MARCH 2, 2012 9:14AM

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America: The Best Country in the World at Being Last -- How Can We Change That?


" . . . The group of twenty advanced democracies—the major countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, the Nordic countries, Canada, and others—can be thought of as our peer nations. Here’s what we see when we look at these countries. To our great shame, America now has 


• the highest poverty rate, both generally and for children;

• the greatest inequality of incomes;

• the lowest social mobility;

• the lowest score on the UN’s index of “material well-being of children”;

• the worst score on the UN’s Gender Inequality Index;

• the highest expenditure on health care as a percentage of GDP, yet all this money accompanied by the highest infant mortality rate, the highest prevalence of mental health problems, the highest obesity rate, the highest percentage of people going without health care due to cost, the highest consumption of antidepressants per capita, and the shortest life expectancy at birth;

• the next-to-lowest score for student performance in math and middling performance in science and reading;

• the highest homicide rate;

• the largest prison population in absolute terms and per capita;

• the highest carbon dioxide emissions and the highest water consumption per capita;

• the lowest score on Yale’s Environmental Performance Index (except for Belgium) and the largest ecological footprint per capita (except for Denmark);

• the lowest spending on international development and humanitarian assistance as a percentage of national income (except for Japan and Italy);

• the highest military spending both in total and as a percentage of GDP; and

• the largest international arms sales.



Our politicians are constantly invoking America’s superiority and exceptionalism. True, the data is piling up to confirm that we’re Number One, but in exactly the way we don’t want to be—at the bottom."


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Just call me a "professional liberal," although I'm way far left of that. "Give him time!"

Worked and voted for the liar-in-chief first go round.

Mr. hopey-changey - change for the worse that only clowns and the willfully ignorant can believe in.

I didn't throw him under the bus - he threw US under the bus.
Well, we haven't yet attacked Iran.Of course, things don't look too optimistic, but once Obama has the re-election behind him, there's no doubt he'll close all those foreign military bases, pull all US troops and the mercenaries out of Iraq and Afghanistan, close Guantanamo, raise the taxes substantially on the wealthy, forgive all student dept, prosecute all the criminals in the previous administration, set up a sensible single payer health plan, put in stringent gun control, get religion out of politics, put a lot of Wall Street people in jail, legalize marijuana, stop the war on drugs, and make major repairs in the infrastructure. Once that's out of the way in the first month of his new term he can start rebuilding the country. After all, Santorum wouldn't do that so who else can do it?
I'm constantly reminded of a line from the Staple Singer "Respect Yourself" it goes like're going out the world backwards like you did when you first came in. It is my go to line, as it has come to describe a national mindset.
Yeah but we're still number one in presenting an attitude of supreme confidence!
Thank you Mark the next time someone asks me what my politics are I will just give them this. Perfect!
Da*n, Jan, I thought that's what he was gonna do in the first term. Wasn't that why fRANK harassed so many day after day "togive him time?"

It feels like the sanitarium to me - am I in a time warp?

Thanks for stopping by, my friend; and sorry for being out of touch.
Desnee, it's a GREAT line. It would be a dream world if our leaders presented us with anything worth respecting, instead of endless wars, drone strikes bon wedding parties, funerals, etc., which are always presented on the first day as a successful attack on militants.

Some idiots on OS during the Koran burning incident suggested that we shouldn't be apologizing for burning their holy book, but they should be apologizing for killing our INVADING soldiers.

I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone when I read that.

Respect IS earned, so lets earn some, and then "Respect Yourself."

Thanks for taking the time to visit, Desnee
I doubt, l'Heure Bleue, that that will change anytime soon, regardless of who the next president is.

Isn't "presenting an attitude of supreme confidence" appropriate:

when You're #1?

Thanks for stopping by, L'Heure Bleue.
[r] heavy sigh.

best, libby
My friend, Torrito, every time I get one of those shameless pleas for money from the liar-in-chief (and his PACS {which he promised not to use}), because worked a voted for him last time, I request the adjoining cells.

They never respond to my requests but keep on sending me pleas for money.

Even if they DID promise us adjoining cells, what would that mean:

as he is just a liar?

Thanks for stopping by.
Jack, I'm honored beyond words at Your kind comment.

It's a shame and a sham that it's true, but those who resent the post never liked FACTS, anyway.

Nice to see You here, Jack.
We should get together and have a sighing contest, Libby. I'll bet my sighs can match Yours, any day.

Alas and alack, who's got bread for plane fare (sigh!)

Thanks for visiting, my stalwart friend.
Sad facts, but facts indeed. Nice succinct summary, Mark. The gap between rhetoric and reality has become many miles wide. So many just want to rachet up the loud rhetoric while denying reality. [r}]
America slid into the shitter in the 70's and nobody in politics heard the kerplunk until late 2001. That was the world taking one final dump on us. Let it go, it's over, empire never lasts.
I post much less than ever before, Donegal Descendant, but You have put Your finger, precisely, on my reasons for posting: denial of reality.

Thanks for making that point clear and adding additional emphasis on it.
Dr. Lee, Your reference to 1970 is precisely the time that repeated "Love it or leave its" convinced me that if I ever loved it, I no longer did, so I left, to return, but once for a death in the family.

Your comment, three sentences in toto, says so much, and I DO thank You for it.
In his recent film END:CIV, Derrick Jensen says the US is an occupied country. It's been taken over by corporate fascists, just like Nazi Germany. You can watch it free on-line:
Thanks for the blink Dr. Bramhall. I note the word "fascists" in Your comment.

Mr "friend," frank, has disdain for"police state," "torture," and"climate change," so I daren't mention that word to "him."

Thanks for the visit.
I am in complete agreement with this entire post.

So here's a question it leads to:

How can anyone who advocates policies that lead to deterioration on these fronts be defined as Patriotic?

My answer?

They can't. Flag waving doesn't cut it.

Nice job.
Thanks for visiting, Kosh. There is no doubt I am in COMPLETE agreement with Your comment.

Whichever the side of the aisle the power lies, this compilation of problems unaddressed can only lead to the complete collapse of an empire.

Weapons, multiple warfronts, and untold numbers of men in military only compounds the problem.

Thanks again for stopping by, Kosh.
WE'RE NUMBER!!!!! ------------ uh, I---------- forgot
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