I WONDER IF Americans realize how geographically and economically small most of the countries in the rest of the world are. Conversely, many foreigners visiting or attempting to come here illegally have no idea how big America is; or maybe they do.

We often forget how huge the U.S. economy is compared to other economies around the world. We’re getting bigger and stronger, year after year. We are the world’s growth engine, an ideas and innovation juggernaut.

Is it any wonder that unemployed people, many struggling to survive poverty and physical intimidation by gangs on a daily basis, will risk everything to travel thousands of miles for opportunities for their families?

Years ago, economist and Investor’s Business Daily contributor Mark Perry put together a map of the United States with the states’ names replaced with countries that have comparably sized economies. Perry used data provided by U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and International Monetary Fund.

For example, Wisconsin’s economy is as large as that of Malaysia. Ohio’s economy equals that of Switzerland’s. Minnesota and Norway are comparably sized, as are Illinois and the Netherlands.

The U.S. economy is by far the largest in the developed world. Individual states have larger economies than many developed countries. Perry said most state economies are far more efficient than their foreign counterparts.

Data shows that the United States produces 25% of the world’s economic output and does it with less than 5% of its population. If you have a creative mind and a solid work ethic, America is the place you want to be.

That raises the question, why do our liberal socialist candidates think these smaller, inefficient countries should be emulated by America and that capitalism is a bad thing?

Perry’s map showed several other prime examples. New York’s economy is equal in size to all of Canada. California’s is as big as France. The Texas economy is the size of Brazil. Florida’s is comparable to that of Indonesia.

New Jersey and Saudi Arabia have comparable-sized economies. You’d only have to combine Texas, Florida and Indiana to have an economy that’s bigger than all of the United Kingdom.

Perry said socialists like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who state the United States would be better if run like Venezuela, Norway or Sweden need to be reminded that those economies are small.

The Founding Fathers set up the Constitution to limit the federal government so that state governments, which are closer to their people and more responsive to needs, could pursue their own economic and social policies.

Perry’s report warned that states like California that regulate and tax too much find themselves losing population to those that are more business friendly and productive. To impose socialism over capitalism will diminish competitive forces and be detrimental to America.

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A LEXOPHILE is a person who has a love for words. Such a person would appreciate these examples: “you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish” or “to write with a broken pencil is pointless.”

Longtime friend Arnold DeLuca sent me a list of winning entries in the annual competition conducted by the New York Times. Apparently, a lot of people have extra time on their hands. Maybe you can enjoy these examples.

No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery. If you don’t pay your exorcist, you can get repossessed.

I’m reading a book about antigravity; I just can’t put it down. I didn’t like my beard at first; then, it grew on me.

Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils? When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

When chemists die, they barium. I stayed up all night to see where the sun went and then, it dawned on me.

I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic; it’s syncing now. England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

Haunted French pancakes give me the crêpes. This girl said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I’ve never met herbivore.

I know a guy who’s addicted to drinking brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time. A thief who stole a calendar got 12 months.

I got some batteries that were given out free of charge. A will is a dead giveaway. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, UCLA.

Police were summoned to a day care center where a 3-year-old was resisting a rest. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine last week is now fully recovered.

When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye. Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.