As we inch ever-so-slowly towards the November 8 election, it’s easy to get bogged down by claims that our great nation’s economy is in free-fall. But in reality, cities across the United States are experiencing positive signs of economic growth, determined through factors including population growth and falling unemployment rates.
Most Republicans—about 67 percent, according to a poll released earlier this year—believe things were better in the 1950s. If I had to guess what they miss most, I’d wager it’s Jim Crow laws and white presidents, but maybe there are other things, too. Perhaps they also long for a time when mothers (white ones, of course; black women always had to have jobs) stayed at home and attempted to make meaning out of recipe clippings. We’re long past that now, but Trump supporters can dream, can’t they?
The whole world is getting fatter. One 2015 study, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, found that an astounding 2 billion people around the globe are either overweight or obese, and that figure just keeps climbing. While the United States has been unseated as the world’s fattest country, we’re still home to 13 percent of the world’s fat population, despite making up less than 5 percent of the world’s total citizenry. (Taken together, China and India, the world’s most populous countries with a combined total of 37 percent of the world’s people, just pass us with 15 percent of the globe’s fat population.)
Americans donated record amounts of money to charity in 2014. According to Giving USA, the grand tally for giving was $358.38 billion, the largest figure for charitable giving in the 60 years since it started keeping track of the numbers and the biggest total since the start of the Great Recession.