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The U.S. is No. 1, you say? Yep – in all the wrong ways

Posted 6/3/14

The biggest question I hear from many sources about relocating to Cuenca, Ecuador has to be, “Why would you leave the No. 1 country in the world and move to Ecuador?”

 

I have been asked that by friends, relatives, tourists, print …

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The U.S. is No. 1, you say? Yep – in all the wrong ways

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The biggest question I hear from many sources about relocating to Cuenca, Ecuador has to be, “Why would you leave the No. 1 country in the world and move to Ecuador?”tinyoconnoredbw

 

I have been asked that by friends, relatives, tourists, print and video journalists. What an easy question to answer!

 

After 50 years of working, including four years in the military, I was totally disenchanted with the U.S. regimes at every level telling me how to live every aspect of my government-regulated life – and tired of being taxed into poverty.

 

Is the USA No. 1? You bet it is. It ranks No. 1 in the world in:

    1. Largest prison population on the planet

    2. Highest percentage of obese people in the world

    3. Highest divorce rate in the world – by a large margin

    4. Most hours of television watched each week (tied with the United Kingdom)

    5. Highest use of illegal drugs on the planet

    6. Highest number of car thefts in the world

    7. Highest number of reported rapes in the world

    8. Highest number of reported murders in the world

    9. Highest number of reported crimes in the world

  10. Highest number of police officers in the world

  11. Highest number of people on pharmaceutical drugs in the world

  12. Highest number of women taking antidepressants in the world

 13. Greatest amount of money spent on healthcare as a percentage of GDP in the world

  14. Greatest amount of student loan debt

  15. Greatest amount of pornography created in the world (89 percent of porn is created in the U.S.)

 16. Highest trade deficit in the world

 17. Most complicated tax system in the world

 18. Highest number of lawyers in the world

 19. Most military bases of any country in the world

 20. Largest debt that the world has ever seen

 

You bet – the U-S-A is NO. 1!

 

And it is no longer for me!

 

Enjoy No. 1, y’all.

 

I now know how it must have felt to be on a lifeboat as the Titanic sank.

 

Until later, from beautiful Cuenca,

Eddie the Ex-pat

 

Ed O’Connor, a former resident of Middletown and Lower Swatara Twp., is an expatriate living in Ecuador.