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    There are still a number of people who think that America is the greatest country in the world. However, if you happened to catch Jeff Daniels on an episode of "The Newsroom", you know that it is simply not the case:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpn0vh2Rj0Y

    There WAS a time that our education system was the best in the world, but that's no longer the case. Do you know where we are now?

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    This is how we got there:

    https://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2015/01/why-finns-are-smarter-than-us.html

    There WAS a time when America was the best country in the world for business.

    Do you know where we are now?

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    https://www.forbes.com/best-countries-for-business/list/#tab:overall

    Forbes recently did a survey of the best countries in the world for business, and the number #1 country in the world for business was the United Kingdom. Forbes used a 10 point rating system. The biggest differences between the United States and the United Kingdom were (1) trade freedom (2) monetary freedom (3) red tape and (4) investor protection.

    Withdrawing from the TPP put us at a competitive disadvantage, and Trump's manipulation of tariffs, and modification of NAFTA ( as well as the withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and the Iran treaty agreement) , have put us at a strong disadvantage (from a negotiation standpoint) since no one can trust us any more. Reducing red tape CAN be a good thing - as long as it is not at the expense of the environment. In theory, we are at a slight disadvantage than England from the standpoint of corporate taxes, but the NET tax burden is actually less (due to exemptions in the tax code) which means that many companies pay NO TAXES AT ALL, in spite of our nominally higher corporate tax rate.

    To be a great country again, we need to elect a leader who will ENHANCE, not diminish, our role on the world stage. Once we do that, there are a number of areas that we can improve on. Oddly enough, Elizabeth Warren may be the best person to get us there, since she has covered a variety of topics with one simple statement - " I have a plan for that"

    Be sure to watch the debates.

    Incidentally, which country has the largest economy?

    You might assume it's the United States, but it depends on how you measure.

    In terms of nominal GDP, the United States has a GDP of $19.39 trillion. China is #2, with a nominal GDP of $12.01 trillion. However, if you measure in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP), we drop to the #2 spot, with a PPP of $19.39 trillion, and China goes to #1, with a PPP of $23.15 trillion.

    https://www.investopedia.com/insights/worlds-top-economies/

    If you look to the future, the IMF estimates that China will have the largest economy in the world, in terms of nominal GDP, within FOUR YEARS. If you count the EU as an economy, the United States will be the THIRD largest economy in the world - and tariffs will hasten our "fall from grace" - due to the fact that our imports will be more expensive, and our exports will go down due to countermanding tariffs by other countries.

    https://www.thebalance.com/world-s-largest-economy-3306044

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    All Empires fall.

    The roman empire lasted over 2000 years, but it too came to and end.

    It remains to be seen how long the US can remain at the top. China could become #1 given its huge population, plus they have nuclear weapons so no other country dare test them.

    It is unlikely that even a total dip shit like Trump can sink the US in one term, but he could if he managed to stay in power indefinitely, or decided to launch nuclear weapons, he could turn the US into a 3rd world country in world record time.

    I have wondered what would happen if Trump decided to launch a nuclear attack on some country that could not defend itself. If he ordered the launching of nuclear weapons, say on Iran, would it actually happen, or would he be playing mind games with the entire world by taking the US to defcon 1, with nuclear missiles minutes away from launch, then say, "Never mind, I've changed my mind.... This time". Trump loves to create high level crisis just to get people in a panic mode, then back away so they feel they have escaped impending doom, but in reality nothing was going to happen because Trump never had plans to go through with it, he just want everybody to think so.... I digress.

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    Britain number one?; you must be kidding; Boris will make sure it will drop as low or lower than we are.

    Yes "this Roman Empire" will also not last, especially if we keep the "system" the way it is and don't "vet" our leaders properly and don't stop the huge corruption all over, as well don't adopt laws to reflect the times.

    Our international position is creating an "noose" around our own necks, because of total incompetence related on disregarding "knowledge" on how the rest of the world thinks and works. The "island" mentality will eventually "isolate" this country in an big way. Sorry the US due to their incompetence does no longer rule the world, but the idiot in the W.H. is not yet aware of it.

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    Trump is not the first American president who wants to make America great again.

    Here are the words of another former president:

    "I want more than anything I've ever wanted, to have an administration that will, through its actions, at home and in the international arena, let millions of people know that Miss Liberty still lifts her lamp beside the golden door .. let us send, loud and clear, the message that this generation of Americans intends to keep that lamp shining: that this dream, this last best hope of man on earth, this nation under God, shall not perish from the Earth. We will instead carry on the building of an American economy that once again holds forth real opportunity for all, we shall continue to be a symbol of freedom and guardian of the eternal values that so inspired those who came to this port of entry. Let us pledge to each other, with his Great Lady looking on, that we can, and so help us God, we will, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN."

    These words were uttered by Ronald Reagan at the base of the Statue or Liberty on September 1, 1980.

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    Here’s the guy I blame for the downward US economic collapse .

    “”...Phil Gramm Destroyed Our Economy

    JAMES JOYNER · SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2009 · 30 COMMENTS

    I’ve always liked Phil Gramm. He’s a charming, self-effacing fellow and his unfortunately named “Dicky Flatt Test” always struck me as the right approach to federal spending. I was, therefore, chagrined to learn, via Steve Benen, that Gramm almost singlehandedly destroyed our economic system.

