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. Black Betsy

    Im sorry but I don't know what I'm talking about.
    I am a sixth grader and just got diagnosed as a learning disabled student in all areas.

    November 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm | Reply
    • Gov. Jim Rhodes of Ohio

      Thank you, Black Betsy. I deeply appreciate your honesty even if you are a Tea Partier.

      November 22, 2014 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  2. Tori

    Hi. I quit medical school. Now I am studying to be a Border Patrol agent. Forget Obama. I will personally send all those wet backs back south.

    November 22, 2014 at 10:33 pm | Reply
    • John Smith

      Tori have you taken your medication yet? Go do that before you go shooting up some mall or something.

      November 23, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Reply
      • You're a troll

        Grow up, asshole! Stupid, jealous moron.

        November 23, 2014 at 2:11 pm |
  3. dazzle©

    That's my girl.

    November 22, 2014 at 10:34 pm | Reply
    • Tori

      That isn't dazzle either.

      November 23, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  4. Tori

    You fool troll, knock it off.

    November 22, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  5. Blue Saffron

    I am not a real estate agent. I work at Wal Mart as a greeter

    November 22, 2014 at 10:36 pm | Reply
    • Gov. Jim Rhodes of Ohio

      What has your stupid comment to do with America's "promising" prospects, may I ask? If I'm not mistaken, I thought we were talking about America's "bright" future and you make this mindless post!!!! What's wrong with you?

      November 22, 2014 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  6. Blue Saffron

    Mr. Governor, sir. It was Tori's idea. She made me do it sir.

    November 22, 2014 at 11:55 pm | Reply
  7. Tori

    That's right Governor Rhodes. And I'll tell you something. Ohio su cks. Been there. Worst state in the country. Infrastructure is bad, education is a joke, state tuition is outrageous, water tastes like monkey u rine, Ohioans smell like a skunk, and worst of all, you are the dumbest governor ever.
    Now make like a tree and leave.

    November 23, 2014 at 12:02 am | Reply
  8. Ken

    Sorry Governor Rhodes, but Tori is the "bad girl" in these blogs. Nobody can control her.
    She calls everyone names. Be careful with this one.

    November 23, 2014 at 12:05 am | Reply
  9. Tori

    That's right I'm baaaaad.

    November 23, 2014 at 12:08 am | Reply
  10. chri§§y

    Lol, Derp. I am headed to hospital to get an abortion.

    November 23, 2014 at 12:57 am | Reply
  11. Philip

    Was it @Blue Safron's baby, chrissy? Has he been boning you?

    November 23, 2014 at 12:59 am | Reply
  12. rupert

    Actually I have veen f ukking her, philip. Derp.

    November 23, 2014 at 1:00 am | Reply
  13. Mel

    Bunch of Hindoo raypists from India. STFU already!

    November 23, 2014 at 1:10 am | Reply
  14. Tori

    Troll knock it off. I have never been in Ohio.

    November 23, 2014 at 9:31 am | Reply
  15. It's just an opinion

    I remember a time when thoughtful comments where a part of the landscape here. These are serious times in the world. Often it seems humamity just turns away from reason. We delude ourselves into thinking closing down and attacking others represents something. That our point of view is singularly important. What matters is the truth and it's connections to our present understanding. If you know something, a fact or offer a point of view then share it. As far as I know I haven't met an absolute yet.

    November 23, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Here's an absolute fact for you, IJAO:
      Foolishness is tied up in the heart of every young man. (Why the record of Jesus' young manhood is omitted from scripture)
      And being fat is not healthy.

      November 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  16. Philip

    2/3rds of US say America is going down. The other 1/3 are on drugs.

    November 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Things really get stupid freaky in a democracy when 51% or ore of voters become drug addicts.

      November 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  17. Mel

    STFU Philip. Hindoo raypist. Go back to India with your stupid make believe stats and join a gang rayping.

    November 23, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      You failed to address my point, Mel. You addressed my person instead. Imagine we being on stage debating America's drug use and you attack my person. See? You would be disqualified by myself moderators.

      November 23, 2014 at 6:25 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        *kicked off the stage, rather.

        November 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm |
      • banasy©

        And yet you have no qualms about attacking me, or anyone else here, personally.

        You are a hypocrite.

        November 23, 2014 at 6:48 pm |
  18. rupert

    1/2 of americans eat ice cream. The other 2/3s are fat

    November 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  19. rupert

    A lot of Catholic priests are openly gay and like little boys

    November 23, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  20. rupert

    Being fat is bad

    November 23, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  21. rupert

    Hey banazi. Are u still in FB?

    November 23, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Hi, Pubert.

      November 23, 2014 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  22. rupert

    @chrissy. We can only make suggestions as to what our neighbors do.
    Its none of our business

    November 23, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  23. rupert

    Motorcycle gangs harass and kill more Americans than ISIS.
    the FBI knows this.

    November 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  24. rupert

    30% of americans eat healthy.
    70% of americans eat pizza burgers and other stuff.
    Consequently,America is the fattest country on the planet.

    November 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  25. rupert

    Bush and Cheney did an inside job on 911 for $$profit.
    Anyone care to debate?
    Get a clue

    November 23, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  26. chri§§y

    @ far do you plan on crawling up philips a z z? You know he doesnt like sodomy!

    November 23, 2014 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  27. rupert

    Hi cutie patootie.
    Its just fun to act like someone else. That's all baby.
    Just funnin I guess

    November 23, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  28. rupert

    Good nite chrissy. Sleepy. Been trolling all day. NO! I meant been strolling all day.

    November 23, 2014 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  29. chri§§y

    Lmao gnite @ rupert!

    November 23, 2014 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  30. It's just an opinion

    Why do people think elections represent anything real. It's just more of the same.

    November 25, 2014 at 11:08 am | Reply
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