Realist said: Venezuela is a mess. Is it the result of Socialism, corruption, or some combination? The US is doing quite well, relatively speaking, though it certainly has its problems. As Talltony points out, it is quite shocking that a country as wealthy as the US has such a high degree of income inequality, lack of health care for so many, and such high levels of crime and poverty. It would not make my top ten list of countries to live in. Having said that, I still enjoy visiting the US frequently, and I have many friends and a few relatives who live there. The US still has a lot going for it.