“We’re number………….oh, forget it”,yeah, American exceptionalism has taken a beating. Gone are the days of us kicking ass and taking names (even if they were hyphenated names), gone are the days of swagger ,of clout, and wielding power from a position of strength. The new “Forward” would give Orwell a chuckle. Obama got his wish, we are just like everybody else;
Scandinavian countries top the list of world’s most prosperous nations… but U.S. drops out of top ten for the first time.
Norway has been crowned the most prosperous country in the world for the fifth year running.
But the U.S. has dropped out of the Legatum Prosperity Index’s top ten for the first time to 12th position.
According to the annual survey, which benchmarks 142 countries worldwide, the UK has continued to lag, retaining its place 13th in the list.
In going over the benchmarks of this index (I had never heard of it before) it seems that all the bases are covered;
economy, education, entrepreneurship & opportunity, governance, health, personal freedom, safety & security and social capital.
A general “happiness” quotient can be inferred by providing folks those essentials that promote happiness, which is pretty much universal.
My initial reaction was that the top 3 are generally considered nanny staters (high taxation/cradle to grave entitlements) and this might not play out so well, here, but the next 2 are not, and really if the folks are content with how things are run, isn’t that what freedom and liberty is all about?
Most times I feel like AMD in an Intel world, a dissatisfaction with our (my country’s) state of affairs, I know we can do better. Other nations have done better, have provided a blue print for success and prosperity and it is annoying as hell to see us falling behind, to see others excelling where we are failing. Patton was right, Americans expect to win and have disgust for losers, the very thought of defeat (or even mediocrity) is hateful. No, I’m not saying when Romney wins (Yes, Kimpost, this is wishful thinking, DUH!!) things will change over night. But Dean Wormer was right, an intervention is needed.