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. chri§§y

    @ philip nope...that would be the plaintiff.

    November 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm | Reply
    • Chamblee

      Yup the hindoo raipist is going to gang raipe in India now

      November 22, 2014 at 8:55 am | Reply
  2. Philip

    Nope. That would be America going down the shop/thole and if you notice you are bad.

    November 21, 2014 at 9:46 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Shat hole. Quagmire. Drug addiction.

      November 21, 2014 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  3. chri§§y

    Whatever philip. I WILL be one of the plaintiffs when this jack a s s is tried and goes to prison!

    November 21, 2014 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • Philipe Suave

      Yugo, girl. (?)

      November 21, 2014 at 9:54 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Me too, chrissy. Is he this jeff roem you mentioned before and could he making all these crappy posts here under different names as mindless Teap Partiers?

      November 21, 2014 at 9:57 pm | Reply
      • Chamblee

        Ahhh.... Another gang raipist from India. Betcha a hindoo.

        November 22, 2014 at 9:06 am |
  4. George patton

    If I'm not mistaken, I thought this post was about America's "bright " prospects and future, not this senseless crap above. Like I said before, these mindless Tea Parties apparently took over!!!

    November 21, 2014 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • Cap'n

      If I'm not mistaken US General Patton suffered from nepotism which cost 300 soldiers their lives in one day.

      November 21, 2014 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  5. Pirates

    Cap'n! A thard of the swabbies be doing drugs.

    November 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • Cap'n

      A thard ye sey do yahs. Blimey! Give them more rice, then. And play more rowing videos.

      November 21, 2014 at 10:00 pm | Reply
    • Chamblee

      Goin gang raipin in India, definitely.

      November 22, 2014 at 9:07 am | Reply
  6. chri§§y

    The one and only! He crossed the line when he hacked my email account, as well as others! He will get to be prom queen when he gets to his new location.

    November 21, 2014 at 10:07 pm | Reply
    • Gay Hillbilly

      Prom queen, eh? Thinkin' we'z could get him to dress up like Ned Beatty in Deliverance. What do you think, miss Chrissy? Or something more bold like a15 yr. old meth freak.

      November 21, 2014 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  7. Tori

    Well hi to Chrissy. Somebody hacked your email? Is this person a blogger? Not at all good. So how are you?

    November 21, 2014 at 10:22 pm | Reply
    • Chamblee

      Going gang raiping in India, definitely. Most definitely.

      November 22, 2014 at 9:12 am | Reply
  8. chri§§y

    Tori? Really?

    November 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm | Reply
    • Chamblee

      You guys do incest in family in India. Yeah.

      November 22, 2014 at 9:13 am | Reply
  9. chri§§y

    If its really you ask your mom to text me ok.

    November 21, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Reply
    • Maxwell Smart

      Would you believe secret decoder ring.

      November 21, 2014 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  10. Tori

    It's really me. I flew in early and am staying with mom.

    November 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  11. chri§§y

    Nevermind i just got verification thats its you and yes to your questions! The same jacka s s that trolled TJI all these years! The pizza troll...all of them were him Jeff G. Roem.

    November 21, 2014 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  12. Tori

    She has issues with her phone otherwise she would. I remember you Philip.

    November 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      That's odd. I am sooo forgetable. If that's even a word.
      Hey, Tori. You have me at a loss.

      November 21, 2014 at 10:40 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Tori:

      ((((((Hug))))))

      November 21, 2014 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  13. Georgette Patton

    Mommy. Tea potty sounds bad. Not as bad as dad makes them sound, though. tee hee

    November 21, 2014 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  14. Tori

    Oh man I remember the pizza troll. What an odd name he has. Philip why do you keep changing your screen name?

    November 21, 2014 at 10:41 pm | Reply
    • Chamblee

      Raipists from India change names frequently

      November 22, 2014 at 9:20 am | Reply
      • @Chamblee

        You'd know Adam.

        November 22, 2014 at 10:14 am |
  15. chri§§y

    Tori is dazzles daughter philip. Oh and the depends troll also @ Tori! Lol

    November 21, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Reply
    • Chamblee

      Betcha you two went a raiping together in new delhi

      November 22, 2014 at 9:20 am | Reply
  16. Tori

    Mama my second one, it's so good to see you.

    November 21, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      The feeling is mutual, love.

      November 21, 2014 at 10:46 pm | Reply
    • Chamblee

      Ahhhh... You are back from your raiping trip to India

      November 22, 2014 at 9:21 am | Reply
  17. Sheriff Bob 9/11

    What's the big emergency, Chrissy. This Roem thingy. Really? You poor poor thing. Oops. Gotta run. Buh bye now. Drink your Metamucile.

    November 21, 2014 at 10:45 pm | Reply
    • Chamblee

      Run along now. The donkey cart is waiting for ya to go a gang raiping in Bombay. Hurry. Don't forget the metal rods.

      November 22, 2014 at 9:18 am | Reply
  18. Tori

    I remember depends. Oh no is he still around?

    November 21, 2014 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  19. Philip

    Stop the war dazzle's daughter is nigh among us? Are you schitting me? Lol
    Hey, Tori. Am still at a loss. I've been banished from CNN for over a year and just recently allowed back on. Sorry I don't remember you. I remember your mom though.
    Did u know raven?

