BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW THIS STUFF
BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW THIS STUFF
                          YEAR                       YEAR                                        YEAR                                     YEAR

      Unskilled Wage1790TO19442.01%1945TO1980 6.19%1981TO20003.40%2001TO20092.18%       
   GDP                1790TO19443.76%1945TO1980 3.09%1981TO2000       3.36%2001TO20091.79%
GDP Per Capita       1790TO19441.74%1945TO1980 1.67%1981TO20002.25%2001TO20090.76%


USA  UNION MEMBERSHIP

YEAR      NO. IN
            MILLIONS

193011.6%3.4
193513.2%3.6
194026.9%8.7
194535.5%14.3
195031.5%14.3
195533.2%16.8
196031.4%17
196528.4%17.3
197027.3%19.4
197525.5%19.6
198021.9%19.8
198518.0%17
199714.0%16.1

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT

YEARIN   YEARIN 
     TRILLIONSTRILLIONS

1960 0.50  19833.5
1961 0.52  19843.9
1962 0.58  19854.2
1963 0.61  19864.4
1964 0.66  19874.7
1965 0.71  19885.1
1966 0.78  19895.4
1967 0.83  19905.8
1968 0.90  19916
1969 0.97  19926.3
1970 1.00  19936.6
1971 1.10  19947
1972 1.23  19957.3
1973 1.34  19967.7
1974 1.49  19978.3
1975 1.60  19988.7
1976 1.80  19999.2
1977 2.00  20007.7
1978 2.30  200110.1
1979 2.50  200210.4
1980 2.80  200310.9
1981 3.10  200411.7
1982 3.30  200512.4
                  200613.2


UNITED STATESWORLD
(Per Capita) RANK

MCDONALDS        

HEALTHCARE FUNDING     1      $4,631

RED CROSS DONATIONS   1      2 X (2) SWITZERLAND

TEENAGE PREGNANCY     1

ABORTIONS                         6      RUSSIA 1

MURDERS W/FIREARMS    8    

TOP UNIVERSITIES             1     (13)

CFC CONSUMPTION          15    TOTAL

MURDERS                           24 !!!    NOW YOU KNOW HOW DUMB BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE WAS

MURDERS                           68        IF YOU EXCLUDE CHICAGO (JUST KIDDING)

MILITARY SPENDING         16

MIL. SPENDING % GDP     28

ARMY PERSONNEL           32

LIFE EXPECTANCY             47    78 Years

TERRORIST ACTS (2000-2006)    75

CFC CONSUMPTION          32           NOT FIRST, MR GORE



AVERAGE YEARS OF EDUCATION
EDUC SPENDING % GDP
TOP UNIVERSITIES
STUDENT BORED W/SCHOOL
ABORTIONS
SPENDING PER STUDENT
CESAREAN BIRTHS 
PRIMARY TEACHER PAY 
STUDENT DISLIKE SCHOOL
CIVIL & POLITICAL LIBERTIES
SCHOOL DISORDERLY
CLASS SIZE (AGE 13)
READING LITERACY
MATH LITERACY
LITERACY RATE
.
 1
 1
 1
 2
 2
 3
 3
 5
 5
 8
11
15
15
18
20


7%
31 OF 100
61%
1.2 MILL
$7,800

$34K
35%

28%
18.3


99%

EDUCATION STATISTICS 
(US Bureau of Statistics)
WORLD RANKING

THESE ARE STATISTICS

STATISTICS WILL TELL YOU EVERYTHING YOU WANT OR NEED TO KNOW ABOUT A SUBJECT - IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND THEM,  HOW TO INTERPRET THEM ACCURATELY,  AND HOW TO APPLY THEM  INTELLIGENTLY.

