The American dream is an idea that with enough hard work, courage, and sacrifice, anyone can lead a happy life. It’s an aspirational belief that all individuals, regardless of where they come from or what family they were born into, can reach success if they just put their mind to it.

Sure, the United States has plenty to be proud of—it’s the most powerful country in the world that has a well-deserved reputation in culture, innovation, and democracy. However, it also has its flaws, showing that the American way of life is not always exactly a dream.

Sometimes, when you’re scrolling through social media, you come across posts where many discuss the unhealthy work-life balance, complicated housing crisis, flawed healthcare system, overwhelming debt—you name it. Take a look at what people have shared on the internet, and let us know what you think of it in the comment section below.

#1

Injustice In USA

Injustice In USA

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Abhinc
Community Member
6 months ago

You don't want abortions ?? Start with sex education maybe !? In the US in 2011 : 98 pregnancies for every 1,000 women aged 15–44 (6.1 million pregnancies) ... Almost half of them were unintended (45%, or 2.8 million) !! Nearly 1,700 teens ages 15 to 17 years give birth every week. About 8 in 10 (83%) teens did not receive sex education before they first had sex. The US ranks first among developed nations in rates of teenage pregnancy and abortion (and sexually transmitted diseases too btw !!) Yet only 24 states require sex education in schools. Nationwide, only 14% of middle schools and 38% of high schools teach all the topics required in sex education nationwide ... Since 1996, over $1 billion in state and federal funding has been allocated for abstinence-only education, despite evidence showing this approach is ineffective.

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#2

USA

USA

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N G
Community Member
6 months ago

wearing a mask shouldn't be a political statement.

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We reached out to one of the users who shared a post about the difficulties of living in the US with fellow r/AntiWork community members. The author preferred to stay anonymous but was kind enough to share their thoughts with us. “The reason why I posted this on r/AntiWork was mainly to show people the ridiculous situation happening in the United States,” the user told Bored Panda.

They mentioned an example that a few weeks ago, several states passed laws that allowed 14-year-olds to work until 11 PM: “Many people were outraged because these companies would rather use ‘child labor’ instead of providing adults a ’living wage.’”

The author said that they can see the US as perhaps a great country to live in if you are a business owner: “Low regulations compared to other first-world nations—no required maternity/paternity leave, most states don’t mandate breaks/lunches for adults, low minimum wage, most states being at-will employment (so you can fire employees at will with little repercussions).”

#3

Uteruses Are Weapons Of Mass Destruction In The USA

Uteruses Are Weapons Of Mass Destruction In The USA

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Wang Zhuang
Community Member
6 months ago

So sad, so true

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#4

And That's Why USA Is Not Gonna Get Better. Americans Think That They Are Better Than Anybody In This World

And That's Why USA Is Not Gonna Get Better. Americans Think That They Are Better Than Anybody In This World

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Mazer
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

The aholes in the government want you to believe nothing you do will make a difference. They are wrong, it’s all propaganda. They want you uneducated, poor and too busy to care or pay attention, it’s evil, it makes the USA weak and vulnerable. It’s why the illicit drug scene is thriving. Watch some Robert Reich YouTube videos and hold onto whatever hope you can. Vote, write letters..do what you can to be a part of the solution not a part of the problem

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They want to clarify that they disagree with all these regulations being acceptable in this country and feel all of them need to be addressed. However, “from a selfish standpoint, if you are rich, this really is probably a great place to live.”

“Your assets are basically stable, strong military prevents instability in the country financially, most of the politicians willingly support your causes and the public will even blindly support your causes even when it goes against their interest, etc.,” they mentioned.

“From what I can gather is that certain jobs in the USA pay much more than in other countries, like in the tech sector,” the user mentioned. “So unless you get a job in the tech sector here then maybe it is better than in other developed countries.”

#5

Let’s Face It USA

Let’s Face It USA

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
6 months ago

So true. All these bastards should be in jail, including the orange stain!

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#6

Insulin Should Be Free!

Insulin Should Be Free!

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Mazer
Community Member
6 months ago

Lots of issues with prescriptions and access to care that need to be changed.

