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CliveStaples
July 6th, 2005, 06:08 PM
http://truckandbarter.com/mt/archives/000602.html


America, First in the World

By Tino


Much of the US and the European intellectuals elites are still infected by the mental disease that is anti-Americanism, constantly beating their drum of pessimism regarding the future of America. Today seems appropriate to take a look at what the figures say.


1. First in Knowledge

America has only some 4.5% of world population but almost 40% of world spending on R & D, 50% of world industrial patents and over 60% of scientific Nobel prizes every year. In the two central fields of as Biotech and Computer technology the US is holding it's lead, and in future fields such as Nanotechnology is taking the lead. America is the world leader (http://www.ostp.gov/PCAST/PCASTreportFINAL.pdf) in Nanotech, alone standing for one third of R&D and over 50% of top rated journal articles.


2. First in Economics

The US economy is a 12 Trillion $ juggernaut, dwarfing any and all competitors. Last year the US economy grew by 4.4%, this year it will grow by another 3.8%. This means that America added not one but two Saudi-Arabias to its economy last year alone! Every three years the US is adding an entire France to its economy.

For all the fuss, the public debt (http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2005/05msr.pdf)as a share of GDP only increased by 0.7% in 2004, from 37.5% to 38.2%. This year it will not increase at all, and by next year debt/GDP is actually going to start decreasing. Of the worlds 20 largest companies (http://www.forbes.com/2005/03/30/05f2000land.html), 11 are American, including numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. And of the world 20 richest people (http://www.forbes.com/2005/03/09/bill05land.html), again 11 are American. More than one third of all billionaires in the world are American citizens, most of them self-made entrepreneurs.

American households now have some 49 Trillion $ in net assets, enough to buy a brand new 2005 Ferrari 612 for every man woman and child in Italy, France and Germany! Or buy the Frankfurt and Paris Stock exchanges 16 times over. Again, despite all the hype last year Americas households added to their net worth. (http://www.fmcenter.org/atf/cf/%7BDFBB2772-F5C5-4DFE-B310-D82A61944339%7D/hholdnetworth_05Q1.PDF)


3. First in defense

The US spends some 3.7% GDP on defense, but what is little for America is great for the world. America stands for 48% of world defense spending (http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/spending.htm). The budget of the US coastguard is alone larger than the total defense budget of 171 of the worlds 191 nations!

Some 1.4 million men and women (15% are women) are in active duty, of which about 500.000 are combat troops of the Army and Marines. 138.000 of this force are fighting bravely every day to bring liberty to Iraq, and some 180.000 American soldiers are still stationed in Europe and East Asia on the request of those countries.

Of the US armies 37 active combat brigades, 10 are serving in Iraq (http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/iraq_orbat.htm), in addition to 3 brigaded from the National Guard and 25.000 of 175.000 US Marines. So much for all the armchair generals declaring you “overreached”.

In June 2005 the US army exceeded (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/arms_usa_recruiting_dc)its recruiting goals, and is expected to finish the year with only an 8000 shortfall. The Marines, Navy and Air force have all exceeded their recruiting goals. They may not write for the NY-Times, but there are clearly still many people left in the heartland who believe something’s are worth fighting for.


4. First in Aid

In Official Development Aid, the US gave 19 billion dollars in 2004 (http://www.oecd.org/document/3/0,2340,en_2649_201185_34700611_1_1_1_1,00.html), 25% of world total. This is a doubling since Bush came into office. The US gives 60% of all world food aid (http://www.ers.usda.gov/Amberwaves/September04/Features/usfoodaid.htm), saving million from hunger every day.

Unlike most nations, the ODA is only a small part of American Aid. In total, Americans (mostly the private sector) give some 60 billion $ each year, again dwarfing any other nation. Scholarships given by American Universities to poor students from the thirds world amount to 1.3 billion dollars (http://www.usaid.gov/fani/ch06/objectives02.htm), the same as the entire foreign aid given each year by Switzerland!


5. First, as always, in Freedom

No year in modern history has seen more success for Americans role in the world than the period between last 4th of July 2005 and today. Since than we have had historical free elections in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine and Lebanon, all with American support and each with pro-western candidates winning.

