The top ten best places to be born in 2013:
7. New Zealand
10. Hong Kong
With its small but very stable economy, Switzerland comes in first, wealthy, healthy and trusting of its public institutions. The United States, "where babies will inherit the large debts of the boomer generation, languishes back in 16th place," the EIU explains. Feeling the effects of the European monetary crisis, "the largest European economies, France (26), Germany (tied with the U.S. for 16) and Britain (27), don't do particularly well."
The quality-of-life index also reflects changes in the Middle East and North Africa, where "life expectancy continues to increase steadily and political freedoms have spread across the globe," though Nigeria comes in as the worst place for a baby to be born in 2013.
Other interesting ratings include China, coming in at 49, and Russia, coming in at 72.
Back in 1988, the United States was in first place, with France in second, and West Germany in third. Zimbabwe was last, with Iraq second to last and Iran third to last.
Not racist. Look at the list.
Is pointing out the obvious racist?
quote:Nearly every country listed is more economically free than us.
Those countries all have something in common relating to the benefits they offer, I can't quite place my finger on it. Whatever it is I think we should implement similar social policies.
It wasn't that long ago that the US was tops on the list. Since you've taken it upon yourself to don the mantle of resident sociologist of this thread, why not explain what radical racial demographics existed in 1998 that are so different less than 15 years later that account for such a decline.
America just isn't exceptional anymore. Plain and simple. Our government is bloated,......
our people are fat
and our politics are polarized.