America: We're (NOT) #1!

July 12, 2012Jake DiMare

Aaron Sorkin’s rant through Will McAvoy, the lead character in his hit new HBO series ‘Newsroom’ is almost correct…According to the Wikipedia list of top international rankings by country, America is number 1 in many categories. Here are just a few: Largest cheese producer, largest importer, largest external debt, highest production of corn and beef. Most number of guns, most guns per person, highest incarceration rate. Most people in prison. We are number 1 in oil consumption…and we kick ass in almost every conceivable category for measuring a military. North Korea squeaks by us with highest percent of GDP spent on military.
However, here are some categories we don’t own: Lowest level of business corruption (Switzerland) Highest economic competitiveness (Switzerland) Highest level of democracy according to (Sweden) Most equal income distribution (Sweden) Best student performance in reading (South Korea) Largest broadband network covered in the world (South Korea) Most trade freedom (Singapore) Highest level of gender equality (Norway) Highest budget surplus (Norway) Most peaceful (New Zealand)
But I guess what really interests me is, are we the best at what we claim to be the best at? I mean, does America live up to its brand promise? Here are a few really interesting facts which refute this claim:

  • Most freedom of press (Iceland)
  • Most economic freedom (Singapore)
  • Easiest place to do business (Singapore)
  • Fastest growing rate of millionaires (India)

So the question, I ask onto the, dear listeners…What is it we want to own in America? What do we want to be best at?
PS- World’s largest producer of cannabis (Afghanistan)

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