....... However, the outlook for the country (USA) going forward has deteriorated significantly in the past several years.
If the US is no longer a good environment for small business and investment, what is it worth? The convenience of the technological life and good shopping?
Stress, still inadequate housing despite the real estate boom, inefficient use of space and energy, the unsustainability of suburban life, a cultural wasteland, poor urban planning and transport, paying insurance for everything, worrying about poor quality public education for children, violent crime, high price of private schools, being sued, corrupt lawyers, overpriced but mediocre quality healthcare, genetically modified food, corrupt bankers and politicians, increasing social and political instability, possibly being taxed to death starting possibly starting as early as next year?
And no worthwhile cultural life to offset those things?
Generally speaking, the world is drifting into a mediocre, industrialized, corporate fascist malaise, masked, perhaps ironically, by some neo-pseudo-socialist ideology.
There is no escape.
Might as well live, looking backwards, in a place with time-tested cultural and spiritual traditions. The US, formerly an exceptional and forward-looking society, ain't that place.
Europe offers a little better in that respect, especially on the cultural side, use of space, architecture, urban planning, public transport, fresher food, especially down south, the less stressful simplicity of a single-payer, less expensive healthcare system offering about the same quality.
And while spiritually Europe has been brain dead, you can still find a niche.