Monday, July 21, 2008

We're #12! We're # 12!

...in human development, that is, as measured by health, education, and income. The BBC reports on Oxfam's American Human Development Project:
  • Americans live shorter lives than citizens of almost every other developed nation.
  • The US ranked 42nd in the world for life expectancy despite spending more on health care per person than any other country.
  • Overall, the American Human Development Report ranked the world's richest country 12th for human development.
  • Of the world's richest nations, the US has the most children (15%) living in poverty.
  • Of the OECD nations, the US has the most people in prison - as a percentage and in absolute numbers.
  • 25% of 15-year-old students performed at or below the lowest level in an international math test - worse than Canada, France, Germany and Japan.
Those dirty effing hippies at Oxfam! Why don't they do something useful instead of digging up stupid America-hating facts? Incidentally, I wonder how much coverage we'll see of this study in our own national press? (Hat tip: Don M.)

1 comment:

snoozetska said...

Ugh. America the Beautiful, um, not.

McCain's probably happy about this. It'll reduce illegal immigration and he won't have to continue to ineptly address it in his campaign.