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According to Zippia, with around 12.2M tech industry workers, net tech employment accounts for 7.9% of the total U.S. workforce. However, they have a huge impact on the U.S. economy since tech employees make up to 85% more than those in other industries: “And this number becomes even more inflated in certain areas. For example, tech workers in San Jose, California, earn up to 507% more than the average area salary.”

Yet, those who are not employed in this sector are much more vulnerable: “Should something truly catastrophic happen, your ability to pay for healthcare, housing, food evaporates, and the public options in most of this country with their onerous red tape are designed to facilitate your death while you wait for them to kick in,” the author said.

#7

Wow, USA

Wow, USA

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Mazer
Community Member
6 months ago

Had a huge debate with a nurse back in the 1980’s when the medical system changed from being compassionate snd having the patient be the main focus to having the guy who writes the checks be in charge of care. I said this is going to flat out till people, she disagreed. Sure enough within a year young poverty stricken kids with serious multiple medical problems began dying. Within another year free clinics were popping up to care for rural patients. One of the suits at Aetna insurance went to visit his father in rural Maine, read the paper advertising the free clinics, got up at 7am convincing himself nobody would show. The line had started forming at 5am and was a quarter mile long by 7am. Dude stayed all day, learning about how bad things are. He quit his job the next day, could not stand the contradictions of the opulence his company afforded him and those turned away from care fir “previously existing” issues or who lost everything due to outrageous billing practices.

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#8

God Bless The USA

God Bless The USA

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
6 months ago

Don't forget the ultimate 'feat' of the 21 century - the Great Wall of Trumpia.

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“Factor in cheaper rent [in other countries], cheaper transit, twice as much vacation time, etc., and the US advantages fade away real quick,” they continued. “No big difference in grocery costs, and other day-to-day expenses, much faster internet speeds, affordable and usable phone plans.”

The user added: “The only advantages in America for an employee are cheaper single-family homes if you live in such an area, cheaper gas prices (but CA gas prices are about halfway between the UK and the rest of US), and cheaper cars (new & used).”

They think that if you’re not employed in the tech sector, “aren’t born rich, and just want to live as an employee, EU countries give you a much better bang for buck.”

#9

What Passes For Christianity In The USA Is Anything But The Teachings Of Jesus

What Passes For Christianity In The USA Is Anything But The Teachings Of Jesus

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James016
Community Member
6 months ago

Thoughts and prayers are one thing. Actually *doing* something is quite another

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#10

God Bless The USA

God Bless The USA

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Rick
Community Member
6 months ago

It took me a moment to realise the first tweet actually came from a legitimate account

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#11

This Is USA

This Is USA

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Ranch Dressing
Community Member
6 months ago

So, these are apples that grow on peoples trees. Extra apples, you give them to your neighbours (or people walking past)

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“Overall though, for the average person, I just don’t see the benefits,” the author said. “If one has any illness or health issues (chronic or otherwise), you are basically not guaranteed healthcare and could simply just go bankrupt with no assistance. The culture here is people worrying about petty things (religion and other things) over helping their fellow citizens get proper healthcare, etc.”

On a final note, having to deal with such issues daily puts a toll on people’s emotional well-being: “This is anecdotal but one of the worst things I have done for my mental health was learning how the USA truly operates. I’m sure that some people feel the same way.”

#12

My Sister Passed Away Today

My Sister Passed Away Today

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Jules
Community Member
6 months ago

That's appalling and unforgivable. So very sorry for your loss and that you live in the US.

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#13

The USA Is Proof Propaganda Works

The USA Is Proof Propaganda Works

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Mazer
Community Member
6 months ago

Some Americans. Please don’t disregard those of us fighting every single dah to change things (it’s what many of us boomers are use to doing, and instead of acting like a Chandler Halderson by calling us names and acting like spoiled brats you millennials might want to pay more attention, many of us have been doing this for decades and know one thing is true about persistent common sense ideas and policies and getting things done, but we will keep that tidbit close to the vest until you learn to play nice together).

