The real story
At the risk of being accused of America bashing I have attached an article by Paul Rosenberg in which he presents some statistics that burst some myth bubbles. Like him I believe that, just like describing symptoms to a doctor, honesty is the best policy. Unless you know what the problem is how are you going to fix it? Not by denying it.
American exceptionalism is often spoken about and how it leads the world in everything from health to education, the reality however is different.
Rosenberg talk about a book (that)looks at eight indicators each in seven categories, ranking counties in order along with precise figures for how they score. It also divides them into first, second and third divisions (in sets of 10), which comes in handy for gauging overall performance. The seven categories are: health, family, education, income and leisure, freedom and democracy, public order and safety, and generosity. Indicators include things like life expectancy at birth, infant mortality rate, share of income received by richest 10 per cent, years of life lost in injury, etc. Those with some awareness of these sorts of measures will probably not be surprised to learn that the United States ranks next to last overall (go Mexico!), while those who get their information from FOX or other corporate media may be stunned to the point of disbelief.
Here is a link that might be useful: Reality check