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Article posted Mar 05 2012, 4:36 PM Category: Commentary Source: The American Dream Print

USA #1? 40 Embarrassing Things That America Is The Best In The World At

by Michael Snyder

Is the USA still #1?  Well, there are many things that America is still the best in the world at, but unfortunately a lot of those categories are nothing to be proud of.  Once upon a time the United States was the greatest nation on earth, but now we are a nation that is in a horrific state of decline.  Just consider a few of the embarrassing things that America leads the world in: obesity, crime, divorce, teen pregnancy, child abuse deaths and government debt.  The statistics that you are about to read below are incredibly disturbing.  Most people that write these kinds of articles about the decline of America hate this country.  But that is not the case with me.  I was born and raised in America and I love this nation deeply.  It is time to realize that we will never be able to start fixing our problems until we take a really good look in the mirror and realize just how far we have fallen.  America is not the country that it once was.  America is a complete and total mess and just "tweaking" a few things here and there is not going to return this nation to its former glory.  We have forgotten the things that once made us great, and if we do not return to them we will continue to fall apart as a nation.

With that being said, the following are 40 embarrassing things that America is the best in the world at....

#1 America has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the entire world by a good margin.

#2 There are more car thefts in the United States than anywhere else in the world by far.

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

#4 The average American drinks more than 600 sodas a year - the most in the world.

#5 U.S. corporations sell more fast food and more soda than anyone else in the world by a wide margin.

#6 Nobody watches more television per week (28 hours) than Americans do.  Although to be honest, people living in the UK are tied with us.

#7 The United States leads the world in credit card fraud.

#8 The United States has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.

#9 The United States has the highest divorce rate in the world by a good margin.

#10 The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world by far.

#11 There are more school shootings in America than anywhere else in the world.

#12 The United States has the highest child abuse death rate in the world.

#13 There are more "deaths by reptile" in America than anywhere else in the world.

#14 The United States has the most lawyers per capita in the entire world.

#15 The United States produces more pornography than any other nation in the world.

#16 Americans take more prescription drugs than anyone else in the world.

#17 More is spent on prescription drug advertising in America than anywhere else in the world.

#18 The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.

#19 More people have been diagnosed with mental disorders in America than anywhere else on earth.

#20 The United States has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire globe.

#21 There is more credit card debt in America than anywhere else in the world.

#22 There is more mortgage debt in America than anywhere else in the world.

#23 There is more student loan debt in America than anywhere else in the world.

#24 The United States spends more money on government schools than any other nation on earth does.

#25 U.S. citizens spend more time in school than anyone else in the world.  So why are so many of us dumb as a rock?

#26 Nobody in the world gets more plastic surgery done than Americans do.

#27 The United States leads the world in eating disorder deaths.

#28 According to nationmaster.com, the United States has the most total reported crimes in the world by far.

#29 Nobody has more airport security thugs groping women and children than America does.

#30 The United States spends much more on health care as a percentage of GDP than any other nation on the face of the earth.

#31 The United States has the most complicated tax system on the entire planet.

#32 The United States has the most laws on the entire planet.

#33 The United States spends more on the military than the next 12 nations combined, and yet the Obama administration is considering plans to unilaterally slash the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal by up to 80 percent.

#34 The United States has the most foreign military bases in the world by far.

#35 The United States exports more arms to other countries than anyone else in the world.

#36 Americans spend more time sitting in traffic than anyone else in the world.

#37 Americans spend more money on elections than anyone else does in the world by a very wide margin.

#38 Every single year, the United States has the largest trade deficit in the world by far.

#39 The U.S. government wastes more money than any other government on earth does.

#40 The United States has accumulated the biggest mountain of government debt in the history of the world.

So is the USA #1?

Unfortunately, the answer way too often is yes.

The goal of this list of embarrassing things is not to trash America.

Rather, the goal is to wake Americans up and to get them to realize what has happened to us.

We should be deeply humbled and embarrassed as a nation.  We were once the best in the world and the envy of the entire globe, but now the whole world is laughing at us.

America is supposed to be a beacon of liberty, freedom and prosperity for the entire planet.

Instead, we are rapidly turning into a horror show.

Wake up America.  The condition of our country is absolutely shameful, and every single day it gets even worse.

Please share this list with as many people as you can.  The American people need a massive wake up call, and it is up to those of us that are awake to share the truth while we still can.





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nathan greer

Posted: Mar 05 2012, 11:05 PM

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204191 "America is supposed to be a beacon of liberty, freedom and prosperity.... " too bad Earth couldn't be a beacon of liberty, freedom and prosperity.
Chris

Posted: Mar 05 2012, 11:10 PM

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How unpatriotic of you! ;)
Anonymous

Posted: Mar 06 2012, 9:40 AM

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19934 Vague much?
#2...Is that total or per capita? Because if it's total, that's a misleading statistic. Something like 1 out of every 6 or 4 cars in the world are in the USA. Are 1 out of every 6 or 4 car thefts in the USA? No idea. But that's where it's misleading. No different than people complaining because someone pays 15% in taxes and their secretary pays 20%. 15% of $10,000,000 is still FAR more than 20% of $35,000, so it's misleading.

But alas, you are correct that we are declining quickly.
Anonymous

Posted: Mar 06 2012, 5:26 PM

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72223 #8 The United States has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.

Why is this an embarrassing Thing?
Anonymous

Posted: Mar 06 2012, 10:31 PM

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70180 If you find #2 vague, click the link provided to understand it better.

In the case of #2, the USA has 1,246,000 car thefts a year, the UK is 2nd with 348,000. Australia apparently has the highest per capita with 139,000.

The statistic is only misleading for a person that doesn't get basic math. And having about 900,000 more auto thefts than the 2nd nation is fairly sad even if we have way more cars.
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As to why #8 is embarrassing. It depends on perspective. It suggests we have many split couples, it also suggests wasteful living. So, I'd guess that christians or various religious may not like it & environmentalist also may not like it.
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My personal "huh?" was with #33, where they pointout our idiocy of spending more on military than the 12 next combined..." and yet the Obama administration is considering plans to unilaterally slash the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal by up to 80 percent." They make that sound negative (& to many it is) but I'd call it a plus & it seems to me that most who saw the 1st half of #33 as bad would not object to Obama's cutting mentioned in the 2nd half of #33.
Anonymous

Posted: Mar 08 2012, 1:31 PM

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9964 The point is if you and I do not GET ACTIVE in our country and begin work that will change things, then our country will get worst.

The global elite banking families had made generational plans to crush to the U.S. so that a global currency, tax system, and political system can be set up.

Don't fall for their strategy: Problem, Reaction, Solution.

Resistance is victory.

"An unjust law is no law at all." - St. Augustine & restated by MLK Jr.

What will you do about it?
Anonymous

Posted: Mar 14 2012, 11:05 PM

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129130 Wow it is so embarrassing that we have the highest prevalence of mental disorder (rolling my eyes).
ESK

Posted: Mar 15 2012, 10:53 AM

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138162 When even one fact is suspect, it destroys the credibility of the whole article. Thousands of people a year in India die from snakebites a year: way fewer die 'by reptile' in the U.S. I like stories like this, but let's check our facts BEFORE we print them.
Anonymous

Posted: Mar 19 2012, 1:15 PM

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6898 "America is supposed to be a beacon of liberty, freedom and prosperity.... " too bad Earth couldn't be a beacon of liberty, freedom and prosperity. <----supposed to be? that's nothing but arrogance by US person...
Anonymous

Posted: Mar 19 2012, 2:24 PM

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206247 Number 29? really? and yet nothing on homos or abortion?
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