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#14

Disabled People In The USA With Medicaid Are Not Allowed To Have More Than 2000 Dollars

Disabled People In The USA With Medicaid Are Not Allowed To Have More Than 2000 Dollars

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Mazer
Community Member
6 months ago

And yet people in America constantly trash struggling fellow Americans…the disabled, the poor, the mentally ill, homeless vets, as if those people wanted to be in those positions. Then they are victimized again for self medicating because in reality there is no access to effective affordable long term mental health professionals. Yet few complain about the BILLIONS of dollars going to Wall Street welfare or to the losses the 1% cost everyone in loss of taxes due to the hoarding of billions in off shore accounts

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#15

A Human With More Power Had To Put Them There

A Human With More Power Had To Put Them There

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Abhinc
Community Member
6 months ago

The 3 richest men in the US own more than the bottom 50% of the population, making the country the worst worldwide considering wealth inequality ... According to a study by Chuck Collins and Josh Hoxie : The three dynastic wealthiest families (the Waltons, the Kochs, and the Mars) have seen their wealth increase nearly 6,000 percent since 1982. Meanwhile, median household wealth over the same period went down by 3 percent ... The federal minimum wage nowadays is worth $2 less today than it was in 1968 when adjusted for inflation.

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#16

Omicron's Mild

Omicron's Mild

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Oopsydaisy
Community Member
6 months ago

Exactly.

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#17

“I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag Of The USA… With Liberty For… Only The 1%, Apparently”

“I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag Of The USA… With Liberty For… Only The 1%, Apparently”

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

I remember hearing about this years ago and was appalled at the injustice. I understand that the homeless man got more of a sentence because he was armed with some sort of weapon but he was desperate and needed the money to survive. Maybe if there were better services he wouldn't have had to make that choice. He even felt remorse and handed himself in. The CEO did it out of greed, tried covering it up and showed no remorse.

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#18

Now That America Has Lost Yet A Nother Senseless War They Started Maybe It's Time To Learn A Lesson From This And Defund The Military And Instead Spend That Money Actually Taking Care Of The Needs Of The People Of The USA

Now That America Has Lost Yet A Nother Senseless War They Started Maybe It's Time To Learn A Lesson From This And Defund The Military And Instead Spend That Money Actually Taking Care Of The Needs Of The People Of The USA

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
6 months ago

Republicans are warmongers. Bush should be in jail for his WMD lie. Trump should be in jail for treason. It's bullshit.

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#19

USA! USA!

USA! USA!

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Rijkærd
Community Member
6 months ago

Its time we actually had the Punisher around.

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#20

Every Other Developed Nation: Sick. Help! / USA: How We Gonna Pay For It?

Every Other Developed Nation: Sick. Help! / USA: How We Gonna Pay For It?

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
6 months ago

I feel this. My husband had cancer. He was only 60 and it took him fast. Here I sit, still devastated, knowing I used all his life insurance to pay medical bills, and now I lose my house in June because I can't pay $4600 in property taxes. Is this the American dream? We both worked and paid taxes for over 30 years!

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#21

The USA Spends 2 Trillion For Wars And Not Enough Money For Health Insurance

The USA Spends 2 Trillion For Wars And Not Enough Money For Health Insurance

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
6 months ago

Seems like it? Our politicians are greedy sell outs.

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#22

Pictures Like This Makes Me Never Want To Visit USA

Pictures Like This Makes Me Never Want To Visit USA

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Abhinc
Community Member
6 months ago

Meanwhile try breastfeeding in public ...

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#23

Stay Strong USA

Stay Strong USA

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Michael Olsen
Community Member
6 months ago

As a European we will take your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

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#24

USA #1

USA #1

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Caro Caro
Community Member
6 months ago

Life expectancy for males in the USA is ranked 39th. That's not something to be proud of. https://www.worlddata.info/life-expectancy.php#by-population

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#25

How Terrorists Are Defined In USA

How Terrorists Are Defined In USA

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
6 months ago

If it ain't white, it ain't right. ~Donald Trump.

