U.S. Worldwide Competitiveness: declines 3 years in a row; 5th in the World from 1st in 2008

The World Economic Forum just published it’s most recent findings:

The United States continues its decline for the third year in a row, falling one more place to fifth position. In addition to the macroeconomic vulnerabilities that continue to build, some aspects of the United States’ institutional environment continue to raise concern among business leaders, particularly related to low public trust in politicians and concerns about government inefficiency.

Fox News and economist John R. Lott report this:

The United States’ reputation as home to one of the world’s freest economies continues to decline, according to an international report released Tuesday.

The U.S. dropped to 18th worldwide, compared to 10th in 2008 and third from 1980 to 2000, the 2012 Economic Freedom of the World report found. The findings are based on information through 2010.

“The U.S. is on the wrong track,” said co-author James Gwartney, a Florida State University economics professor.

He says the 48-page report shows countries with the freest economies grew more rapidly and achieved higher income levels for citizens, while the United States’ decade-plus course of government expansion, increased debt and regulation and other moves created a “system of crony capitalism.”

Lets all TRY to REMEMBER.  The United States was ranked 3rd in the world for ECONOMIC FREEDOM from 1980 until 2000.  And anyone who wanted a job could obtain one.

Government Assistance equals HIGHER TAXES, HIGHER COSTS TO DO BUSINESS, PREVENTION of DOING BUSINESS through REGULATIONS and EXECUTIVE ORDERS.    ! FEWER or NO JOBS !

AMERICANS !  Is this the path YOU really wish to stay on ?  Are YOU sure ?  Really ?

IF your answer is yes, THEN vote for Obama and his STATIST strategy supporters.

( I know, there are conflicting conclusions about rank in here, different studies, looking at different measurements. I urge all of you to click on the LINKS, read and THINK for yourselves.  Respectfully, texas)

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23 thoughts on “U.S. Worldwide Competitiveness: declines 3 years in a row; 5th in the World from 1st in 2008

  1. The four countries that outrank us, Switzerland, Singapore, Sweden, and Finland, all have some sort of publicly-manged health care system. Think about that!
    Of the four countries, only Singapore has a lower personal income tax rate than the US.

    • Well Greg, if I had to grade your response on the platitude that it is, you would get an A. But since we strive to actually show some real since of completeness in responses, I’ll gladly parse your platitude to something with real value …

      Many socialists (not picking on you specifically as I have heard this logic before) look to the Scandinavian countries for a working model of socialism. The irony of Scandinavian socialism example is that unlike the socialist agenda being modeled here, the Scandinavian model supports:

      – openness to investment and trade
      – sound property rights
      – almost no corruption in government
      – a flexible non unionized labor market
      – supports privatization, and free market principles
      – only 1/5 of citizens are receiving entitlements

      Healthcare and retirement benefits in Sweden appear good at first glance, but it comes at heavy price … taxes. Taxes are paid at 59% of income, and represents 50.5 percent of their GDP resulting in problems for the famed healthcare model.

      The EIU notes “Sweden has “a low proportion of general practitioners relative to specialists. Swedes often have to wait a long time to be treated for nonthreatening conditions.” Many Swedish patient’s end up in Thailand for their care (also happens to be where a large part of Singapore’s citizens also report for care, with another vast majority report to the Philippines to save money). All is not well in Denmark either, as Danes have one of the lowest life expectancies in Western Europe. As costs have risen, standards have declined and waiting times have increased, according to the EIU.

      Almost all of the Scandinavian countries report similar situations, and all attribute the delay in care to …. and you should not be surprised because I have been warning everyone generously about this … but you will be anyway ….

      Low amount of participating general practice and specialty physicians.

      Now there is a fundamental difference between a plan, and a narrative. And you, Greg … have filled your mind with narrative.

      • Poor Denmark! Their average life expectancy is only 79.1 years, as opposed to 78.2 years in the US. And that’s the worst in Europe? People in the US go to Thailand to, although more go from Indonesia because it’s A LOT CLOSER, doncha think?

        “As costs have risen, standards have declined and waiting times have increased, according to the EIU.”

        but how do they compare to the United States? have you access to that information?

        • Funny how the math works in your favor when there is around 1/3 the amount of Scandinavian people compared to US census figures. Apply some math to it, the numbers look a little different. But that’s not really your point, now is it, Greg?

          Oh, no … you have to support your narrative, and the only way you do that … avoid the real math that defines Scandinavian socialism, and how their healthcare is in decline.

