I keep wanted to yell, "It doesn't have to be that hard!" to the US. I have a unique perspective living in Australia with a progressive govt, by comparison to the US, having grown up in Cincinnati and lived in Dallas. So much clearer now that any English speaking and/or industrialized nation is Left of the US, with its center having flown so far Right the past 30 yrs. With a 45% top marginal tax rate here (early Reagan era level), we're #2 on the UN's Human Develpment Index and the US is #12: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_inequality-adjusted_HDI

Only industrialized nation w/o universal health care. (note: Oz since 1975, just 1.5% tax levy, as an example): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicare_%28Australia%29#Program_funding

People convinced to vote against their own interests: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8474611.stm

Australia's regulated economy has been performing nominally better than the US and the other economies of the OECD and has supported economic growth for 16 consecutive years: http://www.x-rates.com/d/USD/AUD/graph120.html


When Australia had their Culumbine in Tasmania around teh same time, Prime Minister John Howard’s first and most popular law reform stands as the world’s most successful reform of gun laws. Again, no NRA to lobby/stop: http://www.crikey.com.au/2008/09/09/what-john-howard-could-teach-the-us-about-gun-control/

Abortion is not a poitical issue here or anywhere but the US. Climate change is understood as it was in the US in the 60s and 70s, as opposed to the US resurrecting this 35 yr old anti-science formula used by the tobacco lobby? This recent fear of climate change which was universally/globally acknowledged (bipartisan) throughout the 60s, hence Nixon's EPA in 1970 - and Nixon's Clean Water Act in 1972 that Cheney repealed in 2005 for fracking.

It's the narrative that's been repackaged since, and it works bc environmental regulation is seen to interfere with big business' pollution. So the message goes from the Kochs' Americans for Prosperity via lobbies and Fox through Dick Armey and Breitbart to those that brought their own lawn chairs... to us: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change_denial#Connections_to_the_tobacco_lobby


USA ranks between Yemen and Saudi Arabia in capital punishment. No capital punshment or guns here (no NRA): http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/number-executions-state-and-region-1976


Ranked in order of cap punishment deaths per capita:

China 2k/1b = .0001%

Alabama 5/4m = .0001%

Mississippi 3/3m = .0001%

Saudi Arabia 27/27m = .0001%

Oklahoma 3/4m =.00008%

Syria 17/22m =.00008%

Ohio 8/12m =.00007%

Texas 17/25m =.00007%

Botswana 1/2m = .00005%

Palestine 5/11m = .00005%

Virginia 3/8m = .00004%

Georgia 2/10m = .00002%

USA 46/312m = .00001%

Bangladesh 9/157m = .000006%

Florida 1/19m = .000005%

Egypt 4/83m = .000005%


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