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Is America the 'best country in the World'?

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Davidson Deac II    4,213

On the flip side... how many successful people have you interacted with, that DON'T work hard? (Again talking about financial success, since it's a measurable thing, and can greatly influence success in other ways).

I know a bunch. Most of them inherited wealth and did nothing to earn their financial independence and success (aka they knew people, their parents or relatives). In fact, I recall reading that there's a statistic that the majority of wealthy people ARE in fact 2nd generation or later benefactors of financial gains by their family.

I never interact with wealthy people. Don't run in those circles. Some people I work with in the office might be considered lazy, but most of them worked hard at some point in their lives.

I did know some wealthy people back when I was younger, and the second generation types were generally lazy. Of course, they mostly died at an early age due to partying to much and living unhealthy lifestyles. Not sure if I would categorize them as successful.

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Jase    12,331

Bangladesh...hands down.

I agree, ever since they got rid of their sultan, that place has improved 1000 fold.

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Davidson Deac II    4,213

"Our Country! May she always be in the right; but right or wrong, our country!"

That quote originated from Stephen Decatur, and its been somewhat misunderstood over the years. Still a cool quote.

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GritsRgreat    2

That quote originated from Stephen Decatur, and its been somewhat misunderstood over the years. Still a cool quote.

Yep, one of my favs. He used this or a veriation in many of his toasts.

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cookinwithgas    7,386

If the best country in the world is where the highest percentage of people are the happiest, we lose.

If money and it's accumulation at all costs are what you are into, you have a case here.

If getting whatever you want whenever you want it is important, here is a great place to be.

But I've been to places where people are happier not worrying about such things. Swiss people seem genuinely both happy in general, as well as very proud of their country. The French are more than content to live in a country which goes against the grain of Western civilization from time to time - and like many European countries, really enjoy the vacations and life in general more than Americans do.

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Happy Panther    3,970

Lived out of country for 7 years and I can say the USA is certainly top 10.

other contenders?

Australia

New Zealand

Canada

Europe - Lived in Germany for a while. Very easy place to live. France Austria etc all are in the running

UK - I think it is largely a crap-hole but people seem to love it

Sweden - Socialist

Japan - Could never get past the language barrier but they seem to do OK

Places you can rule out?

Russia, China, South America, most of the far east, all of Africa

what else is there?

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pstall    5,759

I think one of the pillars of a great country is lesiure, sports, arts and food. Sure that's 4 but they all roll up under leisure at pstall manor. So it's like one big thing.

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Cavscout    24

USA is the best country in the world easily

Poor people here live in public housing

Poor people in other countries like in shacks

In communist countries talking bad about the Gov't gets you killed

Here you can speak your mind about whomever you like

Anybody in the US can become wealthy through hard work, saving money, living within your means, and properly investing your cash

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Cavscout    24

Also...I am proud to be an American. I can't understand why someone would not be.

My feeling is that if someone here is not proud to be an American then they should go someplace else where they would be proud to live...like Egypt or something. Where-ever makes them proud to be associated with. Why would you stay here if you are not proud to be here?

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GritsRgreat    2

My feeling is that if someone here is not proud to be an American then they should go someplace else where they would be proud to live...like Egypt or something. Where-ever makes them proud to be associated with. Why would you stay here if you are not proud to be here?

Or their husband could just, run for President..

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