Once the greatest country in the world... now I beg to differ

United States
September 25, 2010 1:29pm CST
OK... maybe I am in a "bash the economy" mood today... but I have every right to be. It has been nothing but a struggle for most Americans in the past few years that we have been in this recession. Still, no one places the blame from where it all started = Bush, but that's another discussion entirely. Now, we're faced with Obama and his administration whom are doing everything in their power to fix things. Meanwhile, property is being repossessed, homes are being foreclosed on, pawn shops are richer than ever, blood donation centers and plasma donation centers have regular customers, the homelessness rate is climbing, more people are hurting their children because they either don't want/can't afford them and the overall crime rate is rising at a tremendously dangerous rate. Even an official from the Employment Commission of the United States says that he is very concerned for the future of the job market here in the U.S. because jobs are still rampantly being sent overseas... and with all of that going on... I sit and wonder where that leaves us (Americans). If I had the money today, I'd update my passport and catch the first thing smoking out of this country.
4 responses
• Canada
30 Sep 10
America was never the greatest country in the world, it is so absolutely ridiculous when anyone asserts any particular country is better than another. They have all had corrupt, violent, racist, and discriminatory histories. They all have politicians who really don't give a damn about what is best for the entirety of the population. Patriotism in general is absolutely idiotic and only serves to keep the general poor public from threatening the status quo... but anyways.. The real problems actually started prior to Bush, most of them started during the Reagan years and can even be attributed to Thatcher's policies in the UK if you want to go real crazy with it.
• United States
30 Sep 10
Everyone is entitled to their opinions. Thanks for commenting!!
@chiyosan (29438)
• Philippines
30 Sep 10
That's a sad thing, really when we can't do anything about our situation quick enough and the more we wait, the more we sink in to the situation, even making us harder to get out of the supposed "mess". Just stay focused on what you want, perhaps it can help you go and find what you need to do - for yourself and your family and not wait for situations to get better as a whole. i guess in every country, there are flaws, there are problems, we all are in the same situation everywhere - we just are not aware and only sees what's happening to us. Goodluck to you!
• United States
30 Sep 10
Yes, I agree. In times like this... all we can do is pray. Thanks for sharing your views!!
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
28 Sep 10
In every recession this country has faced it was over in a few months after the market readjusted prices. With the Housing market inflated there needed be be a correction. With the government propping up the market by loaning money to people who did not qualify under conventional banking principals. As with the Dot Com bubble that burst when people paid more than the value because everyone wanted to make a killing in the market. Just like housing most people thought the price would never drop. In the Dot Com recession nothing was done by the government and the strong companies started to make a come back and the weak ones failed and some people lost money and others make money as they bought up financially strong companies at bargain prices. The same thing should have happened to the housing market but the government stepped in and propped up some people and let others fail. At this time there are many opportunities for people to take advantage of and make money. There are people out there who are buying up foreclosed homes and they hire other people to clean and fix them up. Some are rented while other are sold. In this recession the government is borrowing money, which is not available to the private sector, and chooses how it will be spent. Any money the government spends is usually spent to ensure that the politicians get reelected. Every law that is passed benefits someone or some group and hurts others. Despite what has happened in this country I think this is still the greatest country in the world, and it offers the most opportunity for anyone who want to take advantage of the opportunities that are offered here.
• United States
29 Sep 10
You have made a lot of good points, most of which I agree with. But, I used to feel that this country was great until everyone started lying. And the lying continues. The war is over, yet all the troops have not come home.. some, but not all. I am just wanting the government to be straightforward with us as the American citizens that we are instead of leaving us in the dark about crucial matters that directly affect us. Hopefully, one day that will change. Thanks for sharing your views!!
@LaurenInLA (2272)
• United States
25 Sep 10
But where would you go? I think that the problem is that the entire world is in a recession. I agree that Bush was the start of this whole thing but I also think that this administation hasn't moved quickly enough. There are programs in place but no one is making sure that the banks are complying. I read recently that homeowners near foreclosure are frustrated with the loan modification process because the banks are simply not moving quickly enough. What makes me laugh more than anything is when I heard on the news last week that the recession was officially over in 2009. I guess that we need to tell that to the people who are losing their homes, have no place to go but to homeless shelters and eat in soup kitchens. This situation is an absolute disgrace. Sorry for the rant
• United States
25 Sep 10
O no need to apologize at all. I am quite frustrated today myself lol. That's why my discussions are anything less than positive. I just wish I could sit on a remote island and watch all of this from afar with my family content and happy. That just seems like a dream. I do not believe the recession ever ended and I actually believe that it started before they even realized that it had started. But if things don't change soon and fast, the U.S. is going to be in a state that will be irreversible. Thanks for sharing your views!!