Monday, September 10, 2007

(Non-)Trivia Quiz: In What Way Are Swaziland, Papua New Guinea, Liberia and the USofA EXACTLY Alike?

Out of 173 countries, only four have no paid leave for new mothers -- Papua New Guinea, Swaziland, Liberia and the U.S.A.

H/t to pal Sinfonian at BlastOff. He picked up on the original HuffPost diary, which goes on to recite these (by now well-known additional data points:
Our health care system is the most expensive in the world per capita, yet our child mortality rate is 37th. Paid sick days are not required, quality child care is hard to line up and often more than parents can afford.
Sinfonian concludes by asking:
Ultimately, I'm forced to ask: what is so bad about helping one's fellow man? What is so bad about paying taxes so that society can improve as a whole? I just don't see anything wrong with that ...
I of course replied: "Why do you hate Murka?"
You clearly missed the lecture on the difference between the deserving and the undeserving poor.
Everybody in Murka has the right to pull him or herself up by their bootstraps.
If they can afford boots with bootstraps.
If not, fuck 'em. If they were real Murkins, they'd have boots with straps in 'em with which to pull themselves up.
If we gave everybody everything they wanted, what would happen to the bootstrap makers? They'd go out of bidness, their children would starve, their women would have to sell their bodies on the streets, their homes would foreclose, their cars would be repossessed. It would be terrible.
I can't believe you don't understand this.
I am forced to ask: why do Ms Blades and the Blogger Sinfonian hate Murka's boot-strap makers?

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