banazi

        Banazi wins.

        November 21, 2014 at 9:39 pm |
      • Blue Max ™

        You mean like your hiding behind the perversion of someone else's name?

        November 21, 2014 at 9:43 pm |
      • Philip

        Lol. Nobody wins at The Hague.

        November 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm |
  29. chri§§y

    The HYDRA has been frothing here since your very first post jack a s s jeff roem (who is currently being investigated for hacking and compromisg others email accounts) and youre so stupid you keep on doing it!

    November 21, 2014 at 9:35 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Lol. Cub reporter Chrissy. Lmao

      November 21, 2014 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  30. Pirates

    2/3rds of the ships crew notices water is being taken aboard. 1/3 say "conspiracy theory".

    November 21, 2014 at 9:40 pm | Reply
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