Many Americans think the USA is still #1 in the world for everything that counts. Other Americans express their deep concerns about the state of the
nation - only to be told their views are "anti-American." A recent article originally published in the Austin Chronicle reveals the USA's world
ratings in everything from health care to science and business. Many Americans will find the truth, and the numbers, shocking.
No concept lies more firmly embedded in our national character than the notion that the USA is "No. 1," "the greatest." Our broadcast media are,
in essence, continuous advertisements for the brand name "America Is No. 1." Any office seeker saying otherwise would be committing political
suicide. In fact, anyone saying otherwise will be labeled "un-American." ...Well...this is the country you really live in:
* The World Health Organization "ranked the countries of the world in terms of overall health performance, and the U.S. [was]...37th." In the
fairness of health care, we're 54th. "The irony is that the United States spends more per capita for health care than any other nation in the
world" (The European Dream, pp.79-80). Pay more, get lots, lots less.
* "The U.S. and South Africa are the only two developed countries in the world that do not provide health care for all their citizens" (The
European Dream, p.80). Excuse me, but since when is South Africa a "developed" country?
* "U.S. childhood poverty now ranks 22nd, or second to last, among the developed nations. Only Mexico scores lower" (The European Dream, p.81).
Been to Mexico lately? Does it look "developed" to you? Yet it's the only "developed" country to score lower in childhood poverty.
* Twelve million American families - more than 10 percent of all U.S. households - "continue to struggle, and not always successfully, to feed
themselves." Families that "had members who actually went hungry at some point last year" numbered 3.9 million (NYT, Nov. 22, 2004).
* The United States is 41st in the world in infant mortality. Cuba scores higher (NYT, Jan. 12, 2005).
* Women are 70 percent more likely to die in childbirth in America than in Europe (NYT, Jan. 12, 2005).
The "American Empire" isn't going away anytime soon, We are the most powerful nation in the world, No one can even compete on our level.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
The facts are astounding. For example, "In a recent survey of the world's 50 best companies, conducted by Global Finance, all but one were
More intriguing, "Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea hold 40 percent of our government debt." That debt currently stands at $7.7 trillion
dollars, and is increasing by $2.2 billion dollars per day.
As the writers point out, it would be suicide for any politician to admit the truth: We're broke, in debt and losing the race for progress and
prosperity. Life in America is often uncivilized. In many critical categories, our standard of living is barely on par with South Africa and
But the #1 spin keeps us buying, spending and silent.
Ignorance is bliss.
There seems to be some misunderstanding regarding the source and motives of this post.
To clarify: The article is about US demographics.
1 : the statistical characteristics of human populations (as age or income) used especially to identify markets
2 : the demographic profile of a market (as the viewers of a TV show).
Demographics studies are done by business and governments. They are used to make a variety of decisions. Most of the studies referred to in the
article were done for business, by business. These demographics were and are used by international corporations to make decisions about doing
business in the USA.
Sometimes these decisions have to do with deciding what to try and sell in a particular location; sometimes they are used to decide what laws to lobby
government to pass or change, for the benefit of a particular business or industry.
It does not matter whether or not anyone thinks the studies are accurate. These demographics tell us how business looks at the US market.
International and other businesses make their decisions about how and where to do business the US based on these demographic studies.
If we can get past our assumptions and presumptions, this information is potentially useful to us. It can help us to understand how business sees us,
and why things happen - like why bankruptcy laws are modified and why anti-class action laws are created, for example.
There is more information about US demographics in this book:
America By The Numbers: A Field Guide To The U.S. Population Social Science Data Network
Credit and Thanks to Kozmo: Is America #1?
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