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. Kevin

    @Better Tomorrow and @Tooth and Claw you are both spot on. I consider it as slum talk. Or living in projects talk as we say in America. I mean we come here to debate issues and learn from each other. Not to read about someone's rash on the belly! I mean come on, dude !

    November 22, 2014 at 3:03 am | Reply
    • Americana

      Lol. Ya think these folks have anything to look forward to in life? I doubt it. They look mentally challenged to me.

      November 22, 2014 at 3:07 am | Reply
    • rupert

      Joey Isotta-Fraschini eats mouse poop

      November 22, 2014 at 5:50 am | Reply
      • Peter B

        Oh no a hindoo raipist from India!!!

        November 22, 2014 at 8:35 am |
    • rupert

      Palintwit eats gold fish poop

      November 22, 2014 at 5:53 am | Reply
      • Peter B

        Another hindoo terrorist from India

        November 22, 2014 at 8:36 am |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Thank you, Kevin. I see what you mean. We have one or two people here making 98% of all the meaningless posts here and therein lies the problem!

      November 22, 2014 at 9:33 am | Reply
  2. Tooth and Claw

    @Kevin you nailed it! Hope this person is not ISIS i.e. the bad guy trying to communicate using CNN. Something to think about.

    November 22, 2014 at 3:15 am | Reply
    • rupert

      Tooth and claw eats snail poopie

      November 22, 2014 at 5:35 am | Reply
      • Peter B

        Helpppp!!!! Many a hindoo raipists from India today on this forum.

        November 22, 2014 at 8:37 am |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      This person is definitely not ISIS, Tooth and Claw, but some mindless Tea Partier trying to be funny!

      November 22, 2014 at 9:35 am | Reply
  3. Americana

    Guys, my suggestion is to scan these forums for the hint of being used for nefarious purposes. Just like the neighborhood watch we have. Of course we are aware of some of these avatars being the common thread.

    November 22, 2014 at 3:21 am | Reply
    • rupert

      Americana eats ducky poop

      November 22, 2014 at 5:33 am | Reply
      • Peter B

        Ahhhh.... Another pervert from India

        November 22, 2014 at 8:38 am |
  4. Hannah

    @Americana not to worry. I got you all covered. I am closely monitoring these forums albeit quietly. We know who these trolls are.
    I think @Blue Saffron got them running helter skelter. He has shook them up, definitely.

    November 22, 2014 at 3:25 am | Reply
    • rupert

      Hannah eats giraffe poop

      November 22, 2014 at 5:32 am | Reply
      • Peter B

        Great ☹.... A hindoo terrorist from India !!!!

        November 22, 2014 at 8:40 am |
  5. Gustav

    George Washington said it well. "Out of despair emerges hope. To only those who strive. Who change ways." Wonder if we are up to the challenge. That will determine our place in history.

    November 22, 2014 at 3:28 am | Reply
  6. Grand Poobah

    Slaying and raype and beheadings are trademarks of hindu culture emanating out of Gita Bhagawad in India. As more of them migrate to our countries they bring along that disgraceful trait with them and pollute our societies.

    November 22, 2014 at 3:31 am | Reply
  7. Grand Poobah

    Democracy is a failed concept in recent times and has produced the worst band of thugs imaginable. US Congress, British Parliament are good examples. A bunch of underperforming sayx p erverts. Irak, Afghanistan..... What a joke! See what it has produced. Clinton, Bush, Obama. I wanna throw up.

    Also take the case of world's largest democracy (laughter) India. Modi, a murderer. Most of those elected have a criminal record.
    Another guy just murdered his wife and got away. He is a minister.

    Now as far as Modi is concerned he should be tried in International Court of Justice in The Hague for genocides. We cannot accept him as legitimate. He is a criminal.

    November 22, 2014 at 3:35 am | Reply
    • rupert

      Grand poobah eats tiger poop

      November 22, 2014 at 5:30 am | Reply
      • Peter B

        Oh no !!! Yet another raipist hindoo from India !!! Help !!!

