As I have stated on previous posts, I look at ET more for amusement purposes rather than a site geared for the "intellectually curious" or coherent trading ideas - which I always thought was the purpose of this site to begin with. I, as an American, have noticed a disturbing trend... the site has been hijacked, if you will, by a few in my own country but more particularly by people in other countries who constantly belittle the U.S. - our way of life, our economy, and our people in general. (Forgetting, of course, that we are made up of people from their own country, ironically enough). I never realized just how miserable I was supposed to be until I started logging into this site regularly, to learn that everyone in the U.S. was about to lose his job, his house, everything... and that we are all essentially the laughing stock of the world. I have had the privilege of traveling throughout much of the world: I travel to Canada almost monthly, been to Europe, the Middle East and Asia (actually lived in South Korea for a year while in the military). I have to admit, when I read comments from around the world by those who constantly bash us - not just simply bashing Pres Bush for having severe syntax issues - but bashing Americans/U.S. in general for having a sub-standard way of life, misguided economic and foreign policies, et al... I find it rather amusing - especially having been to their countries. I suppose if I felt as though I did not have much of a life, I would spend my time posting on the internet about how stupid all the Canadians, Brits, Aussies, et al are ... but I do have better ways of spending my time and choose not to generalize an entire nation in an attempt to feel better about myself. When I consider the innovation, the goodwill of my country toward other countries in the form of aid - we even aid our enemies - I am actually confounded by the America bashing: is it jealousy? What constitutes it? Let this be the official thread where all the NON-U.S. residents (please just them) reveal to us in a succinct, coherent manner, how we can better ourselves and be more like you. How can we better our horrible economy, raise our standard of living to be like yours and make everyone around the world our friend? This is your chance, most of you take every opportunity you get to throw in the obligatory anti-America rant whenever possible... so have at it and enlighten us with your intellectual prowess. I am hoping for more than just the typical "Bush is stupid," "Americans are stupid, fat, lazy idiots," "capitalism is evil" - now I realize this eliminates for most of you the majority of your witty repertoire, but I have confidence in your posting abilities. I will help out a little to get you started. Explain in detail, with examples, (not theory) why your socialist system is more effective to raise standards of living across the board than ours. (I will admit, we are getting more and more like that - having adopted a form of Keynesian economics through the years). Explain how we (the U.S.) should conduct ourselves foreign policy-wise that will also allow us to prevent another 9/11 (conspiracy theorists need not apply). Are the terrorists misunderstood and can we "sit down" with them and reason as some of you suggest? Please explain your detailed rationale. And anything else you want to add. Have at it, my friends... peace.