Monday, January 02, 2006
World's Highest Standard of Living? Not Any More
Here's yet another thing for which we can "thank" Bush: America is no longer considered the best place in the world to live. From today's Daily Postcard over at International Living magazine, which has been around since 1979:
Shocking News in the Quality of Life Index International Living Postcards--your daily escape Monday, Jan. 2, 2006 Paris, France Dear International Living Reader, This is shocking news! For the first time in International Living history, the U.S. has been toppled from its premier position of First Place in the Quality of Life Index. Every year, without exception, the U.S. trumped all competitors. What can we say? Living is easy in America. But in the 2006 Quality of Life Index…the champion has fallen to #7. Since 1979, International Living has scoured the Earth in search of the best. The best of everything…including quality of life. The first of every year the results of the annual index are released. We never know exactly how it will turn out. But this year, the results surprised everyone. [...] ...For the 2006 index, 193 countries were researched and rated to uncover the absolute best places to live. What factors contribute to the Quality of Life Index? Where will your dollars go furthest? Where is the weather finest? Where is the health care best? Which environment is the most pristine? International Living considers nine important criteria: cost of living, leisure and culture, economy, environment, freedom, health, infrastructure, safety and risk, and, of course, climate...Don't have a paid subscription, so I can't check out the rest of this article. But if I were to hazard a guess, I'm betting the US has lost ground under freedom, health, and infrastructure, according to their rankings. And it's interesting to see that even as the domestic media tries to gaslight us with the BushCo nonsense about a "recovery" that benefits only the richest of Americans, the international press -- of which this magazine is a member -- knows better.
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