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Ways in which America leads the world

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
– the largest percentage of people going without health care due to cost
– the greatest number of low birth weight children per capita
– the greatest consumption of anti-depressants per capita
– the shortest life expectancy at birth (except for Portugal);
– the largest amount of carbon dioxide emissions and water consumption per capita;
– the lowest score on the World Economic Forums Environmental Performance Index and the largest Ecological Footprint per capita (except for Belgium);
– the highest rate of failing to ratify international agreements;
– the lowest amount of spending on international development and humanitarian assistance as a percentage of GDP;
– the largest amount of military spending as a portion of GDP;
– the largest amount of international arms sales;
– the largest negative balance of payments (except New Zealand, Spain and Portugal);
– the lowest scores for student performance in math (except for Portugal and Italy) (and far down from the top in both science and reading);
– the highest high school drop out rate (except for Spain).

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