Every developed country aspires to provide a better life for its people. The United States, among the richest of all, fails in important ways. It has the highest poverty and the highest infant mortality among developed nations. We provide among the least generous unemployment benefits in the industrial world. Not long ago one of the most educated countries in the world, the United States is slipping behind.
Eduardo Porter notes that while most other developed countries have both higher taxes and a stronger social safety net, many Americans remain committed to the belief that nothing we need is worth paying for on the off-chance that they win the lottery.