    Time magazine, highlighting some of those most responsible for the economic crisis, recently singled out former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas), and for good reason. Few deserve as much blame as the former chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.

    Gramm “played a leading role in writing and pushing through Congress the 1999 repeal of the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act, which separated commercial banks from Wall Street,” Time explained. “He also inserted a key provision into the 2000 Commodity Futures Modernization Act that exempted over-the-counter derivatives like credit-default swaps from regulation by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Credit-default swaps took down AIG, which has cost the U.S. $150 billion thus far.”

    What’s particularly interesting is that Bill........

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    The only way to make America great again is to regulate money to be money and stay in the economy. Out law dynasty trusts and any other money stagnating instrument. Money has to flow to create an economy.
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    No Chet, it is not as simple as that; it depends on who has the "money" and how it is "wasted"; building "military" junk or plaster Trump Tower with with gold plated apartments or waste it on drugs or guns and "elections" and fill the oceans with plastic junk. Let alone use it for never ending wars and the cost of it. How about the "total waste" of money by an President who does not care how much he spends on himself; by now at least 200 million; let alone an "wall" ; what did we get for that? Zero.
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    Perhaps we can find some enthusiasm for the Blue party. Maybe, hopefully, possibly....
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    Democrats are historically the tax and spend party. That is prosperity. It has been turned into a negative assessment by the right radicals, To the extent that that the working middle class repeats it with enthusiasm. Infrastructure , healthcare, child care et al social and humanitarian needs. It is stopped by the radical right because they need to see people suffer in order to feel their power and worth.
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    Trumps tax cut immediately took 1.5 Trillion dollars of spending out of the economy. There is no other result than a recession. Got that Trump???
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    Tax cuts for the wealthy have historically been bad ideas ..

    The Congressional Research Service published a paper in 2012 that found no correlation between top tax rates and economic growth. Congressional Republicans protested the findings, and the service briefly withdrew the paper. The graphs included in the link below illustrate why INCREASING taxes helps the economy, and decreasing taxes hurts the economy.

    https://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/gop-tax-rate-cut-wealthy/

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    Dutch Wrote: No Chet, it is not as simple as that; it depends on who has the "money" and how it is "wasted"; building "military" junk or plaster Trump Tower with with gold plated apartments or waste it on drugs or guns and "elections" and fill the oceans with plastic junk. Let alone use it for never ending wars and the cost of it. How about the "total waste" of money by an President who does not care how much he spends on himself; by now at least 200 million; let alone an "wall" ; what did we get for that? Zero.

    Republicans think or believe a wall which really won't prevent drugs, guns, criminals, etc., will keep out all of that, and less immigrants means they won't come here to take jobs away from those white people, and black people, who don't want those kind of jobs anyways, like roofing, picking lettuce-cabbage-tomatoes and landscaping jobs like cutting weeds, grass, shrubs, and planting things that grow, or working in food processing plants, like Koch Foods,

    meanwhile, the debt has risen to at least $22T, T for trillion, figuring in tax cuts and the other BS like trips to maralago, and his (Trump's) neverending campaign trail....

    republican law makers are just plain stupid, and the people who vote for them are brainwashed,

    I can't name one instance when I ever thought America was ever great. Wasted lives, wasted wars and conflicts, money wasted on arms to kill other people, yeah, it ain't so great at all. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best, I would rate America as about a number 4 or 5.

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    Dock, I guarantee you that this country will end like Rome or as Napoleon or Hitler; that is what history will tell you.

    The US had its rise after WWII now it is in decline thanks to an outdated system and incompetent people. All of it is an self inflicted wound over time. Once you get an decline in knowledge and management of an country, it follows the path as any business which is miss managed. Sorry to say this country is bankrupt. Other countries like China and Japan are covering our debt. Obama tried to curb our debt; Trump only increases it daily. The picture points to an decline as long as the GOP stays in power and will lead eventually to an Venezuela situation. Amen

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    Dockadams:

    On a list of the 25 most respected countries in the world, the United States comes in at #22:

    The paragraph below explains why:

    So lets get the negatives out of the way. Although the United States’ reputation abroad was slightly improved under the Obama administration, due to continued wars, spying, and a general sense of overreach/imperialism, the United States has managed to isolate even some of its allies. Furthermore, it has a reputation for violence, lack of safety, poor healthcare coverage, and massive inequality. With that said, the United States is still seen as the “melting pot” and “land of opportunity”. So, although there are 21 countries that are seen as more “respectable”, the US still has a lot going for it. And given the amount of immigration, the world seems to have cast its vote with its feet.

    https://list25.com/25-most-respected-countries-in-the-world/

    The most admired country in the world is our neighbor to the north.

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    Your last line is correct; at least they have an healthcare system what works; which we refuse to copy. Furthermore the Prime Minister there is not allowed to do all the crazy things as Trump does as "dictator" ; neither is allowed to "play" with "tariffs" etc. Let alone built an "wall" at their border with the US. As well drive up an huge deficit like here.