The 10 best countries for business

Up-and-coming Canada vaults ahead in this annual list of the world's most business-friendly nations. But did it best the US? And which country came out on top?

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Feb 12, 2014 2:04PM
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"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

   ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006
Feb 11, 2014 8:30PM
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Can you hear the cries now We're number 3, We're number 3 and sinking fast. 

Increased government regulation.  Increasing taxes.  Minimum wage.  Uneducated workforce.  Organized labor.  A growing dependency class that the government needs to support to maintain their voting blocks. An anti-business administration that does not support free market capitalism.

 

If you are a business why would you want to locate to the US? 

Feb 15, 2014 10:09AM
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When did Hong Kong secede from China? I just got back in April, 2013? And if its that easy to dump cities can we dump a few like Detroit and L.A., or better yet, D.C.
Feb 12, 2014 11:29AM
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Spain ?   I know the topic is business, but you don't factor in that Spain Un-employment is about 25%...
Feb 11, 2014 8:31PM
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Did Barry declare Hong Kong to be an independent nation?  Did his Chinese handlers approve this?

Feb 12, 2014 1:56AM
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So who exactly does the rest of the world need protecting from?  Quite frankly the scariest country in the world is the US itself. Lets face it the US went into Iraq with very little provocation and absolutely no proof off WMD's, and spent trillions of dollars fighting a war that didn't need to be fought. The last country that behaved like that was Nazi Germany.  I won't waste my breath defending Iraq, Suddam Hussein was a nasty article, but hardly the worst the worst leader in the world. Look to Africa to see some truly evil leaders. 
Why do you think there are so many Americans travelling with Canadian flags on their backpacks and luggage? Americans have a bad reputation because of their imperialistic policies and and are widely regarded as the bullies of the world. 
Every great country rises and falls and it looks like the US is going through its own gradual decline. But please, do us a favour, no more wars. The world doesn't need the kind of protection that the US provides. That ended with the Cold War more than 20 years ago. 
Feb 13, 2014 2:32PM
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The last time I checked, Hong Kong was not a country.    Did the writers forget it belongs to China?  
Feb 15, 2014 8:20PM
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We were all sold down the river decades ago by the crooks in D.C. and the bankers. It is sad that the American people don't have the balls to take back our government. The founding fathers would have been shooting by now.
Feb 12, 2014 9:33AM
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Two measurements you don't see on here are government regulation and corporate taxes.  WE would be a lot lower than number 3 if they included those.
Feb 12, 2014 11:48AM
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our taxes hurt big business? thanks to the huge loopholes written into our tax code most large corporations pay little or no taxes. i believe GE ( our largest corp.) had a return. so much for taxes being an issue .unless of course you are a small corp. and lack the financial mussel of the big guys.   

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Feb 12, 2014 2:07PM
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STUPID HAS BEEN SHOWN IN HISTORY TO ALMOST ALWAYS FAIL!!!!!

IT'S JUST SAD WE HAVE TO PAY FOR THE TICKET TO SEE THIS SHOW!!!!!
Feb 12, 2014 12:49PM
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"Two measurements you don't see on here are government regulation and corporate taxes.  WE would be a lot lower than number 3 if they included those."

Well when we let Corporations go unregulated, we ended up with tons of Super-fund sites and Too Big To Fail, Too Big To Jail. We ended up with the wage gap moving from 40 to 1 to well over 400 to 1. Yet in spite of this so call period lately described as the worst for Business, we are seeing Record PROFITS and Cash Hoards. But don't let FACTS stand in the way and expect everyone to be as ignorant as naive will always choose to be.

If we allowed other countries to fend for themselves militarily, that would be reflected in other countries Tax Codes. But don't let that FACT stand in the way of the usual suspects misinforming the public.

Feb 15, 2014 3:48PM
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The US economy is hurt by Banks. They do not invest in people and innovation. They invest in golfing, retailing foreign made products etc. Go to any bank and ask for business loan and they will laugh at you and ask you business plan. Then ask them if you can have credit to spend it on useless items like shopping cloth, going golf and etc, they will ask no question and double your credit.
Feb 16, 2014 1:57AM
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We may not have the best infra-structure in the world, but we sure as heck can blow up the best infra-structure.  In fact, that's our specialty.
Feb 16, 2014 8:23PM
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and we have obama care while everyone else has socialized medicine for all
Feb 15, 2014 4:09PM
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This is totally off the subject, but I do not know where else to post.


I notice that this website no longer seems to allow posting on national and international  news like one used to be able to do.  A totally new format does not seem to allow for this.


Am I wrong/  Am  missing something.


Thanks.

Feb 15, 2014 6:22PM
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Leave the demowits in charge and we will soon not even make the list. These commie bastards know nothing about work or creating jobs. They only know about BS climate change, green agendas, class warfare and redistribution of wealth.  
Feb 15, 2014 12:26PM
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Funny how many of these countries have socialist economys.
Feb 16, 2014 2:44PM
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when we invaded Iraq what help did we have protecting the other countries.  they know how stupid we are so they sit back and let us protect them and spent our resources and saved their.  we have become so a damn stupid country and they all sit back and laugh at us.
Feb 20, 2014 5:33AM
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This study is flawed! Hong Kong is NOT a country. It is very much a part of China.
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