I don't mind the criticism of "slow progress" (or lack of) if the critic understands the underlying reasons. But when he just bitch-and-moans b/c it is not "as should be"- per his uninformed notions, that's just plain ignorance (and stupid).
HU may have been freed from Communism. But it has not been freed from the Communists. It is a very salient point; keep it in mind.
They just removed their red star hats, and put on fedoras and top hats. Their innate visceral lack of ethics, avarice, greed and fundamental amorality remained - intact. And, don't forget this - so did the "old boy network" of collusion for corruption and thievery.
(Psychopathy is not treatable, nor does it get better over time)
From Antal on (he included), they were all crypto-commies, hell bent on looting. And looting they did - big time. I've heard of many-many accounts - including from an accountant - who did forensic accounting of companies sold to Westerners - at the behest of the new owner(s). Breathtaking, mind boggling corruption and looting, for years and years and years on end.
Progress? Impossible. Not at the rate of thievery that went on (and still goes on).
It's like cancer. Surgery would have been the proper treatment back then, but instead only chemo was used. The cancer is not gone, remissions occur, but the patient still sick as a dog, and may die either of the cancer or of the chemo - or of both.
There are several DOZEN millions of born-and-raised Americans, who are unhappy both with, and within the US, and totally disgusted with it - in many-many different ways. It's not just one or two things. It's dozens, Let's see: politics, corruption, wealth disparity, lack of jobs, cost of education, student loans, police state environment, existential insecurity, healthcare costs, obamacare, falling living standards, illegal immigration, lying media, corporatism, housing, erosion of wages, falling apart infrastructure, trashing of the Constitution, spying on citizens.
I'm sure, I left out a few more. And what's more, the numbers of the disillusioned, disgruntled are growing perceptively.
An almost laughingly lowball guess would be a rock-bottom minimum of 15% - which is 45 million of disenfranchised, fed-up citizens. You apparently are utterly clueless what's going on.
The govt. knows this, hence the complete militarization of police, their re-training for brutality and citizen control, and the FEMA concentration camps - now in every state. (They're still empty, but ready for millions of citizens to be interned).
But I can assure you Puddington, that nowadays at least 70% of Americans hate their police - both active and retired.
Pudding, you can go back to the US (please do), re-join the police, and you can terrorize, beat-up, taze, or shoot people dead, on a whim at your pleasure, without any consequences, in fact, for every person shot dead, you'll get a paid vacation. (It's called: "paid administrative leave" - but it's really a vacation). You will be completely happy, I'm sure.