Not-So-Shining City on a Hill

March 15, 2012

Via 3QD:

To our great shame  the great shame of progressives American 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 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.

Meanwhile politicians are harping about birth control (Republicans), the necessity of a new theocracy (Santorum); how great massive wealth is (Paul Ryan); colonizing the moon (Gingrich); grits (Mitt Romney); and how to kill Medicare (all Republicans, again).

The loathesome legacy of Ronald Reagan and supply-side economics… “Trickle-down”: the Big Scam

by Jim Culleny



One Response to “Not-So-Shining City on a Hill”

  1. Norman Costa Says:

    And people will still believe the lies and vote against their own best interests. Thanks Jim.

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