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Old 03-24-2009, 02:45 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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In America money is the only thing (and everything) that matters; it is America's most worshipped god. Money! Money! Money!
Money describes America best. People rate each other by money. Power is bought by money. Money buys happiness! Money buys everything! Money! Money! Money!
What can't be overlooked is that quality of life is something that Americans seldom talk about, probably for lack of interest. Mention money, and everyone's ears are sharp. Money! Money! Money!
If you disregard the powerful military and the money, America doesn't have much going for it. This is a hollow society. But we have money. Money! Money! Money!
You should read Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus ... if you haven't already ..

your post is blunt, but true.
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Old 03-24-2009, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Dorchester
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You should read Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus ... if you haven't already ..

your post is blunt, but true.
Grapico. What's going on? Where is the reply to my Oxford/Harvard history curriculum comparison?
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Old 03-24-2009, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Dorchester
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Amsterdam is a city in Europe, it is not Europe.
Thank You!
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Old 03-24-2009, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Dorchester
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In America money is the only thing (and everything) that matters; it is America's most worshipped god. Money! Money! Money!
Money describes America best. People rate each other by money. Power is bought by money. Money buys happiness! Money buys everything! Money! Money! Money!
What can't be overlooked is that quality of life is something that Americans seldom talk about, probably for lack of interest. Mention money, and everyone's ears are sharp. Money! Money! Money!
If you disregard the powerful military and the money, America doesn't have much going for it. This is a hollow society. But we have money. Money! Money! Money!
If this describes all of the people you know, then that is your problem. Leave myself and all the people I know and love out of it.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:30 PM
 
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The US has a huge black inner city underclass and a huge illegal immigrant underclass that none of the nations you listed has.
Those factors increase our health deficiencies exponentially. You can't just list this crap without taking into account such factors. It is completely disingenuous!
Wow talk about brushing the bad away. What you wrote is the equivalent of a superintendent saying: "Students in our school district all graduate high school, except for the underperforming 40% who don't."

The poverty and crime of America's inner cities (and elsewhere) is our entire nation's problem and it's a black-eye to America as a whole. Though I am aware that most of the responsibility falls onto those communities themselves, you can't just say "America is number one" when many of us hardworking and responsible citizens live just a few dozen miles or less from Third World conditions. Responsible people have to work more hours to pay for the irresponsible, and everyone loses a little quality of life because of these blighted areas.
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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In America money is the only thing (and everything) that matters; it is America's most worshipped god. Money! Money! Money!
Money describes America best. People rate each other by money. Power is bought by money. Money buys happiness! Money buys everything! Money! Money! Money!
What can't be overlooked is that quality of life is something that Americans seldom talk about, probably for lack of interest. Mention money, and everyone's ears are sharp. Money! Money! Money!
If you disregard the powerful military and the money, America doesn't have much going for it. This is a hollow society. But we have money. Money! Money! Money!
Hey, if there's so much Money! Money! Money!, send some my way. I must be doing something wrong.
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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Because we played golf on the moon. Once the other countries catch up with us there then we'll talk.
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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Because we played golf on the moon. Once the other countries catch up with us there then we'll talk.
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:29 AM
 
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that's an achievement. it's obvious quality of life is subjective beyond basic necessities where personal taste and culture come into play.
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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that's an achievement. it's obvious quality of life is subjective beyond basic necessities where personal taste and culture come into play.
I really am starting to loathe other people decrying America's supposed lack of culture. This is the country that brought the rest of the world the blues, jazz and rock and roll. THIS is culture. Our culture has dominated the rest of the world for the past century, and this influence isn't going to wane anytime soon. Our importance isn't limited to just military strength or economic might. A trend fashioned here ripples everywhere across the globe. Our jeeringly decried pop-culture influence may not be considered by a European to be as high-brow as their own, but the Greeks thought the same of the "sub-quality" work the Romans produced.

America is to the rest of the world now what Rome was to Europe and N. Africa at the time of Christ's birth. There are imperfections in the edifice to be sure, but the structure is solid and will stand for quite some time. We influence what everybody else does everywhere. Think about this, one little burp in our economy spins the rest of the world into a tailspin. We are the world's leader, benchmark and lightning rod. Anyone who disagrees with this is suffering from a severe case of sour grapitis
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