You can chant “USA!” til the cows come home but you can’t change the facts, until you actually try to change the facts. 

Courtesy of CNN:

The United States ranks lower than 38 other countries on measurements of children’s survival, health, education and nutrition — and every country in the world has levels of excess carbon emissions that will prevent younger generations from a healthy and sustainable future, according to a new report.

The report, published in the medical journal The Lancet on Tuesday, ranked 180 countries based on a “child flourishing index” and the United States came in at No. 39.

Countries also were ranked by levels of excess carbon emissions — specifically researchers took a close look at estimated levels for 2030. Based on that data, the United States ranked No. 173 for sustainability, according to the report.

Here are the top ten countries when it comes to “child flourishing”:

  1. Norway, ranked first overall
  2. South Korea
  3. Netherlands
  4. France
  5. Ireland
  6. Denmark
  7. Japan
  8. Belgium
  9. Iceland
  10. United Kingdom

It is impossible to blame this entirely on Donald Trump or even the Republicans because we have not bee doing that well for decades now. 

However, I will say emphatically that if you want to improve those numbers you certainly do not want to elect a Republican.

For my money, and I know this is going to seem predictable, Elizabeth Warren is the best candidate to create policies that address all of the issues which impact child flourishing. 

I also would feel pretty confident with an Amy Klobachur, Joe Biden, or even Mike Bloomberg taking on this challenge.