For profit Prison systems. Costs $81,000 per year to incarcerate. At Rikers Island Prison, NYC:$337,524
25% of the world’s prisoners, 4% of the world’s population.
More than 1 in 4 black men will end up in prison.
50% of incarcerations due to petty drug offenses.
120 firearms for every 100 US citizens. #2 is Falkland Islands at 62.1, and 3rd is Yemen at 52.8.
$1.5 trillion in Student debt.
$5,700 in credit cars debt per person.
2% average per capital savings rate. Average of $8,863 in an account at a bank.
Stagnate real adjusted wages since 1980’s.
300%+ GDP growth during same period
3000% CEO compensation increase during same period
USA has highest wealth inequality in the world of developed G7 nations. The wealth gap between America’s richest and poorer families more than doubled from 1989 to 2016.
95% of economic gains following the economic recovery which began in 2009 went to the top 1% of Americans (by net worth)
1% of Americans possess 45% of the nation’s wealth; the bottom 80% own 5%.
1% of US population owns 86% of the stock market capitalization.
64% US home ownership rate/ 44th in the world.
1% of the population owns more wealth than the middle class, which occupies 50th and 90th percentile.
20% of GDP on health care (and 27th in world for quality of care). In total, government, private, and personal health care spending in the U.S. amounts to a staggering $10,586 a year per person — over $3,000 more than the comparable figure in Switzerland, the next highest spending OECD country. Switzerland is 2nd at 12% of GDP. I.e. The U.S. has spends more on healthcare than any high-income country, yet Americans have poor health outcomes and a worsening life expectancy when compared with other countries
37th quality of care according to USNWR
For profit health care = Of the 20 largest OECD countries, the United States has the highest out of pocket health care costs per capita.
$1 trillion military budget
Biggest US companies pay 0-10% taxes on profit
Homelessness is out of control. 170 homeless per 100,000 people. Over 553,000 homeless on any given night.
Infrastructure is falling apart
Depression and suicide rates highest of all time: the annual U.S. suicide rate increased 24% between 1999 and 2014, from 10.5 to 13.0 suicides per 100,000 people, the highest rate recorded in 28 years
Drug overdose deaths highest in US history: 22 per 100,000 population in urban counties versus 20 per 100,000 in rural counties.
#1 in drug overdoses in world.
No consumer financial protection bureau
$3.5 billion in lobbying spent yearly
Citizens United, ie corporations donating to politicians= special interests influencing public interests
83% graduation rate (3% below OECD average)
American household carries $137,879 in total debt. $7,104 in credit card debt. $27,943 in Auto debt. $46,679 in student loan debt.
No public mental health services.
No Minimum wage increase since 2007 ($7.25)
One in five children in USA is obese.
34.2 million Americans—just over 1 in 10—have diabetes.
88 million American adults—approximately 1 in 3—have prediabetes.
New diabetes cases were higher among non-Hispanic blacks and people of Hispanic origin than non-Hispanic Asians and non-Hispanic whites.