because, remember, “correlation is not causation”!

Primacy number 1 (October 2018): “After a decadelong absence, the U.S. has regained the distinction of most competitive country in the world, according to the World Economic Forum”.

Primacy number 2 (November 2018): “Life expectancy in the United States declined from 2016 to 2017, yet the 10 leading causes of death remained the same, according to three government reports released Thursday: increasing deaths due to drug overdoses and suicides

The CNN article also includes this statement by Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC director: “these sobering statistics are a wakeup call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable”.

But hey, correlation is not causation!

Two surely unrelated primacies the USA can be proud of /img/chartoftheday_9973_drug_related_deaths_and_mortality_rate_worldwide_n.jpg
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