john sawyer, 2007

They ARE NOT subject to your bigotry, your professors' B.S. interpretations, John Stewart's punchlines, or some Harvard PhD's parochial education. So bore someone else with your comments and questions.
HEADLINES: CHINA'S ECONOMY MOVES AHEAD OF JAPAN TO NUMBER 2 
GET REAL !!
GDP = C + INV + G + (e X - i) / P

This is a prime example of Sawyer's Second Economic Law: Figures don't lie, but liars can figure. China has 10 times the population !! Using the following formula (Gross Domestic Product divided by Population = Per Capita GDP) here is the reality

Country ranking (per capita)       1.  Luxembourg,     2.  Norway,       3.   Qatar,        9.  United States,     17. Japan,        90.  China    -    Dead Last: Pitcairn Island (Population  58)
AGRICULTURAL OUTPUT IN $Billions


Rank           Country                        Output In $

1.                 China                            520,352
2.                 European Union           312,498 
3.                 India                              210,116 
4.                 United States               171,075 
5.                 Brazil                              96,016 
6.                 Japan                             81,089 
7.                 Russia                            57,774 
8.                 Spain                              48,313  
9.                 France                            48,167
10                Australia                         40,885 
11.              Italy                                38,129


​USDA CHOICE

Total Agricultural output 2011                           -         $171,075,000,000

Total Agricultural Department Budget 2011     -         $146,000,000,000

Total Agricultural Department Budget 2008     -         $  90,000,000,000


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1999-04-01111117.44100.5105.371782250023.08
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1962-02-01757873.574.6215243000.16
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GENERAL MOTORS BENEFITS PLAN 
$29 B FUNDED -  Invested 100% with PRUDENTIAL 

PRUDENTIAL INVESTMENTS 

4,000 Corning, Inc. $82,760 
499,950 General Electric Co. $20,927,907 PRUDENTIALS SINGLE-LARGEST INVESTMENT 


CORPORATE GREED !!
GENERAL ELECTRIC PAYS NO INCOME TAXES !!!

No ? But Barack Obama and other wealthy career politicians, like Hillary Clinton, Barney Frank, Christopher Dodd, and Al Gore, as well as filthy-rich Hollywood types, Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand, George Clooney, and (billionaire) George Lucas, say so.

At a recent meet-and-greet in SW Florida, featuring Senator Marco Rubio, a GM retiree stood and complained that billion-dollar corporation, General Electric, was making obscene profits and not paying one cent in Income taxes - and what is Senator going to do about that. Rubio mumbled something like " well, maybe we need to look into that."

THAT'S IT ?!!

Seated at the end of Senior GM Retiree's row, I asked for the microphone - but was overlooked in favor of a builder who was concerned about the time it took him to obtain a building permit (oh yeah, and get a zoning variance so he could build AND make his property more valuable).

So, Senator Rubio - this is my reply: I'll speak slowly so that even Senator Rubio can understand.

   1.  Retirement funds (like the General Motors retirement fund, the California Municipal Employees retirement fund, and the Detroit Teachers retirement fund) invest their members' money with Institutional Buyers.

   2.  Institutional Buyers, like Vanguard, Prudential, Blackstone, etc. purchase stocks of major corporations. Thus, perforce, they are the owners of literally all of the big corporations.

   3.  General Motors has invested ALL of its retirement money with Prudential $29 Billion Dollars.

   4.  Prudential's largest investment (499,990 shares) is with GE. Larger than their shares in Wal-Mart, Sysco, Microsoft, or Sawyer-for-Congress.

   5.   Why ? (see below). I suppose because with their high earnings, GE pays a dividend of about 5.8 % to GM's retirees (3% OVER the rate of inflation).

Who owns greedy General Electric, Mr. GM Retiree? Who owns most of the large (greedy) corporations in this country ?

You Do, Mr. Retiree. 

If GE pays more in taxes, you will get a smaller retirement check each month.

Are YOU greedy Mr. GM retiree ?

Why didn't Senator Rubio reply to that GM Retiree as I have? We elected him because he' supposed to be so smart. It certainly wasn't based upon his accomplishments in business or his life experiences - he has neither.

