Monday, April 18, 2011

The Data Say that America is the Hungriest, Most Imprisoned, Most Unequal Rich Country on Earth

From the NYT's Charles M. Blow:
It’s time for us to stop lying to ourselves about this country. 
America is great in many ways, but on a whole host of measures — some of which are shown in the accompanying chart — we have become the laggards of the industrialized world. Not only are we not No. 1 — “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” — we are among the worst of the worst.
Yet this reality and the urgency that it ushers in is too hard for many Americans to digest. They would prefer to continue to bathe in platitudes about America’s greatness, to view our eroding empire through the gauzy vapors of past grandeur.
And here's the rather distressing graphic he has to prove it, which compares U.S. outcomes on a host of social indicators against the outcomes in most other advanced countries. The number of times the U.S. comes in among the "worst" or "worst of the worst" is distressing, and the U.S. does not lead on a single metric:

Seriously, people / Congress / businesses / police / schools / students / hospitals / press / everyone, we can (and must) do better than this.

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