Do people really have fins in Finland or only the fish there? Whatever, Finland scored #1 in best places to live in the world. Switzerland was #2 while the U.S. was a distant #11 on Newsweek’s list of the Best Countries in the World.
Here are the top 25 the World’s Best Countries, according to Newsweek:
11. United States
13. New Zealand
14. United Kingdom
15. South Korea
25. Czech Republic
Canada, eh? That long-standing joke about emigrating to Canada for political reasons may not be so far off as one imagines.
What were the categories? Education, Health, Quality of Life, Economic Dynamism and Political Environment. The Newsweek article says, “The winners are quite a varied group, and have found myriad ways to create vibrant, healthy, and (dare we say) happy societies. That’s a nugget of wisdom that leaders and policymakers would do well to keep in mind as they try to score better in years ahead.”
Happy societies. Imagine that! I’m trying hard to.
Disgruntled Tea Party activists display ugly signs and listen to radical narrow-minded speakers who spew hate and disgust for our government and its leaders. Is it no wonder, then, that our nation didn’t make the top ten? I think not.
“America hasn’t recovered from the serious blows to its stature delivered by nearly a decade of policy debacles. As Obama never tires of reminding the American public—which is listening less and less, judging by his poll ratings—he inherited a Herculean task: the Augean-stable-size mess left behind by George W. Bush. First there was the diversion of military resources and attention from Afghanistan to Iraq—a draining, misdirected war and occupation that many believe never should have been launched. Then there was the long period of fiscal, regulatory, and financial recklessness that contributed to the worst-ever downturn since the Great Depression.”
Is THAT what makes the Tea Party so angry? Is it displaced anger? Are they really mad at Bush and Cheney for the war mentality as well as the financial deregulation mess? Is that the root of this anger? And they don’t know how to purge themselves, so a black President who is left-of center is the perfect scapegoat? I think so.
Back to the list. Is it not interesting that the top 10 all may be chided by the Tea Party as being ‘socialist’ nations? In each, the citizens pay a far-higher percentage of taxes than we do here in America. Yet the Tea Party whines about taxes as stated in their acronym, Taxed enough Already.
Use your mouse to hover over the name of a country on this link, and watch the white dot move for each of the categories: LINK Notice especially the ‘health’ and ‘education’ graph and how well the top ten performs in these two categories compared to the United States.
And the Tea Party wants to overturn the so-called Obamacare and many want to close the Department of Education!
So I am left with the impression that the goals of the Tea Party are nearly the opposite of what this nation ought to be striving for if it wants to catch up with the 10 nations ranked above us. To me the Tea Party represents Luddites who want to turn this nation backwards into the past. What else can one conclude from this data?