    November 21, 2014 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  20. chri§§y

    @ Tori...Like the plague! Lol

    November 21, 2014 at 10:53 pm | Reply
    • Chamblee

      Tori prefers gang raiping ya hindoo b eetch

      November 22, 2014 at 9:02 am | Reply
  21. Tori

    Philip I've been gone from here a long time. Why were you banished?

    November 21, 2014 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Lol. If I were to say would be banished again. No big deal, really.

      November 21, 2014 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  22. Philip

    Am exhausted. Good night, ladies. And banasy. Lol. I doubt we will ever get along. Lol. Zzzzz

    November 21, 2014 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Most likely not, Philip. Although I have tried in the past.

      And for the record, I am totally a lady; your thinly veiled insult is one reason we shall never get along.

      I talk to raven. Shall I give her your regards?

      November 21, 2014 at 11:04 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        No. Give her some of your food stamps. Lmao. Zzzzz

        November 21, 2014 at 11:07 pm |
      • banasy©

        You know quite well that I don't participate in the SNAP program, never have.

        How about I send your theory that Ritalin is a SSRI?

        November 21, 2014 at 11:20 pm |
      • Chamblee

        Awwww.. The raipists getting ready to go hunting girls in India. Awwww

        November 22, 2014 at 9:17 am |
      • @Chamblee

        Almost done raping everyone in London you Jew terrorist? Time for Mossad to call you home?

        November 22, 2014 at 10:08 am |
    • Chamblee

      Hey guys.... Ready to go gang raiping in India? I betcha

      November 22, 2014 at 9:01 am | Reply
  23. chri§§y

    Thats your IDEA of stopping the war @ Philip????

    November 21, 2014 at 10:59 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Huh? Without ya'll CNN would bore me to tears. Stop the war. Hmmph. Party on Garth. Lol
      Good night am bushed. Zzzz

      November 21, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Reply
      • Chamblee

        Gang raipes and terrorism should keep you busy, eh mate. That is your national sport in India.

        November 22, 2014 at 9:16 am |
  24. chri§§y

    I talked to raven not long ago...she doesnt miss this troll infested place.

    November 21, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Oh. Well, I miss her. Stupid Eskimo lady anyway. Lmao.
      Really. Good night! Zzzzze

      November 21, 2014 at 11:05 pm | Reply
      • banasy©

        Sigh. And this is why she disliked you.

        November 21, 2014 at 11:07 pm |
      • Chamblee

        Ahhhh.... A terrorist from India.

        November 22, 2014 at 9:00 am |
    • Chamblee

      You talked to your pundit in India who raiped ya .

      November 22, 2014 at 8:59 am | Reply
    • Chamblee

      Yup a hindoo raipist for sure. From India, eh?

      November 22, 2014 at 9:15 am | Reply
  25. chri§§y

    Lol guess he didnt pay attention when last she posted huh? When said she had moved. Lol no ice cream for you philip...back to your corner.

    November 21, 2014 at 11:09 pm | Reply
  26. Philip

    Whatever. I liked raven.

    November 21, 2014 at 11:10 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      She felt your condescension. And it was undeserved.

      November 21, 2014 at 11:14 pm | Reply
    • Chamblee

      Ahhhh the raipists from India

      November 22, 2014 at 8:58 am | Reply
  27. chri§§y

    I will always remember her "you mean your ding ding is in your belly" post! Lmfao. Remember that @ banasy? Ive never laughed so much as i did that day! Rotflmao!

    November 21, 2014 at 11:12 pm | Reply
    • Chamblee

      Betcha you were m oolested by your pundit in new delhi

      November 22, 2014 at 8:58 am | Reply
  28. Tori

    We'll ladies, I'm burrowing under my down comforter. Keep warm and ignore the troll. Good night.

    November 21, 2014 at 11:19 pm | Reply
    • Chamblee

      I bet. You have a goat with you in the bushes in bombay?

      November 22, 2014 at 8:57 am | Reply
  29. chri§§y

    Good night @ Tori and me too. Was a long day with no good outcome. Have a wonderful thanksgiving! Deaf ears @ banasy lol.

    November 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm | Reply
    • Chamblee

      Gone raiping in India

      November 22, 2014 at 8:56 am | Reply
      • @Chamblee

        Your terrorist Mossad methods are boring adam

        November 22, 2014 at 10:16 am |
  30. Better Tomorrow

    Just reading these comments sent a chill down my spine. Meaningless rants of high school dropouts. Typical underachievers. Social outcasts.

    November 22, 2014 at 2:48 am | Reply
    • Tooth and Claw

      LOL. What kills me is that there not an iota of intelligence in these monologues. The person is trying so hard to be accepted.

      November 22, 2014 at 2:53 am | Reply
    • Tooth and Claw

      LOL. What kills me is that there not an iota of intelligence in these monologues. The person is trying so hard to be accepted. Really.

      November 22, 2014 at 2:53 am | Reply
    • @Dumb Tommorow

      Ah morning in London prime trolling time eh Adam?

      November 22, 2014 at 10:18 am | Reply
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