Al Cappucino -Ill Portents -Steve4192 -Thats fukin illegal -
so basically what they are trying to say is quality of life is better in cold climate, predominantly white, socialist country's
Size matters too.
It's easier to finance all those public programs when you don't have to provide them to hundreds of millions of citizens. The top nine countries on that list COMBINED have a smaller population than the United States. Germany at #10 is the one with a population in excess of 25 million.
It also helps that Uncle Sam subsidizes all of their national defense. They can all live in peace and sleep well at night because they know that if the worst happens and someone tries to violate their national sovereignty, Big Bro 'Murica will swoop in to save them.
Is this one of those situations where you DON'T want to talk about "per capita"?
Is this one of those situations where you DON'T want to acknowledge his entire post?
The first half of his post, the answer is "per capita". The U.S. has a higher GDP per capita than all but two of those countries, therefore despite the population size, should be more able to pay more per citizen on those things than almost any of those countries can.
The second half of his post, yawn. Nobody is forcing the U.S. to spend an absurd amount on our military, or to (as has happened in the latest budget) increase it beyond what even the Pentagon said they needed.
Hope this helps.
Now maybe you can explain why you guys fucking LOVE to talk about per capita when it comes to, say, black crime, but mysteriously switched to focusing only on absolute numbers in this case. Because I'm really curious.