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#26

USA #1 Again

USA #1 Again

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Lousha
Community Member
6 months ago

Hungary should not be on this list either. We don't get automatic (mostly) free healthcare like in the UK. (Well children do.) If you're an adult, you have it as long as you're employed and the insurance pay is deducted from your salary, or you're self employed and you pay for it. When you lose your job you can still have it for a little while if you're a registered job seeker, but after a few months that's gone too. From that point when you have zero income you can only keep your access to healthcare if you pay the insurance rates. You know, out of your zero income. If you don't, you're not insured and you'll only be treated if it's a life threatening emergency. The pandemic took away lots of people's jobs and I'm sure not all of them had enough savings (Hungary is one of the worst when it comes to people having savings) to pay for a continued insurance, therefore saying 0 lost their coverage is just not true.

Péter Rózsahegyi
Community Member
6 months ago

Let me note that universal heathcare costs ~$26 (including everything) for a month if you don't have a job. There are three more ways to help paying the fee: your local government can declare you socially deprived, the district office can approve you for 'active age' care and in these cases you don't have to pay for healthcare at all. And finally anyone can take over the $26 monthly cost. Actually it's quite hard to find yourselves w/o healthcare in Hungary.

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Anton Kider
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

In Europe even more people got access.

J. F.
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Because the day we are born we are covered and very rarely people lose access to begin with

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Abhinc
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Halthcare in the US : most expensive among OECD countries. 17% of GDP, twice the average !! About $11,100 per person ... Yet worst system ; shortest life expectancy (5years shorter than average, only developed country where it's been decreasing for years), and so on ... Fun fact !! Yes social healthcare systems are paid by our taxes but guess what !? It's cheaper than your private insurances ... When you add federal / state / local taxes, private health insurance and so on a couple with 2 kids in the US gives away 43% of their income ... in Canada it's around 11% / 26% in the UK and so on ... SO if money is your main concern, you what kind of system you may wish !!

Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
6 months ago

This is scarier than horror movie.

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Hans YAN
Community Member
6 months ago

where did china go?

Ti Wa
Community Member
6 months ago

How do you even "loose" healthcare? I honestly have about no idea how that works...

SpookyPanda
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Most health insurance in the US is provided by employers. Both the employer and the employee contribute towards the monthly premiums, and the employer usually pays more. If you lose your job, you lose your insurance. In some instances, you could extended the insurance after employment, but you have to pay the entire premium, which could be in the high hundreds of dollars a month. If you don't have a job, you likely don't have that income. Then you have underemployed people, such as people who work in service jobs (restaurants, fast-food, retail, etc)... technically, the employers may provide insurance, but you have to work a certain amount of hours (full-time). Many of these jobs purposely keep people underemployed and give them part-time so they don't have to pay these benefits. And like Kimi said, if you're self-employed, you likely don't have insurance at all, and if you do, it is very expensive and possibly limited.

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Rissie
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Why is Turkey on a list like this? Yes the public system is socialized, but it is notoriously bad and a separate privatized system is in place with better quality that's only available to those who have the money to pay for it. Don't idolize other shitty systems.

King Joffrey
Community Member
6 months ago

There are plenty of countries (e.g. Germany) that run a private healthcare system alongside a national one but everyone gets free healthcare nonetheless.

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CincyReds
Community Member
5 months ago

This is pretty powerful

Jo Iverson
Community Member
6 months ago

Someone said to me about pandemic, I bet you saved lots of money not going out and spending it on stuff. I erupted and laughed in her face and said you are so funny. wtf people

GramDB
Community Member
6 months ago

OMG!

Seedy Vine
Community Member
6 months ago

And remember, having health care "coverage" in this country doesn't necessarily mean that you will always be able to get health care. Just ask me and my loved ones, oh wait no, most of them have already died from easily treatable health issues by now.

Mahesh Chandra Achuthanna
Community Member
6 months ago

India and Pakistan too

Jenny Shmurak
Community Member
6 months ago

America is just ridicules. In my country I pay 50$ monthly for the highest version of health care. I pay 10$ to see a specialist doctor(not family doctor). My grandma pays 0 and doesn't pay for medicine. In US, health care costs hundreds of dollars a month and you lose it if you don't have the right job.

Yomaira Wilson
Community Member
6 months ago

What is Biden doing about it . Nothing

lazy panda
Community Member
6 months ago

What did Trump do about it? Nothing.

