That's always how I want to measure the success of a nation.
"At least we're not __________"
It's like your mom when she would say to you as a kid, "Well at least you don't have cancer!"
"At least you have food on the table!"
I dislike those kind of comparisons because it lowers the bar and brainwashes you to have low expectations. ie-Since you DON'T have ebola and are NOT paralyzed from the neck down you should be GRATEFUL that the country is collapsing.