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sdholloway56
Senior Advisor

Re: Thee Global

Everybody knows that the last 3 years have seen a precipitous drop in trust of the US and a loss of stature and soft power (which is always better and cheaper than hard power but it is nice to have some hard power to back it up).

Everybody except 42% of Americans.

BTW, as far as the Obama Admin goes they did hew to the ethanol mandate- even tried to get it to the 15 target when it became apparent the original construction wasn't going to get there because of overall fuel consumption.

This administration sold ethanol out to the Koch Bros. and it is far from certain that the belated fix will fix it.

BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: Thee Global

Of course we had all the friends that money could buy, turn blind eye to our trade deficits, be the world`s solider and policeman ...and the fun never ends so long as we`re buying.   A lot of "rice Christians" in the world, but none of `em would pee on us if we were on fire.  

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rickgthf
Senior Advisor

Re: The US is only 119th out of 153 on the list of safest countries.

The US is only 119th out of 153 on the list of safest countries.  Not even in the top 2/3's.  Iceland and New Zealand top the list.

 Reason: gun violence.  Gun violence in the US rivals that of war zones in other parts of the world. When you have over 400 million guns, 1.25 for every man, woman and child, somebody's going to use one to shot and kill somebody.

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BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: The US is only 119th out of 153 on the list of safest countries.

Yup.

 

r3020
Senior Advisor

Re: The US is only 119th out of 153 on the list of safest countries.

Any country that will not defend it's borders is prone to violence. Especially when they label ms13 gang members as children.

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Hobbyfarmer
Honored Advisor

Re: The US is only 119th out of 153 on the list of safest countries.

News flash....

Iceland has  citizens with guns.

How about Switzerland? Every household required to have a gun.

 

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sdholloway56
Senior Advisor

Re: The US is only 119th out of 153 on the list of safest countries.

I like the Swiss model- everyone is in the national militia (seems sorta 2nd Amendment-y) and face severe penalties if their gun is not secured or otherwise misused.

We could save about 2/3rds on defense spending and still whip the Canadians and Mexicans if they attacked on both fronts.

Can even bring your own AR and get a bonus if you want.

 

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sdholloway56
Senior Advisor

Re: The US is only 119th out of 153 on the list of safest countries.

I also like the Swiss medical model. Even if it is the 2nd most expensive in the world after the US it is still a lot cheaper, more effective and universal.

They have 100% private insurance but the private companies are just sorta privatized bureaucracies (sorta like crop insurance) and are tightly regulated.

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sw363535
Honored Advisor

Re: The US is only 119th out of 153 on the list of safest countries.

One reason ratings fall so hard is when we finally stop lying to ourselves......... I got so tired of the fake news our of the obama administration.  inflation data, education data, crime data........ Holder was a mess.  check the rise in farm machinery costs in obama's years of "no inflation"   

Our cities have been dangerous for years and we ignore it.  Our kids all want private schools for a reason..... 

Main change between obama and trump time .... which has very little to do with trump is that neither political is in full control.  And those imbedded in public service are at risk of their privilege .  These are great times......

Did anyone think all children were getting a good education?  Did anyone feel safe in east St. Louis or 100+ other low income locations tied to major metropolitan areas?    These things didn't change........

And Is US News & World Report publishing anything that doesn't blame trump for every issue that was caused by Nancy's nonsense for the last 30 years?    The publishing industry has run every bit of its dirty laundry out on the line, no sense in stopping now.   I remember my older sons first semester at Creighton U in Omaha where he witnessed a police officer's funeral on campus with officers lining every sidewalk after he was killed by gang members filling his car with bullets from the tinted back windows of a van stopped for a traffic violation.  The year was --- 1997 as I remember. We been lying about our own excrement for a long......... very liberal.......... time.  We been depending on do nothing except self gratification leadership for a very long time.

BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: The US is only 119th out of 153 on the list of safest countries.

No doubt about it, +50 years of electing Repubocrats  war on poverty, war on drugs ect....when the real casualty was on morality.    Now elect one of 20 socialists to "fix things".

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