        November 22, 2014 at 8:41 am |
  8. Abby

    Why is it taking so long to shackle Modi and transport him to Hague to face the criminal tribunal? I mean it is well known that the guy is a murderer.

    November 22, 2014 at 3:41 am | Reply
    • rupert

      Abby eats people poop

      November 22, 2014 at 5:29 am | Reply
      • Peter B

        Are you also a hindoo raipist? From India? Yes !!!

        November 22, 2014 at 8:41 am |
  9. Daddy's Joy

    India mastered terrorism
    via raypes and beheadings and burning innocent people alive in Indian Occupied Kashmir and Gujarat, Assam, Tamil Nadu etc. These bad guys were hindus. Again, millions have been killed.

    Furthermore, terrorism, IEDs, self immolation and suicide belt technology was invented by Indian hinddoous in Sri Lanka. They trained Tamils as suicide bombers and terrorists. They were marketed as Tamil Tigers. The terrorism lasted 35 years. Hundreds of thousands were killed as a result. The hate towards India was so much in Sri Lanka that Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was slapped by a Sri Lankan soldier during an official visit. He was later blown up to smithereens by a hindoo suicide bomber in India.

    Millions continue to be killed.

    November 22, 2014 at 3:48 am | Reply
    • Gustav

      I never trust these Indians.

      November 22, 2014 at 4:34 am | Reply
    • rupert

      Daddys joy eats chicken poop

      November 22, 2014 at 5:27 am | Reply
      • Peter B

        Definitely a terorist raipist from India.

        November 22, 2014 at 8:42 am |
  10. Kevin

    We have lost our way. I think it was @Blue Saffron who said it best that we have lost our moral compass. Indeed we have. I reckon that we will find our way back to the top someday. Hopefully..

    November 22, 2014 at 3:52 am | Reply
    • rupert

      Kevin eats kitty poop

      November 22, 2014 at 5:25 am | Reply
  11. Gustav

    We need to stop dropping bombs and try to build for a change. That is the first step.

    November 22, 2014 at 4:33 am | Reply
    • Barnaby

      Lol our DNA is destruction. We will keep on droning.

      November 22, 2014 at 4:57 am | Reply
    • rupert

      Gustav eats my poop

      November 22, 2014 at 5:24 am | Reply
      • Peter B

        Hindu raipist

        November 22, 2014 at 8:43 am |
  12. rupert

    We have lost our moral compass.
    Hannah eats doggie poop for breakfast.

    November 22, 2014 at 5:22 am | Reply
  13. rupert

    Barnaby eats horsey poopie

    November 22, 2014 at 5:23 am | Reply
    • Peter B

      You from Bombay India? A raipist? A terrorist? Definitrly yes!!!

      November 22, 2014 at 8:44 am | Reply
  14. rupert

    Blue Saffron's favorite dish is dolphin poop

    November 22, 2014 at 5:37 am | Reply
    • Peter B

      Yes sir rupert is a gang raipist from India.

      November 22, 2014 at 8:45 am | Reply
  15. rupert

    Philip eats bee poop
    Banasy eats sea gull poop
    Chrissy eats rhino poop
    George patton/Joseph McCarthy eat possum poop
    Dazzle eats hamster poop
    Tori eats cricket poop
    Ferhat eats deer poop
    Everybody else eats lion poop

    November 22, 2014 at 5:42 am | Reply
    • Peter B

      Oh yeah.... You are absolutely a hindoo raipist from India. Aren't ya!!!

      November 22, 2014 at 8:46 am | Reply
    • Tori

      You need to grow up.

      November 22, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  16. rupert

    I eat indian food

    November 22, 2014 at 5:45 am | Reply
    • Peter B

      Yes sir you are also a hindoo from India and a raipist!!! And a terrorist !!!

      November 22, 2014 at 8:47 am | Reply
  17. rupert

    Any questions?

    November 22, 2014 at 5:46 am | Reply
    • Peter B

      Yes you are a t hugee raipist from hindoostan, India. Did you raipe your daughter last night? Yeah you did.

      November 22, 2014 at 8:48 am | Reply
  18. Desert Penguin

    We invite our Indian/Hindustani friends to join the folds of modern society and shun such aggression and immoral behavior. We also encourage them to cease and desist from sponsoring terrorism in the neighborhood and these forums.

