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Good News, For a Change

There is a built-in incentive in our political system to focus on bad news. The opposition party needs to create unrealistic panic to raise money and oppose the majority party, meanwhile the majority party needs to scare voters into supporting all of its policies. In the reality, life in America, as detailed by the excellent book Progress Paradox, keeps improving by every measure, for every economic, racial and social group…

As more evidence of this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today that Americans' life expectancy rose to 77.6 years, the highest total ever. Despite the manufactured crisis of American healthcare, Americans' lives keep getting better and longer- in large part because American health care continues to get better. Even if we all admit that more improvement is possible and desirable, we should not get so lost the political struggle that we fail to acknowledge the progress our country is making by virtually every indicia - every year.

Posted by Misha Tseytlin at February 28, 2005 9:05 PM