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Where Are the World’s Happiest Countries?
time.com ^ | April 6 2012 | Sonia van Gilder Cooke

Posted on 04/06/2012 9:22:38 PM PDT by NoLibZone

If you’re happy and you know it, you probably live in one of these countries. The U.N. has released a new list ranking countries in terms of happiness, based on Gallup polls taken from 2005-2011.

The top 5 are:

  1. Denmark
  2. Finland
  3. Norway
  4. Netherlands

  5. Canada

There’s definitely a pattern here.

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1 posted on 04/06/2012 9:22:43 PM PDT by NoLibZone
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To: NoLibZone

Study conducted by Columbia is saying that nations that lack diversity are happiest.

Also, nations that have National churches.

And nations that are 90% plus one race- white.

Liberals are such racists.

http://issuu.com/earthinstitute/docs/world-happiness-report?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222


2 posted on 04/06/2012 9:25:42 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Anybody but Obama, because it's not always about me. Thank God McCain/Palin lost! - Right?)
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To: NoLibZone

It sure isn’t this one.


3 posted on 04/06/2012 9:27:36 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: NoLibZone

See, blondes DO have more fun.


4 posted on 04/06/2012 9:28:07 PM PDT by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: NoLibZone

I guess the “jelly beans” in America aren’t very happy. I wonder why.


5 posted on 04/06/2012 9:30:35 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The libs don't want to save da planit. If they did, they'd boycott BIG oil and petroleum products.)
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To: Sequoyah101

U.S. might have been one in the 1950s.


6 posted on 04/06/2012 9:31:02 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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7 posted on 04/06/2012 9:31:15 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: NoLibZone

I'd say it's numerical in descending order.

8 posted on 04/06/2012 9:32:45 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: NoLibZone
Sorry. Socialists in Socialist countries say they are happy but have nothing to compare their existence with. I lived in a Socialist country. I was VERY unhappy. I KNEW what I was missing. My freedom. My freedom to excel at my own rate without the Government keeping me down. These lists are nothing but an attempt to convince Americans that other countries are happier than we are and we should try Socialism if we want to be happy, too. NO THANKS!
9 posted on 04/06/2012 9:42:05 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: NoLibZone

Happiness is a choice.


10 posted on 04/06/2012 9:49:34 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ("Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!")
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To: originalbuckeye

My sister married a Dutchman...they lived in Amsterdam for over 10 years then moved here. They both wish they’d stayed in Holland. My brother in law’s brother is now nicely retired and having a happy life - he was a fairly famous scientist in his field - the sister is also not working and has a villa in Tuscany. Meanwhile my brother in law - who has a PhD - is not only smart but also a very hard worker - just got laid off again.

I can understand the point of view my sister and her husband have given their experiences.

However, the US isn’t Holland, what with all our give aways to other countries, wars in far away places, funding of takers who have no intention of ever giving back....etc. Life would be different here if it hadn’t fallen on our shoulders to be the big dog of the world....not to mention our own very expensive corruption problems.


11 posted on 04/06/2012 10:04:05 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: NoLibZone

Ahhh...white privilege, ya gotta love it. ;)


12 posted on 04/06/2012 10:14:15 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: NoLibZone

America 2012 sucks pretty hard....


13 posted on 04/06/2012 10:14:36 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: originalbuckeye

It’s a UN list - ‘nuf said.

Wonder if people from any of these “happiest” countries were offered instant, automatic U.S. citizenship - think they’d turn it down?

No, of course not.


14 posted on 04/06/2012 10:24:47 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: luvbach1

Good times. The 80s weren’t bad either really nor the 90s terrible. Clintoon made me scream at the television but he was mostly neutered by the congress.


15 posted on 04/06/2012 10:34:04 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: llandres

You didn’t read my post. The answer is yes, they’d turn it down.

My 1/2 Dutch niece and her fiancee plan on moving to Holland as soon as she graduates. They want outta here.

We’re trying to hire an Australian pilot who has a Polish wife and she’s literally afraid for her safety to come here - afraid she’ll be shot.

For reasons real and imagined - we’ve got some big problems.


16 posted on 04/06/2012 10:38:43 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: NoLibZone

I make more money now than I ever have and ironically am happier too.

Not having to sweat the small stuff like replacing tires and the ridiculous power bills like I used to takes a lot of weight off of one’s shoulders.


17 posted on 04/06/2012 10:40:25 PM PDT by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: NoLibZone

Happiness is Mandatory, citizen. The Computer is your friend.


18 posted on 04/06/2012 10:41:37 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Aria
My 1/2 Dutch niece and her fiancee plan on moving to Holland as soon as she graduates. They want outta here.

They'll be fine until the next time Germany needs to conquer France.

