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  •  Math trivia: (2+ / 0-)
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    Maudlin, socratic

    A)  current US population:  303,824,640
    B)  2009 budget, FDA:  about $1.9 billion

    B/A= $6.25

    About the cost of this.

    grumble grumble mutter mutter

    by Crashing Vor on Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 07:54:04 PM PST

    •  Your math is spot on, assuming A and B (1+ / 0-)
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      Crashing Vor

      are correct. Hilarious.

      A fool and your money are soon partying.

      by Maudlin on Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 07:59:16 PM PST

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      •  FDA budget a bit stretched. (0+ / 0-)

        Only $1.8 bil in discretionary.  700 mil in user fees (paid by companies requesting generic drug approval, animal drug approval, facilities re-testing--presumably after failing initial inspections, etc.)

        grumble grumble mutter mutter

        by Crashing Vor on Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 08:04:37 PM PST

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    •  Ironic.... (2+ / 0-)
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      Crashing Vor, COkdub

      ...since those cheese crackers have peanut butter in them....

      Comments that say "GM workers should get retraining" without SPECIFIC DETAILS about those "new jobs" that never come are trollworthy

      by LordMike on Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 08:02:25 PM PST

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    •  Better way to figure this: (2+ / 0-)
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      Arabiflora, Crashing Vor
      Assume that 2009 Federal Expenditures are roughly $4 trillion.

      The FDA budget is roughly $1.7 billion.
      The EPA budget is roughly $8 billion.

      The FDA budget represents about 0.043% of Federal spending.
      The EPA budget represents about 0.2% of Federal spending.

      The US Median Wage is about $45,000.
      Federal Income Tax on $45k would be about $5,000 (assuming the worst-case scenario of filing singly and taking only standard deductions).

      0.043% of $5,000 = $2.13
      0.2% of $5,000 = ten bucks.

      Also note that the total of these two ANNUAL budgets is just slightly more than the amount that Halliburton casually "lost track of" during the early days of the Iraq Occupation and, AFAIK, has never been held accountable for.

      Anyway, aren't proportions fun?  Too bad the news media can't do this stuff.  Probably because most of them dropped out of math classes in 7th grade.

      Opposition to an ideology is not inherently another ideology. When you're at the South Pole, there's no other direction to go but north.

      by sxwarren on Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 09:21:27 PM PST

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