There was an interesting article (can't remember where) talking about the well documented flat wages for working people over the last decade. What the author pointed out was that wages in fact were not flat, but what should have been a 5-6% wage increase was all eaten up by rising health care costs.
[edit: similar article from Slate]
More on how medical inflation ate your pay raise. - By Timothy Noah - Slate Magazine
Here's something else to ponder.
List of countries by Human Development Index - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
One of the main criteria that the UN uses in those rankings is infant mortality. That's because poorer countries tend to have higher infant mortality due to malnourished mothers. The infant mortality rate is high in the US because of a high incidence of illicit drug use. Unless you think that low taxes are the cause of the US's high incidence of illicit drug use, our ranking shouldn't be brought down by that and we might end up being #1 if that wasn't weighted so heavily. Either way, #3 is a high ranking.
If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.
It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.