          Tell ya what … since you want your free shit, and free healthcare … you should strongly consider heading on over there. Their are jobs for people with your skill set. I think you’d be right at home. 🙂

          • You are getting testy because you cannot answer my questions, how very buggerthat of you.

            Are you suggesting that one can only compare countries that are of equal size? You learning from B to make up rules as you go?

            • No Greg, I did answer your question. However, I do not feel actually compelled to attempt to reach for a comparison of a watermelon to a grape to satisfy your platitudes … how buggerthat of you to even lower yourself to that standard.

              And there is more to making this comparison … which I actually sort of touched on with the facts that I gave in the post … which apparently went beyond your ideology. In short, beyond the census numbers, there is very little in similar between the US and Scandinavia to compare with. The comparisons you seek would be more appropriate if you compared with the UK, Canada, or maybe the collection of countries surrounding, and including Germany.

              Sadly, my prediction is that this too shall be lost on you.

  2. I guess so, since Germany’s life expectancy is 80.7 years from birth! In Austria, there is a dispute as to whether the life expectancy 79.7 or 80.2 tears.

    France? 81.3 years

    Hungary has the lowest rate, at 75.3 years.

    augger your argument was that America is losing out by becoming more socialist, when it turns out that the countries that beat us are more socialist than we are!

    What that means, buddy, is that you’re hypothesis is pretty weak. 🙂

    • No Greg. Our healthcare needed a reform. It did not get it.

      Moving directly closer to socialism and communism is not the answer for us either.

      If you cannot fathom that understanding, and what makes America such an exceptional place to live on this big blue marble, then there can never ever be common ground between us, as you are not a supporter of freedom, and you need to find a country to live in that suits your ideology.

      🙂 <— I can smile/smirk too.

        • Taking property from one person by force, to give to another person who is politically connected, is ANTI- AMERICAN.

          Read the Declaration of Independence ! Read the reasons for our Declaration of Independence. Then read The Constitution of 1789. Here is the link to the National Archives so you everyone can read them:
          http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/

          Social Security Medicaid, et al., Obamacare, Unemployment Insurance, Education, Department of Energy, etc. ARE ALL Un-Constitutional.

          UN-CONSTITUTIONAL = UN-AMERICAN

          • When you quit ignoring the first clause of the second amendment, and the ‘general welfare’ phrase, which appears TWICE in the Constittution. we can talk about who follows the constituion better

            Alexander Hamilton had this to say…

            The only qualification of the generallity of the Phrase in question, which seems to be admissible, is this–That the object to which an appropriation of money is to be made be General and not local; its operation extending in fact, or by possibility, throughout the Union, and not being confined to a particular spot.

          • When you quit ignoring the first clause of the second amendment, and the ‘general welfare’ phrase, which appears TWICE in the Constittution. we can talk about who follows the constituion better

            National health insurance favors no group, if all fall under the curtain of eligibility, and as long a sprivste helth care is allowed, all objections are solved.

            Alexander Hamilton had this to say…

            The only qualification of the generallity of the Phrase in question, which seems to be admissible, is this–That the object to which an appropriation of money is to be made be General and not local; its operation extending in fact, or by possibility, throughout the Union, and not being confined to a particular spot.

            • Hey Greg, the welfare clause does not permit Socialism, Marxism, or Communism. I know that you “wish” it would with your “interpretation” of the 2nd amendment, but seeing as how it does not specifically state that, and you weren’t there to sign it, the document stands … as written.

              Try again.

              • “Thanks” for the “unnecessary” quotation marks, “pal”.
                Me and my commie buddy, ALEXANDER HAMILTON, will be doing American stuff while you and your Un-American ilk are busy defending their self-centered interpretation of our founding documents, looking for even more reasons not to help your fellow man

                Hey, you can act like you see into my heart, turnabout is sweet……

                • Oh dear Greg. I have chapped your poor ass for reading the constitution how it is written. Well damn me all to hell for accepting the language as it is written, and not as how you, and your close personal friend Alexander Hamilton may have interpreted it, or wish it had been written. And damn me all to hell for railing against your communist agenda, and I suppose damn me all to hell for not wanting to give up my processions to give you the free shit you so deeply desire.

                  Am I on base so far, benevolent and caring, Greg? 🙂

                  Fantastic, so now on to your point on charity.

                  Let’s start with Joe Biden, (who reportedly made $379,000 and gave $5,500 to charity last year proves the case for government forced charity with religion as it’s supporting purpose. Joe Biden keeps the 99 percent, he gives away the one percent if you ask me.

