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Why the USA isn't #1

I'am a student from holland and I am preparing my final English presentation. I have chosen the subject ''Why isn't America the greatest country in the world''. I have chosen this subject because of the resent ''goverment shutdown'' and ,for example, I already had my opinion about the so called most democratic system in the world and the two party system.
I didn't open this topic because i have something against America, I just want to know how you 'ínsiders' in America see things (I am Dutch) and for the most i want to receive information which i can use in my presentation and I also really want to understand the American system/how things work in America, because i know things work differently in the States than in The Netherlands.
So I really want to hear about the 'Wrongs' in America.
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    Oct 11 2013: "We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories. Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real and defense spending..."

    In Sorkin's honor, here are 25 other things America isn't number one in:

    America ranks 13th in starting a business, according to the Doing Business rankings compiled by The World Bank.
    The U.S. ranks 47th in press freedom, according to Reporters Without Borders. So much for freedom of the press.
    The U.S. ranks 20th in international trade, according to the Doing Business rankings compiled by The World Bank.
    The U.S., which ranks 15th in dealing with debt insolvency according to the Doing Business rankings.
    The U.S. is ranked 10th in economic freedom, according to The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal.
    The U.S. is 25th among 43 developing countries for the best place to be a mother, according to Save The Children.
    The U.S. is only the 11th happiest country in the world, according Columbia University's Earth Institute.
    There are 21 countries better than America in freedom from corruption, according to Heritage.org.
    The U.S. was ranked 24th in perceived honesty, according to Transparency.org.
    America is ranked 39th in income inequality according to the CIA World Factbook.
    Need a Hepatitis B vaccination? The U.S. is ranked 89th in percentage of children who have been vaccinated according to the World Health Organization.
    The U.S. is only 47th in infant survival? That's true, according to the CIA World Factbook.
    Want to live a long life? Don't live in the U.S., which is 50th in life expectancy according to the CIA World Factbook.
    How well is our economy growing? The U.S. GDP growth rate is ranked 169th out of 216 countries, according to the CIA World Factbook.
    Our GDP per capita is only 12th in the world

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