Is America becoming a Third World country? I believe it is. 1. After Sputnik, America became concerned that a Soviet Satellite was right over our heads and moved towards and promoted science as a way to fight back. It was vital to our future as a country. Sputnik was a danger that was "right there" and over us day and night. Well, lately, it hasnt worked out very well. Many areas of science are no longer taught in lower and middle schools because the schools just don't have the money to "fight the controversy". By ridiculing entire branches of science, some have created a "controversy" out of "mysticism" and made scientists seem either untrustworthy, lying or some kind of "elitist" with an "agenda". Many dont see the need for higher education because they believe that "Jesus" will save us. Sounds very Third World. Religion is replacing education. 2. Check out the free health clinic setting up shop in LA at the Forum that lasted for a few days. The organizers of this event usually set up shop in Africa or India. But in LA? In California? Who would show up? Turns out thousands. Turns out they had to turn people away. People spending the night sleeping on sidewalks to get free medical care? In America? Seeing a little girl getting free glasses. If she didn't get for free there, she wouldn't get any? People saying that the alternative to this health care is "pain"? In America? This wasnt illegals. This was American families. Many have jobs. They just cant afford insurance. Some people were seeing the dentist for the first time in years. Even though many were turned away because there were so many, they didnt scream. They didnt call names. They were polite and orderly and thankful. But the question is, "Why would we need to set something up like this in the first place"? 3. Many of our jobs have moved overseas. We are becoming this huge, uneducated labor pool. So yes, I believe that we are becoming a Third World country. I wish someone could explain how we arent.