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Monday, October 22, 2012

Top Ten List

The presidential candidates are keen on arguing about who will do the best job for the middle class. That's probably good for debates since most Americans would like to believe they are part of the middle class though no one seems to be able to agree as to what "the middle class" is.

Honestly, all this jibber jabber is for undecided voters, a group to which I'm happy to say I don't belong. Therefore, I've been thinking less about the middle class and more about a well-rounded functioning society. You know, one where everyone benefits.

Here's a list of the top ten countries with the highest Human Development Index. That is, "A composite index measuring...a long and healthy life, knowledge and a decent standard of living..."  Spoiler alert - we suck.

10. Austria
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by Shane Harrison

9. Luxembourg
Prince Guillaume and Countess Stephanie, 10/21/12, Associated Press

8. Canada
Sad, true.

7. Switzerland

6. Germany

5. Denmark

4. Finland

The Programme for International Student Assessment scores of 2009 show that out of 57 countries, Finland came in second in science, third in reading, and sixth in math. The attitude towards students is "Whatever It Takes." And it's working.

3. Netherlands

2. Norway

1. Sweden

Sweden. Why am I not surprised? Their lust for power is unstoppable! But until we're all eating lingonberry jam, let's get back to the presidential election. The candidates keep talking about America being the greatest country in the world and after looking at this list, I think it's pretty safe to say we're not. Or, if you think we are, then ask yourself, for whom? 

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