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Facts & figures

Among industrialized countries, the U.S. ranks:

First in military technology.

First in military exports.

First in Gross Domestic Product.

First in the number of millionaires and billionaires.

First in health technology.

First in defense expenditures.

12th in living standards among our poorest one-fifth.

13th in the gap between rich and poor.

14th in efforts to lift children out of poverty.

16th in lowest birth rates.

18th in the percent of children in poverty.

23rd in infant mortality.

Last in protecting children against gun violence.

Source: Children’s defense fund, 2004.


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