A Descent Into Irrelevancy
There’s no denying it, is there? We live in the grandest country in the world. Sound familiar? I’m sure that’s what we’d all like to think – the way we grew up thinking – and it’ll always be like that, right?
Perhaps not so much. I am indebted to Jeff Daniels, actor, musician and playwright, for the following statistics, which would seem to cast a damper on that claim.
Were you aware that the United States of America is:
7th in literacy
27th in math
22nd in science
49th in life expectancy
178th in infant mortality
3rd in median household income
4th in labor force and in exports
We lead the world in only three categories:
Number of incarcerated citizens per capita
Number of adults who believe in angels
Defense spending – where we outspend the next 26 countries combined.
One of the most important stats seems to have escaped his notice:
The United States, as of 2010, was 37th in the world in health care, despite the fact that Wikipedia tells us: “According to the World Health Organization (WHO), total health care spending in the U.S. was 15.2% of its GDP in 2008, the highest in the world. The Health and Human Services Department expects that the health share of GDP will continue its historical upward trend, reaching 19.5% of GDP by 2017.”
Taking all this into consideration, would it not behoove the Supreme Court of the United States, and all the rest of us, to embrace the Affordable Care Act? Sheer common sense should dictate that we do so. Our instincts for survival should demand that we do so! In fact, even Republicans are overwhelmingly in support of this act, so long as it is not called Obamacare.
Can it be possible that sheer unreasoning hatred of one man could finally be the thing that pushes us over the edge of the cliff into chaos, that sounds the death knell on our country as a world power and leaves us as nothing but a cautionary footnote to history. An example of what recklessness, greed, stupidity and pride can do to bring a once powerful country to its knees? I guess time – and Thursday – will tell.
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