Business Insider ran a story claiming that the US sucks.
Politicususa ran with it because it fit the narrative.
“The United States currently ranks thirty-fourth(34th) out of the thirty-four(34) members of the OECD in regards to spending on social programs, DEAD LAST.
The amount the United States spends is currently only 7.2% of our gross domestic product on programs that make up our social contract with the American people.
Remember a year ago when the conservative deficit hawks were warning that if the United States doesn’t start looking at our social programs we would end up like Greece?
They told us the reason Greece was in financial trouble was due to their social programs and if we, the United States didn’t want to become like Greece, we needed to cut back on our social expenditures. Well Greece spends 21.3% on social programs, 14.1% more than the United States does. That is a big difference!”
The only problem is the story is flat out wrong.
It’s supposedly based on the OECD’s numbers on social spending as a percentage of GDP. If you follow the links in the stories you eventually find this spreadsheet.
Where you can plainly see that the US, in 2007, spent 16.2 percent on social spending as defined by OECD. Hmmm… WTF Business Insider?
Turns out it was Mexico that spent 7.2%, not the US.