The anti-American anti-commerce folk really piss me off when they use statistics to prove how bad America is.
Their two favorite pieces of evidence against America are infant mortality and lifespan. They think they're so smart.
Lets begin with infant mortality. The U.S. ranks below 25th when compared to developed nations on infant mortality rate. We have a rate over 6 infant deaths per 1,000 births and the number should be half that. Oh, we're such bad people with such poor medicine.
There are three factors to take into consideration. American hospitals are saving new borns who arrive early at the highest rate in the world. We save more infants born after 24 weeks of gestation than anyone. And we count those as live births. Take out that factor and our numbers drop below 4 per 1,000. We also allow too many women to carry to their full term, without a C-section, which can mean 37 weeks of gestation and more infant deaths. Take out that factor and we rank in the top numbers of infant survival.
We still haven't taken out a uniquely American issue, because we are too nice about our country. Latina-Americans have a much higher infant mortality than other Americans. Several years of effort and hundreds of millions of Federal dollars were spent in Chicago to try and change this pattern, which disappears in 3rd generation Latina-Americans. Money and intense care made no difference.
Then there is thelifespan lifespan comparison. The U.S. is down the list at about the same point as we are on infant mortality. Our average life span is 78.7 years with men at 76.3 and women at 81.1 as calculated at birth. Many countries such as Singapore, Japan and Israel are above 81 and some are at 83.
This doesn't bother me a lot since I'm not interested in a longer life. But just to fix the data, America's integrated society doesn't help. Black males live a life 5 years shorter than white males and 'non-hispanic black' males live 6 years less. Whatever they are.
Take blacks average out of the lifespan data and you get nearly a year of added lifespan for the rest of us. Take out all immigrants in the past 50 years, since we opened the immigration gates in the mid-1960 and our average lifespan rises even more.
But who wants to do that. America is an integrated nation. We live with it and the anti-American anti-commerce complainers should just acknowledge their own racism.