The Greatest American Failure
- I’m sure everyone has things they dislike about the United States - unless you think the place is perfect, in which case you’re probably a congressman. But my biggest beef by far is that Americans feel no sense of community.
I maginary Politician: We can build the most advanced public transportation system the world has ever seen. It will save everyone billions of dollars, reduce our nation’s carbon footprint, enable the poor to find jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
American Citizen: Fuck you, I’m not paying for that.
Ask Americans to properly fund schools, air traffic control, prison reform, environmental cleanup, and they will look at you askance, imagining that every other American will pay less than them, somehow getting a better deal. Poor people will get the horrifying Free Ride, which is akin to drinking the blood from America’s very veins. And this is apparently the attitude of people whose standard of living rises only slightly above that of mollusks - they, too, suspect there is some poorer person who is out to steal the broken washing machine from their front yard.
Interesting observation folks! Read to the end before you post some stupid comment a la European or X! Hammer - Nail - Head I'd say.