Does America Still Have The Balls It Used To? Part 2

I appreciate that everyone gave me their good old 2 cents on the first part. It is obvious this country has it's flaws e.g. Debt, Idiots trying to take God out of the equation on which this country was found on, overpaid union workers, we pay for others healthcare, prostitution is illegal etc.

Taking a look at our GDP, military power, world presence and knowing our Banks are the biggest and most powerful in the world, makes me feel releived we the people put in more work hours than anyone else in the world so we can buy shit we don't need but we buy it why? BECAUSE WE WANT IT!

So how do we fix the problem that we are faced with as far as so many people out of work and so many jobs being shipped out of this beautiful country?
like a bunch of you fellas pointed out... we don't, we let it be and wait for the country to reinvent itself as it always has for over 200 years.

I might have sounded too bearish on America on my last post.
We do need to add jobs and pay down this sovereign debt, budget deficit gaps need to be sewn shut, enough with the full pay pensions which are making states go sour.

Why do we have so much Gold at Fort Knox? Isn't gold at an all time high? why dont we sell all that yellow stuff that has no utility and fill up Knox with Platinum? Just a thought.

About the Chinese imports ordeal... It sucks but you guys are right, it is capitalism let's make money off of some cheap labor and profit from it. All it takes is some time before the people realize their goverment is slaving them and google gives them a good peek at the world.
We make money from them in other ways...McDonald's is popping up in every corner and don't worry chilis and applebees is coming next week. Tyson and General Mills are already looking in to feeding them also.

From busting Russian spy rings to blocking chinese steel companies from buying into our beloved steel industry. The CIA is kicking ass as to protecting our national security.

So does America Still have the Balls it used to?

-Our GDP is higher than Japan's, China's and Germany's together

So basically Yes, America does have the Balls.

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Comments (13)

Jul 6, 2010

Dude, Platinum costs more than Gold. Why would we sell gold and buy platinum? (Not to mention, selling all the gold from Fort Knox would cause gold to drop dramatically).

Also, only 1 American bank is on this list:
http://www.bankersalmanac.com/addcon/infobank/bank...
Not hating just need to point out the facts.

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Jul 7, 2010
<span class=keyword_link><a href=//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is... rel=nofollow>LIBOR</a></span>:

Dude, Platinum costs more than Gold. Why would we sell gold and buy platinum? (Not to mention, selling all the gold from Fort Knox would cause gold to drop dramatically).

Also, only 1 American bank is on this list:
http://www.bankersalmanac.com/addcon/infobank/bank...
Not hating just need to point out the facts.

I'm kind of relieved that only one American bank (JPM) has that much AUM. The Swiss were all pissed a couple years ago about how UBS had more under management than the Swiss GDP. I think we need smaller and more versatile banks. John Mack said in that he can't even keep tabs on what's going on in his bank, Morgan Stanley.

I wonder if the the biggest banks will ever be broken up.

Jul 7, 2010
barboon:

Idiots trying to take God out of the equation on which this country was found on.

The US is a secular democratic republic and our constitution is godless; makes no mention whatsoever of God.

It's even stated in Article 11 of the treaty between the US and Tripoli: "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion"

This document was endorsed by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering and President John Adams. It was then sent to the Senate for ratification; the vote was unanimous.

barboon:

prostitution is illegal

How would legalizing prostitution across the board help the nation in any way?

Jul 7, 2010

in 2009 the US was responsible for 46.5% of global military spend. oh, you want us to pay you? fuck off, we're going to invade you instead. BOOM. we got fucking balls.

http://www.globalissues.org/article/75/world-milit...

Jul 7, 2010

"Idiots trying to take God out of the equation on which this country was found on."
wtf? how are we still debating this in America?
Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were barely believers, and would probably be labeled as such by today's evangelists if they were still alive. george washington wouldnt take communion, and thomas paine was undoubtedly non-religious. But probably more importantly, everyone agreed that the US would be a secular nation.

Jul 7, 2010
David Hu:

"Idiots trying to take God out of the equation on which this country was found on."
wtf? how are we still debating this in America?
Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were barely believers, and would probably be labeled as such by today's evangelists if they were still alive. george washington wouldnt take communion, and thomas paine was undoubtedly non-religious. But probably more importantly, everyone agreed that the US would be a secular nation.

Yah I agree. I don't know what the OP is going for here. I personally think some people are ridiculous, like the people that think we should not display the ten commandments in front of a court house, but yeah, to claim that this country was founded to worship God is absurd. Europeans believe that God somehow gave their kings and queens (which they still have, btw) the right to rule. We don't engage in this backward sort of thinking (at least, for this particular issue), here in America.

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Jul 8, 2010
David Hu:

"Idiots trying to take God out of the equation on which this country was found on."
wtf? how are we still debating this in America?
Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were barely believers, and would probably be labeled as such by today's evangelists if they were still alive. george washington wouldnt take communion, and thomas paine was undoubtedly non-religious. But probably more importantly, everyone agreed that the US would be a secular nation.

Agree. OP is a fucking idiot, to be quite honest.

Jul 7, 2010

Be careful how you structure your argument. Many of your points paint too broad of a stroke and don't actually add to your argument at all. FYI, CIA isn't exactly "kicking ass." See the two-nearly successful attacks above Detroit and in New York City--both of which were the cause of intelligence flaws.

Jul 9, 2010

@ LIBOR: Gold has no real value as Warren Buffet was quoted saying "Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head..."

In my book Gold is screaming SELL SELL SELL in my book. (think P/E)

platimun has a lot of different uses in modern society and it's worth it's value...

@ everyone else: "ONE NATION UNDER GOD WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL" or how about
"IN GOD WE TRUST" need I say anymore?

"The higher up the mountain, the more treacherous the path"
-Frank Underwood

Jul 9, 2010
barboon:

@ LIBOR: Gold has no real value as Warren Buffet was quoted saying "Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head..."

In my book Gold is screaming SELL SELL SELL in my book. (think P/E)

platimun has a lot of different uses in modern society and it's worth it's value...

@ everyone else: "ONE NATION UNDER GOD WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL" or how about
"IN GOD WE TRUST" need I say anymore?

That was my point... gold's value is derived from the very fact that we value it as a means of exchange. I don't think paying for platinum would benefit us at all?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_coin
Personally I'm all about a return to the gold standard. The gold standard didn't work originally because of growing population/capital stock, etc. We do not need to inflate the money supply, since our society isn't really growing in terms of population. Thus, gold, with its fixed supply, would work relatively well when population/growth remain steady/constant.

And dude, just because those two slogans mention God doesn't mean its justifiable

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Jul 16, 2010

Been lurking for awhile now, but man OP, your knowledge and perception of American history is just pitiful.

In God We Trust - adopted as official national motto in 1956 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_God_We_Trust#Adopt...)
One nation under God - added to pledge of allegiance in 1954 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance#...)
I'm actually concerned that I might have been trolled into responding.

Jul 9, 2010

OK Libor... you got me! good points.

"The higher up the mountain, the more treacherous the path"
-Frank Underwood

Jul 16, 2010

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