reply to post by The Juice
No one's arguing that the US do a lot of good too. But right now, a lot of politicians try to make people blame other countries for their problems.
The US was always a strong defender of free markets and globalization. Well, guess what, that means you have to deal with competition. If China can
produce something cheaper, that is not China's fault, it's the US's fault for not being better. It's the same with regular business. If I have a
restaurant, and the restaurant across the street is more successful, I might go bankrupt.
So I very much agree with Bloomberg, the US has to start cleaning up their own backyard and stop blaming other countries.
Look, I'm Swiss, and I really wouldn't care if I didn't have a lot of American friends, the US wouldn't influence the world's economies, or if I
hadn't lived there for years. But right now it's PAINFUL watching US politics and media for anyone with an economics degree and common sense!!
Want to know what I think should be done? Gonna tell you anyway:
1) LIMIT campaign funding and corporate donations and the length of campaigns. Right now, corporations have WAY too much influence in the US and
lobbyists are way too strong. Politicians should be government employees with a fixed salary and campaign funds. That way, you force them to
concentrate on the talking points instead of flashy message delivery and corporations wouldn't be able to "bribe" them like they are doing now. The
politicians would have to start serving the PEOPLE again or find an other job.
2) Bailouts...yes, they weren't the perfect solution. But it's done, and last I checked we can't go back in time. They sure helped a bit in the
short term, but only time will tell if they were worth it. I'm sure unemployment would be WAY above where it is now if they hadn't bailed out those
companies. It's like comparing taking someone off a drug slowly to someone going cold turkey. By doing the bailouts, the government chose the slow
method...if they add new regulations to prevent such disasters in the future. So far they haven't. And this is why it's important that people STOP
complaining about the bailouts so much, and focus more on what needs to be done to prevent such a crisis like that in the future.
3) GOP vs DEM vs TP: For someone looking at it from the outside, it's almost comical. It's as the US citizens are kids watching the puppet theatre.
The politicians are the puppets, but they're all controlled by the puppet master...BIG BUSINESS. And the media helps them by creating action and
tension through an entertaining narration. We have people like Beck, who exaggerate to the point where handing a beggar in the street a dollar makes
you a socialist and therefore also a communist. On the other side we have Olberman who gives the impression that everyone on the right is a white
racist bigot. And then we have the tea party who started of as a grass roots movement and then got hijacked by big business in the form of Beck,
Palin, and a few other retards. And the US citizens continue to watch this hogwash even though EVERY SINGLE PARTY is in the hands of big business. Yet
we have people who happily scream "less regulation" making it even easier for business to take over the government. WAKE UP and don't play
anymore!! Start caring about facts again, start reading real news instead of "opinion blogs", STOP watching partisan idiots that don't base their
shows on facts (Beck's $200mil+10% of the US military Obama Asia trip lie was hilarious), and start using your brains again!!
4) Stop thinking the entire world is your enemy, or that every Muslim is a terrorist. I am a blond white dude, an atheist too...and I spend 2 weeks on
a business trip in a village 50km from Mekkah during Ramadan. I walked around in shorts and flipflops, went to the market in the most restrictive
Muslim country in the world, haggled with vendors, and was invited by total strangers for their evening meals. I am still alive, and no one tried to
kill me even though I only spoke English. The US citizens have to realize that the dangerous terrorists are a MINORITY, and antagonizing the moderate
and friendly majority (aka most citizens) is NOT a good way to beat terrorism. You are essentially turning entire nations against you. Imagine China
finds a few US terrorists and decides to invade the US just because 25,000 of the 250mil citizens are deemed "dangerous". If they'd come and bomb
your house and your entire family gets wiped out...how fast would you start fighting China? The offensive actions of the US is the greatest
recruitment tool for the terrorists.
5) EDUCATION!! If the US is so great, why is it only at position 20 on the international education index
) and Cuba's at number 4!! I often watch US news to get an idea about what the US people
get bombarded with, and it frightens me how often people talk badly about "intellectuals". Look, if the US wants to remain a super power, it has to
stay on top of science and economy. This only works if the citizens are well educated. Just look at the unemployment figures, the uneducated portion
of the population is suffering the highest unemployment. Doesn't matter if you think government support for schools is communism, EDUCATION IS KEY!
If you are patriotic, you should be strongly in favor of anything that makes the US citizens as a hole more intelligent.
6) Religion vs science vs politics: For the love of "put your deity" keep religion out of science and politics. Religion is based on BELIEF, and
science and politics should be based on RATIONALITY and LOGIC based up by FACTS. You have the benefit of freedom from religion in the US, which means
you are entitled to your beliefs as long as you don't force them on someone else. Religion is way to powerful a tool to control the masses. The
masses should form their opinions on facts or else politicians will abuse this. Take congressman Shimkus for example who claims we don't have to fear
for our environment because "god promised Noah that he won't flood the earth again". He's a candidate to chair the head of the energy
commission...and guess who is his largest campaign contributor. THE OIL INDUSTRY!! He is using religion as a way to control the masses and help his
puppet master. This HAS to stop, religion belongs in church and out of politics and science.
If this sounds like a rant, I'm sorry...but it's just painful to look at US politics/media because I have many US friends and I feel bad for them.