The 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index New World Map

By: Rachel Pulaski

The 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index found that the “American Dream is in jeopardy” and “The national ethos of the U.S. is under threat.” The assessment of prosperity is based on material wealth and personal well-being.  The Prosperity Index benchmarks countries in eight categories: Economy, Entrepreneurship & Opportunity, Education, Governance, Personal Freedom, Health, Safety & Security, and Social Capital.

The Unites States dropped out of the global prosperity ‘top ten’ for the first time to the twelfth position in the worldwide prosperity rankings and fell eight places in ‘Entrepreneurship & Opportunity’. The assesment found fewer US citizens agree that  “hard work gets you ahead.”

Business Insider reported:

“The London-based public policy institute pegged the precipitous drop in the U.S. to a decline in consumer and voter confidence, along with a bleak economic and entrepreneurial outlook; four percent fewer citizens believe that “hard work gets you ahead,” and business startup costs as a percentage of Gross National Income (GNI) have doubled in the past two years.
In fact, the U.S. economy sub-score dropped to twentieth and its personal freedom score dropped four points to fourteenth, just above Uruguay.”

The report was first released on October 30, 2012, the group was hoping the report would have “electoral implications” but as always MSM remained silent:

“As the US struggles to reclaim the building blocks of the American Dream,” Gedmin noted, “now is the time to consider who is best placed to lead the country back to prosperity and compete with the more agile countries that have pushed the U.S. out of the top ten.”

List of the top 20 countries:
Norway
Denmark
Sweden
Australia
New Zealand
Canada
Finland
Netherlands
Switzerland
Ireland
Luxembourg
United States
United Kingdom
Germany
Iceland
Austria
Belgium
Hong Kong
Singapore
Taiwan

This was cross posted at FreedomWorks

 

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  1. The imbeciles that were going to vote for Obama wouldn’t have paid any attention anyway. Just “gimme” my stuff!

  2. Come on. The lame stream media ignored, and will continue to do so, anything that could have hurt their socialist in chief. It’ll be news when they DO actually say against the imposter.

  3. Of course the MSM ignored it. I agree with #1, would not of made a difference anyway.

  4. Every nation in the top 10 of this list is DRAMATICALLY more socialist than the United States. They ALL have “job-killing” universal health care. Many have “job-killing” free college. Most have “job-killing” MORE generous welfare benefits.

    Does information like this challenge your assumptions at all?

  5. To understand how the MSM was captured, about 100 years ago, by forces which intend to bring about a fundamental change to the USA (sound familiar as a BHO quote), may I suggest a viewing of this video, Behind the Big News,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYVXl5tKxZc

  6. It will continue to fall for years to come. Thousands of small businesses will close their doors now that the regime hasn’t anymore road blocks as a lame duck. Obamacare will crush business, the EPA will pass regulation after regulation on energy providers. Obama will use executive orders to pass “Card Check”, giving the unions unlimited powers. Finance reform laws will drive hundreds of small community banks out of business allowing the 5 biggest banks to become “to big to fail”. The time has come to “Go Gault”, rather than let the government to slowly choke it to death.

  7. 4 more years and we will be lucky to be in the top 50.

    I just realized yesterday that old Sen. Joe McCarthy was right: Hollywood is full of Commies, and so is the MSM.

  8. Almost all of the nations on this list have stronger unions and labor movements than the US does.

  9. Yawn Rachelle…. according to this list, “commies” are kicking our butts right now.

    How often do you all question your own beliefs? No human is infallible…

  10. What happened to all the Benghazi *concern* ?

  11. To all good Marxist Socialist Media (MSM) sycophants, ‘prosperity’ is a bourgeoisie concept.

  12. #4 Jeff
    you frikkin’ moron (not sorry, I have no more patience or good will left)

    y’notice something else about EVERY! one of those countries listed?
    They all count on, rely on, depend on the UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES to PROTECT THEIR SORRY LAME ASSES.

    they don’t spend any real money on Defense, because they all know that in any pinch or even in the case of a natural disaster they can call 911-USA and we will run to pretect them or bail out their weak, sorry lame asses.

    more later, I have to work for a livingh.

  13. Isn’t the Legatum Group a bunch of Arabs based in Dubai?

  14. Ah yes, calling me a “frikkin’ moron”… conservatives are always so respectful.

    I’ll remain mostly polite and just say, Ghost, that that’s absolute nonsense. US military spending has little to no bearing on their higher average wages, higher standard of living, smaller gap between rich and poor, better benefits, higher vacation days, mandatory maternity and sick leave, etc etc etc…. it’s almost like if you treat people better, their lives are better.

    It’s okay to be wrong, guys.

    The jig is up, the conservative media is a sham. This is a heartfelt plea for you all to stop allowing yourselves to be lied to.

  15. The top three are the most equal countries on earth: Norway, Denmark and Sweden. All are social democaries that are 100 times more progressive than the Unirted States, and have universal healthcare, universal higher education, and an extensive social safety net. This is why they are the top three. This is also why Norway ranks number one year after year on the UN’s Human Development Index (which ranks societies based on literacy, education, health and per capita income), Denmark is consistantly ranked as the happiest country in the world, and why Sweden ranks as having the most income equality (see the Gini Coefficient). Oh, and they are the most irreligious societies on earth. Could this also have something to do with it? Wake up America.

  16. So we’ve dropped on the prosperity index.

    Its a feature, not a bug. When will Americans understand this regime does not want prosperity when a beaten down government dependent population is much easier to control.

  17. I find you butthurt folks rather amusing. I love that you are too stupid to see the irony of showing how countries with the highest taxes, least number of religious people, most socialist would make the progressives look bad. My my my you think getting your asses kicked would have taught you a thing or two but you carry on like the Black Knight in The Holy Grail…”Just a flesh wound”



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