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Letter: Can’t afford to ignore horrible U.S. rankings against rest of world

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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 11:59 am

The bumper sticker reads, “Obama Lied — Freedom Died.”

The owner of this vehicle lives in a fantasy world, created in his mind by three decades of Regressive smoke and mirrors.

You know, the ones who still believe 98 percent of the world’s scientists are clueless about this silly climate change thing?

The very same ones who prefer to ignore the following statistics:

The U.S. ranks 17th in education and 12th in college graduation, well behind most Asian and European nations?

We rank 48th in infant mortality?

We rank 17th in men’s life expectancy? We ranked NUMBER ONE in the 1950’s and have dropped steadily since the 1980’s?

Out of the 35 most economically advanced countries, America ranks 34th in child poverty?

The World Economic Forum ranked the U.S. 25th for infrastructure, behind every other advanced industrial nation?

But we do lead the world in incarceration rates, health care expenditures, obesity and surpass most of the world in homicides and energy use per capita?

Please explain to me how these statistics make America great? Are these the figures we’d teach our children as a source of pride and patriotism?

Isn’t it about time we face the reality that we’ve been badly deceived over the past 30 years? Wealth does not “trickle down” unless we are willing to demand changes!

Next time you hear a Regressive prattle on about FREEDOM, ask him, “What freedom? The freedom to be last in line among equals? The freedom to choose between good health and paying rent?

Regressives are dragging America back to the stone age!

Rod Livdahl

Mesa

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