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Read These Facts Ahead of the State of the Union Address

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:35 By Judd Legum, ThinkProgress | Report

Tonight, President Barack Obama will deliver his third State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. The Republican response will be given by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. Before you watch the speeches, get the facts:

Since the last SOTU, the economy has created 1.9 million private sector jobs. [Source]

The top 1 percent take home 24 percent of the nation’s income, up from about 9 percent in 1976. [Source]

Private sector job creation under Obama in 2011 was larger than seven out of the eight years Bush was president. [Source]

The top 1 percent of Americans own 40 percent of our country’s wealth while the bottom 80 percent owns only 7 percent. [Source]

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 2.5 million young adults gained health insurance. [Source]

For every one job opening, there are four people looking for work. [Source]

Last year, China spent 9 percent of its GDP on infrastructure. The U.S. spent 2.5 percent. [Source]

2.65 million seniors saved an average of $569 on prescriptions last year thanks to the Affordable Care Act. [Source]

“In 2011, the United States killed Al Qaeda’s most effective propagandist, Anwar al-Awlaki; its operating chief, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman; and of course its founder, chief executive and spiritual leader, Osama bin Laden.” [Source]

Union membership is at a 70-year low. [Source]

Unemployment benefits have lifted 3.2 million people out of poverty. [Source]

The United States used to have the world’s largest percentage of college graduates. We’re now #14. [Source]

One quarter of all contributions to federal campaigns come from 0.01 percent of Americans. [Source]

 47.8 percent of households that receive food stamps are working, because having a job is not enough to keep them out of poverty. [Source]

In the last three years, 30 major corporations spent more on lobbying than they paid in taxes. [Source]

50 percent of U.S. workers make less than $26,364 per year. [Source]

More than one in 70 homes faced foreclosure last year. [Source]

Since 1985, the federal tax rate for the 400 wealthiest Americansdropped from 29 percent to 18 percent. [Source]

*All statistics use the most recent data we could identify

Judd Legum

Judd Legum is a practicing attorney and a candidate for state delegate in Annapolis, MD.

Judd previously served as the Research Director at the Center for American Progress, a leading public policy think tank. He founded ThinkProgress.org, the organization’s popular blog and regularly appeared on national television and radio programs.

Judd held the same position with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign,managing a team of 15 responsible for the campaign’s policy and political research.


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Read These Facts Ahead of the State of the Union Address

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:35 By Judd Legum, ThinkProgress | Report

Tonight, President Barack Obama will deliver his third State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. The Republican response will be given by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. Before you watch the speeches, get the facts:

Since the last SOTU, the economy has created 1.9 million private sector jobs. [Source]

The top 1 percent take home 24 percent of the nation’s income, up from about 9 percent in 1976. [Source]

Private sector job creation under Obama in 2011 was larger than seven out of the eight years Bush was president. [Source]

The top 1 percent of Americans own 40 percent of our country’s wealth while the bottom 80 percent owns only 7 percent. [Source]

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 2.5 million young adults gained health insurance. [Source]

For every one job opening, there are four people looking for work. [Source]

Last year, China spent 9 percent of its GDP on infrastructure. The U.S. spent 2.5 percent. [Source]

2.65 million seniors saved an average of $569 on prescriptions last year thanks to the Affordable Care Act. [Source]

“In 2011, the United States killed Al Qaeda’s most effective propagandist, Anwar al-Awlaki; its operating chief, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman; and of course its founder, chief executive and spiritual leader, Osama bin Laden.” [Source]

Union membership is at a 70-year low. [Source]

Unemployment benefits have lifted 3.2 million people out of poverty. [Source]

The United States used to have the world’s largest percentage of college graduates. We’re now #14. [Source]

One quarter of all contributions to federal campaigns come from 0.01 percent of Americans. [Source]

 47.8 percent of households that receive food stamps are working, because having a job is not enough to keep them out of poverty. [Source]

In the last three years, 30 major corporations spent more on lobbying than they paid in taxes. [Source]

50 percent of U.S. workers make less than $26,364 per year. [Source]

More than one in 70 homes faced foreclosure last year. [Source]

Since 1985, the federal tax rate for the 400 wealthiest Americansdropped from 29 percent to 18 percent. [Source]

*All statistics use the most recent data we could identify

Judd Legum

Judd Legum is a practicing attorney and a candidate for state delegate in Annapolis, MD.

Judd previously served as the Research Director at the Center for American Progress, a leading public policy think tank. He founded ThinkProgress.org, the organization’s popular blog and regularly appeared on national television and radio programs.

Judd held the same position with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign,managing a team of 15 responsible for the campaign’s policy and political research.


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