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Thu Sep 10, 2020, 12:13 PM

'We're No. 28! And Dropping!' in quality of Life


A measure of social progress finds that the quality of life has dropped in America over the last decade, even as it has risen almost everywhere else.

This should be a wake-up call: New data suggest that the United States is one of just a few countries worldwide that is slipping backward.

The newest Social Progress Index, shared with me before its official release Thursday morning, finds that out of 163 countries assessed worldwide, the United States, Brazil and Hungary are the only ones in which people are worse off than when the index began in 2011. And the declines in Brazil and Hungary were smaller than America’s.

“The data paint an alarming picture of the state of our nation, and we hope it will be a call to action,” Michael Porter, a Harvard Business School professor and the chair of the advisory panel for the Social Progress Index, told me. “It’s like we’re a developing country.”

The index, inspired by research of Nobel-winning economists, collects 50 metrics of well-being — nutrition, safety, freedom, the environment, health, education and more — to measure quality of life. Norway comes out on top in the 2020 edition, followed by Denmark, Finland and New Zealand. South Sudan is at the bottom, with Chad, Central African Republic and Eritrea just behind.

The United States, despite its immense wealth, military power and cultural influence, ranks 28th — having slipped from 19th in 2011. The index now puts the United States behind significantly poorer countries, including Estonia, Czech Republic, Cyprus and Greece.

“We are no longer the country we like to think we are,” said Porter.

The United States ranks No. 1 in the world in quality of universities, but No. 91 in access to quality basic education. The U.S. leads the world in medical technology, yet we are No. 97 in access to quality health care.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/09/opinion/united-states-social-progress.html

This is it in a nutshell, we are increasingly becoming two Americas -- one half doing well or at least Ok and the other half becoming more and more desperate.

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Thu Sep 10, 2020, 12:37 PM

1. Good job, Republicans!

Keep on fighting against universal health care, raising wages, policies that help,working families, and cleaning up our environment! Cause, freedumb!

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Thu Sep 10, 2020, 12:44 PM

2. The USA is a pretty good deal if you can afford the Premium Package.

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Thu Sep 10, 2020, 02:45 PM

3. We are no longer a Nation of, by, and for the People. We are a Nation for the Rich.

The rest of us are just fodder for the Economic Engine.

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