A poll taken in March of 2004 of some 2000 Iraqis shows that 62% believe their country is heading in the right direction (http://www.iri.org/pdfs/IRIMarch05PollPresentation.ppt#5), and only 23% in the wrong direction. Another poll by Mansoor Moaddel shows that 75% of Iraqis believe Iraq is better of (http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=15179)after the US removed Saddam Hussein. The world banks figures (http://www.worldbank.org/data/countrydata/aag/irq_aag.pdf) for Iraqi GDP growth in 2004 were, 51.7%, the highest by far in the world. If this is not the impression the media has given perhaps it is because enlightened intellectuals do not think in quantities, only in anecdotes.

Elevating the Representativeness Bias (http://ideas.repec.org/a/ecm/emetrp/v47y1979i2p263-91.html) into an art form, a burning car a day matters more than the collective progress of a nation of 25 million. A good word for the those who do not understand the opinions of common Iraqis and the aggregate state of Iraqs economy would perhaps be “disconnected from the reality”. (http://www.aljazeera.com/me.asp?service_ID=8794)The IMF estimate (http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200410/s1222933.htm) for 2005 is a GDP growth rate of 17%, twice the rate of China.


6. Wishfull Pessemism

The same people predicted (and hoped) that Socialism would defeat capitalism, that the Soviet Union would outlast America, that the Japanese and European mixed economies would surpass America, and that Democracy would never come to Iraq and Afghanistan. The same politicians, academics and journalist in America and Europe are now predicting (and hoping) defeat and decline for America. They have always been wrong in the past and will be wrong again this time.

Figures are important, and they are supporting our case. But they cannot measure everything. There is no suitable metric for the love and admiration I and many others in Sweden and all over the world feel for America. As America fights for freedom we will fight with you.

Mmm. It's delicious!

FruitandNut
July 6th, 2005, 06:33 PM
A lot of it is on borrowed money - CS. Also it is accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative. I don't think the reality is all 'sunlight uplands'.

CliveStaples
July 6th, 2005, 06:44 PM
Not bothering to dispute the facts, eh, F&N? It's not like the facts are important after all.


A lot of it is on borrowed money - CS.

Ah. So why doesn't Germany, a nation with no debt, have a stellar economy?


Also it is accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative. I don't think the reality is all 'sunlight uplands'.

It isn't that there are NO negatives. Only that there's much more positive than many people will admit.

Pibs
July 7th, 2005, 06:12 AM
Some borrowed? It's all borrowed or freshly printed.

FruitandNut
July 7th, 2005, 06:19 AM
CS - What is the point in trashing all your biased stuff. Yes, some liberals are a bit scr*wed up - but there also seems to be a heck of convervatives who have also lost the plot. Karl Popper thought that trying to talk reason to the 'unreasonable' is just a waste of time. In the main I think he is right.

Zhavric
July 7th, 2005, 06:28 AM
It's easier for the right to call liberals "anti-American" because it would actually take work for the conservative whack-jobs to actually learn what it is that liberals are against.

It's easier to say "anti-American" than it is to say anti-debt.

It's easier to say "anti-American" than it is to say anti-war-for-oil.

It's easier to say "anti-American" than it is to say anti-stolen-elections.

It's easier to say "anti-American" than it is to say anti-fascist.

It's easier to say "anti-American" than it is to say anti-church/state-entanglement.

It's easier to say "anti-American" than it is to say pro-gay-rights.

It's easier to say "anti-American" than it is to say pro-choice.

It's easier to say "anti-American" and attack the left then to take a look at the right and see that the current administration has FAILED to capture Osama Bin Laden.




Shame on the right for their cowardly portrayal of America. Shame on them for not being able to take the good WITH the bad. Shame on them for their blind faith.

chadn737
July 7th, 2005, 07:46 AM
Lets see....Pibs would certainly love to see America fall....one only has to read his posts. F&N is British....and certainly has no love for the US.....Im not sure if I have ever heard one word of compliment from him, although England is never without fault.

And Zhav......well he just misses the whole point of this thread....its about the positive aspects of the US.

Nobody is denying the bad.......but sometimes one concentrates so hard on the bad that one forgets the good. This leads to pessimism and on the whole a bad outlook on life. Its good to sit back and concentrate on the good every now and again.....although it seems as if Clive is the only one here able to do that.

