WTF? Of all the anti-US drivel on slashdot, this is some of the stupidest. Tipping is custom, not corruption. It isn't for the right to get access to government service, it's something done in private businesses.
Two party system is wonderful. Take a look at the recent election Greece, where the far left party forms a nonsensical coalition of the far-left and far right. Or in England, where party that received the most support is kept out of power by a similar coalition.
And the economy of Europe is being pulled up by Northern/European counties? Have you read a paper in the last year or two? Europe's economy is in the shitter and going down.
Is the US not getting things done? It has the highest rate of worker productivity, the economy is growing, it has the largest manufacturing economy in the world by a large margin, top colleges are basically all US, Nobel prize winners are more US than elsewhere, government patent filings are mostly US, and the US has won the world series for like 20 years in a row. The lack of government subsidizing of ethernet to some bumfuck exurb is just a sign that the US doesn't treat broadband as an inherent right of being a citizen, and personally I would agree.