    Poop is something your people eat in India. We in America eat filet mignons.

    November 22, 2014 at 8:33 am | Reply
    • rupert

      Desert penguin eats penguin poop

      November 23, 2014 at 7:54 am | Reply
  19. rupert

    U hindu raypist.
    Peter is also a hindu raypist.
    They both eat camel poop from Pakistan.

    November 22, 2014 at 9:07 am | Reply
  20. rupert

    Peter B is a terrrrorist from Pakistan and he eats birdie poop. He is also gay and married to Blue Saffron

    November 22, 2014 at 9:09 am | Reply
    • Chamblee

      And you a muther f ukkin hindoo raipist from India who fukks his daughter at night and his mother in the morning. Eh, mate?

      November 22, 2014 at 9:29 am | Reply
      • rupert

        Chamblee eats eagle poop

        November 23, 2014 at 7:55 am |
  21. rupert

    Shame on u peter! Married in las Vegas not at the temple.

    November 22, 2014 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • Chamblee

      Did you f ukk your mother in India today as part of hindoo ritual? Yup

      November 22, 2014 at 9:23 am | Reply
  22. rupert

    U are just jealous because america has a good economy and your country is a POS in recession.
    Haha. U are in poverty. Go wash windows

    November 22, 2014 at 9:34 am | Reply
  23. chri§§y

    Time to review the mental health crisis in this country, which appears to be an even big problem than immigration.

    November 22, 2014 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • Brent

      Nouveau immigrants bring in new problems. Gotta deal with it.

      November 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Reply
      • Adam

        Brent eats Blue Jay poop.

        November 23, 2014 at 8:05 am |
    • Cantor

      It would help if you would cut your s hit out. Seems to me you need mental health intervention more than anyone else.

      November 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Reply
      • Adam

        Cantor eats German Shepherd poop.

        November 23, 2014 at 8:07 am |
  24. chri§§y

    Oops meant bigger not big.

    November 22, 2014 at 10:04 am | Reply
  25. Blue Saffron☼

    America does not stand a chance if these forums are any indication.

    November 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • Trevor M

      China Russia will set the tone going forward. America is a has been.

      November 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Reply
      • Adam

        Trevor M. Eats crow poop

        November 23, 2014 at 8:08 am |
  26. Ulson Golthier

    Pathetic. I am so ashamed of being an American reading the comments herein.

    November 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • Brent

      Price one has to pay for freedom of speech, unfortunately.

      November 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Reply
    • Adam

      Ulson Golthier eats poodle poop

      November 23, 2014 at 8:10 am | Reply
  27. Trevor M

    Impeach the president if 66% of people believe country is on wrong track.

    November 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  28. Blue Saffron☼

    Visiting the outhouse is akin to the comments on this board. So agreed @Ulson @Trevor.
    You don't p ussy foot around @Cantor. More power to ya. We will clean this place up. That is my vision....,, I have emailed CNN a programming solution not requiring H1Bs. I have offered an initial capital contribution to put my skin in the game.

    November 22, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      That is the vision of the NSA/CIA. The CIA that moved to Denver without you knowing it

      November 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm | Reply
      • @Philip

        Is that the same CIA that announced its move in 2005 or some super super secret CIA that only you know about?!?

        November 22, 2014 at 9:21 pm |
    • Adam

      @Blue Saffron and Black Betsy.
      U two guys lack writing skill as well as social maturity. Your comments are both boring and childish.
      Seek therapy and please do not a bus e your meds.
      Thank u. Enjoy the rest of your sunday in solitar

      November 23, 2014 at 8:17 am | Reply
  29. Black Betsy

    That's too funny @Blue Saffron! I mean the outhouse part. These forums are a good release valve and training grounds for some who lack social skills.

    November 22, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      As if Americans are taught at Peace College, not War college.

      November 22, 2014 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  30. Philip

    2/3rds of Americans say we are not on the right tack. What have you other 1/3rd believing? Is my question.

    November 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Reply
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