So you begin your argument with an offensive, prejudiced ethnocentric aspersion. Way to go. An entire century of social progress (women's suffrage, civil rights, triumph of democracy over authoritarianism) and this is the attitude we're left with? The rest of the world is "more retarded" than us? As an American all too aware of my fellow countrymen's inflated opinions of themselves, it really comes as no surprise to me that Americans traveling abroad are frequently criticized as being arrogant and egocentric. So I guess I can partly fault your poor discourse on you being a product of your environment.
Ethnocentric eh? It's funny how often I get accused of having an inflated opinion of my own country. Aren't I ripping on you idiots enough already?
History not being your strong point, or a point at all, I'll edumacate you on our social progress. A century back, the majority of black children weren't born to crack whores. The death rate for inner city blacks in their teens and twenties resembled the average, instead of war zone casualties. Someone that dropped out of school in the eighth grade would have tested higher than a high school graduate of today in every subject, post graduates of the particular fields would fail their history and english testing. Invalids weren't kicked out onto the streets because it was illegal to institutionalize them just because they can't take care of themselves. Bums weren't homeless because the flop houses they could afford to live in while remaining bums hadn't been outlawed by well meaning idiots that wanted them to have private bathrooms in every dorm.
I can go further, a black main was laid in state for four days before this country was even founded, just for being one of the first casualties of the war. They sure don't mention that while telling you how the country was founded by a bunch of white slave owners in school. They also don't mention that slaves purchased their freedom regularly because they worked for themselves outside of their mainly seasonal duties. One of those self freed slaves stayed in Philly while it was being ravaged by disease and was a national hero at the time. It was already law on the books that slavery would end in 1807 when we got the show started. Womens Suffrage was real great, but the more you learn, the more it looks like even slavery started out better off than how we're doing things now. We're fucked, and we didn't start out this way. Europe did, so if anything they have an excuse for being retarded. We left to get away from the race and religion charged hatred, we rebelled to get away from a statist mindset that played groups off each other to consolidate it's own power over the population. We intentionally set up a government designed to be unable to take that path, and we've still managed to do it anyway.
I have been to and lived in other countries, and I can tell you for a fact that the U.S. does not have the best healthcare system in the world. Our privatized system is greatly inferior to those of a number of developed nations with socialized healthcare, notably France, Sweden, and Taiwan. We also do not have the best K-12 education system in the world. (read up on Finland for a lesson in properly educating your children) We do not have the best infrastructure in the world. (we really lag behind the East Asian countries) We do not have the happiest people or the highest level of income equality in the world.
Thanks for stating the obvious on education and infrastructure. I'll now point out that we stopped being #1 in the world after the Federal government took most of the tax burden away from the states. Something to chew on while you argue in favor of more.
I figured one with pretty pictures would be better, since you're too dumb to look things up for yourself and need to be spoon fed information you could find in ten seconds. I'll be generous and go with twenty years. When you find a country that's had government run health care for at least twenty years that isn't massively in debt, let me know!
Just so you know, I'm an equal opportunity asshole. Medicare doesn't count as being a functional program either as it's currently funded in it's entirety by debt accumulation.
Actually, psychoak is a somewhat insightful contributor to the Elemental forums. He always talks like this, but he's not a troll in the conventional sense.
Why the hell not, I put effort into being a prick! Well, no I don't. It looks better if I pretend it takes effort instead of coming naturally though, so pretending I'm a troll would be complimenting me.
I've always disliked the terminology for discretionary and non-discretionary spending. It's truly misleading. The entitlement programs are entirely discretionary. We chose to implement them, and they're not covered in the Constitution in the slightest. Defense funding on the other hand is considered discretionary while being one of very few things the Constitution explicitly calls the Federal Government to do. Discretionary versus non-discretionary simply refers to how the payment has been designed, and since none of the money you pay into the programs actually goes towards your own collections it's completely superfluous to boot. With the ridiculous spending increases in the last two years, even the 20% it used to be is high.