Friday, September 16, 2011

America is the greatest country in the world - part III

If America now ranks as the 5th best country in which to run a business, 23rd in infrastructure, 49th in life expectancy and so on, can we still call it #1?  (Restoring the American Dream: Getting Back to #1)
Links to: part Ipart II

More ways to measure, 'America is the greatest country in the world':

- steady around 9% unemployment
- minimum wage is below a "living wage"  (Poverty in America Living Wage Calculator)

- or lack thereof.  16 million documents each year are classified top secret each year.  (Digging Deeper: Jesse Ventura's Alternative Take on American History).  77 million documents each year are classified. (Why Is That a Secret?).

- 23rd.  Quality of overall infrastructure ranking.  Down from 6th 10 years ago by the World Economic Forum.  (Investment in U.S. infrastructure would spur economy, boost safety)

Economic Mobility (or achieving the American Dream)
- 10th of 12 countries.  (A Family Affair: Intergenerational Social Mobility across OECD Countries)
- hint:  education is key
Standard of Living
- 4th by the HDI (Human Development Index)  (Human Development Index, from Wikipedia)
- 12th by the Income-adjusted HDI (taking into account income disparity where the US has the highest income disparity of developed nations).

Human Poverty Index
- 17th.  (Macro national income living standards, from Tudor2U)

See also:
We're #1 -- Ten Depressing Ways America Is Exceptional

We’re #1: Charting American Exceptionalism

to be concluded...