The US ranks 49th in the world in literacy.
According to the World Health Organization, the US ranks 37th in the world in health care, and 54th in fairness of its health care system.
The US is one of only two industrialized countries that does not provide universal health care. (The other being South Africa.)
18,000 people die in the US unnecessarily each year due to the lack of health care.
Among the wealthiest developed countries, the US ranks second to last in childhood poverty.
12 million families have difficulty feeding themselves.
The US ranks 41st among all countries for infant mortality.
900,000 children were abused or neglected in 2002, the last year the data for this statistic was collected.
For other equally disturbing data about life in the USA, see: www.citypages.com/databank/26/1264/article12985.asp
So what are you going to do about it?