Zhavric
July 7th, 2005, 08:42 AM
And Zhav......well he just misses the whole point of this thread....its about the positive aspects of the US.

Nobody is denying the bad.......but sometimes one concentrates so hard on the bad that one forgets the good. This leads to pessimism and on the whole a bad outlook on life. Its good to sit back and concentrate on the good every now and again.....although it seems as if Clive is the only one here able to do that.

Completely innacurate. The right IS ignoring the bad. The right IS ignoring the rising death toll in Iraq. The right IS ignoring the monumental debt* that we are accruing.

If we follow the right's example, things are going to get so bad that eventually we won't be able to take our eyes off the bad. The left would deal with the problems here and now.


*Debt is not so bad... so long as it appears one is able to PAY it. With the U.S. it's not so clear.

Apokalupsis
July 7th, 2005, 09:11 AM
If we follow the right's example, things are going to get so bad that eventually we won't be able to take our eyes off the bad. The left would deal with the problems here and now.

hehe I found this quite amusing. How would the left deal with the problems here and now? What would the left do to help the economy (even though it's growing here and now)? What would the left do to decrease the # of soldiers lost in Iraq? Pull out? What would the left do for gay marriage? Obviously allow it despite it being overwhelminly opposed by the people the left "claims" it speaks for (the American people) but are so out of touch with reality they can't see the opposition for it.

Apokalupsis
July 7th, 2005, 09:16 AM
The point of CS' post was to say "Hey! Look...we aren't as bad as the world and the left say we are. Here are some oustanding facts that highlight oustanding facts about the US".

IMO...this is one of the more revealing but obvious differences between the right and the left. The left just can't see through the pessimism and the bad mouthing of the US from other nations. The left is so blinded by negativism that they cannot acknowledge the greatness (*gasp!*...I said the "G" word) of the US.

chadn737
July 7th, 2005, 09:20 AM
Completely innacurate. The right IS ignoring the bad.

Completely false.


The right IS ignoring the rising death toll in Iraq.

There have been a grand total of 1750 deaths in Iraq....only 1381 of which were combat related....and that is since the very beggining.

You are being absolutely unrealistic. That many deaths is absurbly low considering we have been at war for over 2 YEARS!

Your accusation only makes it blantantly obvious how un-aware liberals are of the situation in Iraq. I hear the democrats cry defeat every time a terrorist (the vast majority who are FORIEGNERS) makes an attack. Do you have any concept of the success we have had over there? I am in direct contact with several people serving in some of the "hottest" spots in Iraq and they do not think we are being slaughtered, they do not think we are loosing. Rather according to them, most Iraqis support them and are happy with their presence.


If we follow the right's example, things are going to get so bad that eventually we won't be able to take our eyes off the bad. The left would deal with the problems here and now.

lol.....really? What has the left done....what has it tried to do? The only thing I have seen come out of the left is it's attempts to be a stumbling block to any and every move made by the right to make changes. The Supreme Court nominations...classic example. Simply oppose anyone and everyone that is proposed.

Zhavric
July 7th, 2005, 09:22 AM
hehe I found this quite amusing. How would the left deal with the problems here and now? What would the left do to help the economy (even though it's growing here and now)?

Yeah, it's doing great. (http://money.cnn.com/2005/07/06/news/economy/job_cuts/index.htm) They'd work to lower our ridiculously high national debt that's raising inflation & interest rates.


What would the left do to decrease the # of soldiers lost in Iraq? Pull out?

They'd do the things that Bush SHOULD have done all along... like take Iraqis OUT OF IRAQ to train them so they don't get blown up while standing in line to volunteer.


What would the left do for gay marriage? Obviously allow it despite it being overwhelminly opposed by the people the left "claims" it speaks for (the American people) but are so out of touch with reality they can't see the opposition for it.

They'd recognize that equal rights aren't a popularity contest and that gay marriage causes no demonstrable detriment to society.

Zhavric
July 7th, 2005, 09:27 AM
There have been a grand total of 1750 deaths in Iraq....only 1381 of which were combat related....and that is since the very beggining.

