Comparing the US to Banana Republics
Usanos like to say the US is the best and then go on to bash countries such as Nicaragua because it is not like the US. Questioning this logic (at least here) gets labeled as US-bashing. Well, Alternet offer an article with ten points about how the US has come to resemble a Banana Republic.
The article points out that the 1950s and 1960s were when the US seemed to have the most potential. That is, while there were problems, they were being addressed. (When I think of this I think of the creation of the now crumbling Interstate Highway System.) What the article has to say may be a wake-up call. Or, maybe it is just BS in which case I encourage you to show why one or more points are not valid.
Here is part of one of the 10 points.
In many banana republics, it is common knowledge that the poor die much younger than the wealthy minority. The disparity in life expectancy rates dramatically illustrates the severity of the growing rich/poor divide in the United States. Life expectancy for males is 63.9 years in McDowell County, West Virginia compared to 81.6 years in affluent Fairfax County, Virginia or 81.4 in upscale Marin County, Calif. That is especially alarming when one considers that life expectancy for males was 68.2 in Bangladesh in 2012 and 64.3 for males in Bolivia, one of the poorest countries in Latin America, in 2011.