Economic Freedom Index, they have a lower rate of single-motherhood, their lower corporate tax rate raises more revenue than ours, and as a result their middle class is richer.
..... that's nice. I thought that once too. Then we had the 2012 election and I started paying more attention to who was driving American culture, the American future, etc.If the American people don't want Obamacare, and we don't, then it won't outlast Obama. Your defeatism might be true if we were talking about Canadians, but we're talking about Americans here. We're doers.
Americans are whiny, litigious, narcissists still coasting off of the accomplishments of the WWII generation. We lack self-discipline and self-control.
Because we are whiny narcissists, we are attracted to whiny narcissists. We put one in the White House two elections running because he talked pretty to us, and the guy in second place in New Hampshire for the GOP right now is a reality TV star who's schtick is that he's good at being an idiot in public without experiencing the kind of personal shame that would constrain others. We've demanded that our politicians Tell Us About The Rabbits so much that we took the worlds' engine house and turned it into history's largest liability.
We haven't been able to "win" a war since the 1940's because we get bored and because it's hard, and we don't do "hard" anymore. What we "do" - what we "specialize" in "doing" - now as an industrial base is finding new ways to like each others' funny cat pictures on the internet. The Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia are on fire and what America is spending her time on is whether or not people who fly flags are mean and dudes who want to touch each others' penises before cutting them off. Because all that other stuff is hard, and we don't do "hard" anymore. We prefer to sue people who expect us to do hard, or maybe demand a handout for failing to do hard.
We forgot how to America and in the next couple of decades reality is going to **** us hard. It's okay. I and my children will be part of the ruling class in the dilapidated, sad, failed little angry self-absorbed society who shares a name with America. And those who suffer? I'm going to laugh and laugh and laugh, because they will have gotten exactly what they voted for.