Eco-nomics

Facts Out of Context


  1. Percentage of American teenage girls who report store-hopping as favorite activity: 93%.

  2. Year in which the number of shopping centers in the U.S. (32,653) surpassed the number of high schools: 1987 .

  3. Amount world spends of golfing each year: $30 to $40 billion.

  4. Amount spent annually on cigarette advertising in the US: $30 to $40 billion.

  5. Average daily total of military expenditures worldwide: $30 to $40 billion.

  6. Estimated annual cost of providing adequate health care, education, nutrition and clean drinking water to every human being on earth: $30 to 40 billion.

  7. GDP of Egypt in 1992: $33.6 billion. Sales of Philip Morris in 1992: $50.2 billion.

  8. Average amount of food an American woman would have to consume each day in order to eat like a bird: 134 lbs.

  9. Number of people listening regularly to Rush Limbaugh's radio talk show (self-described "dittoheads"): 20 million.

  10. Percent of all American households earning $75,000 or more: 9%. Percentage of "dittoheads" earning that much: 19%.

  11. Amount Pentagon spent over the last decade unaccounted for by invoices: $14.7 billion.

  12. Amount spent constructing two navy oil tankers left unfinished and rusting in the James River: $450 million.

  13. Additional cost per trip for transporting military and civilian VIPs between the Pentagon and Andrews Air Force Base by helicopter instead of by car: $400 - $1,600.

  14. Amount the Pentagon will spend this year to equip Andrews Air Force Base with a third golf course: $5,100,000.

  15. Amount more Pentagon will receive in the 1996 budget than requested: $7 billion.

  16. Percentage change since 1965 in federal spending on infrastructure: -42%.

  17. Amount the US is spending every day to prepare to wage nuclear war: $75 million.

  18. Number of the world's richest people whose collective wealth adds up to $762 billion: 358.

  19. Number of world's poorest people whose combined income adds up to $762 billion: 2,400,000,000.

SOURCES: (Facts are not checked beyond published source.)

1. Lawrence Shames, The Hunger for More, (New York: Times Books, 1989), cited in the New Road Map Foundation's All Consuming Passion: Waking up from the American Dream.
2. Alan Thein Durning, "Asking How Much Is Enough," State of the World, 1991, cited in All Consuming Passion.
3. UNICEF's "World State of Childhood 1995," cited in Nonviolent Action, Summer 1996.
4. UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), States of Disarray: The Social Effects of Globalization (London, UNRISD, 1995), cited in World Watch, July/August 1996.
5. Harper's research, Harper's Magazine, July 1996.
6. The Washington Post National Weekly Edition, February 5-11, 1996.
7. Center for Defense Information, cited in Nonviolent Action, Summer 1996.
8. Office of Representative Peter DeFazio (Washington), cited in Harper's Magazine, June 1996.
9. Center for Defense Information, cited in Nonviolent Action, Summer 1996.
10. Competitiveness Policy Council (Washington), cited in Harper's Magazine, June 1996.
11. Center for Defense Information, cited by War Resisters League, February 1996.
12. UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), States of Disarray: The Social Effects of Globalization (London: UNRISD, 1995), cited in World Watch, July/August 1996. (Reprint, YES! A Journal of Positive Futures, Issue B2)

Copyright © 1996. The Light Party.

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