By the Numbers: June 2011

Annual cost per capita for public broadcasting in the U.S. as of 2008 … $3.75

Annual cost per capita to Canadian government for public broadcasting, 2008 … $30

Annual cost per capita to Australian government for public broadcasting, 2008 … $34

Annual cost per capita to U.K. government for public broadcasting, 2009 … $90.70

Percent of Americans who would choose to live in a society with less income disparity than the US, choosing Sweden’s model over that of the US … 92

Percent of the federal budget spent on the National Endowment for the Arts … .000045

Percent of the federal budget Republicans think public television gets … 5

5 percent of the federal budget, in dollars … $180 billion

Actual cost of PBS … $430 million

Error in Republican thinking … minus $179,570,000,000

Actual cost to U.S. taxpayers, 2010 … $0.24/year

Percent of Americans who agree with the statement “God has granted America a special role in human history.” … 58

Amount of rain in Williamsport in the first 26 days of April, 2011 … 8.14 inches

Amount of rainfall over the average for April, 2011 … 4.65 inches

Average number of tornadoes in North Carolina per year … 19

Number of tornadoes to hit North Carolina in one April, 2011, weekend … more than 60

Number of tornadoes to hit the entire south the same weekend … 243

Number killed by tornadoes … at least 43

Number of Texas 23 GOP Representatives who voted in April to deny the fact of global warming … 22 (The 23rd abstained.)

Months since last significant precipitation in Texas … 7

Number of fires so far in Texas in 2011 … 650

Area damaged by fires in Texas in 2011 … 400 square miles

Gov. Perry’s response to the fires … Pray for rain

Percentage of 18- to 29-year-olds surveyed who said having a successful marriage “is one of the most important things” in life … 30

Percent of respondents in that age group who disagreed with the statement “Unmarried, but coupled parenthood is bad for society.” … 66

Number of American families of all ages made up of children living with their unmarried parents … 1.5 million

Number of women with bachelor’s degrees … 20.1 million

Number of men with bachelor’s degrees … 18.7 million

Year women passed men is college graduation rate … 1996

Percent of Americans who believe the JFK assassination was a conspiracy … 66

Percent of Americans who believe 9/11 was a Cheney/Shrub conspiracy … 36

Percent of Americans who believe aliens have visited the earth … 33

Percent of Americans who believe Neil Armstrong visiting the moon is a fraud … 6

Percent of Americans who believe Osama bin Laden is in Hell … 61

Number of PA state employees who earn more than $200,000 … 24

or more Number of PA state employees who earn more than $100,000 … 3,600

or more Governor Tom Corbett’s salary … $177,401

Corbett’s rank among Pa. state workers’ salarie … 86th

Percent of state funding Corbett wants to slash from higher education … 50

Number of Americans who reported at least $110 million in income on their federal tax returns in 2008 … 400

Average income among the 400 Americans who reported at least 110 million on their federal tax returns in 2008 … $270.5 million

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