Press TV – July 19, 2012
Analysts have warned that the US is experiencing a state of degeneration, citing the economic and cultural issues, the country’s citizens are struggling with due to unsatisfactory performance on the part of the US administrations over several decades.
The experts cited some figures, shedding light on their assertion.
The United States has the largest prison population and the highest rate of crimes in the world.
The International Center for Prison Studies has said that more people are behind bars in the US than in any other country.
The US incarceration rate of 715 per 100,000 people is the highest, followed by 584 in Russia.
With less than 5 percent of the world’s population, the US has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners, according to a New York Times report published in 2008.
School shootings are far more frequent in America than in other countries and access to guns is a significant factor in the school shootings.
Regarding the US shattering economy, a quarter of full-time working-age American adults are not earning enough money to meet their families’ economic needs.
More than 85 percent of goods in the biggest US chain store, Walmart, are made in other countries as the company searches the world for the cheapest goods possible.
Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show more than one-third of adults in the US are obese.
The obesity has been going on for decades, and healthcare costs associated with it are estimated at USD 147 billion a year.
Regarding cybercrime, the United States remains the top-spamming country and the source of about one-fifth of the world’s spam.
The US currently accounts for 47 percent of global credit and debit card fraud even though it generates only 27 percent of the total volume of purchases and cash, according to Global Card Fraud, from a recent issue of The Nilson Report.
There have also been more than 53 million abortions performed in the United States since 1973. The figure means that more than 3,000 American babies are killed by abortion every single day that is equal to approximately 3,000 Americans, who lost their lives in 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers.
Another issue is a growing consensus among the “intellectual elite” that most elderly people are not going to have a high enough “quality of life” to justify the expense of costly life saving procedures.
This philosophy is now being promoted very heavily through mainstream news outlets, saying that “pulling the plug” on grandma and grandpa is compassionate because it will end their suffering, it is good for the environment and it is even good for the economy.
Depression among women in the US is also the highest as they use depression drugs more than any other nations.
Good Magazine reported a number of statistics in 2007 about the Internet pornography industry, saying 89 percent of porn is created in the US and USD 2.84 billion in revenue was generated from US porn sites in 2006. Some 260 new porn sites go online daily.
Also, the United States has the highest divorce rate in the world. A poll, conducted by Gfk Roper, showed that 36 percent of respondents said that they divorced over physical or verbal abuse and financial issues ran second at 22 percent.
Finally, the US has the most debt in the world as its national debt doubled in 2005 and reached 8 trillion dollars. The US national debt is about to cross the 16 trillion dollar mark now.