Terrifying Economic Numbers

Lately, it seems like there aren’t any other kind. If you think your heart can stand it, Zero Hedge posts a list of 75 economic numbers that are almost too crazy to believe, including winners like:

#2 Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.  Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps. 

#26 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49 percent of all Americans live in a home where at least one person receives financial assistance from the federal government.  Back in 1983, that number was less than 30 percent. 

#48 The U.S. tax code is now more than 3.8 million words long.  If you took all of William Shakespeare’s works and collected them together, the entire collection would only be about 900,000 words long. 

#59 The six heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have a net worth that is roughly equal to the bottom 30 percentof all Americans combined. 

#65 U.S. taxpayers spend more than 20 times as much on the Obamas as British taxpayers spend on the royal family. 

#67 If Bill Gates gave every single penny of his fortune to the U.S. government, it would only cover the U.S. budget deficit for about 15 days.

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