The US Has Problems -- But We're Still the Best
As I was watching pictures on CNN of the conflict in Lybia this morning I started considering how good we have it here. Sure the US has issues. The deficit is at unsustainable levels, debt is piling up, and entitlement programs are in need of drastic changes.
But all of our problems are fixable. Taxes are at historically low levels, the debt isn't nearly as bad as many other countries, and entitlement programs have fixes available (whenever the political will emerges). And last time I looked out my window there weren't tanks in the streets or rioters breaking windows.
If you think things are bad here... Where would you rather be?
Europe: The deficits and debt in Europe are due to structural challenges. Society has gotten used to short work days, lots of vacation, and an early retirement. Taxes are already high in most of Europe and cuts have only made economic conditions worse. Compare that to the US where hard work is still the best way to get ahead and we have lots of capacity to balance the budget. Which one would you rather live in?
China: Your water may be glowing green, the air you breathe may be filled with toxins, rolling brownouts are the norm, fraud seems to be the norm, and if you don't like government intervention in business in the US, good luck in China. But GDP is growing double digits, so you can overlook all of that right?
Middle East: Do we really need to discuss this one?
Africa: Who knows when rebels with machine guns are going to come rolling through your neighborhood. Or your own government is going to attack you. Or food becomes so scarce entire cities are forced to flee. Would you really leave the US for Africa?
Russia: I admit Russia would be interesting but are you willing to give up the comforts of the US for a country with infrastructure issues?
South America: Again, an interesting choice but have you spent time there? Infrastructure is iffy, political leaders may or may not be crazy, and even in the best countries povery is the norm. I'm not about to give up the relatively nice roads to drive on for whatever it was I drove on in Central America.
Canada: Like taxes? Nuff said.
Sure, we have problems in the US. But they aren't insurmountable and they pale in comparison to most of the rest of the world. So quit freaking out about the conditions here and start considering how good we have it. We're still the best, and no matter what anyone says, there's no place I'd rather be.