                  Yes sir, that’s charity right there … any maybe a good cause for the “redistribution” you so aggrandize.

                  My charity donations (not counting indigent care that I did not write off as taxes) was roughly 26% of a mid six figure income. The percentage could be skewed a few points though as I tend to give out free wound care supplies, have been known to pay for patient’s medications, transportation fees, and have a times sent groceries to those in need.

                  I gave more than 10x the amount to charity last year than Biden did, and I feel compelled to remind you that charity comes from the heart(Timothy 1:5), and not at the end of a IRS gun.

                  Suffice to say … I pay it forward.

                  (Feel free to compare my charity to yours since you are so desperately fond of comparisions to rationalize your points. Then get back to me on that.)

                  No matter how you rationalize it, there is absolutely nothing found in the US Constitution that states the government has the right to steal from one citizen to give to another.

                  Your logic leads to the slippery slope that folks can steal from one another, and give to others … and be morally correct.

                  • You are a charitable man, but not a very careful reader, as I made it clear that I was imitating your style of “debate”.

                    Israel, the country you righties defend with every other breath, has universal health care.

                    Universal health care leads to fewer abortions as well, even when they are covered. Women who don’t have to worry about medical bills for their kids are less likely to abort a pregnancy.

                    In 2008 Canada had an abortion rate of 15.2 per 1000 women (In other countries with government health care that number is even lower), and the USA had an abortion rate of 20.8 abortions per 1000 women. And suddenly I could see why that was the case. With Universal coverage, a mother pregnant unexpectedly would still have health care for her pregnancy and birth even if she was unemployed, had to quit her job, or lost her job.

                    the above paragrph was taken from a story by a conservative American woman who move to Canada, and grew to love their health care system.–http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/07/12/how-i-lost-my-fear-universal-health-care

                  • You didn’t even chap my dog’s ass, you lack the intellectual firepower.
                    You are a charitable man, but not a very careful reader, as I made it clear that I was imitating your style of “debate”.

                    Israel, the country you righties defend with every other breath, has universal health care.

                    Universal health care leads to fewer abortions as well, even when they are covered. Women who don’t have to worry about medical bills for their kids are less likely to abort a pregnancy.

                    In 2008 Canada had an abortion rate of 15.2 per 1000 women (In other countries with government health care that number is even lower), and the USA had an abortion rate of 20.8 abortions per 1000 women. And suddenly I could see why that was the case. With Universal coverage, a mother pregnant unexpectedly would still have health care for her pregnancy and birth even if she was unemployed, had to quit her job, or lost her job.

                    the above paragrph was taken from a story by a conservative American woman who move to Canada, and grew to love their health care system.–http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/07/12/how-i-lost-my-fear-universal-health-care

                    • “You didn’t even chap my dog’s ass, you lack the intellectual firepower.”

                      Yeah, that is completely fine with me. I’ll let you lick your dog’s ass yourself, but I would advise you to brush your teeth afterwards to avoid that bad breath I would assume you will have following doing so.

                      “Israel, the country you righties defend with every other breath, has universal health care.”

                      Actually, other than the fact that their population is than that of New York city, you may be on to here something, Greg. Lacking their adoption of the US Constitution as their own governing doctrine, they require every single able bodied citizen to serve in their military as a trade for education should they so choose to peruse further learning … something you would have greatly benefited from, and something that this nation should consider as well, since you bring up Israel as a comparison.

                      “Universal health care leads to fewer abortions as well, even when they are covered. Women who don’t have to worry about medical bills for their kids are less likely to abort a pregnancy.”

                      Now I certainly do not want Universal Healthcare. I think the liberals should have their precious abortions. Less potential dolts for the future. But here we go back to the crux of your communistic pitch .. “don’t have to worry about medical bills”. Of course they don’t, you’ve made sure someone else does. But let’s not make folks practice personal responsibility right? After all, responsibility is reserved for more mature folks. I see.

                      “a mother pregnant unexpectedly” – Well shit Greg. God forbid folks actually practice safe sexual practices. How stupid of me to think that birth control, and abstinence was any sort of consideration for unexpected pregnancies. How shameful of me to think along such lines.

                      But no matter right? As long as I am paying for everyone’s poor choices, there’s no real reason out there someone should even have to bother with putting a fucking rubber on huh? Let’s just go for the “real feel” since Augger and the rest of the 1 percenters are paying for it.

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