FROM THE AUTHOR

    Hi all you Progressives and all those that aspire to be. This is the website to gather information, join the forum and hear about my new book that could become the guide for all who want to change the government of the United States.

    It is called,“Planet America…out of orbit”, which should be published in February of 2019. It is a comparison between the United States and Europe, especially the Nordic countries of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. These democratic socialist countries have the highest standards of living in the world and equality is considered one of the most important values in their societies.

    The new progressives in American politics are thinking about these ideas in a country they see as only favoring the wealthy and big business. Progressives embrace democratic socialist ideas on providing citizens of this country what other people in Europe, especially the Nordic countries, enjoy; health care for all, free college education,  equality instead of poverty and slums, and so much more. A change in government could happen in the United States. With this information added for the progressive politicians and to most Americans who know little about the particulars of this movement confidence and strength will help the cause.

    I lived in Denmark for five years, Norway for nine months, Germany for two years and Spain for five years. The Nordic countries of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland have high taxes and terrible weather but are the happiest people in the world according to the United Nations yearly report. Denmark has won it for years but last year it was beaten out by Norway and this year Finland came in first. The most important aspect of their happiness is that they have very little stress.

    Join in the forum to comment, add your point of view and ask questions about things that you are not sure of, but would like answers and ideas from both sides of the discussion.

Stephen Manson

Comments

    1. they are no longer blind, that’s why we have Donald Trump as president. Look at all the wonderful things going on in our country and unlike a lot of other politicians he keeps his promises.

  1. Let’s hope the politically blind of this country get better eyesight, enough to put people in office that want what is best for the people of this country and not just to line their own pockets.
    Politicians that are honest, if there is such a thing.
    Maybe then we can catch up with the rest of the industrialized countries.
    Medical and education needs a lot of catching up

  2. HEALTH CARE IN THE UNITED STATES

    The World Health Organization Constitution of 1946 regards, “…the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental right of every human being.”
    The United States, Turkey, Mexico and South Korea are the only members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that do not consider universal health care as a basic human right. That was certainly made clear in June 2018, when the United States decided to leave the United Nations’ Human Rights Council.

  3. Of course the obvious question is why are you here? If these places were so wonderful and stress free, why in the world would you leave.
    The othe obvious thing is comparing ants and elephants. Let’s just start at the population.
    US is about 330 million
    Norway is just over 5 million
    Finland is around the same or just a little more than Los Angeles but much less than New York City.

    1. Thank you for your comments. My wife and I had been living in Spain for 5 years when we had a grandson born and decided to come back. Family is the most important aspect to value. We love the USA but know the differences with Europe.

      Many Americans believe that the United States is too big to be able to control the country the way the smaller European countries control theirs. The total population in European Union was estimated at 512.6 million people in 2018, according to the latest census figures and Unites States population in 2018 was 326,766,748 [9] Worldometers Studies of China, which has five times the population of the USA, reveals they have no problem with governing and putting in place, social, health, welfare and other programs. The United States could overcome this lack of social services if the government made a commitment to do so regardless of its size and population.
      There are people who believe that the United States cannot be compared with Europe because the individual countries make separate decisions on social issues that are not necessarily a policy in the EU. In fact, the United States is exactly the same. It is possible for individual states to easily enact and fund their own social programs without the need of federal rulings or permission.

      On April 12, 2006, the government of Massachusetts, was the first in America to try to follow Europe by signing into law a universal type health insurance program, with the objective of providing health insurance to nearly all of its residents. Similarly, this and many other ideas like state welfare programs to fill the gap left by the federal allowance and free college can all be adopted by the individual state. Those states that try these methods will, of course, be branded, “socialist” by many detractors. Hopefully, that is a small price to pay for providing opportunities that such a country can easily afford.

      The state of New York has done what the federal government in Washington refuses to do. It passed one of the strictest gun control bills in the country, increased the minimum wage to $15 per hour and authorized paid family leave. In a first of its kind, New York’s Excelsior Scholarship covers the cost of tuition for qualifying students who are enrolled in a two or four year degree program at any of the state’s 88 public colleges and universities. It supported clean energy agendas and prohibited hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. It has also extended public pre-K, which in the past had supplied seats for only about half the eligible children in the city, leaving the remainder of the parents to arrange for family care, or to pay for costly private programs. This new prekindergarten program gives access to preschool education for all families and has given thousands of New York children a better start in life.
      Defying the environmental policies of the federal government, California passed a bill in August 2018 mandating the state to generate all its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045. California had already imposed a mandate to produce 50% of its electricity from renewable sources like solar, wind, hydropower and nuclear by 2030 and this bill increased the amount to 60%. State regulators had already revised the building code to require newly built homes to be equipped for solar power.

      Hawaii enacted the same exact regulation in 2015 and New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts, are also contemplating such a decree.
      These are examples of what states can do on matters of global and national concern when the federal government does nothing.

  4. the author manson, questions why the united states, the richest country in the world fails to provide universial health care, free college tuition to its citizens as these are required for an
    enriched successful life, as provided especially by the nordic cocialist democratic governments in EUROPE!the answer appears to lead us the CONGRESSIONAL, WASHINGTON, where large corporations,represented by well paid lobbyist obtain their demands, while middle class citizens are represented by elected congress people mindful that money rules &
    wins elections!the american public must ask themselves, they must get involved and ask themselves “what are we leaving for our children, & grandchildren ?” the author povides an
    authortive read of the topics in an easily reading style, challenging the “AMERICAN PUBLIC”
    to get involved to prvide for all our citizens, & a country providing a path to an enjoyable life!

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