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... is slowly disintegrating and it has me so sad. My government is hopeless. Wow, this is a bad time to be an American. I'm embarrassed by our leaders and the pains they are putting us, and the world, through. I hope those in Washington now, and 4 years ago, will someday understand their role in destroying a really great nation.

Sorry, it's a sad day for me.
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yori1976 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Professional Photographer
While I am not American, I am also embarrassed by my own leaders (I'll save you going to my page - Israel...).
The saddest thing is that I see no better alternative up in the ballot.
Culture has not managed to create a political system that allows the wisest people to rule. It allows the ambitious and driven people to rule, and this is seldom the best.
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KellyManaghan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:(
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Amber-EyedSpirit Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
We as a people are at fault, as well, though not nearly as much as some of the idiots we elected. A large portion of the people don't WANT or simply don't KNOW what in the world is going on, so why should they elect leaders (or have our electoral college elect leaders, as it were) that would do anything to bring around change. As someone once told me, it's going to be hard to get real change, because "the people will always vote bread and circuses for themselves."
But I agree. Our current leadership is crap, though it makes me no less proud to be an American citizen. It could be ten thousand times worse; we should really change things before it DOES become ten thousand times worse.
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Marie-Aude Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Because we have exactly the same problem in France, I'd say a country has the government it deserves... and it builds up problems and weaknesses for years before they explode and come out in the light. Good luck to all of us
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Phantom-Love-Story Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Our world is run by idiots. :nuu: Yea. :stare:
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Hugbell Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly I think we Americans should find a way to kick those in office out now while we still can and find people that work with money everyday and put them up there to fix this debt crisis, either that or find professors from Harvard or something. There's bound to be SOMEONE more capable of doing what needs to be done than these clowns; and maybe we could find someone HONEST while we're at it that won't play scare tactics.

But I totally agree it's a sad day to be an American.
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Amber-EyedSpirit Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
It's pretty much a sad truth that it's almost impossible to be truly honest in our political atmosphere. If you don't play the political game, you get silenced or kicked out.
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
It's a pretty shitty time to be in the UK too. Does everyone end up feeling like this about the country they live in?
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HeyItsSpiffy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
I feel your pain. Mainly because they've also helped screw over the international markets, so that's a big chunk of my savings down the toilet too. (I'm in the UK). Yeah, thanks for that, guys. :sarcasm:
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Ethio Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
My world...
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I-rE-nA-216 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
id sometimes wish government would listen to its people, not themselves... AND we would need to start buying American made things, not Chinese... no offence out there but Chinese made things always break and never work anymore once broken, yes its cheaper but its helping them not us. American made things are more expensive but i guess thats because more people buy imported things than "home-made" so they need to raise the price. Funny thing is that theres a lot of people from different parts of the world who WANT to come to america.....
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Dousedflames Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student
I know exactly what you mean. :/
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stoneclaw Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student General Artist
I agree. ): I wish we could wipe the slate and get people who want to serve their country and not themselves.
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Brttnybr08 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student Photographer
Hence why I want to move to England. D:
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HeyItsSpiffy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
We have the distinction of slightly fewer loonies in positions of power... and since we're practically joined at the hip to the USA politically, I have a feeling that gap will be closed within the next few years. :fear:
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Brttnybr08 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Student Photographer
D:
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HeyItsSpiffy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Yep. :|
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MayuCVA Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I feel terrible about what is going on in America, since i now live here, but hey... at least its not as bad as mexico C: > Mexico was an AMAZING, and extreamly friendly place, and now all of it is full of mafia/cartel wars :c

Hopefully America can pull trough tho.... It would be a HUGE shame if it all got ruined....
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Advent-CK Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I never thought that politicians could hit the bottom of a bottomless pit. Maybe (hopefully) we as a nation can change, this time for the better! I love this country but man we have issues and major priority problems.


"People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people."
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AcousticSpazz Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student Photographer
Our government is aiming to destroy us.
I cannot believe how much debt this coutry has racked up...
it is unbelievable
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boringcabage Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you know after a while and when America looses more money....they will be allowed to sack the bill of rights. and then you got a country with military rule.
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Sketchymaloo Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
*sigh* a sad day indeed. And it's not like we as a whole are a bad country of people or anything. It's just the leadership. Unfortunately it's the people at the top who not only make the piss poor decisions that they have, but give a bad rep for the rest of the entire country.

