'It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times'
By Alan Breslauer on 12/27/2006, 1:48pm PT  

Guest Blogged by Alan Breslauer

Below is a sampling of statistics and fun comparisons contained within the newly released 2006 Injustice Index, which is part of the The Drum Major Institute For Public Policy's 2006 Year in Review:

Wages that an average CEO earns before lunchtime: more than a full-time minimum wage worker makes in a year

Number of workers who would directly benefit from an increase in the minimum wage: 5.6 million

Number of very large estates that would directly benefit from a reduction in the estate tax: 8,200

Number of households using credit to cover basic living expenses: 7 in 10

Total Wal-Mart received in government subsidies, sometimes called “corporate welfare” by activists, in 2005: $3.75 billion

Projected total in Christmas bonuses that investment banks in New York City will pay out in 2006: $23.9 billion

Estimated additional amount U.S. workers would receive annually if all employers obeyed workplace laws: $19 billion

See more fun stats and the entire Year in Review at the Drum Major Institute.