Afterward, When I tried to explain this to Senator Rubio, he waived me aside with : "Yeah, yeah, this lady is trying to get a picture."

She got the picture. I get the picture. The "Conservative" Senator, unfortunately, appears to be clueless.

INCOME TAXES ON CORPORATIONS COME FROM  RETIREMENT INVESTMENTS.

YOURS
2012 4th Quarter Dividend  $1.40                             Earnings        5.8 %


Breakdown
% of Shares Held by All Insider and 5% Owners: 0% 

% of Shares Held by Institutional/Mutual Fund Owners: 56%   
Number of Institutions Holding Shares: 1790

HolderSharesReported

NEAL MICHAEL A 1,075,800 Sep 12, 2013
RICE JOHN G 485,209 Sep 12, 2013
DENNISTON BRACKETT B III 362,525 Sep 7, 2012
DALEY PAMELA 200,312 Nov 8, 2012
CASSIDY KATHRYN A 179,054 Sep 12, 2013


Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) 486,582,514 4.78 11,283,848,499 Jun 30, 2013
State Street Corporation 403,318,129 3.96 9,352,947,411 Jun 30, 2013
BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A. 273,481,210 2.69 6,342,029,259 Jun 30, 2013
Capital World Investors 196,438,400 1.93 4,555,406,496 Jun 30, 2013
Northern Trust Corporation 164,099,333 1.61 3,805,463,532 Jun 30, 2013
FMR, LLC 161,813,316 1.59 3,752,450,798 Jun 30, 2013
Bank of New York Mellon Corporation 155,655,108 1.53 3,609,641,954 Jun 30, 2013
Price (T.Rowe) Associates Inc 97,140,339 0.95 2,252,684,461 Jun 30, 2013
BlackRock Fund Advisors 94,207,775 0.93 2,184,678,302 Jun 30, 2013
Dodge & Cox Inc 92,549,309 0.91 2,146,218,475


Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund 146,803,658 1.44 3,404,376,829 Jun 30, 2013
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust 106,266,344 1.04 2,589,710,803 Jul 31, 2013
Vanguard 500 Index Fund 99,038,154 0.97 2,296,694,791 Jun 30, 2013
Vanguard Institutional Index Fund-Institutional Index Fund 98,280,228 0.97 2,279,118,487 Jun 30, 2013
Income Fund of America Inc 68,066,500 0.67 1,578,462,135 Jun 30, 2013
Dodge & Cox Stock Fund 54,106,075 0.53 1,254,719,879 Jun 30, 2013
Franklin Custodian Funds-Income Fund 50,000,000 0.49 1,159,500,000 Jun 30, 2013
College Retirement Equities Fund-Stock Account 45,018,220 0.44 1,040,821,246 Mar 31, 2013
Spartan 500 Index Fund 42,570,376 0.42 985,078,500 Aug 31, 2013
Washington Mutual Investors Fund 38,900,000 0.38 902,091,000 Jun





GENERAL ELECTRIC
GENERAL ELECTRIC
MY LETTER TO THE EDITOR - CHARLOTTE SUN



Re: “A $5 wage will help poor . . . .

The biggest problem we have in this Country is not greedy corporations, but those liberals who demonize corporations for their own gains. Bombarded daily from much of the media, many people seem to have lost all common sense. In today’s article, writer Robert Strayton cites that an increase in the hourly minimum wage (to $10.00) would result in an increase of MacDonald’s Value Meal from $1.00 to $3.00. Nonsense. Here are the figures below. The increase in minimum wage would result in a price of $1.06 for a Value Meal.


