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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

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