19 posted on 04/06/2012 10:51:52 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Tzimisce

America 2012 sucks pretty hard....


If 0bama is re-elected, ......


20 posted on 04/06/2012 10:52:36 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Far as I’m concerned we’re being conquered right now - guess I don’t need to list the various groups who are doing this to us.


21 posted on 04/06/2012 10:58:18 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: luvbach1
...the 1950s.

I was born in 1943 so I was old enough to remember well the 1950's. Things really were so much different and better in nearly every way then.

Homosexuality was rightly considered by nearly everyone as a perversion. Cigarette smoking was pretty widespread and having an ashtray on the coffee table was the mark of a well-appointed home. Everything is upside down from that sane world. Sodomites are considered "normal" and smoking is now seen as deviant behavior. The America I remember from the 50's was really a happy era.

President Eisenhower's "Operation Wetback" was in full force and it sent the illegals scurrying back across the Rio Grande. Our beautiful country wasn't overrun with the 3rd world criminals as it is now. Children were well-behaved and minded their parents. The degeneracy brought about by the hip-hop "culture" couldn't even be imagined back then.

As a case in point of the changes in my lifetime, we'd visit our relatives in Memphis back then. What's now a crime-ridden, violence-plagued city used to known as one of America's safest and quietest cities. It was safe for me, even as a 12-year old, to walk down Union Avenue in the heart of town. Our whole family could take the city bus lines without fear from downtown out to our relatives' home near Highland Avenue.

It's hard to believe now but the Memphis of my youth was filled with Godly, kind, prosperous and genuinely happy people back some 55 years ago. And, of course, Obama has only made things even worse.

22 posted on 04/06/2012 11:03:00 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Aria

“My sister married a Dutchman...they lived in Amsterdam...”
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When I started international traveling and living 12 years ago, my gateway into Europe was Amsterdam, as KLM ran a non-stop flight between Memphis and Amsterdam.

I often had plenty of time between flights to take a quick train into t6he city and walk over to the red light district to have a few drinks and walk around...quite fun.
On overnight trips in Amsterdam, the van Gogh museum was always a must do.
I did not, however, get to know any Dutch people.

Only in the last three years have I really come in personal contact with Dutch expats here in the Philippines, and they are regarded as the absolute worst and most disgusting expats in town. They all have a bad reputation here.
Maybe they were run out of their country.


23 posted on 04/06/2012 11:13:47 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Aria
We’re trying to hire an Australian pilot who has a Polish wife and she’s literally afraid for her safety to come here - afraid she’ll be shot.

That Polish wife ought to take a cue from Denny Crane: Thank God for Guns!

Here in America, we still have the freedom guaranteed by the Second Amendment, which is our assurance of our God-granted rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the topic of this thread.


24 posted on 04/06/2012 11:19:11 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Tzimisce

“America 2012 sucks pretty hard....”

It might be wise to enjoy this period now.


25 posted on 04/06/2012 11:25:04 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to support Willard. He is what he is.)
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To: re_nortex

“we’d visit our relatives in Memphis back then. What’s now a crime-ridden, violence-plagued city used to known as one of America’s safest and quietest cities.”
_________________________________________________

You are only one year older then me.
I was born in Memphis, 1944, and lived there my first 20 years until moving 50 miles east, into the countryside.
My father was a Main street merchant, Bond Clothes.
My parents stayed in Memphis (The Village) until they died.

For most of my life the city was 60 white/40 black.
It is now reversed and the blacks run everything.
The city is murder capital of the US, and the great elements of the government have been run into the ground.

Of course, America’s problems are now perverse everywhere
and the country is on the verge of self destruction.


26 posted on 04/06/2012 11:29:53 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: NoLibZone
As it's now early on Easter Sunday morning, it must be mentioned that true happiness only comes from accepting Christ as Savior and Lord.

The five countries listed are largely socialist (Canada less so) and secular. What they perceive as happiness is not at all genuine since that comes only from Almighty God. They may have a sense of smug contentment but it's far from the authentic happiness of living life in accord with God's will.

27 posted on 04/06/2012 11:38:19 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: AlexW

That’s interesting about the expats. I’m staying with my sister and her husband tomorrow night so I’ll have to ask them about this.


28 posted on 04/06/2012 11:48:33 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
My 1/2 Dutch niece and her fiancee plan on moving to Holland as soon as she graduates. They want outta here.

They'll be fine until the next time Germany needs to conquer France

Or until approximately 2035, at which time the Netherlands becomes Muslim-majority.