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6 months ago

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Unfair comparison. Compare to countries without Public Healthcare and you’ll find the same scary figures

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#27

Health Care In The USA

Health Care In The USA

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SomePilot
Community Member
6 months ago

i dont get why you even have to pay for your health

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#28

The USA Is A Trip

The USA Is A Trip

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Mazer
Community Member
6 months ago

Not true, there are some very brilliant people working hard every day to try to change things for the better.

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#29

What Has USA Become?

What Has USA Become?

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NsG
Community Member
6 months ago

If I recall correctly, weren't there several tweets and similar wondering why Obama didn't do more to prevent 9/11? That man hold so much real estate in their heads - amazing how threatened they feel by someone with more intelligence in his left foot than in their entire bodies. (And I'm not saying he was perfect, not by any stretch - he was just a well educated man sandwiched between an idiot and a moron)

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#30

Fun Fact About The USA!

Fun Fact About The USA!

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
6 months ago

I never understood why they just don't cut out the interest. Apparently it pays more to service these loans every year than it is worth keeping them.

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#31

Since We Postin School Lunches (USA)

Since We Postin School Lunches (USA)

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Rick
Community Member
6 months ago

Can someone translate WTF that food is supposed to be? I can make out the applesauce but the other two?

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#32

America Must Liberate The American People And End The Tyranny Of USA

America Must Liberate The American People And End The Tyranny Of USA

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Walking On Sunshine
Community Member
6 months ago

Ooooh I felt this. Hard. Hard truth.

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#33

Losing A Job Is More Than Loss Of Income In The USA

Losing A Job Is More Than Loss Of Income In The USA

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renee brack
Community Member
6 months ago

The USA didn't abolish slavery. They just re-branded it.

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#34

A One Month Supply Of My Son's New Cystic Fibrosis Medicine. At $24,000, It's The Most Expensive Thing I've Ever Held In One Hand

A One Month Supply Of My Son's New Cystic Fibrosis Medicine. At $24,000, It's The Most Expensive Thing I've Ever Held In One Hand

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Michael Olsen
Community Member
6 months ago

My cancer medicin is US$7.000 a month but I am a lucky to live in Denmark so I get it for free

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#35

USA! USA! USA!

USA! USA! USA!

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Abhinc
Community Member
6 months ago

In a November 2005 speech at the National Institutes of Health, US President George W. Bush: 'If we wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare' ... According to the Coronavirus Resource Center by John Hopkins University of Medicine ... US : 865,968 deaths, more than World war I, World war II, Vietnam war, and 9/11 combined. Most affected country worldwide ...

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#36

Poverty

Poverty

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Mazer
Community Member
6 months ago

And being a woman or a woman of any other heritage that white European.

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#37

How I Became A Homeowner In My 20s

How I Became A Homeowner In My 20s

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Abhinc
Community Member
6 months ago

46% of US homeless citizens work full time but still can't afford rent ... The federal minimum wage is worth $2 less today than it was in 1968 when adjusted for inflation. Meanwhile the cost to buy a house increased by almost 14% in just one year !!

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#38

This Is A Real Text My Wife Received Yesterday In The USA. It Looks Like Cheap Electronics Aren’t The Only Thing To Save Up For On Black Friday!!

This Is A Real Text My Wife Received Yesterday In The USA. It Looks Like Cheap Electronics Aren’t The Only Thing To Save Up For On Black Friday!!

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Wang Zhuang
Community Member
6 months ago

A Black Friday sale on health insurance plans? Seriously? Ugh!

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#39

We Did It, Everybody! USA! USA!

We Did It, Everybody! USA! USA!

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Ranch Dressing
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow, that headline is REALLY insensitive

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#40

50 Shades Of Rubber Bullets Used In USA Protests

50 Shades Of Rubber Bullets Used In USA Protests

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Mazer
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

I sooooo wish there were more police officer supervisors like Sheriff Grady Judd in Florida. He advises his newly hired officers upon that he expects the citizens and visitors to his county to be treated well, that officers will be held to a higher standard and anyone unwilling to get on his program or is foolish enough to test his authority are immediate dealt with and they are publicly shamed.

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