So a friend of mine asked me to do an essay in English about societal problems about the USA. Of course I took on the challenge, so I claim that USA has great many social problems, too much poverty, it’s not a capitalist society but a corporatist and the reasons why USA should stay out of so many countries.
First of all, there are over 45 million Americans who are suffering from poverty. So basically, there are almost twice as many Americans suffering from impoverishment than there are Scandinavian citizens. Or the entire population of Spain. Is this a good role model for all the other countries to follow? Of course not. When over 10% of the population live under the poverty line, something is very much broken about the said system.
My next argument is about the health care. You see, I live in Finland where there is a universal health care, but I still go to private hospitals because I have voluntary health insurance and a stable income. So I pay all my hospital treatments by myself. I leave the pubic healthcare for those who truly need free medical aid.
Once I had a hernia surgery that was operated in a private hospital. No amount of taxpayer money was spent and guess how much it cost? 1800 dollars. Included painkiller medication and also a damn fine glass of cognac. Also the surgery was done by a specialist surgeon in a full anesthesia. Guess what is the price range in the USA? Between 4000 to 6000 dollars. Let that sink for a minute. I had a health insurance in Finland that has a notoriously high tax range with immense amount of taxation, and still I paid less for my surgery in the private market in Finland? No wonder USA spends 2,9 trillion into health care each year.
Then again, USA has been causing so much trouble after world war 2 that I have little words to describe it. But I do have these: thanks a fucking lot for so damn many refugee problems! From Vietnam to Iraq, USA has been fighting a way too many wars. Hell, USA has been fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan longer than it did in the both world wars combined. Considering the fact that US military makes all the others look like redneck shooting clubs, that takes some pretty bad strategy to screw up so many wars.
Then again, US internal politics are colorful when compared to what we have over here. I always wonder how on Earth can Americans vote republicans to control the worlds greatest military and the most modern nuclear arsenal. Also you guys did a wonderful job when you elected George W. Bush for both terms. What did he give the world? A goddamn war and a global recession when he couldn’t handle the economy and sub-prime mortages.
Then we go for the good old fashioned American capitalism. Then again, USA don’t have capitalism. Instead it has corporate power, where bit business rule. Or rather, let me show you this quote:
At the reference desk, we are frequently asked to estimate the number of federal laws in force. However, trying to tally this number is nearly impossible.
So, is this how a liberal, capitalist country is running? Of course not! In a liberal system the amount of laws would be so much smaller. And I’m not going to even talk about the amount of US business regulation laws.
Also, do me a favor and please train your cops better. I work in private security in Finland, and if your cops are truly only trained for 6 months, I can say that I have much more comprehensive training than they have. And guess which one is allowed to carry a firearm and a taser?
There are great many good things about the USA. If it only were to return to it’s roots.
PS, did I mention the tuition fees? 45 grand a year. Seriously, how can anyone afford to go to college over there?