What things about America don't you like? Resident or not, doesn't matter.

@mentalward (14697)
United States
June 11, 2008 5:50am CST
I would love to hear from others what they find about America that they can't stand, or simply what they feel could be improved with just a little effort on the part of our government officials. I'm so tired of being bullied around by the government... THEY decide if you are disabled or not, THEY decide how much we'll pay in taxes this year, THEY decide how much of a raise they'll give themselves... etc. It just burns my biscuits thinking of how this "great" nation is treating it's citizens, and the rest of the world. I'd love to hear from others about this. Thanks.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
11 Jun 08
THEY decide if you are disabled or not, THEY decide how much we'll pay in taxes this year, THEY decide how much of a raise they'll give themselves... etc. Its like that in any country though..I'm from Canada and its the same deal over there... My big issues with the U.S is the ppl more than anything..the attitude rather of the ppl here..There is so much negativity in society in the U.S it blows my mind...Its not a friendly country at all in comparison to back home...and my American friends and family who've either visited Canada or lived there at some point agree with that...I also have issues with the narrowminded and unaccepting ways over here....I come from a place where race, religion, sexuality, lifestyles etc etc arent NEARLY as much of a big deal as they are here in the States....
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@mentalward (14697)
• United States
11 Jun 08
I agree with you. A large majority of the people here are very narrow-minded. I have learned never, ever to talk about politics, race, religion or government to most people. There is so much prejudice around. I am truly afraid for our potentially next president! I think the American people are sick of Republican rule and would prefer to have a Democrat in office, but what choice do we have? I would vote for Obama, but I really fear for him. There are way too many prejudiced people in this country who would see his race and never look at his qualifications. While Hillary Clinton was in the presidential race, I feared for her as well, being a woman. My best friend is of another race and I once lived in a very prejudiced neighborhood (I bought a house to renovate and sell, but I had no idea just how bad it was, and had to live there for awhile) and she would visit occasionally, and I was "visited" by the KKK. They put a sticker on my door (at 4:00 in the morning, the cowards!) that said "You are being watched by the knights of the KKK". Why can't we all live together? I was not raised to be prejudiced so I just can't understand it. That's why my hubby and I moved to the country... to separate ourselves as much as possible from these types of people. It's a shame. You just can't change their minds. Great response!
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• Canada
11 Jun 08
I may stir up a "bee's nest" here...but I am slighted by the arrogance of the travelling American! I owned a tourist destination business for many years...and the middle-upper class seemed to look at us, Canadians, as ignoramuses from the frozen North! Cheers!
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
11 Jun 08
LOL perg...how many times have you been told by a first time traveling American (or from any other country really) that they thought we all lived in igloos?? I use to just bust out laughing at that...and my gf use to work in the hotel industry in Niagara Falls and I couldnt believe how many ppl would ask if they could turn OFF the FALLS at night Some fo the stories she would tell me just had me in stitches for days
@smallT (376)
• United States
13 Jun 08
One change I would like to happen is for America to have a better Health Care system. If you haven't got health insurance you are in trouble should you get sick or involved in an accident. I understand in some Countries, health care is free for everyone.
• United States
13 Jun 08
"Should you get sick or in an accident" you will be taken care of even if you are an illegal. It's against the law for hospitals to turn people away. It's one of the reasons health care costs are so high. It's not "free" in other countries, their taxes cover it and are very high. If we depend on the government to take care of all our needs before we know it they will be taking away all our rights.
@smallT (376)
• United States
14 Jun 08
You seem like you didn't like my response. You must know something that I don't. Because right now I need to see a doctor, a dentist and get my eyes examined, but it is not in my budget to go. Doctors want their $$ up front especially if you don't have insurance. If I were very "poor" I could get government assistance, if I were "rich", doctor bills wouldn't be a problem. Unfortunately, I am Just Over Broke and am not eligible for any type of assistance. I know if an emergency happened the doctors would have to take care of me but after without insurance I would be outrageously charged for their services.
• United States
14 Jun 08
I'm sorry, after I posted and read that I realized that it didn't sound very nice. I was about to say I was sorry when I had to go. I am also in need of a doctor, a dentist and need my head and eyes examined. I'm not trying to say I know something you don't but I don't want everything take care of for free. I guess what we need is a more affordable system. That's something the insurance companies and others need to do, not the government. I heard Wallmart has clinics in some of their stores that offer check ups and advice for a flat fee of 48.00. We need more programs like this. I used to believe it was a good idea to have free care for everyone but have since changed my mind because along with free health care we lose freedoms and would have even higher taxes. And I sure don't want to be forced to buy insurance by the government. I don't know the answer but do think if we weren't paying for so many illegal peoples health care it would take some of the strain off the present system and maybe prices wouldn't be so high. But, you're right it is a problem here, and again, I'm sorry for sounding so mean. Welcome to myLot!
