Just the Facts

Human Rights Actually Are Quite a Bargain

Cut world hunger in half: $24 billion
Reproductive health care for all women: $12 billion
Universal literacy: $5 billion
Immunize every child: $1.3 billion
Clean drinking water for all: $11.3 billion

Makeup and perfume: $33 billion
Pet food in Europe and the United States: $17 billion
Ocean cruises: $14 billion
Furs in U.S.: $1.8 billion
Ice cream in U.S.: $21 billion

But We Bought a War Instead

Money spent on Iraq War: $360 billion

3 million units of affordable housing


OR 17 million 4-year scholarships to public universities

OR health care for 216 million children

OR 6 million public school teachers

And There's That Gap

Average household net worth of the top 1 percent of wage earners: $10.2 million

Average net worth of the bottom 40 percent of wage earners: $1,900

Where Could We Find an Extra $56 Billion?

2006 tax breaks for the wealthiest 1 percent: $56.5 billion

Health care for 16 million people


OR 58 million homes with renewable electricity

OR 188, 000 elementary school teachers

Research by Sarah Kuck, YES! Magazine.
All numbers are per year and current at the time of print:
, www.costofwar.com, www.nationalpriorities.org, www.pbs.org
(Edward N. Wolff, “Recent Trends in Wealth Ownership, 1983-1998,” April 2000),
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