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  •  Thanks for your response. (7+ / 0-)

    I applaud all green energy efforts, but they are not even close to enough, even at record production, they are not even in the ball park. Temperature rise is going to start happening on an exponential curve, and we are not even making a dent in green house gas production-even in Germany and the rest of Europe.

    I also agree that the US is in desperate need of reconfiguring our electricity grid system and addressing our infrastructure problems.

    High speed rail is great, and there are at least some dedicated tracks being built right now in the US, for example the rail line between Chicago and St Louis. A large part of the track is in testing phase now, and other parts are near completion. Check it out.

    HSR

    I know this isn't the only one too, rail lines are being constructed all over the country. Also, new freight lines and bypasses are being built to deal with the volume problems in hubs like Chicago.

    Germany is much smaller than the US, and it will take some time to lay down all of the tracks necessary for our train system. Also, as you know taking those trains in Europe is extremely expensive, much more expensive than Amtrak is here in the states, even the regular lines, but especially the high speed lines.

    I am just not a big fan of the contrasting of countries, or one country pointing out the fault of others. I don't see how the contrast is helpful, and I think your diaries get a lot of emotional responses out of people. Personally, I do a lot of traveling and I find that people are bigoted towards Americans, just like Americans are bigoted toward them. Using stereotypes to reaffirm superiority is just not my cup of tea.

    I think your diaries would be better if, rather than talking about the decline of the US and how great Germany is, you would just stick to talking about how great it would be if the US had a high speed rail system like Europe, which we are in the process of building. Just drop the unnecessarily harsh contrast and derogatory language and most people would agree with your points. Look how skillfully Michael Moore contrasts our Medical system with Europe's in Sicko, he doesn't make any point to say that European's see us as morons or anything like that. He merely sticks to the benefits of their system.

    "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

    by ranger995 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 02:52:00 PM PST

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    •  To ranger995 - Great post (3+ / 0-)
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      Thank you also for your suggestion. All feedback is welcomed. As for myself, I don't know if my approach is always the best but it is an honest approach but I'm grateful to get reader support on, because I have known people who have DIED in America because they didn't have health insurance. Their passing to me is real and painful. I write these diaries in their memory.

      Please see the quote below from Reuters.

      (Reuters) - Nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year -- one every 12 minutes -- in large part because they lack health insurance and can not get good care, Harvard Medical School researchers found

      sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

      by Democrats Ramshield on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 03:00:15 PM PST

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      •  There is no denying that the health care system in (3+ / 0-)
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        the United States is an absolute shameful disgrace. It is not that way because we are stupid or inferior, it is that way because the health care and health insurance industries are very powerful here. I mean we have for-profit hospitals.

        Focus your ire on them.

        "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

        by ranger995 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 03:08:35 PM PST

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        •  To ranger995 - Thanks for the post (0+ / 0-)

          Please note, the diary attempts to focus on the need for change. That's all. I think Americans have dying for health care reform. This must change.

          sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

          by Democrats Ramshield on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 03:19:30 PM PST

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        •  True, but the problem is deeper than that. (2+ / 0-)
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          It is not that way because we are stupid or inferior, it is that way because the health care and health insurance industries are very powerful here.
          The only reason those industries are very powerful here is that our politicians are very weak.

          They wouldn't have so much power if we had "representatives" who would do their jobs -- doing the right thing for the American people -- rather than trying to make as much corporate cash for themselves as possible.

          The ire should indeed be on those industries ... but equally on our government system which encourages our politicians to be in bed with them.  It is indeed a U.S. governmental problem.

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