You are being absolutely unrealistic. That many deaths is absurbly low considering we have been at war for over 2 YEARS!

Your accusation only makes it blantantly obvious how un-aware liberals are of the situation in Iraq. I hear the democrats cry defeat every time a terrorist (the vast majority who are FORIEGNERS) makes an attack. Do you have any concept of the success we have had over there? I am in direct contact with several people serving in some of the "hottest" spots in Iraq and they do not think we are being slaughtered, they do not think we are loosing. Rather according to them, most Iraqis support them and are happy with their presence.


Mr. Bush, I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you for attacking Saddam Hussein.

Thank you for establishing American troops in Iraq.

Thank you for spending the money you have spent in your endeavor.

Thank you for allowing me all my many happy years of freedom.

Yours truly,

-Osama Bin Laden

Apokalupsis
July 7th, 2005, 10:09 AM
Yeah, it's doing great. (http://money.cnn.com/2005/07/06/news/economy/job_cuts/index.htm) They'd work to lower our ridiculously high national debt that's raising inflation & interest rates.
Me thinketh thou dost not understandeth economics.

The cuts are not necessarily an indication of economic weakness, but rather the by-product of numerous trends, including changing consumer demand, outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions, automation and consolidation



They'd do the things that Bush SHOULD have done all along... like take Iraqis OUT OF IRAQ to train them so they don't get blown up while standing in line to volunteer.
ROFL! That's your Omega Solution? Just train Iraqi's out of the nation? Is it any wonder people of the United States of America believe that liberals are "out of touch" with reality?

Your objection was due to the "high" death toll of US soldiers. How does training Iraqi's outside of Iraq (which would be ridiculous anyway) resolve that problem?



They'd recognize that equal rights aren't a popularity contest and that gay marriage causes no demonstrable detriment to society.
When it is shown that behavior is protected in "equal rights", then this may have some merit.

Zhavric
July 7th, 2005, 10:18 AM
Me thinketh thou dost not understandeth economics.

The cuts are not necessarily an indication of economic weakness, but rather the by-product of numerous trends, including changing consumer demand, outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions, automation and consolidation

Cause outsourcing is GREAT for the economy...


ROFL! That's your Omega Solution? Just train Iraqi's out of the nation? Is it any wonder people of the United States of America believe that liberals are "out of touch" with reality?

Your objection was due to the "high" death toll of US soldiers. How does training Iraqi's outside of Iraq (which would be ridiculous anyway) resolve that problem?

Because there have been tons of news stories about car bombs going off next to lines of police volunteers who are waiting outside police stations. Incidents like that REALLY make Iraqis want to sign up to defend their nation.

Removing Iraqis from Iraq for training is simple logic. In WWII did we train our drafted troops in Normandy or before they got to Normandy? You set up training facilities outside the hot zones where terrorists cannot simply drive up to and blow up Iraqi patriots. Bush is ONLY NOW figuring this out. I bring it up because Kerry was bringing it up well before the election.



When it is shown that behavior is protected in "equal rights", then this may have some merit.

Some homosexuality is behavior. Most isn't. But that's just junk science, right?

Apokalupsis
July 7th, 2005, 10:27 AM
Cause outsourcing is GREAT for the economy...
Which of course, completely misses the point now doesn't it? No one said it was great for the economy.



Because there have been tons of news stories about car bombs going off next to lines of police volunteers who are waiting outside police stations. Incidents like that REALLY make Iraqis want to sign up to defend their nation.
"Tons"? I've heard only a few and they were spread out over lengths of time. Where are these "tons" you speak of?



Some homosexuality is behavior. Most isn't. But that's just junk science, right?
Apparently, the SCIENCE VERDICT is still out on the matter considering that there is no such thing as a "gay gene". To suggest otherwise would indeed...be junk science...ACCORDING to science.

CliveStaples
July 7th, 2005, 10:28 AM
Cause outsourcing is GREAT for the economy...

Uh, that's correct. It raises efficiency.


Because there have been tons of news stories about car bombs going off next to lines of police volunteers who are waiting outside police stations. Incidents like that REALLY make Iraqis want to sign up to defend their nation.

