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America Is Now a ‘Second Tier’ Country

SPI produces the report in part to help city, state, and national policymakers diagnose and (ideally) address their most pressing challenges. The group’s chief executive, Michael Green, said America ‘is failing to address basic human needs, equip citizens to improve their quality of life, protect the environment, and provide opportunity for everyone to make personal choices and reach their full potential.’ . . .

The authors note that wealth is no guarantee to first-tier access. Even among nations with similar GDP, ‘countries achieve widely divergent levels of social progress.’ It’s true a little bit of economic growth goes a long way toward improving lives, but those gains taper off at more mature stages of development.

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