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In America, we do so many things wrong that others do right

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To the editor,

I believe in American exceptionalism. America is unique. Unfortunately, it is unique in that we do so many things wrong that other countries do right. Examples follow.

Government — Through our twisted legislative process, a united but distinct minority can paralyze government. Our campaign process ensures that the rich and powerful, both corporations and individuals, have influence far beyond that of ordinary citizens.

Education — College ...

To the editor,

I believe in American exceptionalism. America is unique. Unfortunately, it is unique in that we do so many things wrong that other countries do right. Examples follow.

Government — Through our twisted legislative process, a united but distinct minority can paralyze government. Our campaign process ensures that the rich and powerful, both corporations and individuals, have influence far beyond that of ordinary citizens.

Education — College costs students too much, requiring many to become saddled with debt that will be with them their entire lives. An amazing number of current retirees still have student loans outstanding. Other worthy people find they cannot attend at all.

Health Care — As is so well documented, our health care treatments may be the best in the world, but our health care financing is the worst, providing the worst outcomes for the most money.

Taxes — Our system of personal income taxes is outrageously complicated and, worse, unfair. Many other countries collect their revenue in much fairer and simpler ways. This means a Value Added Tax. Our corporate tax system is even worse, and should be abolished outright since it collects dollars almost capriciously and it is impossible to know for sure whose pockets the dollars are coming from.

Guns — Too many weapons in too many hands in too many places.

I don't think there is anything shameful in looking at how other societies approach their social issues. We might even learn something.

Johan Andersen

Gilford