Well I know who this is aimed at so I better address your points.
>There has never been a better time to be alive in the history of human civilization than right now and the best country to be in is the United States of America.
A subjective judgment. Many people in European countries would disagree. And you would be surprised how many retirees are leaving the US.
>100 years ago, most people worked in agriculture, this was back breaking sunup to sundown labor. Life on the job in the factories was also very tough.
Goodness, I'm not talking about a 100 years ago. I'm talking in my lifetime- Yes, I'm sure things are better than in 1907 when our cities were full of horse poop.
>The poverty rate in 1960 was 22.4 percent. In 2000, it was only 11 percent.
I have no idea what standards were used here, I think it has been changed many times over the years.
>The crime rate over the last decade has been the lowest in years.
In the 1950s many people didn't even lock their houses. I'd come home from school to a unlocked house and never even thought about it. I never locked my car until I had something stolen out of it in 1978. Today I wouldn't dream of not locking either.
>The average person living in the USA right now will live 30 years longer than the average person would have lived in 1907.
Most childhood diseases have been eradicated. Compare this to 1918 when 20 million people died of the flu.
Yes, medical care is better than a century ago. But it was pretty good in the 1960s and a visit to the hospital didn't cost you a year's wages then.
>Since 1970, pollution has been cut by 48 percent.
True, here is less pollution now- a good thing. But one reason is there are fewer factories- a bad thing.
>84 percent of Americans have a cell phone.
It might be nice not seeing people walking around with cellphone plastered to their ears all the time. Somehow I manage pretty well without one all those years.
>It is estimated within 2 years, 71 percent will have broadband and 53 percent will have a laptop.
Yes, home computers and the internet are one of the few things I would miss if I zip back 40 years.
>One of the biggest myths is people lack leisure time, although several studies have shown this not to be true and that leisure time has increased by 5 hours since the 1960s. Do you guys realize how much time people spend watching tv everyday.
I don't know who's studies these are but why is so many people I know are working two jobs now? And why it when I was a kid moms stayed home and looked after their kids. Today few can afford to do this- it takes two salaries just to make ends meet these days- even with smaller families. We have lost so many good paying factory jobs that the wages of the middle class have not kept up with inflation. Furthermore I recently heard there was only one other major country where workers worked as many hours as Americans. Marseil will tell you that in many European countries everyone gets a full month off of vacation each year.
>While we face some major problems, there is no better time to be alive in America than in 2007.
Let me have my computer and I'll go back to 1960 or there abouts.