And after they're removed from Iraq, there's going to be "tons of news stories" about car bombs going off in 'secret' locations. I'd be shocked--shocked--if I find out that CBS news 'accidently' revealed the location. The C.I.A. seems to be having trouble convincing networks not to reveal the true identities of their undercover agents...

And I'm glad to see that Zhavric is incapable of disputing the factual claims, so he resorts to calling his opponents unpatriotic and short-sighted.

It's easier to say "anti-debt" than to possess a good understanding of the reasons and purposes of a national debt. Get a clue: Germany has no national debt and its economy sucks.

You want to talk about "stolen elections"? Why aren't you bitching about Kennedy's election, where a whole bunch of dead people decided to vote Democrat one last time? And if you're talking about Ohio (which you undoubedly are), you should take note that the districts in question were run by DEMOCRATS, not Republicans. Guess they wanted to create some 'reasonable' doubt.

chadn737
July 7th, 2005, 10:47 AM
Because there have been tons of news stories about car bombs going off next to lines of police volunteers who are waiting outside police stations. Incidents like that REALLY make Iraqis want to sign up to defend their nation.

So tons of news stories=we are loosing, Iraq is going to hell.

News Networks are infamous for blowing any story that sales out of proportion.

Example: OJ Simpson and Michael Jackson.

This is why the left is so out of touch with the reality of Iraq. They really have no idea what is going on over there.

CliveStaples
July 7th, 2005, 02:42 PM
Here's some more facts you can ignore, Zhavric:


Deficit tide ebbing

By Donald Lambro
July 7, 2005


The good news this week is the unexpected surge in federal tax revenues that is slashing the federal budget deficit by about $100 billion.
This is especially welcome news to supply-side tax-cutters who argued all along that lower tax rates spur stronger economic growth, which, in turn, creates more jobs that increases tax revenues. That is happening now.
It's embarrassing news for President Bush's diehard Democratic critics, who predicted his tax cuts would worsen the budget deficits and drive the government deeper into debt. They argued throughout last year's elections that the tax cuts failed to grow the economy, create jobs or improve fiscal health.
Surely, it has become quite clear they were wrong on all counts -- again. Indeed, it now appears new tax-receipt numbers at the Treasury are showing a sharp increase in individual, corporate and Social Security payments.
Treasury officials say, thus far, in fiscal 2005, which began last Oct. 1, they have taken in nearly $100 billion more than previously projected. Individual tax receipts were up an impressive 21 percent over last year. Business tax revenues rose a whopping 48 percent. They took in a record $61 billion on June 15 alone.
"The numbers are an eye-popping vindication of the Laffer curve [a theoretical correlation between tax rates and growth] and the Bush tax cut's real economic value," tax-cut crusader Stephen Moore wrote in the Wall Street Journal.
What this means is that, despite somewhat higher spending, "The federal deficit could come in at $325 billion to $350 billion, significantly better than the White House $427 billion projection, or the Congressional Budget Office's $400 billion forecast," writes The Washington Post's economics reporter Jonathan Weisman.
Some fiscal experts now predict the deficit could come in at around $300 billion. My own belief is it will be even lower because the economy is growing much faster than expected. Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that, for the first three months of the year, the economy was growing at an annualized 3.8 percent, instead of the 31/2 percent they initially reported. This revised estimate, in the face of Wall Street fears of economic slowing, provided "more ammunition for Republican boasts that their tax cuts are the cause of this performance," Mr. Weisman reported.
But the doubters and doomsayers are not easily persuaded these higher revenue figures will last. "I find it difficult to get as excited about this as some people," said CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin whose CBO analysts have repeatedly underestimated the growth effects of the tax cuts.
The CBO had to be pulled kicking and screaming in the late 1990s before it acknowledged the budget was heading well into surplus territory due to much stronger economic growth following the GOP's mid-1990s capital gains tax cuts.
Unconvinced as ever, Mr. Holtz-Eakin told The Post "I do hope people are taking this with a grain of salt and not thinking this is 1998 all over again." But his doubts are what should be taken with a large grain of salt.
This economy has growth written all over it: GDP growth is nearly 4 percent; unemployment is 5 percent; the robust housing market shows no signs of slowing; U.S. manufacturing accelerated last month for the first time in seven months; consumer confidence was up sharply and inflation tame.

