|English: Tax rates for the highest (red) and lowest (blue) income brackets since 1913 with the United States public debt (green) in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Is America no longer the greatest country in the world?
"Consider this, you are the only people in the developed world without a single-payer health system. Everyone in Western Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand has a single-payer system. If they get sick, they can devote all their energies to getting well. If you get sick, you have to battle two things at once, your illness and the fear of financial ruin. Millions of Americans go bankrupt every year due to medical bills, and tens of thousands die each year because they have no insurance or insufficient insurance. And don’t believe for a second that rot about America having the world’s best medical care or the shortest waiting lists: I’ve been to hospitals in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Singapore, and Thailand, and every one was better than the “good” hospital I used to go to back home. The waits were shorter, the facilities more comfortable, and the doctors just as good."
"America has the highest debt rate in the world. This is because an enormous percentage of American tax dollars go towards supporting the military. Each United States citizen would need to contribute about $45,000 to get rid of that debt. This compares to about $21,000 per capita for Canadians. However, although European countries have a lower overall debt, because they have fewer people, the per capita rate is much higher. For instance, In the UK, the per capita rate is $150,000.
While the Wikimedia list is outdated, it does show that while the US debt is the highest in the world, the per capita repayment lies in the medium range. Countries in eastern Europe have very little debt.
- U.S. National Debt Clock
The estimated population of the United States is 312,181,896 so each citizen's share of this debt is $49,170.19.
- List of countries by external debt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
America is the highest. The total United States public debt is numerically very similar to United States external debt, but only about a third of United States public debt is external."
"In short, the tests showed U.S. fourth-graders performing poorly, middle school students worse. and high school students are unable to compete. By the same criteria used to say we were "average" in elementary school, "we appear to be "near the bottom" at the high school level. People have a tendency to think this picture is bleak but it doesn't apply to their own school. Chances are, even if your school compares well in SAT scores, it will still be a lightweight on an international scale.
"The chart above shows median wage growth by country from 1990 to 2008. The countries that are doing well are Australia, France, Sweden and Norway. 3 out of 4 are “socialist” countries; Canada, Germany, the UK and the U.S. are essentially stagnant for the “middle class” worker. Now – America can keep trying to do what it has been doing since 1980 and we’ll likely continue to get the same result. The median wage in American in 2010 was just north of $26k a year; so 50% of Americans make less than $26k a year and 50% of Americans make more than that. Compare that to someone like Mitt Romney who made $85,000 a DAY for the past two years while he was “unemployed” as he laughingly referred to it. Trickle down economics DOES NOT WORK."
- By the time our students are ready to leave high school - ready to enter higher education and the labor force - they are doing so badly with science they are significantly weaker than their peers in other countries.
- Our idea of "advanced" is clearly below international standards.
- There appears to be a consistent weakness in our teaching performance in physical sciences that becomes magnified over the years."