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Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:42 PM
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Poll question: At what point does the US become a 3rd-world country?
I never thought I'd be wondering this, but it's a valid question now. Is it the healthcare? We live in a country where some seniors pay more than half of their incomes for health insurance, yet vote to keep paying all that and more because they fear the dreaded evils of socialism.

Others just die for lack of care because they have no money.

Is it our schools? Our schools are laughingstocks and tragedies, turning out a few hopeful souls amongst a mass of ignorant fools.

Is it the media? Our news media peddle largely sanitized and dumbed-down fake news.

The law? The Attorney General believes in the legal defense of torture. Our government spies on us and can disappear people at will. Homeland Security agents investigate Rubik's Cubes copyright violations while the FBI valiantly uncovers prostitutes in New Orleans. Ideologues and religious fanatics control the executive branch and are appointing other fanatics and true believers to the judicial branch, even as they solidify their iron hold on the congressional branch and purge the security and intelligence services. Bush is the only American president ever to write lettres de cachet (though he certainly couldn't write them himself). The makers of the voting machines give HIM money. And don't forget - dissent is TREASON.

So: are we there yet? Or do we still have a ways to go? Just let me know when we hit bottom, because I may have a hard time recognizing it once we're there. It all looks bad from here.

Is America a 3rd-world country yet?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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geomon666 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:46 PM
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1. some parts already are.
Like Miami for instance. However it could still be redeemed. It's gonna take a massive social revolution though.
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DustMolecule Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:50 PM
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2. Just this alone.....should give a reasonable person cause to reflect....
The makers of the voting machines give HIM money.
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Comadreja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:55 PM
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3. We've reached Second World, though
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physioex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:01 PM
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4. I like to see an analogy between what happened to the Soviets...
In Afghanistan to what will happen to this country with Iraq. Who knows maybe some in the right will wake up?? :shrug:
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:31 PM
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5. Idaho, One ot the Most GOP States in the Nation
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 10:32 PM by Erika
One third of all families are low income. Twenty % with no health coverage. Homes to the super rich of J.R. Simplot and Albertsons, Boise Cascade and Washington Group International (WGI).
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 01:22 AM
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9. I used to live in Idaho. Pathetic isn't it, yet the rural
people vote against their own interests over and over again.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:44 PM
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6. Two things will push us there. Losing the ability to filibuster
judges, and other countries stopping their support for our debt.
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soothsayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:35 AM
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7. We already are in alot of ways. We send our lumber to other
countries to be turned into furniture and whatnot, send alot of our oil away to be refined and returned to us---that's one of the signs of being 3rd world---you can't do those things for yourself anymore.
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 01:03 AM
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8. We became third world when Reagan threw the first batch
Edited on Mon Nov-15-04 01:20 AM by Cleita
of homeless out into the streets. We became Calcutta overnight.
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