Sixty-eight percent of U.S. citizens knew the First Amendment to the United States Constitution says "the government shall neither establish a religion nor interfere with the practice of religion". However, according to the 2010 U.S. Religious Survey, there was confusion regarding the term "separation of church and state". Only 36% of the people surveyed knew teachers can give classes comparing world religions and only 23% knew teachers can read from the Bible as an example of literature. Although the Constitution was adopted in 1787, it remains well "constituted" today.
Today Hispanics comprise 15% of the U.S. population. They are the largest and fastest growing minority in the U.S. and also have longer life expectancies than both whites and blacks. According to government research based on death certificates from 2006, the life expectancy of Hispanics born in 2006 is 80 years/7 months. For whites it's 78 years/1 month and for blacks it's 72 years/11 months. Because Hispanics in Cuba and Puerto Rico live 2 years less and those in Mexico live 4 years less, U.S. Hispanics' longevity must be due to "the American way".
Energy efficiency is the way of the future and many U.S. states made significant progress in this area in 2010 in spite of Congress not passing a major energy bill. The American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy ranked states on utility and public benefits programs, transportation policies, building energy codes, combined heat and power, state government initiatives and appliance efficiency standards. California was on top (for the 4th year in a row), followed by Massachusetts (which was second last year too), Oregon, New York and Vermont. On the bottom were Nebraska, Wyoming, Alabama, Mississippi and North Dakota. Not having every state adopt Energy Efficient Resource Standards (EERS) is obviously a "misstate"
Unfortunately, it isn't a mistake that in 2010 U.S. retailers lost $40 million dollars in stolen goods. That's $422.68 per average American family in passed on costs. According to the Center for Retail Research, organized retail crime was the biggest problem for U.S. merchants - 47.8% - followed by employee theft and shoplifting. Thieves focused on expensive brand-name items, like perfume and cosmetics. Other popular targets were coffee, fresh meat, clothing, auto parts, pharmaceuticals and anything with the "Apple" logo. The good news is losses were 6.8% lower than 2009's. This decrease correlated with an increase in retailer spending on security. You could say it was the "buyproduct".