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Tracking Our Downward Spiral: the Ways in Which America Still 'Leads' the World

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According to Yes Magazine, amongst 20 of the world's wealthiest countries, America now has:

 

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

 

  • the greatest inequality of incomes;

 

  • the smallest amount of government spending (as a percentage of GDP) on social programs for the disadvantaged;

 

  • the lowest number of paid holidays, annual leave days and maternity leave days;

 

  • 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 lowest social mobility (i.e. in America, more members of the lower and middle class remain stuck in that class than ever before);

 

  • the highest public and private expenditure on health care (as a portion of GDP), and yet accompanied by:

 

-         the highest infant mortality rate

 

-         the greatest prevalence of mental health problems

 

-         the highest obesity rate

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