Is America The Greatest Country Ever?

I made the mistake of checking twitter as I was waiting for my flight to South Carolina. The very first tweet I read sent me over the edge.

I know I shouldn’t have read it and I know you can’t fact check someone who basically lives their life in the fact free MAGA universe:

Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio)

“55% of Democrats don’t think that America is the greatest country ever. “


“Crime has gotten so bad in liberal cities that stores are having to close early for safety reasons”

I know he is just baiting and trolling but the lack of intelligence and out right misinformation is stunning.

IF it is true that 55% of Democrats (or anyone) don’t think that America is the best country ever, all it is saying is that we have room for improvement.

I have lived in other countries. I CHOOSE to live here. There are many things that USA does great on. AND there are things we need to improve on.

Despite having the MOST police per capita and spending the MOST money on police and law enforcement IN THE WORLD the USA has the highest rate of violent crime (including murder, rape, school shootings, armed robbery) the highest rate of drug abuse and the highest incarceration rate as well as total prison population on the entire globe.

CLEARLY our criminal justice system is not working properly. Both Democrats and Republicans have been throwing money at the problem for decades. More money, more police, more tactical armor and vehicles in cities does not seem to be working.

To find the answer you need someone smarter than me. Liberals get accused of throwing money at a problem to fix it but both the left and the right have been throwing money at this problem for years and it doesn’t seem to be working. The “fiscally conservative” GOP wants to put even more money into this hoping it will go away. It seems when they preach about fiscal responsibility they are talking about YOU not THEM. When was the last time the GOP pushed for a middle class tax cut? They continue to cut taxes for the highest earners and hope that the money trickles down to us. Trickle down economics was debunked as a scheme (voodoo economics) in the 1980s.

Defund the police? NO

Require better education and training of those involved in the criminal justice system? YES. Most police officers in Europe get more than 5000 hours of training compared to just over 500 in the USA.

Do we need more police? No. We need better police.

The rate of murders in the USA has gone up at an alarming rate. Despite a media narrative to the contrary and an ill-informed tweet by Rep Jordan, this is a problem that afflicts GOP run cities and states at much or MORE than Democratic bastions.

In 2020, per capita murder rates were 40% higher in states won by Trump than those won by Biden. 8 of the 10 states with the highest murder rates in 2020 voted for the GOP presidential nominee in every election this century.

Other things which need improvement:

– The USA has the highest percentage of obese people in the world.

– The USA has highest divorce rate in the world by a wide margin

– The USA spends MUCH more on health care than any nation on the face of the earth.

– Americans have more student loan debt than anyone else in the world.

– The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than any other country in the world.

We can be better. Our citizens deserve better. Representative Jordan doesn’t address any problems or provide any solutions. He just wants you to hate the other guy. This is no way to run a house or a business let alone a country.

Is America the greatest country? We Could Be….

Here Is The House GOP’s Hit List If Republicans Retake Congress

From tech companies to Merrick Garland to Anthony Fauci, the list of investigation targets for the House GOP is long.

By Jonathan Nicholson

If Republicans win back control of Congress in November, buckle up for many, many investigations. 

House Republicans have offered few details of what sorts of governing and legislation they’d like to accomplish if they prevail in the midterms, but they haven’t been shy about making an enemies’ list. 

HuffPost went through House Republicans’ “Commitment to America” campaign document, public statements by party leaders and other accounts of investigation plans, showing a list of almost two dozen targets. And if one includes all the topics House Republicans have at least formally expressed an interest in looking into, the number of probe or hearing targets rises to more than 70.

Some of these may be subsets of others — “treatment of school closure protesters” could be part of a “the politicization of the Justice Department” probe, for example – but the target list runs the gamut, from the Afghanistan withdrawal to investigating the president’s son, Hunter.

Here’s the list: 

While this list is extensive, it may be too conservative. In the current Congress that began last year, House Republicans have filed 56 “resolutions of inquiry,” formal congressional resolutions asking specific parts of the administration to hand over documents and communications on matters of interest, potentially for later investigations.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) would likely head up the House Judiciary Committee if Republicans win House control in November and spearhead several panel investigations.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) would likely head up the House Judiciary Committee if Republicans win House control in November and spearhead several panel investigations.

While none of the resolutions have passed the House to force the administration to provide the materials, the amount and breadth of subjects — from seeking information on the “projected inflationary impact” of various big-ticket bills Democrats have passed to wanting information on failed anti-COVID drug ivermectin — provide another roadmap to potential GOP probe and hearing interest.

(In some cases, different lawmakers filed similar resolutions on the same subject or some resolutions were filed in slightly different form by the same lawmaker.)

Those subjects include (with wording coming directly from the resolutions):

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the likely chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which would head up many of these potential probes, told HuffPost the investigations were not retaliatory, despite the potential number and scope of them.

“No, it’s our constitutional duty,” he said. “The Judiciary Committee, we’re going to look at the immigration issue, we’re going to look at all the politics of the DOJ. That’s what we should do. We’ll do it in a way that’s consistent with the Constitution,” he said.

“Our main focus right now is winning. We’ve got to go out and win this election so let’s see what happens there. I think we’re going to.”