Umm....when was it a bad thing to have a high rate percentage of criminals behind bars? Do you prefer them to be walking out on the streets?
Regarding that general sense of well being among the people some polls indicate that people in the US generally rate their life satisfaction at 7.4 while Argentinians rate it at 6.8, that's hardly a big difference to make loud statements about. Now I've said this before but I'll say it again, according to you: "The reality is that the US has environmental protection laws that are far stricter than those of most countries."And what about the government? "The government does not cheat its citizens." You also say that: "Government services are provided in a generally very efficient way,"sergio" said:Elpanada, I didn't say there was anything "special" about the US. I said that overall the courts work quite well, that there is more justice, that there is a clear cut balance of power between the branches of government, that there is much less corruption and that there is a general sense of well being among the people. I don't consider these "special"characteristics. People in the US, Canada, much of Europe, Australia, etc. consider these normal characteristics for their societies. I never said that the US is perfect. I acknowledged its flaws. Defending the pluses of the US is not the same as saying that it is a paradise.