29 posted on 04/06/2012 11:55:48 PM PDT by denydenydeny (The more a system is all about equality in theory the more it's an aristocracy in practice.)
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To: Aria

There are always exceptions to the rule, but as people are finding out in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and to some degree in all of Europe, Inflated benefits, extra vacation, early retirments and shortened work weeks, are chickens that do eventually come home to roost.

Some of the Socialists countries who depend on others to defend them can kick the can further down the road by diverting the money they would spend on defense, but eventually you always run out of other people’s money.


30 posted on 04/07/2012 12:11:32 AM PDT by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: Aria

I did - but I daresay your brother-in-law and his family don’t represent the rank and file in those countries.

I agree that we have big problems and also a big image problem, all being cultivated by an apologist president who despises our country, its defenders and citizens. Regarding your niece, young people are buying into BHO’s lies in alarming numbers.

Our main problems stem from who’s running our government and those who are subverting our educational system by brainwashing and dumbing-down generations of new and future voters.

If our president has no love or respect for America, how can we expect other countries to? This radical president and his equally radical coterie have promoted racism and class warfare to divide the country and it has not been lost on the rest of the world.

I think the difference is that for many, many, many of us who are Americans, there is hope and a deep belief that this nightmare can end and our republic can be saved, our alliances renewed and our enemies intimidated.


31 posted on 04/07/2012 12:18:54 AM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: denydenydeny
Or until approximately 2035, at which time the Netherlands becomes Muslim-majority.

And that's if they don't end up at the euthanasia clinic first!

32 posted on 04/07/2012 12:19:53 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: NoLibZone
Study conducted by Columbia is saying that nations that lack diversity are happiest.

Canada doesn't fit their criteria - very diverse as far as ethnic and racial history, nearly 20% of the country was born outside of Canada, the east and west coasts are very different, and the French and English-speaking types can seriously butt heads at times. Wonder how the liberals explain them being happy, yet very diverse....
33 posted on 04/07/2012 12:32:59 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: luvbach1

I was there... it was.


34 posted on 04/07/2012 12:34:51 AM PDT by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: llandres; NavVet

You make good points. My sister and her immediate family are liberals - they used to record Keith Olbermann - if you can believe that. She hates the idea that this is a “you’re on your own” country. She also complained that she’s been mostly working for insurance - forgetting that they put one kid through college, another almost through, paid off their house and took European vacations every year. They think Bush and Cheney are incredibly evil.

For the sake of family harmony we’ve learned to keep politics out of our conversation. However it will be hard to resist bringing up Olbermann...snicker!


35 posted on 04/07/2012 12:40:17 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: luvbach1
U.S. might have been one in the 1950s.

Depends on your economic status and where you lived. Being poor was not fun. If you were black and in the South, the Democrats weren't too keen on treating blacks equally...especially Democrats like Orval Faubus.

Korea messed up a lot of American soldiers and Marines physically or emotionally (or both), lots of folks were really worried about nuclear or conventional war with the Soviets.

I'm sure there were some that enjoyed a Norman Rockwell life, but probably not as many as you think. My parents shielded a lot of things from my brothers and I, but I can remember being terrified as a kid over Sputnik, and I remember my dad bluntly telling me that the duck and cover drills were "crap" and wouldn't do us much good given that we were always around Air Force bases.
36 posted on 04/07/2012 12:46:49 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Aria
Maybe it is time the Big Dog of the world took a you know what on a few of the leeches sucking off us. End all foreign aid for two years and see how they do on their own.
37 posted on 04/07/2012 12:56:25 AM PDT by Plumberman27
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To: Plumberman27

I couldn’t agree more.

Saw today that we are going to give China money for some green clean-up baloney or something. Is this nuts or what???


38 posted on 04/07/2012 1:11:10 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: NoLibZone
There’s definitely a pattern here.

Many Blonde's?
39 posted on 04/07/2012 1:28:12 AM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: NoLibZone
There’s definitely a pattern here.

Many Blonde's?
40 posted on 04/07/2012 1:33:22 AM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: af_vet_rr

Canada is 85% white and 3% black. Their largest minority is Asian.

BTW our foreign born population exceeds the entire population of Canada.


41 posted on 04/07/2012 1:40:08 AM PDT by OA5599
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To: NoLibZone

who gives a shit about a un poll?


42 posted on 04/07/2012 2:09:40 AM PDT by richardtavor
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To: NoLibZone
It's a stupid study; the methodology is bad (choose 1,000 persons who are 15 or more years of age from each country, with apparently no regard to population size or any consideration given to the existence of widely different cultural groups in a given country), so it's not a surprise that the results are garbage also. There's no analysis at all of cultural bias in the question development, which makes me think that they may well have done a good bit of this even in non-native languages.

GIGO.

