firearms The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
allowed to pass from weapons dealers to gun runners during a 15-month period.
lives Could have been saved annually if President Obama
had allowed recommendations from the EPA for air quality regulations.
bundlers Number of President Obama’s 2008 fundraisers ($50,000 or more, 556 in total) who
were appointed to a key administration position, won a government contract or received similar ‘social’ incentives.
lbs. Amount of mislabeled fish product, previously deemed ready for sale, that
was pulled from El Corte Inglés store shelves across Spain.
refineries That continue to use
dangerous hydrofluoric acid, putting workers and 16 million Americans who live nearby at risk.
billion The Department of Defense’s estimated cost of
bringing its accounting practices (for an annual budget of $671 billion) to a ‘reliable’ level.
million Number of Americans whose clean drinking water
would be affected by the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline that would stretch across the U.S.
Gathered to set the cost of more than 200 different Medicare-funded medical procedures.
% The markup
charged to the U.S. Army by defense contractor Boeing for a helicopter part worth $190 — they paid $3,369.48.
billion Portion of the Department of Defense’s budget that is
used to fund U.S. involvement in Iraq, each week.
% Maximum annual interest rate charged until recently for a
high-cost “payday loan” at Mountain America Credit Union. Controversial high-cost payday lending continues at 14 other non-profit credit unions.
% The increase in
usage of limousines for transportation by the Obama administration over the previous Bush administration.
% Portion of
Medicare-funded cancer screenings that are medically unnecessary.
If you really want to put a fright into the neighbors this weekend, forget the plastic lawn decorations. Instead, read them this bedtime story about how
40% of Medicare-funded cancer screenings are medically unnecessary. Or this one, about the 876% annual interest rate some “payday” lenders have used. As our treat to you this Halloween weekend, we’ve compiled some of the most scary statistics iWatch News has uncovered this year. Read at your own risk.