A friend recently got back from a trip to Munich, Germany, where she attended a week-long conference.
When I asked what struck her about Munich, compared to this country, she said: "You don't see any homeless people there."
But here in Oregon, as elsewhere in the United States -- supposedly the Greatest Country on Earth (according to Fox News) -- homelessness is painfully obvious.
We need to stop this "greatest country" crap. Fortunately, Obama is restoring some much needed reality to our sense of national self.
We've got a lot to learn from the rest of the world, especially the European social democracies. For instance, they've had high-speed trains for a long time. We're just beginning to try to catch up.
Ditto with health care that actually makes citizens healthy, and doesn't cost an exorbitant amount.
And...dealing with homelessness.