43 posted on 04/07/2012 2:23:53 AM PDT by snowsislander (Gingrich 2012.)
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To: AlexW

“...and they (Dutch) are regarded as the absolute worst and most disgusting expats in town. “

Interesting. I heard the same thing many times about Dutch expats living in Spain when I was stationed in Rota.

It puzzles me because the Dutch folks I know (especially the women) were awesome in everyway. Of course, the only Dutch folks I know were military.


44 posted on 04/07/2012 4:03:15 AM PDT by Levante
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To: NoLibZone

These countries are all way north, and cold women are more cuddly.


45 posted on 04/07/2012 4:08:11 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: af_vet_rr
Of course I didn't mean things were perfect for anyone in the 1950s, just that people perhaps were happier overall, especially as they looked to their futures; unlike today, when a look to the future is depressing.
46 posted on 04/07/2012 4:21:17 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: NoLibZone
The types of surveys are usually pretty predictable. The "happiest" people in the world live in countries where: (1) they have a high standard of living, and (2) they can always count on someone else to pay their bills.

The U.S. never gets very close to the top of the list because even under Obama we still don't grade out well for Item (2).

I saw a report on a more fascinating research study that wasn't based on a survey, but on psychological tests of the citizens of various countries to determine levels of anxiety, depression, etc. In that study, Denmark and Singapore ranked highest. The researchers were puzzled because from every standpoint they were two countries at opposite ends of the spectrum: Denmark a free and open democratic society (it's actually common for kids to be left outside a grocery store sleeping in a stroller while the parents go shopping inside), and Singapore ruled by a royal family under a system of government that can be brutally repressive by Western standards (if you get caught littering on the street you face a lashing with a bamboo cane).

The researchers determined that the most important factors in determining "societal happiness" is not wealth or freedom, but the predictability and fairness of the social order. The countries whose citizens are most "happy" are those where the citizens truly believe that the deck is not stacked against them, and where leaders and commoners are pretty much subject to the same legal standards. Ingrained, institutional corruption was the single biggest factor that was common in all of the countries that ranked at the bottom of the list in that study. Iraq and Italy were the two most "unhappy" countries in the world, if I remember correctly.

This is how Singapore cultivates such "happy" citizens even under a fairly repressive governing structure. If a commoner gets caught littering, they might get 10 lashes with a cane. If a member of the ruling family gets caught littering, they probably get 20 lashes -- on national television.

47 posted on 04/07/2012 4:25:17 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Levante

“It puzzles me because the Dutch folks I know (especially the women) were awesome in everyway.”
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While I had lady friends from many countries, I never knew a Dutch woman.
On two occasions I was in Amsterdam with women, but they were both Hungarians.
One had a son with NATO and we rented a car to drive down to Belgium.
Dutch women might be very nice, but I have no idea.
All the Dutch that are here in the Philippines are single men, and they are the worst of the worst.


48 posted on 04/07/2012 4:34:14 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: af_vet_rr
Having lived in Canada (and I still do business there), I can speculate that the key to Canada's happiness is its size and relatively small population that is heavily concentrated heavily in and around about ten major cities.

Canada isn't really a "country" as most people would understand it, but a loosely-connected confederation of provinces. This makes it one of the ideal places in the world for someone to pack up, move somewhere else, and start all over again if circumstances require it.

I think the combination of these factors drive Canada's happiness.

One important consideration in Canada is that its "ethnic conflict" involves two groups (French and English) that really only coexist in the Federal government. It's not as if all of Canada's cities have French neighborhoods and English neighborhoods where the citizens always interact with each other. "French Canada" is largely concentrated in the province of Quebec, and the dirty little secret is that the French separatist movement has tremendous popularity among English-speaking Canadians who have no use for Quebec. Quebec's secession would be as well-received among other Canadians as the secession of Detroit and New Orleans would be received by hard-working, productive Americans here in the U.S.

49 posted on 04/07/2012 4:34:53 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: originalbuckeye
Socialist?

I assume you reside in the US. I reside in one of the "socialist" countries you refer to. We don't have a federal "food stamp" program or a school breakfast lunch and dinner program funded by the state. We have 48 weeks of unemployment payments, not 99 or 150 or whatever you are up to now.

We do have "socialized" medical coverage. The Canada Health Act runs a whopping 3 pages, not 2,700. The reason is that, although it is partially funded by the federal government, it is also funded by the provinces and administered by them, separately.

I could go on, but the point is that, in many ways, the US is more socialist than the countries mentioned. Sorry, friend, that is a fact.

Your Constitution and Bill of Rights are great documents, its just too bad that your government ignores them.

As for an ingrained welfare (socialist) mentality, check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o64Fz-KW1Dk

50 posted on 04/07/2012 5:45:02 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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