With a gross domestic product of 13.5-13.7 trillion dollars, the united states is the most monetarily successful country in the world at present time. Traditionally a capitalist society, the United States thrives on the buying and selling of goods and services between private enterprise and business, and not through heavy taxation or government legislation and intervention, such as our neighbor to the north as well as many of the European Union nations. In the United States, the citizens are not FORCED to be held personally responsible for the hospitalization and healthcare costs of those who offer absolutely nothing to society. Due to that, we are not FORCED to wait on average 4 months to see a specialist once diagnosed with a disease (a study calculated by the Frasier Institute of Canada). also unlike our neighbors to the north, who's physicians must deal with absolutely EVERYONE.
Unlike the ignorant impressions of American healthcare by most Canadians, Americans with any sort of decent job have health insurance financed by the companies they work for, in most cases at no cost to the end user. At the other end of the spectrum, the poor/misfortunate/unemployed in America also have access to free healthcare in the form of charity hospitals and free clinics, who's turnaround time is about on par with the services enjoyed by ALL Canadians.
With a population of 304 million people, the United States is the 3rd most populous nation in the world, behind P.R.China, and India.
Though the popular and convenient thing as of late is to mock and insult the United States for their inflated military budget, the gross emasculation of the U.N. member states' military, as well as many third world welfare states, have increasingly left the rest of the world completely dependent on the United States to act as their muscle, or police in some scenarios due to lax or lazy, even paricitical practices of said nations.
A true nation of immigrants, the melting pot of the United States is made of of large groups of Africans, as well as African Americans, Aleut, American Indians, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Spanish, Irish, Italian, Mexican, Norwegian, Puerto Rican. As well as smaller, though still sizable populations of Chinese, Cuban, Dominican, Filipino, French Canadian, Hawaiian, Japanese, Polish, and Portuguese.
While the United States is often typified as being much more violent than other first-world countries (and in some places this is true) on a national level, the difference is as little as 2-3 homicides per 100k people in Canada, as opposed to 5-6 per 100k in America. Not a huge difference. Also notable is that London, England, where firearms are essentially illegal, is often equaling the murder rate of the often murder capital of the U.S. ( New Orleans, LA) Where firearms are most certainly not illegal to law-abiding citizens.
The United States... Not perfect, but not bad ;)
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