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by Inlander Staff

One in 26 billion -- The odds that two members of the same relatively small social organization -- say, Yale's Skull and Bones Club -- would face each other in a presidential election.

15,000 -- Number of workers Halliburton has employed in Iraq and Kuwait related to reconstruction

11,000 -- Number of British soldiers in Iraq

Less than 10 percent -- Proportion of SUVs currently being sold in the United States that would meet the fuel-economy standards recently proposed in China

71 -- Percentage of American workers who consider themselves "disengaged" clock-watchers

61 percent -- Proportion of Americans who take the Bible's story of the world being created in six days as "literally true"

48 percent -- Proportion of American senior citizens who would live in poverty without Social Security

150 million -- Number of pounds Americans are estimated to have gained last year

Six -- Number of pounds by which the average suburbanite outweighs the average city-dweller.

One out of every 115 -- The number of Americans who work for Wal-Mart.

$71 -- Federal income tax savings for an American making $35,000 a year, thanks to the Bush tax cuts

$620 -- How much an American making $200,000 a year keeps from the IRS

$991,000 per minute -- Rate at which the U.S. government is currently going into debt, in part due to the president's tax cuts

$11 billion -- Amount by which corporate tax collections have fallen since 2001

-- Excerpted with permission from "Who's Better Off: A special report on the state of the union," in the May/June issue of Mother Jones magazine, available on newsstands and at

Publication date: 05/13/04

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