View Poll Results: Is the US a benefit to the World?

Voters
60. You may not vote on this poll
  • Yes, absolutely. The world will kill itself without us.

    11 18.33%
  • Yes, I believe so. I think we do more good than harm.

    30 50.00%
  • Not sure.

    8 13.33%
  • No, I donít believe so. I think we do more harm than good.

    10 16.67%
  • No, absolutely not. The world will kill us if we donít get out of its way.

    1 1.67%
Page 3 of 12 FirstFirst 12345 ... LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 112

Thread: Is the United States a benefit to the World?

  1. #21
    Banned
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    EUSSR
    Last Seen
    03-24-14 @ 01:43 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    3,851

    Re: Is the United States a benefit to the World?

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    Try to imagine a world with not one single base currency.
    I do. It would be much better, imho.
    Eh, never mind, we cannot change history.

  2. #22
    Discount Philosopher
    specklebang's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Las Vegas
    Last Seen
    06-05-14 @ 08:26 PM
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    11,524

    Re: Is the United States a benefit to the World?

    A little more explanation will be a good strategy to convince others.

    This is NOT a political or partisan topic in any way. One country was so rich and powerful and consumed soi much that they formed the base currency for the entire planet. Even today, we offer virtually no interest and yet the world buys treasuries to store their monetary representations in safety. How is this not important or an accomplishment?

    I'm an open-minded person so please make your case.



    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    I do. It would be much better, imho.
    Eh, never mind, we cannot change history.

  3. #23
    Sage
    Dragonfly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    East Coast - USA
    Last Seen
    Today @ 09:05 AM
    Lean
    Centrist
    Posts
    15,535

    Re: Is the United States a benefit to the World?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Especially our foreign policy in the last 50+ years or so. Our foreign policy has been disastrous.
    Can you clear this up please?

  4. #24
    Banned
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    EUSSR
    Last Seen
    03-24-14 @ 01:43 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    3,851

    Re: Is the United States a benefit to the World?

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    ?I'm an open-minded person so please make your case.
    OK, let's imagine that Columbia trades bananas for wine with Argentina. Tell me one reason why they should use US dollars, please.

  5. #25
    Gradualist

    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Last Seen
    09-25-17 @ 12:48 PM
    Lean
    Socialist
    Posts
    34,949
    Blog Entries
    6

    Re: Is the United States a benefit to the World?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    Can you clear this up please?
    Look at the US foreign policy in the past 50 years..
    What a Wonderful World! (Bowling For Columbine) - YouTube


  6. #26
    Global Moderator
    Truth will set you free
    digsbe's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Metro Washington DC
    Last Seen
    Today @ 01:03 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    18,983

    Re: Is the United States a benefit to the World?

    I think America has done a tremendous good for the world. It would definitely be far worse off without us considering we helped defeat Japan and the Nazis in WW2 as well as contributing to science and benefiting the human condition.
    When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. -Socrates
    Tired of elections being between the lesser of two evils.

  7. #27
    Iconoclast
    DaveFagan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    wny
    Last Seen
    Today @ 12:48 AM
    Lean
    Conservative
    Posts
    7,294

    Re: Is the United States a benefit to the World?

    "the world buys treasuries to store their monetary representations in safety."

    The World, mostly Japan, China and India only hold Treasuries to prevent the collapse of the value of our indebtedness to them. Those three Nations hold approximately $4 Trillion of US Debt. If they allow the dollar to drop value, they lose whatever percentage that drop is, instantly. They are forced to keep up the value of the worthless USDollar to prevent their own losses, not for any safety. For many of the US Treasury auctions, the buyer is the Federal Reserve and that is to protect the Federal Reserve Notes. Someday the Federal Reserve will bankrupt and the US will try to issue a National currency and pass blame for economic failure on the Federal Reserve. You'll know it's going to happen when you hear that some anonymous stockholder of the US Federal Reserve is selling his shares. Think about it! China would not buy one US Treasury if it felt it had a choice.

  8. #28
    Enemy Combatant
    Kandahar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Washington, DC
    Last Seen
    10-15-13 @ 08:47 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Liberal
    Posts
    20,688

    Re: Is the United States a benefit to the World?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    "the world buys treasuries to store their monetary representations in safety."

    The World, mostly Japan, China and India only hold Treasuries to prevent the collapse of the value of our indebtedness to them. Those three Nations hold approximately $4 Trillion of US Debt. If they allow the dollar to drop value, they lose whatever percentage that drop is, instantly. They are forced to keep up the value of the worthless USDollar to prevent their own losses, not for any safety. For many of the US Treasury auctions, the buyer is the Federal Reserve and that is to protect the Federal Reserve Notes. Someday the Federal Reserve will bankrupt and the US will try to issue a National currency and pass blame for economic failure on the Federal Reserve. You'll know it's going to happen when you hear that some anonymous stockholder of the US Federal Reserve is selling his shares. Think about it! China would not buy one US Treasury if it felt it had a choice.
    This isn't true. If China wasn't confident in the US dollar, why would it be confident in T-bonds? If they felt it wasn't actually worth anything, it would just be throwing good money after bad. They don't buy enough to prop up the value. And in any case, why would they continue to make the problem worse by accepting US dollars for goods, if they weren't confident in the US dollar?

    The financial markets are quite confident in the dollar. We are paying record low interest rates on T-bonds.
    Are you coming to bed?
    I can't. This is important.
    What?
    Someone is WRONG on the internet! -XKCD

  9. #29
    Guru
    Smeagol's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Last Seen
    02-19-17 @ 11:35 PM
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    4,147

    Re: Is the United States a benefit to the World?

    Yes, absolutely. Think of all the quality of life enhancing innovations that America has given the world. Aviation, the electric light bulb, telephone communication, the Internet, the PC, satellite communications from advanced weather notification to live TV from all points on earth. Nearly every emerging country on earth bases their constitution on the principles of our bill of rights and checks and balances type of government. I'm sure I'm missing things, but yeas.
    Having opinions all over the map is a good sign of a person capable of autonomous thinking. Felix -2011

  10. #30
    Sage

    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    The Republic of Texas.
    Last Seen
    11-15-17 @ 11:40 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    5,647

    Re: Is the United States a benefit to the World?

    At one time, I would of said absolutely, now I must go with unsure. At one time, America was a shinning beacon to humanity. In America, the streets were lined with gold. A person could have a dream and persue that dream and if able they could be successful. Now, we punish the successful by taking thier achievements and success away to provide luxuries to people who are willfully non-productive leaches on society. We are failing as a society at the same time we adopt more and more Marxian phylosophies. Without the US, the world would sink into a Dark age of Marxian madness. Poverty, technological stagnation, even technological regression and oppression of the human spirit will become the norm the world over if we fall. Our beacon has become dim and almost extinct, the gold on the streets has become fools gold. We are losing our individual thought and freedom and falling to Marxism. Revolution is quickly becoming the only way that even a spark of freedom and self determination can survive and with less than a 150 million in a world of billions, it is a very small spark and will be constantly on the edge of extinction for a long, long while. There is always hope that another beacon will be lit, but it is a very slim hope. Some of us will not go gently into that darkness, but we will constantly feel the oppression of that darkness.

Page 3 of 12 FirstFirst 12345 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •