Friday, February 18, 2005
DID YOU KNOW?
1. The minimum wage in 1968 was $1.60. Had it kept pace with inflation, it would be $8.70 today!
2. In 1965, the average CEO in America made 24 times more than the average worker. Today he makes 185 times more.
3. In only 4 of the nations 3,066 counties can a full time worker earning the minimum wage afford a one bedroom apt. and utilities (based on the 30% rule)
4. The typical US worker must make $15.75 if they dedicate 30% of their income to housing.
5. Thirty million American earn wages below the poverty level of $8.20 per hour.
6. The total population of Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Tennessee is equal to the number of people living below the official poverty line in the US.
7. Add the populations of Delaware, Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia to get to 125% of the poverty line.
8. In 2001, the average financial wealth for black householders was about 12% of the average for white households.
9. The median financial wealth for blacks was $1,100, less than 3% of the corresponding figure for whites.
10. Over the entire 28 year history of the Berlin Wall, 287 people perished trying to cross it. In the ten years since the Clinton administration implemented the current U.S. border strategy with Mexico, more than 2,500 people have died trying to cross.
11. The US ranks #1 in percentage of citizens incarcerated, with over 700 inmates per 100,000 population. #2 is Russia with 585 per 100,000.
12. In 2004, the US military budget was 399 BILLION dollars. Thats $12,000 a SECOND!
13. In 2003, the US military budget was more than 8 times larger than the second largest spender (China)!
14. The US military budget was more than 29 times as large as the combined spending of the seven "rogue" states (Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria). Even if you add China and Russia's military spending to that of the seven potential enemies, all nine nations together spent $116.2 billion, 27% of the U.S. military budget. The US military budget is more than the combined spending of the next twenty three nations.
15. The difference in income per head between the richest nation and the poorest nation in 1750 was about 5 to 1. Today the difference between the richest nation, Switzerland, and the poorest nation, Mozambique, is about 400 to 1.
16. Of the 6.2 billion people in the world today, 1.2 billion live on less than $1 per day, 2.8 billion live on less than $2 per day.
17. The richest 1% in the world receive as much income as the poorest 57%.
18. In 2003, the US increased official development assistance to poor countries by one-fifth. Where does the US contribution rank in the top 22 countries in proportion to our economy? Last.
19. Americans on average give 15 cents per day in government assistance to poor countries.
20. Americans spend on average 60 cents on soft drinks each day.
Makes one think, eh?
And we wonder why the rest of the world resents America! It makes me sick.