23 September 2008

Just the Facts

Why people have grown cynical about politics
A Los Angeles Times investigation revealed that much of the money collected by professional fundraisers does not get to charities. "Philanthropy watchdogs say fundraisers should never keep more than 35 cents on the dollar, but the Times found the overall average was 54 cents, and for missing children charities, fundraisers kept 86 cents. (Fundraisers for an organization called Citizens Against Government Waste kept 94 cents.)"

Which one of these candidates didn't know how many houses he owns?
Percentage change by 2012 in the after-tax income of the top 0.1 percent of the U.S. earners, under Barack Obama's tax plan: -5

Percentage change under John McCain's tax plan: +12


Why the government may have to buy $700 billion in bad mortgages:
Percentage change between 1989 and 2007 in the median price of an American single-family home: +130

Percentage change in the median down payment: +3.7

Well, okay - not just the facts:
And since I'm quoting from The Funny Times, here is the caption to a cartoon featuring a women talking to two smiling friends at a cafe: "My ideal man is kind, sensitive, intelligent, six-two, a hundred-eighty pounds, and made of solid milk chocolate."

4 comments:

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
~ H. L. Mencken

Norman said...

Ron,

You forgot the illustration:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/opinions/cartoonsandvideos/toles_main.html?name=Toles&date=09192008

p.s. -- Feel free to draw in the next point showing today's announcement '-)

ng2000 said...

Valuable resource of government waste news summaries: http://www.ng2000.com/fw.php?tp=government-waste

Ron Davison said...

SS Nick,
Mencken was a hoot. I guess Jon Stewart is his equivalent today? I don't even know.

Norman,
Or maybe Toles is the equivalent of Mencken. He's brilliant.

ng2000,
isn't this a video by the group I mentioned that wastes 94% of the money they collect while criticizing government waste?