What, if anything, can the United States of America learn/adapt from other countries in order to become a better nation and have a better government?
Learn from Japan circa Bush: be okay getting a little vomited upon.
so many things we could adapt from other countries, the Scandinavian countries in particular
Swedish education... Higher paid teachers
To stop bitching all the time.
Multi party system and popular vote seat distribution is reflecting the people's will better.
The rest lf the world cannot relate to our progress because they are either socialist or monarchist.
Healthcare like Canada's
I'm not quite sure where the humor is
Our principles are strong already. We just need to do a better job standing by them.
Russia's anti-gay laws.
Wow. Just wow.
Amen to that!
To me or tea partier?
Haha!! Matt, I was wondering the same thing.
A house divided falls
Also adopt the fucking metric system already.
Seriously, that would be great
You have Chem too this semester, fuck conversions amiright?
Yes, it sucks lol
We can learn the consequences of unmitigated debts
Germany's education system.
Get rid of the debt "limit", clarify that an obligation passed into law is implicit approval to borrow as necessary to pay for it. Require that any legislation be fully funded. Do not allow bill "riders" that are not pertinent to the original bill.
so abolish the debt ceiling, and do what other nations do and approve spending immediately, even if it means approving debt?
Yes. That passing legislation that will cost money to implement is automatically authority to borrow to pay for any part of it that is unfunded. Just like virtually every other democracy in the world. Except ours.
that would be more efficient, which is one reason I support it, but seems to go against tradition, even if the debt ceiling is only about a century old, which is why many won't want to get rid of it.
I like this plan.
Well, tradition or not, the debt ceiling is just dumb. It's just a political toy for Congress to make Congress look even worse than Congress already looks.
I agree it's a political ploy and while traditions can arguably be good, when tradition interferes with effective government we have a problem, unfortunately most people don't see it that way
What's with the obsession to be like other countries? I believe that the US can learn things, but it annoys me when people propose ditching our systems or values for those of (insert favorite country here)
Where did I say that? As I say below I've even rewarding some history books that popped this back into my mind
I don't mean you said that. Maybe I'm a little off topic, it's just a tend that I see that annoys me.
Which country is that, exactly?
Zimbabwe, Germany, the Soviet Union, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Japan, etc...
Would you say that's debt in and of itself or the level of debt?
Stop having congress vote on a budget, and then vote again later to pay for the budget they've already approved, resulting in shutdowns and meaningless political gesturing.
Don't put warning signs on every inch of everything - in the EU, if there are train tracks going through town, you just don't walk on them. Here, there are fences, signs, and the train goes 15 mph through town while laying on the horn the whole way.
I don't need all that to notice trains are dangerous.
I'm curious are you from Europe and if so which country? But yes many countries when they create their budget simultaneously-either in the budget document itself or in another document voted in at the same time-approve payment. Many countries also
Lack a debt ceiling too
No I'm not. The summer before I went to college, I traveled through Europe by train, to reward myself for enrolling and starting a new lifestyle.
An NHS like Britain, a higher minimum wage like Australia (ok even I don't believe it should be quite that high), Proportional Representation like almost every country in Europe.
Health system and how to elect a gov't in 8 weeks or less.
Yes and yes!
Unionization like that of Finland. Prison systems like that of Norway. Health system like that of Costa Rica. Transportation system like that of Japan.
Oh I like all of these.
Though to be fair Japan has a lot less land to cover.
thanks, and yeah. system, not current routes.
Health system like the UK. Education system like Germany. Transportation system like that of any European country.
Getting rid of political correctness, and fighting militarily like Israel does.
Are you referring to conscription or preemptive strikes?
Preemptive strike, and getting rid of the rule of engagement that prevents soldiers from firing unless fired upon. Plus Israel uses special forces more than we do.
Hayekian free market systems that are being used in places like Lithuania, Latvia, those little ex-USSRA countries.
Social programs and Education systems changes from Finland.
forgive me if this seems odd, I've started rereading some books about Rome and Byzantium that inspired this, as well as a biography of Tsar Alexander II
Was Alexander II the one who is responsible for the ethnic cleansing that took place in Sochi?
I wouldn't say he is innocent but not as guilty as say his son or grandson. He is the one that emancipated the serfs, ended some privileges of the Russian nobility, and reformed the Russian at that had lost Crimea while fighting with napoleonic
Weapons and strategy under his father into a modern (for the time) army manned by conscripts with weapons and ships modern for the time.
His reign also saw what could be seen as the birth of modern terrorism too
Education, healthcare and I'm sure there's plenty more.
The US has the top ranked universities and hospitals in the world.
We also have the lowest waiting time for surgeries in the world.
There's a lot more to education than just universities.
And a lot more to healthcare than just waiting times.
You mean like top ranked hospitals?
If I may butt in here and try and stay as neutral as possible we do have top hospitals and care for those that can afford them. We do have many who go into bankruptcy over medical care too and a system that gets ranked lower than other western
Industrialized nations. So its sort of a give and take there. A friend of mine (a republican for the record) said "we have two classes when it comes to health care the rich and the poor. The rich can afford top care the rest can't without fear for
Their own financial safety. Other countries would try and mend this. I'm not sure if we are trying to mend it or not." So yes we have great hospitals and short wait times, but we also have a rather large disparity in being able to afford care or at
Least getting quality care without fear of bankruptcy, and a health care system in this country ranked below that of others in the western industrialized world. So both sides have their points here. We can improve and we have great care for certain
Sectors of society. Which end counts more in the balance scale is what will likely decide this debate once and for all
What good are top hospitals when we have some of the worst outcomes and mortality rates?
Good question. In the interests of neutrality I won't answer
I do want to hear an answer though I didn't mean that as no one should answer
It's because no one has one, Matt.
I guess I will answer, they aren't completely worthless, not by any means, but when faced against the outcomes and mortality rates, not to mention it almost is effectively if you're rich you get top medical care, if you aren't.... eh, their value
DOES drop somewhat