Throughout the U.S., budget cuts are the norm. Schools are struggling for funds. Police forces are strapped. Infrastructure is crumbling. The Great Recession is a worldwide phenomenon, but America’s been hit particularly hard. When people travel abroad, they often remark at China’s shiny new cities, the world’s high speed trains, and Japan’s amazing technology. Which begs the question—is the U.S., relatively speaking, starting to resemble a third world country? The cover story on last week’s MacClean’s magazine, the Canadian equivalent to Time or Newsweek, asked just that question. What do you think? Are we going third world?