What the hell do we do in the USA any more, just watch "Dancing With The Stars"? Is that our only product any more: Reality Television? It just makes you wonder.
Hey, watch that. We're really good at blowin' shit up and making movies about blowin' shit up so show some reverence.
Also to get regional on you, down the Road from Cooter is Dallas, Texas Home of the Margarita and the perfect place to drink it . . . the shopping mall.
And another source of pride just a little further from Dallas is Houston, home of breast augmentation.
(and yes they still make margaritas, shopping malls and breast implants in Texas)
So let's see a little respect here and have a bag of freedom fries.
Now in all seriousness, the U.S. excels in opportunity especially for immigrants. Don't think so, check out my Korean Grocer that came here 20 years ago and now owns a block in Los Angeles.
I'm married to an immigrant and when she left her homeland the tax rate was so screwy that if she worked overtime she made less money on her paycheck. Now, our immigration system is a mess, but we still take in more immigrants than any place in the world (which I am immensely proud of ) .
When I step out on my street there are more people whose native language is not English/American (yes Cooter is a very multi-national market).
Anyway since my Wife's move to the U.S. she flourished with success. She probably would have done the same in her home country but you couldn't get her to move back with a gun.
And also in all fairness this is the only country I know that in our industry (and a lot of others) coming from Italy, France, Brazil or anywhere you can fly to NY with a portfolio and a camera and get a gig. Work hard you can become famous.
I love other countries but can promise you in for an American getting a good gig in Europe is not easy. China and Japan . . . possible . . . but Europe/Canada very difficult.
Every 4th of July I try to ride the Ferry to Staten Island, past the Statue of Liberty. That thing wasn't put there for me, it was put there for my wife and the thousands of people that fly into America every day dreaming of opportunity and God Love em' willing to work for it.