Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Life Is Better; It Isn’t Better. Which Is It?

David Leonhardt of the New York Times writes:

Americans are far better off than they were a generation ago, but the last few years haven’t been very good.

Nearly 10% of all African American men ages 25 to 29 are in prison. The U.S has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. Over 2 million people are currently behind bars in the U.S..

Have you seen the state of public schools in Baltimore, D.C., Cleveland, Philadelphia, New York or even inner-city Lincoln, Nebraska?

The U.S. infant mortality rate ranks down there with Croatia and Cuba.

Each month Americans roll an average of $10,000 in credit card debt at 17% interest.

The U.S. National Debt is over $8 trillion dollars.

40 million Americans have no health insurance whatsoever.

2,691 U.S. Dead in Iraq
20,000 U.S. Wounded in Iraq

George Bush is advocating changes to the Geneva Convention Article on torture.

It is time someone looked beyond the contorted, contrived numbers, like the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index, or U.S. Census Bureau figures. This nation is teetering on the brink of a precipice that politicians and bureaucrats refuse to acknowledge. When reality does catch up with the United States the repercussions will impact the entire global economy, i.e. world population, for decades.

It should be no surprise to anyone that other nations are calling the U.S. president the devil.

Some Links To Sources:

Prison Statistics
Iraq War Casualities

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Heir to the Throne said...

Infant Mortality: The statistical scam continues
"while there is a standard for reporting infant mortality statistics throughout the world, it appears only the US follows it."
That and the US tries to save babies that the other countries write off as still births.

But hey Cuba has a free health or so Castro and his acolytes say.
"The US measures infant mortality differently from most countries. In fact, there are many discrepancies between nations as to what qualifies as a life birth (and hence might qualify as an infant death). Infants born in the US who die within a few hours of death are recorded as infant deaths. Most other nations record them as stillbirths or some other category, so they underreport their infant mortality rates. This includes most developed nations.

Also, because the overall standard of health care is so high in the US, more borderline viable foetuses survive to term, or at least to be birthed earlier than term. This further increases the measured US mortality rate relative to that of nations in which the foetus would never have survived as long."

_Thomas Williams said...

Some people in the U.S. get excellent health care. Many people receive no health care whatsoever. Infant Mortality rates simply draw attention to this disparity

Here is our own CDC on the matter:

Office of Minority Health CDC