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Newsweek: “We Agree With the Huffington Post: America Sucks”

Failing left-wing propaganda rag Newsweek set out to find the best country in the world and decided that not only does America suck compared to Euro-socialist paradises like Finland, but it’s also Bush’s fault.

America hasn’t recovered from the serious blows to its stature delivered by nearly a decade of policy debacles. As Obama never tires of reminding the American public — which is listening less and less, judging by his poll ratings — he inherited a Herculean task: the Augean-stable-size mess left behind by George W. Bush. First there was the diversion of military resources and attention from Afghanistan to Iraq — a draining, misdirected war and occupation that many believe never should have been launched. Then there was the long period of fiscal, regulatory, and financial recklessness that contributed to the worst-ever downturn since the Great Depression. Finally, Washington squandered its chance to lead on climate change.

But countries that are going broke because of socialized health care are teh awesome:

(Newsweek) declared France the “Best Place to Have a Baby,” trumpeting “as much as seven months’ paid leave, low-cost health care, and a baby nurse who makes house calls. If (the mother is) sick, the government sends someone to do the family’s laundry.

So, Newsweek’s criteria for being a good country were high taxes, nanny statism, socialized health care, embrace of Global Warming nutjobbery, and ‘Sex in the City‘ moral codes. Freedom and opportunity were not highly prized values in this competition.

No wonder their magazine is failing.

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