Live Free And Die – NYTimes.com
Live Free And Die
During the Bush years, every time a new estimate of life expectancy came out I would get letters saying “Hah! You say things are terrible, so how come life expectancy is rising, huh?” This was, of course, stupid: medicine continues to progress, the long-term decline in smoking has reduced lung cancer, etc.. Life expectancy is rising just about everywhere in the world; sharing in that trend is no big achievement.
On the other hand, failing to share in that trend IS a big achievement, in a bad way. And via Kevin Drum, we have this:
I guess the geography of the decline speaks for itself.