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Old 01-29-2012, 06:35 PM
 
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The United States is the worst at destroying the enviornment because our country is the country which likes to sprawl, as I said in my prior post, with big McMansions.

What I cannot stand are when people get so offended if a fellow American dare criticize his own country. Apart of being a good American is to show the bad parts of America so that we can improve ourselves. There is no reason to call someone immature for expressing their criticism of America or tell them to leave the country just because they disagree with someone.

Many Americans do not like being told when their lifestyle of suburban sprawl which destroys natural habitat is unsustainable. I understand this offends a lot of people but it is not wrong to express that. It is NOT just pollution in the air and water, it is development which consumes land and turns it from otherwise productive farmland or wilderness and into developed suburbs, strip malls, and office parks. A highway cuts an ecosystem in half, and endless sprawl ensures animals cannot migrate and America constantly builds onto wilderness and greenfield. China and Mexico may do these things too, but to a much lesser extent than the US does. China at least tries to put their citizens into dense cities to the best of their ability rather than let them spread out with auto-centric suburbs like the US does. Many enviornmentalists tend to want to ignore the bad ecological effects of sprawl, which I consider to be destroying the enviornment which it is. Brazil may destroy the rainforest, but barely anyone in America bats an eye when we destroy native grassland which is just as important to build suburban subdivisions. While pollution is bad, our suburban lifestyle in the US is probably WORSE than air pollution because we actually clear cut, pave, and DESTORY wilderness to build our houses and roads, which cut ecosystems in half amongst many other things.

I am simply telling facts and I am sorry if some of you do not agree with me but that is no reason to get angry at me about it. The OP asked for what America is best at doing and I gave my best opinion which I know about to the best of my ability without any malice towards anyone.
It is a culture of denial and self indulgence. The credit bubble is a good example of this. Have fun, pay later. Well guess what now is the time to pay. The writing was on the wall, but no one wanted to deal with it.

Since the 50s the very rich have been able to redistribute the wealth from the middle class to themselves. They outsourced the jobs and at first people got by due to credit and credit fueled buying.

The suburbs are a great example of this. Developers, companies, oil companies, automakers, people who make cheap bad foreign products benefit greatly from them. The suburbs made a few people very wealthy. Sure now the problems are manifesting and the suburbs are declining and people who live there are finding their lives are ruined. The people who promoted them dont care. They got what they wanted and are now moving forward with more ideas on how to further enrich themselves.

America is declining because it was betrayed by a few elites who put their own interest as the interest of the nations and destroyed the country in the process.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:40 PM
 
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It is a culture of denial and self indulgence. The credit bubble is a good example of this. Have fun, pay later. Well guess what now is the time to pay. The writing was on the wall, but no one wanted to deal with it.

Since the 50s the very rich have been able to redistribute the wealth from the middle class to themselves. They outsourced the jobs and at first people got by due to credit and credit fueled buying.

The suburbs are a great example of this. Developers, companies, oil companies, automakers, people who make cheap bad foreign products benefit greatly from them. The suburbs made a few people very wealthy. Sure now the problems are manifesting and the suburbs are declining and people who live there are finding their lives are ruined. The people who promoted them dont care. They got what they wanted and are now moving forward with more ideas on how to further enrich themselves.

America is declining because it was betrayed by a few elites who put their own interest as the interest of the nations and destroyed the country in the process.
You have to see the bigger picture.

This country has always been ruled by people who are either descended from wealthy European landowners or by people who benefit from the world those landowners and their descendants have created.

I agree though, that the influence has spread way too far, into every class and socioeconomic status that exists in this country.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:08 PM
 
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