But it's not like anybody didn't see something like this coming......look at Rome and the former english Empire, or even the former USSR. Not only the bigger they are, the harder they fall, but all things must come to an end in general.
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thegrinchlover Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What happened, if you don't mind me being ignorant?
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kyidyl Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
In addition to what mp3chuck said, which is all correct, one political party refused to sign the budget into law or raise the debt ceiling (which is apparently something routine, which I didn't know, I thought it was an emergency sort of thing) until the other party agreed to their demands (they put riders onto the budget that had nothing to do with money.). The credit rating of the country as a whole was reduced, and it's basically just a cluster over money, where the only people who get hurt are the poor and middle class (which is to say, the 90% of the people who control only 30% of the country's wealth, and don't have any real power either.).
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thegrinchlover Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Money is so pointless to me. I wish we would trade favors for favors instead of green papery cloth-like stuff. I remember Mom used to tell me that that was wrong and she wanted something that had worth, but then she decided that the economy was crap and it's favor-trading that created jobs.
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kyidyl Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, trading favors would be kind of...not good. It would pretty much summarily eliminate anyone who was socially or physically disabled (Not to say those people can't do anything, I'm more talking about people who can't interact with others or can't take care of themselves) people from ever getting anything. Also, someone still would have to determine the value of a "favor" on a national and global scale. If the answer with that is "don't trade on a national or global scale", then you'd probably have to rethink things. Interacting with each other is how we move forward.
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thegrinchlover Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's true. I didn't think about it that way, but you know what I mean? There could always be music or stories or favors or even, hey, the kindness out of somebody's heart, but in a purely worth-type of way, I suppose for now, money is the best option. But even still--sometimes disabled people still sometimes aren't able to get that, you know?
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kyidyl Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
There are music and stories and favors. I dunno, IMO a lot of the way this problem happened in the first place is due to a favors system. The rich elected Bush, ergo he gave them mountains of tax cuts. A lot of big business here don't even *pay* taxes (and, in a lot of cases, actually get refunds) due to the tax cuts that Bush made that protect the rich (see: [link] Sums it up pretty nicely.). Obama tries to fix the problem, but I think it's beyond fixing with our gov't as it stands. We'd need massive, sweeping changes. He's also going to have a hard time because the Legislative branch of our gov't (we have the judicial, the legislative, and Executive. Judicial is the supreme court, Legislative makes laws and is comprised of the senate and the house, and the executive is the President and VP.) is controlled by the party that opposes the president, so he doesn't get a lot of his stuff passed.
I think when people look back at Obama he'll be seen as kind of a lost president, because the problems didn't instantly melt away the day he took office. TBH, a lot of the problems would be lessened if we repealed Bush's tax cuts for the rich and for large businesses (then we would be taking in more of what we need to operate.), but it isn't gonna happen.

It's just really sad because basically, our country is going down the tubes. And I don't mean in a socially unconscious, over-dramatic, world-is-going-to-end sort of way. I mean in the "wow, we've really screwed it up and we're looking at a lot of really rough years ahead of us" sort of way.
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thegrinchlover Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh. I'm still just a high schooler who only pays with money she knows she has :/ So yeah.

Oh, yeah, I'm sure it'll be rough for the next five six years. Moo.
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rmpaul Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
Our government has basically proven that it's useless, and incapable of living within its means, while burdening its people with the results of its incompetence.

As for our financial situation, I think Dave Ramsey put it best:
“If the US Government was a family, they would be making $58,000 a year, spending $75,000 a year, and are $327,000 in credit card debt. They are currently proposing 'BIG' spending cuts to reduce their spending to $72,000 a year. These are the actual proportions of the federal budget & debt, reduced to a level that we can understand.” – Dave Ramsey


You or I, in that situation, would never continue to receive credit from the banks. We would be forced to adjust our spending in such a way that we weren't acquiring more debt. But our government, instead of actually cutting back, has applied for yet another credit card and promised to stop buying Starbucks on the way to work ... which solves no real problem.
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JamesBardolph Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Wow, you guys are fucked.
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thegrinchlover Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, debt, our old friend.

I suppose it's a good thing that neither my mom nor myself use a credit card? And I know I never will. Is that any benefit at all or am I still in the same boat? Because I know that it backlashes on me still.
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Moonlight-shadow434 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm moving to Ireland. End of story.
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HeyItsSpiffy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
Well, at least their debts are only in the billions, so I guess that's an improvement. :hmm:
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rubberbend Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
The world is sinking into a cluster cuss, and that's not just saying it politically...
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rmpaul Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
Yeah ... it's fucking scary. Time to learn Chinese, I think.
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Isotoperuption Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sad day for a lot of us Americans who are continually embarrassed by their leaders and the choices they make.

We will be owned by china very soon and not just financially.
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IZZY-CHAN13 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I second that notion.
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Brainmatters Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
That's why I'm moving to Canada.
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gravenimagez Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Artist
Ditto.
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devilicious Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
they are aLL children up there
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HeyItsSpiffy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
I think you're being generous there, Mary. Poo-flinging monkeys would be my analysis of the current Congress. :roll:
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clashdust Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student Interface Designer
My condolences.
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