A country that in a span of 25 years went from the highest manufacturing output, largest exporter of finished goods, largest middle class in rate of growth and total membership, largest producer and exporter of natural resources(including oil), foreign investment, highest average savings rate, to the largest debtor status, largest importer of finished good, consuming far more than able to produce, falling literacy and infant mortality rates...44th position!, largest and highest percentage of prison population, and fastest growing underclass. Really.....if you were not so biased in favor of the country, would you know these facts about a third country and still envy it? I see many countries that are viewed by most Americans as undeveloped or inferior which have more personal freedom, equality of opportunity, faster growing middle class, higher education standards, less stress, better access to education, health care, child care, public transportation, which have all been pretty much ignored by home in the US. I can be very optimistic when seeing how the direction of many countries is in a positive direction and just the opposite trend is occurring in the US. This is really not pleasant to witness. The normal response is to blame individual people, now the president is being blamed for all the problems but that is irrational, these trend lines started 30 years ago.