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Mattwall1 February 9th, 2014 4:51pm

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?

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TheMadScientist the mad laboratory
02/10/14 7:18 pm

Learn from Japan circa Bush: be okay getting a little vomited upon.

Alph4omega
02/09/14 8:42 pm

so many things we could adapt from other countries, the Scandinavian countries in particular

Oboette17 Senioritis
02/09/14 6:47 pm

Swedish education... Higher paid teachers

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suppressedID IMEACH BIDEN
02/09/14 4:51 pm

To stop bitching all the time.

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Praetorianus Fair enough.
02/09/14 4:47 pm

Multi party system and popular vote seat distribution is reflecting the people's will better.

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timeout Boston Strong
02/09/14 4:46 pm

Universal healthcare.

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rons WOKE is sick
02/09/14 3:40 pm

The rest lf the world cannot relate to our progress because they are either socialist or monarchist.

Colorado303 Future Seattle Resident
02/09/14 2:37 pm

Healthcare like Canada's

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USA1st
02/09/14 3:06 pm

Hahahahahaha!!!

Mattwall1
02/09/14 5:34 pm

I'm not quite sure where the humor is

Keldeo Laverre City
02/09/14 1:33 pm

Our principles are strong already. We just need to do a better job standing by them.

TeaPartier Dont Tread on Me
02/09/14 1:30 pm

Russia's anti-gay laws.

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Mattwall1
02/09/14 1:35 pm

Wow. Just wow.

TeaPartier Dont Tread on Me
02/09/14 5:12 pm

Haha!! Matt, I was wondering the same thing.

inthehole
02/09/14 1:16 pm

A house divided falls

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DeusOrbus Stay Positive
02/09/14 1:05 pm

Also adopt the fucking metric system already.

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DeusOrbus Stay Positive
02/09/14 3:36 pm

You have Chem too this semester, fuck conversions amiright?

skinner Jersey City
02/09/14 11:38 am

We can learn the consequences of unmitigated debts

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satiricalnick meh
02/09/14 11:33 am

Germany's education system.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
02/09/14 11:22 am

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.

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Mattwall1
02/09/14 11:42 am

so abolish the debt ceiling, and do what other nations do and approve spending immediately, even if it means approving debt?

Zod Above Pugetropolis
02/09/14 12:09 pm

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.

Mattwall1
02/09/14 12:18 pm

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.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
02/09/14 12:56 pm

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.

Mattwall1
02/09/14 12:57 pm

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

DGroot America
02/09/14 11:17 am

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)

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Mattwall1
02/09/14 11:19 am

Where did I say that? As I say below I've even rewarding some history books that popped this back into my mind

DGroot America
02/09/14 11:21 am

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.

Liberty 4,032,064
02/09/14 6:05 pm

Zimbabwe, Germany, the Soviet Union, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Japan, etc...

Mattwall1
02/09/14 6:43 pm

Would you say that's debt in and of itself or the level of debt?

eLucidate writing
02/09/14 10:39 am

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.

eLucidate writing
02/09/14 10:41 am

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.

eLucidate writing
02/09/14 10:41 am

I don't need all that to notice trains are dangerous.

Mattwall1
02/09/14 10:53 am

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

eLucidate writing
02/09/14 11:10 am

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.

drcynic Pittsburgh, PA
02/09/14 10:35 am

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.

CalTexHawk spiral arm
02/09/14 10:11 am

Health system and how to elect a gov't in 8 weeks or less.

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BeachSt Coastal Virginia
02/09/14 10:11 am

Unionization like that of Finland. Prison systems like that of Norway. Health system like that of Costa Rica. Transportation system like that of Japan.

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kermie gaytopia
02/09/14 12:59 pm

Oh I like all of these.

kermie gaytopia
02/09/14 1:00 pm

Though to be fair Japan has a lot less land to cover.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
02/09/14 2:44 pm

thanks, and yeah. system, not current routes.

mherclif Ann Arbor, MI
02/09/14 10:05 am

Health system like the UK. Education system like Germany. Transportation system like that of any European country.

NDAmerican Florida
02/09/14 10:04 am

Getting rid of political correctness, and fighting militarily like Israel does.

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Mattwall1
02/09/14 10:16 am

Are you referring to conscription or preemptive strikes?

NDAmerican Florida
02/09/14 10:20 am

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.

beanD California
02/09/14 9:57 am

Hayekian free market systems that are being used in places like Lithuania, Latvia, those little ex-USSRA countries.

DeusOrbus Stay Positive
02/09/14 9:55 am

Social programs and Education systems changes from Finland.

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Mattwall1
02/09/14 9:54 am

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

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MisterE Conservistan
02/09/14 10:05 am

Was Alexander II the one who is responsible for the ethnic cleansing that took place in Sochi?

Mattwall1
02/09/14 10:13 am

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

Mattwall1
02/09/14 10:14 am

Weapons and strategy under his father into a modern (for the time) army manned by conscripts with weapons and ships modern for the time.

Mattwall1
02/09/14 10:19 am

His reign also saw what could be seen as the birth of modern terrorism too

TheCameron UCF
02/09/14 9:53 am

Education, healthcare and I'm sure there's plenty more.

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redsox95 New England
02/09/14 10:04 am

The US has the top ranked universities and hospitals in the world.

redsox95 New England
02/09/14 10:05 am

We also have the lowest waiting time for surgeries in the world.

TheCameron UCF
02/09/14 10:08 am

There's a lot more to education than just universities.

TheCameron UCF
02/09/14 10:08 am

And a lot more to healthcare than just waiting times.

beanD California
02/09/14 10:41 am

You mean like top ranked hospitals?

Mattwall1
02/09/14 10:46 am

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

Mattwall1
02/09/14 10:48 am

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

Mattwall1
02/09/14 10:49 am

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

Mattwall1
02/09/14 10:51 am

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

Mattwall1
02/09/14 10:51 am

Sectors of society. Which end counts more in the balance scale is what will likely decide this debate once and for all

kermie gaytopia
02/09/14 1:01 pm

What good are top hospitals when we have some of the worst outcomes and mortality rates?

Mattwall1
02/09/14 1:04 pm

Good question. In the interests of neutrality I won't answer

Mattwall1
02/09/14 7:43 pm

I do want to hear an answer though I didn't mean that as no one should answer

kermie gaytopia
02/09/14 8:34 pm

It's because no one has one, Matt.

Mattwall1
02/10/14 8:07 am

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

Mattwall1
02/10/14 8:07 am

DOES drop somewhat