Nine sad facts about America
- The gap between the rich and everyone else is wider in the US than any of the 30 [OECD] countries surveyed. In fact, the top 10% in the US have a higher annual income than any other country. And the poorest 10% in the US are below the average of the other OECD countries.
- Infant mortality in the US is 4th worst among OECD countries — better only than Mexico, Turkey and the Slovak Republic.
- Child poverty in the US, at over 20% or one out of every five kids, is double the average of the 30 OECD countries.
- The US ranks in the bottom half of countries in terms of financial benefits for families with children.
- The US gives no paid leave for working mothers having children. [The other OECD] countries [all offer] some form of paid leave… Over two thirds of the countries give some form of paid paternity leave.
- Social mobility… in earnings, wages and education tends to be easier in Australia, Canada and Nordic countries like Denmark, Norway, and Finland
- Educational achievement of US children… is 7th worst in the OECD. On public spending for childcare and early education, the US is in the bottom third.
- Of the 30 countries in the OECD, only in Korea is the impact of governmental spending [on income distribution] lower.
- The US gives the smallest percentage of aid of any of the developed countries in the OECD.
Posted by James on Monday, April 12, 2010