MACDONALDS FINANCIALS 
(Wall Street Journal)

Refigured for the $15.00 Minimum Wage


IN MILLIONS:

$27,567                2012 TOTAL REVENUE

$4,710                   PAYROLL/BENEFITS                    

17 %                     LABOR COSTS

$7.5                      CURRENT HOURLY RATE (AVERAGE AT MACS)

$15.00                 PROPOSED HOURLY RATE

17 Cents               LABOR COST OF DOLLAR MEAL (CURRENTLY) 

17 Cents               ADDITIONAL LABOR COST OF DOLLAR MEAL (WITH $15.00 MINIMUM WAGE)

$1.17                    NEW COST OF DOLLAR MEAL

$1.51                    NEW COST OF $1.29 PREMIUM ROAST COFFEE LARGE.

$5.85                    NEW COST OF $5.00 20 PC CHICKEN MC NUGGETS.


In 2007, I wrote this article for my campaign website in defense of a higher minimum wage. $12.00, and this was written in 2007.

MINIMUM WAGE 
June 25, 2007 

One might think that a Conservative such as I, would be against a government-mandated Minimum Wage. 

Many Conservatives (Limbaugh, Hannity, Kristol, Kristol, Crystal) warn that any increase in the minimum wage would, invariably, result in small business failures, and lead to a loss of jobs. 

En Garde'. Saying so does not make it so. 

Historically when minimum wage increases have been mandated, there has not been a commensurate increase in small business failures nor a loss of jobs. 

Not long ago, when the economy was booming, you rarely visited, for example, a fast-food restaurant like McDonalds that did not have a "Help Wanted" sign in its window. Then you waited in line unhappily for 15 minutes, for your understaffed "fast food" eatery to deliver your Happy Meal - about the time it takes Smith & Wollensky to deliver your $79.00 lunch steak in Manhattan. 

So why you might ask couldn't McDonalds get help? Perhaps because some people, or many people, didn't want to work that hard for minimum wages (chump change). And you wait in line. Kinda defeats the purpose of the fast food restaurant concept, no? 

Why can't McDonalds pay higher wages and get more help, you ask? Because McDonalds might have to raise the price of a Happy Meal from, say $3.99 to $4.25 (Full disclosure - I'm no expert here as I don't often frequent fast food places) the homely girl with the red pigtails over at Wendy's continues to serve her Whatever Meal at $3.99. So, you all go to Wendy's and McDonalds goes to Chapter 7. 

But hold on now. If the Government mandates an increase in the Minimum Wage, both McDonalds AND Wendy's will have to raise their prices. If ALL fast food restaurants raise their wages, none has an advantage over another. Maybe people will buy fewer "Happy Meals." Oh ahahahah ha ha - I amuse myself. 

Here's this Conservative's rationale: (A) I think subsistance wages are a detriment to a free society, more appropriate to third-world countries. (B) People that work these menial jobs work harder than you and I - don't try to tell me different Mr. three-martini-lunch, I've been both places. (C) When my tummy is growling, and your "fast food" line is twenty minutes deep, call security. (D) A substantial increase in a workers wages leads to an increase in that worker's discretionary spending capability. (E) That increase in discretionary spending is good for the economy - good for business - good for you and me and (F) Even though it's a tax on all of us through higher prices, It's all done without government management, and without a Trillion Dollar "stimulus package." (more below). 

Actually I like fast foods, and I believe my Cardiologist, Dr. Macaluso does too. But he says I can't have any. 

The Conservative Sawyer solution: raise the minimum wage to $12.00 per hour. I'll pay another quarter for my Big Mac - and maybe I won't have to wait 20 minutes. No government programs. Then minimum wage people might actually have some disposable income to spend - voila ! The whole economy benefits without an increase in taxes. 

As a former retail entrepreneur, who would have been embarrassed to pay anyone minimum wage, I agree with the Hillary Clinton quote - even if I do not agree with the mean-spiritedness with which it was delivered - "I don't know if we are in the business of propping up under funded businesses." 

At any rate, people shouldn't own businesses who earn a profit solely by squeezing the help. Better fewer retail stores, paying a decent wage, earning a decent profit.