Thanks Melissa, and huge kudos for your bravery in making such significant moves. As a European I was always aware how dysfunctional the USA is and how poorly it compares to other OECD nations; unfortunately the USA is an information desert and so few US citizens have any clue how backward their nation is. I spent 27 years in the USA and rarely found anyone who’d lived abroad; the few that travel tend to restrict themselves to tourist trips where they take photos but learn nothing of the countries they visit. Perhaps if more US citizens were aware of how poorly the nation compares to other industrial (and even developing) countries there would be more impetus for positive change. As it is, the USA is moving backward at an ever-increasing pace.

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