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That which follows is not intended as any form of tirade but since there are several interesting posts with 'lists' here is another one.|
There are many good things in many countries that have and will continue to benefit China. Perhaps Mr. Deng Xiaoping's comment of "We need to explore that which is available from all countries of the world, and if it is applicable to China's real condition or can be adapted to China's culture, we must not be afraid to take advantage of the positive." And of course Who can forget his statement when he was so criticized by the former hardliners in China for his Open-Door policy - "I don't care if it is a white cat or a gray cat. If it catches mice it is a good cat."
However, here are some areas in which America leads today and most of which (except of course for the 'millionaire and billionaire' statistics) China probably does not want to emulate or surpass.
Among the Top 20 "Industrialized" nations today, America is Number One in:
...per capita energy use
...carbon dioxide emissions (more that Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Indonesia, Germany. Italy, Mexico, and the United Kingdom combined).
...total and per capital municipal waste (720 kilograms [1,584 pounds] per person per year)
...hazardous waste produced (by a factor of more than twenty times the nearest competitor - Germany)
...natural gas consumption
...the least amount of tax revenue generated (as a percentage of GDP)
...the least amount of federal and state government expenditure (as a percentage of GDP)
...daily per capita consumption of calories
...lowest voter turnout
...fewest number of political parties represented in government
...recorded rapes (by a factor of almost three times the next highest - Canada)
...injuries and deaths from road accidents (almost twice as many as runner-up - Canada)
...in births to mothers under the age of 20 (again more than twice that of Canada and nearly twice as many as Number Two - New Zealand)
...the number of international human rights treaties NOT SIGNED!
...among countries in the UN with a legally constituted government to NOT ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (only the U.S. and Somalia have not signed)
...number of known executions of child offenders
...likelihood of children under the age of 15 to die from gunfire
...likelihood of children under the age of 15 to commit suicide with a gun
...lowest eight-grade math scores
...becoming the first society in history in which the poorest group in the population are children
...among only 6 nations that execute BOTH the mentally retarded (mentally challenged for the P.C. slaves) and juveniles - there are 5 other countries that do - Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
...the only Industrialized nation that executes its children
Even China prohibits the death penalty for those under 18.
- Children's Defense Fund "The State of America's Children, Yearbook 2000"
- UN Human Development Report 2000
- U.S. Vital Statistics, tables #1356, 1361, 1390, 1398
- Energy Information Administration, "Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government"
- Amnesty International Facts and Figures on the Death Penalty, 6/1/01
Patrick Moynihan, "Family and Nation," 1986 p. 96
And all conveniently collected in the book "Stupid White Men...and other sorry excuses for the State of the Nation", Michael Moore, Penguin Books, 2002.