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polly7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-11 10:12 AM
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10. Where exactly does the idea that the U.S. leads any of us, come from?
We have our own gov'ts, military, resources, membership in world organizations, trade partners from all over the world .... how exactly are we being lead? I've never understood this and find it slightly insulting. Seriously. People of all nations fight for their own economies, social programs, values ... we've accomplished what we've got on our own, sometimes with great struggle, and we certainly didn't depend on anyone else to do it for us. Sorry, but I don't get it ... and I don't mean this in a disrespectful way.

As to the OP, I believe it is health-care and other social programs keep our middle class from sinking as quickly in the event of sudden unemployment or loss.
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  -Why is the U.S. way behind many other countries in terms of a vibrant middle class? bullwinkle428  Oct-20-11 08:40 AM   #0 
  - Simple and to the point. This 'is' the solution.  Lint Head   Oct-20-11 08:48 AM   #1 
  - One problem with this solution is that anywhere you go, you'd also be an immigrant.  closeupready   Oct-20-11 08:57 AM   #3 
     - I am aware of quite a few folks that have actually retired or moved to other  Lint Head   Oct-20-11 09:27 AM   #4 
  - Because the 1% decided that our middle class should create other middle classes. Overseas.  Firebrand Gary   Oct-20-11 08:50 AM   #2 
  - "They have stronger social safety nets, every citizen has health care, tend to have strong unions.."  pampango   Oct-20-11 09:33 AM   #5 
  - Concentration of wealth among a relative few, exacerbated by an inequitable tax code and burgeoning  indepat   Oct-20-11 09:47 AM   #6 
  - None of those countries are the sole superpower leader of the free world  FarCenter   Oct-20-11 09:59 AM   #7 
  - There is no sane reason why this country has to  hifiguy   Oct-20-11 10:06 AM   #9 
  - Where exactly does the idea that the U.S. leads any of us, come from?  polly7   Oct-20-11 10:12 AM   #10 
     - From the Cold War, from the neo-cons, and from the needs of the military industrial complex  FarCenter   Oct-20-11 10:47 AM   #11 
        - "We chose the latter. " We? nt  raccoon   Oct-20-11 02:25 PM   #12 
           - Bingo. I always say "Whatchu mean WE, Kemosabe?"  eridani   Oct-21-11 02:26 AM   #14 
           - +1  Starry Messenger   Oct-21-11 06:31 AM   #17 
  - The US isn't behind, it's ahead - in the looting. Once we're powerless, the next ones are easier.  saras   Oct-20-11 10:02 AM   #8 
  - Because we have an electorate that lacks critical thinking skills.  county worker   Oct-20-11 02:26 PM   #13 
  - I put it together day before yesterday  Tsiyu   Oct-21-11 05:27 AM   #15 
  - Here's a graph from the OECD study that conclusion was based on.  pampango   Oct-21-11 06:09 AM   #16 
     - Interesting  Tsiyu   Oct-21-11 11:36 AM   #18 
  - Extended families  moondust   Oct-21-11 12:00 PM   #19 
  - Because since and including Reagan they've been systematically destroying the middle class so they  Fire Walk With Me   Oct-21-11 12:07 PM   #20 
  - The people we elect are bought and owned by the Big Corporations and the rich ...  spin   Oct-21-11 12:32 PM   #21 

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