Just provide your own axioms. I would rather burn holy scriptures than read them. The you-have-not-learned anything was a comment about your methods rather than your results.
Children should learn that their method is more important than how many books they can quote.
I agree a gradual approach is likely best. Europe has 731 million and most countries have a health care system equivalent to the Danish.
I strongly disagree with the environmental laws in the US. They are way too soft. The business is not generated by the laws but by the fact that environmental labs in the US operate like EU labs did 10 years ago.
I think it is a mistake to look at the Danish economy in a vacuum. It seems you agree.
You are right we have strict rules for people outside the EU. And I think the US should implement stricter control, minimum wages and a central database with information about all citizens.
You are right there are many many things that needs to be fixed in the US - but we have to start somewhere.
So an economy with a strong social dimension can perform really well? I thought it would be inefficient and produce products of low quality.
Improva, I am not going to have a lot of time to go into this today.
I just want to say, I give anyone credit for their honesty. There are some things you believe, and I have to accept them as your premises -- even if I disagree with them. But that still does not make them the truth (i.e. EPA).
The one thing that is interesting, is which comes first.....Strong Social Dimension (welfare?) or Strong Economy? I agree we have a lot of problems that are unique to the US.
* We have 314million people from all walks of life vs 6million (same culture?)
* We have huge debt that is climbing by trillions each year. Government wastes money on pet project/experiments.
* Victimhood is almost like a cool thing. How do kids get inspired, if they are taught the deck is stacked against them? Victimhood is like an industry in the US. Anyone profiting from this industry, has nothing good to say about the opportunities. US bad = don't try, is a dogma beating a drum. I know there are inequalities (there always will be), but that cannot be the major theme -- unless it is somone's career (I guess).
* list is longer.........but none of this has anything to do with the differences in Trade Balance. Denmark is doing very well economically, and has cash in the bank. The US does not. The US absorbs a lot of immigrans each year. Denmark cannot. etc etc on the differences.
It is the Chicken-and-the-Egg.....Govt spend money vs Cash Flow to pay for it.
Greece has had to face this dilemna recently (as well as the EU). California Govt is also too dumb to figure out there is a financial problem (complete thread by itself, but I am changing status to another state. Calif is going bankrupt). People who support government with bias, think that money does not matter -- like it grows on trees.
.......I am fairly certain you do not run your business that way, right? If your personal economy takes a dive, you will start cutting somewhere (responsibility). Politicians have no "accountability" or "responsibility" for their screw-ups. It takes a crisis for people to realize that their government is too fat. Everyone should be watching Greece and California (among others). The riots in Greece are silly and give a window into part of the issue IMO.
Lot more to say, but not a lot of time today. I do appreciate your honesty. At least I see some give in the conversation.
BTW, I have also been a teacher (Junior High and HighSchool), as well as a volunteer at InnerCity Children projects (PAL, Police Athletic League). I completely appreciate the value of education (top of my list) and positive activities such as sports . I agree strongly on the value of education to any country -- which I believe is at the core of your beliefs (correct me if I am wrong).
Unfortunately in the US, partly because of the victimhood syndrome, many kids don't even try. The Teacher Unions also protect bad teachers and systems. I believe a major part ofthe Unions are a cancer to the education system.
........Many kids just don't try, or worse cannot try, because of the distractions in their schools. Most of it starts at the home IMO. But I do think it is government's job to protect the kids who do want to learn. This is very sad to me. My guess is that Denmark does not have this ugly situation.
In short, undeniable that the US has some social issues. But we also have bank account issues (DEBT). I repeat, unleash the entrepreneurs and small businesses -- and get some positive cash flow coming in. Second, to your theme, protect the kids who do want to learn in schools. This may be the "voucher" system. Responsibility and Accountability for the schools (and unions) that still want to exist.
.........Education is not a money problem in the US. It is a quality and "accountability" problem.
I won't have a lot of time to respond today on this thread. I have already contributed a lot, right? lol