Tuesday, September 12, 2006

It's All in the (Business) Numbers

Number of workplace arrests made by U.S. immigration authorities in 1997: 17,554[U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement]

Number in 2003: 445[U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement]

Percentage change since 1999 in federal prosecutions of white-collar crime: -25[Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (Syracuse, N.Y.)]

Chances that a U.S. company settling a corporate crime case will illegally deduct some or all of the settlement to the IRS: 3 in 5[U.S. Government Accountability Office]

Average percentage by which U.S. senators’ investments outperform the stock market each year: 12[Alan J. Ziobrowski, Georgia State University (Atlanta)]

Chance that the CEO will quit or be fired within eighteen months: 1 in 2[RHR International Company (Wood Dale, Ill.)]

Average performance rating, on a scale of 1 to 100, of top U.S. government managers who are political appointees: 62[David Lewis, Princeton University (New Jersey)]

Average for those who are career bureaucrats: 70[David Lewis, Princeton University (New Jersey)]

Estimated amount the U.S. would save each year on paperwork if it adopted single-payer health care: $161,000,000,000[James G. Kahn, University of California, San Francisco]

Percentage change since 2000 in the average amount U.S. workers spend on out-of-pocket medical expenses: +93

Harper’s Magazine

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