@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
11 Jun 08
There are a lot of things wrong with our country, and a lot of things right with it. But one of the things that really bothers me is not everyone having to pay taxes. I worked with some Mexican people one time, (the fact that they're Mexican is irrelivant)and when we got paid, if we both made $600.00, I ended up with $450.00 while they got to keep the whole $600.00. And it was all legal. I think everyone should have to pay the same taxes if we're all in the same workforce. If you're here working an American job, then pay Amercian taxes.
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
11 Jun 08
Its the same with the Native Americans over here if I'm not mistaken...I know that in Ontario the Indians (what you call Native Americans) are entitled to tax exempt status and you dont have to live on a rez to be entitled to it....I dotn have an issue with that though really..but I have had numerous Indian friends over the yrs who've had the status card so maybe its just that I'm use to it to the extreme I dont know...
@Cannonball (3636)
• France
4 Sep 08
Well, The thing who really pisses me recently with the U.S is about all these movies remake they do, I really can't see the point instead of making money,well that must be the main reason I mean when U just keep doing like this can U call urself an artist i'm not quite sure. I really can't tolerate the fact that cinema become an industry and only an industry,first of all and above all cinema is art
• India
16 Jun 08
Can't speak of its economic policy, but one thing I wish US would be more thoughtful is on its war on terror. when it is spending million of dollars into war it is not only its economy but it affects the whole world's economy. If it is after Bin Laden, nothing much to say cos Bin Laden is an international terrorist, but war on Iraq is a disastrous one every front.
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Yes, that's very true. Most of the recent disasters are directly linked to our current President, President Bush. Even people who voted for him are now wishing that they hadn't. My stepfather was as 'Republican' as you could get so, of course, he voted for Bush. But, only after a year in office, my stepfather was regretting his choice and calling Bush the worst president we've ever had. Hopefully, things will change with the Presidental election just around the corner.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
23 Jul 08
What don't I like? The attitude here. It is getting sickening. Grahm was right, we are becoming a nation of whiners and it's about time someone said it. How do we fix things? We start by being proud of it again. This is probably the single most important thing we can do. It sounds simple but it is so true. Psychology effects the economy as well as the overall mood of the country and the nature of the media. It is said that if you want others to like and respect you you must first like and respect your self. I firmly believe this is true and applies just as much to us as a nation as it does an individual. turn on the news, or a movie or a Hollywood gala and what do you see? People talking about how horrible we are or how wrong things are. We have no pride any more despite having vastly more to be proud of than not. To listen to some people you would think we live in some poverty stricken, war torn, violence plagued, 3rd world nation.
@anawar (2406)
• United States
14 Jun 08
mental_ Our nation is falling on it's knees. We no longer have a democracy. Bush dictates and we follow a mad man who is a criminal. He has broken laws no president has and we let him. He's impeachable on at least 20 different counts and some of us are considering electing another Bush who's name is McCain. America should close her borders and take care of her own. The profit-driven medical health plan's are bizarre. People are making gobs of money from people who have to pay for medicine and health care we can't afford. American's are selfish and spoiled. We think our country is the greatest in the world. We are the only nation that has ever dropped an atom bomb and yet we believe we have the right to police other countries. Think of how some of our elderly are treated and our children starving and abused. What would American's think if another country invaded us because we don't take care of our own? Oh gosh, mental. My hands are shaking and I have to stop typing. I am an American and I live in America. I'm not proud to say I belong to this country.
• United States
13 Jun 08
What I don't like about America is how the government won't build a wall/walls to stop illegal immigrants from crossing. Most of them are criminals, they take from the system and don't put anything back in. Terrorists are probably coming in, we are at war, why won't they at least close it to take a head count to see who is here?
@michael13 (160)
• China
12 Jun 08
I never been America, so I don't know it more, but I think it is a difficult country in the world, for others, it is difficult to visit and, it is difficult to become it's citizens and, too powerful to others...etc. I dislike my friends go to America for immigration for any purpose, I love my hometown, love my parents whatever they are rich or not, maybe America's native people dislike so many immigrators who come from other nations too. this topic is a big one, travelling aroud the world that it is a good way to change your mind. ah, my a little more opinions.
• Nepal
12 Jun 08
Ya american people are in trouble because America grabs the high tax . The tax goes on the war to the terroists so this tis time to rebel. I think not only America all the developed country are same.