March 16, 2014

55 Reasons Why America Is In Trouble

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The American Dream blog,
Is America the greatest nation on the planet? Before you answer that question, you might want to check out the statistics that I have shared in this article first. The reality is that the United States is in a deep state of decline, and it is getting harder to deny that fact with each passing day. Mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially we are a train wreck. Many that are “patriotic” attempt to put a happy face on our growing problems, but the truly patriotic thing to do is to admit just how bad things have gotten so that we can start finding solutions.

If you truly love this country, then you should know that this nation needs a huge wake up call. We have abandoned the values and the principles that early Americans held so dear, and as a result our society is a giant mess. The following are 55 things about America that you may not know…

#1 We are supposed to have a government “of the people, by the people, for the people”, but only 25 percent of all Americans know how long U.S. Senators are elected for (6 years), and only 20 percent of all Americans know how many U.S. senators there are.

#2 Americans spend more on health care per capita than anyone else in the world by far, and yet we only rank 35th in life expectancy.

#3 Only one state in the entire country has an obesity rate of under 20 percent. 11 states have an obesity rate of over 30 percent.

#4 Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese. Mexico is #2.

#5 Back in 1962, only 13 percent of all Americans were obese, but it is being projected that 42 percent of all Americans could be obese by the year 2030.
Go to the American Dream to see the reference links for all 55 statistics.



Tom Simon said...

Nearly every one of these so-called statistics is delivered without any context: specifically, without any comparable past data to show whether things are getting better, worse, or staying the same.

I was particularly struck by the statement that ‘56 percent of Americans have subprime credit’. I can tell you from personal experience that more than 99 percent of Canadians have subprime credit, if by that you mean that we are not in the group of borrowers eligible for the lowest interest rates. Unless you’re a government or a Fortune 500 company, chances are that your credit is ‘subprime’ in the strictest sense of the word.

Of course, the article neither defines ‘subprime’ adequately, nor gives any comparable statistics for other countries, nor gives any past data for the U.S. itself. The number given is strictly meaningless – and so are most of the other numbers given.

Nothing, nothing, can possibly be evidence of decline unless you have data from more than one point in time. ‘These things are bad now, therefore things in general are worse than they used to be’ does not even rise to the dignity of a logical fallacy. It is merely illogical from beginning to end.

Kid said...

"Is America the greatest nation on the planet?"

Not since soon after 1963.

TS/WS said...

Yea '63, when they took our Social Security and said it was needed for the war on poverty-lump in the General Funds---Spend Spend Spend and then the War on Drugs----what a waste of our money The Big Dealers have a Congress member in their pocket or some Official. Make a whole bunch of money in the prison system (Judicial System) that the Gov does not see - it gets moved around to grease someone's palms, and society goes down hill and the economical health of the country starts to ring around the drain.

LL said...

The President campaigned in 57 States...