Poll: Freakonomics: Your best six-word mottos for the United States (2009 Edition)

Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 09:06 PM

New York Times
Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner asked for a new six-word motto for the United States. He's picked his finalists (in ALL CAPS) over on his blog, but we're asking for yours too. Vote on your favorite motto below, then add your own!

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THE TAKEAWAY'S TOP 50:

1. LEARN TO LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS
2. Give credit when credit is due
3. Where the rich prosper off inequality
4. CONSUMPTION'S THE CURE THAT AILS US
5. WE ARE TOO BIG TO FAIL
6. Health before wealth, community before self
7. Spend your cash, make more change
8. Vast resources. Vast diversity. Vast promise.
9. Survivors of Bush can do anything
10. We can change. Really. We promise.
11. This a great country or what?
12. Duck and cover, we're all screwed
13. America: scrounging for change
14. Incur no new debt today
15. Breathe in, breathe out, move on
16. Humility and economic justice for all
17. Only through adversity can we prevail
18. THE STREETS ARE PAVED WITH CASH4GOLD.COM
19. It is time to begin again
20. There is work to be done
21. There is no free market, stupid!
22. All this we can do
23. Land of Spree, Home of Knave
24. No more tax cuts to nowhere!
25. Together as one, we are America
26. The world changes, we must change
27. WE WILL GET IT RIGHT, EVENTUALLY
28. Greatness must be earned
29. Volunteering is better than not working
30. Watch the Dow as you cry
31. Lets produce something instead of consuming
32. Capitalists finally get what they deserve
33. America's greatness depends on reverencing God
34. Heads they win, tails we lose
35. WOW, CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS PLACE?
36. Barack's president. Deal with it.
37. Well behaved women rarely make history
38. Get off the bus, it's crashing
39. Bye bye retirement, work to die
40. Here, them's that have will get
41. Please, one day at a time...
42. Death is the only inflexible reality
43. Back to the basics
44. There is no America, only Earth
45. Construction necessary now. Education future hope.
46. Ante-up to the same old deal
47. The interest of the whole community
48. Kill the rich and eat them
49. Getting our act together! No, really.
50. Hang on America, we'll make it!

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Comments [15]

hunter nash from nashville,tn

me,me,me,me,you,usa

Apr. 07 2010 07:09 PM
Betsy

Public servants unite. Adios self servants.

Feb. 25 2009 09:31 AM
deborah o'brien

BE THE CHANGE THAT TAKES RESPONSIBILITY.

Feb. 24 2009 10:41 PM
Amanda in Detroit

'Why think when you can Google?'

Feb. 24 2009 03:58 PM
Kevin Frick

Reduce consumption. Reinvest resources. Grow again.

Feb. 24 2009 01:51 PM
Michael Madigan

The finalist that elicited the heartiest and most knowing laugh is "Survivors of Bush can do anything." My own offer, albeit late, is an idea shared by every great humanist since the dawn of self-consciousness: WE ARE HERE FOR A REASON.

Feb. 24 2009 01:16 PM
MacKay D James

forget the elected, remember critical thinking

Feb. 24 2009 12:31 PM
Ian

I CAN EAT OR PAY CREDITORS

Feb. 24 2009 09:59 AM
Johnnie Thayer

Head up, reach out, keep going. Too many people have had their head in the sand, ignoring and turning away when we heard "too good to be true". Too many people are too ashamed and embarrassed to reach out for help and too many people are not willing to reach out to others to help when they see someone who needs it. Too many people are paralyzed by the economy, the war, the politics that have taken center stage for too long. It's time to start waking up and quit giving lip service.

Feb. 24 2009 09:41 AM
Phoebe

It's really not all about us.

Feb. 24 2009 07:43 AM
Karl

Put not your trust in princes.

Feb. 24 2009 07:04 AM
Jay S.

"Even is the new up"

Feb. 24 2009 06:12 AM
Tom

Back to the basics.

Feb. 23 2009 01:13 PM
Patrick Di Justo

WE CAN CHANGE. REALLY. WE PROMISE.

Feb. 23 2009 10:08 AM
ANDY B.

GIVE CREDIT WHEN CREDIT IS DUE

Feb. 23 2009 06:39 AM

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