I had to look this up.
As it so happens, there are 196 countries in the world today.
Why would that suddenly be important?
Because I had to see if the U. S. was dead last in economic growth last year.
We were 159th.
The United States of America.
By the way, the guy who brought about that glorious achievement was in Roanoke yesterday:
President Obama focuses on the economy during Roanoke speech
One wonders what he was "focused on" last year.
Obama in Roanoke: Hey, we beat Sudan! I deserve reelection!