Another development helping the deficit picture will soon be apparent. The brakes are being gently applied to many appropriations bills moving through Congress this year. One example is the transportation bill, which Mr. Bush vowed to veto until House and Senate negotiators agreed to a lower figure closer to his budget proposal.
Of course, a $300 billion budget deficit isn't chopped liver, either. In nominal dollars, it would be the third-largest ever. Still, it's a start, and can be quickly reduced by stronger growth that has produced a record $11 trillion a year economy.
Now, however, it is important to focus on what works and what doesn't. Supply-side tax cuts clearly work. They worked in the 1960s when the Kennedy tax cuts produced budget surpluses. They worked in the 1980s when the Reagan tax cuts led us out of a severe recession. And they are working now, chopping the deficit down in giant $100 billion increments.
Writing in National Review last week, business economist Michael Darda ridiculed the "no-growth neo-Malthusian Democrats" and the "root canal contingent" in the GOP who fiercely fought the tax cuts, predicting they would lead to deficits as far as the eye can see.
When will they ever learn?

Damn Chimpler W. HalliBusherton!

ShadowKnight
July 7th, 2005, 10:08 PM
We kick ass!

Spartacus
July 8th, 2005, 05:21 AM
http://truckandbarter.com/mt/archives/000602.html


America, First in the World

By Tino


Much of the US and the European intellectuals elites are still infected by the mental disease that is anti-Americanism, constantly beating their drum of pessimism regarding the future of America. Today seems appropriate to take a look at what the figures say.


1. First in Knowledge

America has only some 4.5% of world population but almost 40% of world spending on R & D, 50% of world industrial patents and over 60% of scientific Nobel prizes every year. In the two central fields of as Biotech and Computer technology the US is holding it's lead, and in future fields such as Nanotechnology is taking the lead. America is the world leader (http://www.ostp.gov/PCAST/PCASTreportFINAL.pdf) in Nanotech, alone standing for one third of R&D and over 50% of top rated journal articles.


2. First in Economics

The US economy is a 12 Trillion $ juggernaut, dwarfing any and all competitors. Last year the US economy grew by 4.4%, this year it will grow by another 3.8%. This means that America added not one but two Saudi-Arabias to its economy last year alone! Every three years the US is adding an entire France to its economy.

For all the fuss, the public debt (http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2005/05msr.pdf)as a share of GDP only increased by 0.7% in 2004, from 37.5% to 38.2%. This year it will not increase at all, and by next year debt/GDP is actually going to start decreasing. Of the worlds 20 largest companies (http://www.forbes.com/2005/03/30/05f2000land.html), 11 are American, including numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. And of the world 20 richest people (http://www.forbes.com/2005/03/09/bill05land.html), again 11 are American. More than one third of all billionaires in the world are American citizens, most of them self-made entrepreneurs.

American households now have some 49 Trillion $ in net assets, enough to buy a brand new 2005 Ferrari 612 for every man woman and child in Italy, France and Germany! Or buy the Frankfurt and Paris Stock exchanges 16 times over. Again, despite all the hype last year Americas households added to their net worth. (http://www.fmcenter.org/atf/cf/%7BDFBB2772-F5C5-4DFE-B310-D82A61944339%7D/hholdnetworth_05Q1.PDF)


3. First in defense

The US spends some 3.7% GDP on defense, but what is little for America is great for the world. America stands for 48% of world defense spending (http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/spending.htm). The budget of the US coastguard is alone larger than the total defense budget of 171 of the worlds 191 nations!

Some 1.4 million men and women (15% are women) are in active duty, of which about 500.000 are combat troops of the Army and Marines. 138.000 of this force are fighting bravely every day to bring liberty to Iraq, and some 180.000 American soldiers are still stationed in Europe and East Asia on the request of those countries.

Of the US armies 37 active combat brigades, 10 are serving in Iraq (http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/iraq_orbat.htm), in addition to 3 brigaded from the National Guard and 25.000 of 175.000 US Marines. So much for all the armchair generals declaring you “overreached”.

In June 2005 the US army exceeded (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/arms_usa_recruiting_dc)its recruiting goals, and is expected to finish the year with only an 8000 shortfall. The Marines, Navy and Air force have all exceeded their recruiting goals. They may not write for the NY-Times, but there are clearly still many people left in the heartland who believe something’s are worth fighting for.


