A Few Factoids

Thirty years ago, ten percent of California’s general fund went to higher education and three percent to prisons. Today, nearly eleven percent goes to prisons and eight percent to higher education.1

China is now second in the world in its publication of biomedical research articles, having recently surpassed Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and Spain.2

The United States now ranks 22nd among the world’s nations in the density of broadband Internet penetration and 72nd in the density of mobile telephony subscriptions.3

In 2009, 51 percent of United States patents were awarded to non-United States companies.4

The World Economic Forum ranks the United States 48th in quality of mathematics and science education.5

Of Wal-Mart’s 6,000 suppliers, 5,000 are in China.6

There are sixteen energy companies in the world with larger reserves than the largest United States company.7

IBM’s once promising PC business is now owned by a Chinese company.8

The legendary Bell Laboratories is now owned by a French company.9

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (computer manufacturing) employs more people than the worldwide employment of Apple, Dell, Microsoft, Intel and Sony combined.10

No new nuclear plants and no new petroleum refineries have been built in the United States in a third of a century, a period characterized by intermittent energy-related crises.11

Only four of the top ten companies receiving United States patents last year were United States companies.12

United States consumers spend significantly more on potato chips than the government devotes to energy R&D.13

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