You realize, of course, that the "worlds" (first, second and third), have nothing to do with wealth, right? Third World - Wikipedia. I'll agree that we are first world, but that is NOT a compliment, it is a pejorative term.
Rock solid status? I've been hearing people talking about dropping the dollar as the reserve now for the last two years.
And although my early educationof which I remember precious littlemay have been influenced by government policy, it was not provided.
Yes, I do realize what it represents, but if we look at the GDP, average income, life expectancy, etc. of countries we consider first world nations it does reflect good things (and a trend of sorts) despite the title having nothing to do with that. So it isn't just irrelevant, but yes the title itself is meaningless.
Nope, even in our worst people still have great faith in the american dollar. Talk doesn't mean anything unless they act on it and nothing has changed in that regard for the most part.
Why the Dollar Will Remain the Global Currency - Businessweek
It refers to 2009, but that was just after the recession so I imagine it still stands.
I have no idea what you are implying here. Did you go to private school? If you went to public then it was organized and funded by the government (my education was great and so is my Uni). In any case, to ignore anything good the government has done or is capable of doing is looking at the world through some very pessimistic lenses (and does not reflect the whole story).
GDP - per capita (PPP) - Country Comparison
Hmm... I'm sure some people in this country have a rosier perspective, especially if they have not been too negatively effected by the collapse, (and I don't just mean the financial collapse), a lot of people I know have simply given up looking entirely. This affects statistics, as fewer job applications = lower unemployment, according to government bean counters.
And I'm pretty bad off, thanks. I'm having to live with my parents because the best I can find around here is seasonal work. And even that, as of late, is starting to dwindle, as people buy fewer and fewer Christmas gifts.
I simply prioritize the relatively minimal cost of Internet over other things, as knowledge is more important to me, than say, keeping my living environment over 60F in the winter. I have a variety of hand-me-down sweatshirts I can put on if I'm chilly.
I'm very sorry about your current situation, but it isn't a reflection of quite literally the majority of this country. Hell, even if unemployment were say 20% that still means 80% have jobs. Point being that even if your situation sucks that doesn't mean this country is in the toilet; It means you are a part of the fringe that is getting the grunt of our nations current problems. In any case, you were dealt some rough cards and sorry for coming off rash. It isn't so much rose colored glasses, but opportunities, location and timing. Where I live it isn't all that hard to find work. Where you live it is clearly different.
What other collapse are you speaking of?
As for mental illness, I think that a full workup by a physician should include mental health. I also think things like talk therapy should be covered by insurance (it's rather expensive and currently insurance forces doctors to prescribe rather than treat). Sometimes all these people need are someone to talk to who won't judge them. At the very least if they make a threatening gesture to the therapist they can then warn the police before it happens. So I guess that would just be mandated check ups and more overall health coverage. That'd be a lot easier to do with a single payer system though.
We can't force people to get help unless they are committing a crime and doing much else would be walking the line of what people consider acceptable.
On top of that some of the various suggestions for gun legislation to make it more difficult for those who still slip through the cracks.