4. First in Aid

In Official Development Aid, the US gave 19 billion dollars in 2004 (http://www.oecd.org/document/3/0,2340,en_2649_201185_34700611_1_1_1_1,00.html), 25% of world total. This is a doubling since Bush came into office. The US gives 60% of all world food aid (http://www.ers.usda.gov/Amberwaves/September04/Features/usfoodaid.htm), saving million from hunger every day.

Unlike most nations, the ODA is only a small part of American Aid. In total, Americans (mostly the private sector) give some 60 billion $ each year, again dwarfing any other nation. Scholarships given by American Universities to poor students from the thirds world amount to 1.3 billion dollars (http://www.usaid.gov/fani/ch06/objectives02.htm), the same as the entire foreign aid given each year by Switzerland!


5. First, as always, in Freedom

No year in modern history has seen more success for Americans role in the world than the period between last 4th of July 2005 and today. Since than we have had historical free elections in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine and Lebanon, all with American support and each with pro-western candidates winning.

A poll taken in March of 2004 of some 2000 Iraqis shows that 62% believe their country is heading in the right direction (http://www.iri.org/pdfs/IRIMarch05PollPresentation.ppt#5), and only 23% in the wrong direction. Another poll by Mansoor Moaddel shows that 75% of Iraqis believe Iraq is better of (http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=15179)after the US removed Saddam Hussein. The world banks figures (http://www.worldbank.org/data/countrydata/aag/irq_aag.pdf) for Iraqi GDP growth in 2004 were, 51.7%, the highest by far in the world. If this is not the impression the media has given perhaps it is because enlightened intellectuals do not think in quantities, only in anecdotes.

Elevating the Representativeness Bias (http://ideas.repec.org/a/ecm/emetrp/v47y1979i2p263-91.html) into an art form, a burning car a day matters more than the collective progress of a nation of 25 million. A good word for the those who do not understand the opinions of common Iraqis and the aggregate state of Iraqs economy would perhaps be “disconnected from the reality”. (http://www.aljazeera.com/me.asp?service_ID=8794)The IMF estimate (http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200410/s1222933.htm) for 2005 is a GDP growth rate of 17%, twice the rate of China.


6. Wishfull Pessemism

The same people predicted (and hoped) that Socialism would defeat capitalism, that the Soviet Union would outlast America, that the Japanese and European mixed economies would surpass America, and that Democracy would never come to Iraq and Afghanistan. The same politicians, academics and journalist in America and Europe are now predicting (and hoping) defeat and decline for America. They have always been wrong in the past and will be wrong again this time.

Figures are important, and they are supporting our case. But they cannot measure everything. There is no suitable metric for the love and admiration I and many others in Sweden and all over the world feel for America. As America fights for freedom we will fight with you.

Mmm. It's delicious!

Always nice to look on the bright side of things...but what is your point in posting this?

Apokalupsis
July 8th, 2005, 09:46 AM
Yeah, it's doing great. (http://money.cnn.com/2005/07/06/news/economy/job_cuts/index.htm) They'd work to lower our ridiculously high national debt that's raising inflation & interest rates. .
FYI: Wall Street Journal reports today that unemployment is at a 4 year low at 5%. So much for the Chicken Little routine eh?



THE DOW INDUSTRIALS BOUNDED 130 points higher on a positive reaction to jobs data, a day after markets stood firm in the face of terror attacks in London. Oil prices retreated from earlier gains. The Nasdaq surged 1.1%. 1:22 p.m.
• Terror Is Challenge for Europe's Economies

• Financial System Was Better Prepared

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U.S. employers added 146,000 jobs to nonfarm payrolls in June and hiring in the previous two months was revised higher by a net 44,000 jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 5%. 1:32 p.m.


From the front page (have to be a subscriber for the details). I heard about the story on this morning's news.
http://online.wsj.com/public/us

CliveStaples
July 8th, 2005, 11:47 AM
Always nice to look on the bright side of things...but what is your point in posting this?

That people are unduly pessimistic because they refuse to look at the good things about America. As SK said, "We kick ass!"