American By the Numbers: Read Them and Weep

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400,000 – number of veterans likely to experience homelessness nationally
49,724 – number of homeless veterans in California
89% – percent of homeless veterans who received honorable discharges

$49,158 – median household income in 2000 (adjusted for inflation)
$48,201 – median household income in 2006
$12,168 – salary of a full-time minimum wage employee without vacation
$15.2 million – average salary of a CEO of one of America’s top 500 companies
31.6 million – Americans living in poverty in 2001
36.5 million – Americans living in poverty in 2008
68% – percent of increase in home foreclosures in the last year

38.4 million – Americans without health insurance in 2000
46.9 million – Americans without health insurance in 2006
$1.59 – average price of gas in Jan 2000
$3.14 – average price of gas in Jan 2008
$7.9 billion – Exxon Mobil profits in 2000
$36.1 billion – Exxon Mobil profits in 2006
+$236 billion – U.S. budget surplus in 2000
-$354 billion – U.S. budget deficit in 2007
$341.4 million – Cost of the Iraq War PER DAY!
$517 billion – Cost of the Iraq War so far (through May 2008)
$2 trillion – Projected overall cost of the Iraq War
139 – Number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq before the “Mission Accomplished” speech
4073 – Number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq as of May 6, 2008
1.1 million
– Number of Iraqis killed in the Iraq War
542 – Number of U.S. troops wounded in Iraq before the “Mission Accomplished” speech
28,661 – Number of U.S. troops wounded in Iraq as of Jan. 2008
30 – number of JROTC (Junior Reserves Officer Training Core) programs in LAUSD
0 – number of JROTC programs in LAUSD schools west of Fairfax High School
40% – percent JROTC graduates who join the military
4754 – number of LAUSD students enrolled in JROTC for the 2007-8 school year
62 million – votes for George W. Bush in 2004 election
59 million – votes for John Kerry in 2004 election
66 million – votes in American Idol, final show in 2006

Sources:

Campaign for America’s Future
AntiWar.com
CAMS (Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools)
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
National Priorities Project: Cost of War

Published by the LA Progressive on May 14, 2008
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About Sharon Kyle

Sharon Kyle, J.D. is the Publisher of the LA Progressive which she co-founded with her husband Dick Price. Ms. Kyle is an adjunct professor of law at Peoples College in Los Angeles. She sits on the board of the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills Chapter and is on the editorial board of the BlackCommentator.com. Photo courtesy Wadeva Images. www.wadevaimages.com

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