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By Los Angeles Daily News | September 16, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- The average American woman. The typical American male. The Common Man. The Silent Majority.America, the land of diversity, is also America, the land of averages. And according to number crunchers, the average American today is a white female in her 30s of European descent. She is married, has children and works full time outside the home, according to statistics compiled from the Census Bureau, national surveys and government agencies.She is a high school graduate, considers herself a moderate Democrat, owns a home, has two televisions and a videocassette recorder, has credit card debt, drinks low-fat milk and calls herself an environmentalist.
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NEWS
August 4, 2014
How would you like to receive a quarterly check from the federal government? Most taxpayers would surely be happy with such an arrangement. But here's the really good part: What if by accepting that check you were also helping your country reduce a form of air pollution that is a threat to human health and responsible for climate change while simultaneously developing a rational, sustainable energy policy? That sounds too good to be true, but remarkably, it may not be. Under The Healthy Climate and Family Security Act introduced last week by Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, companies that drill for oil and gas or mine for coal would have to purchase through auction a permit to do so. Not a dime of the resulting revenue would be kept by the government but would simply be forwarded as checks to every man, woman and child.
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By John Tanasychuk and John Tanasychuk,Knight-Ridder | September 26, 1990
A quick look at U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics reveals that Americans are doing their best to move toward healthier eating.In 1988, Americans ate about 20 pounds more fresh produce per person than in 1968.Shoppers are paying more attention to fat content than any other nutrition variable even more than cholesterol.Low-fat and skim milk have surpassed whole milk as the milk of choice.In 1968, per capita consumption of whole milk was 26 gallons and consumption of reduced-fat milk was 5 gallons.
NEWS
August 10, 2013
If the letter writer Ray Gordon considers his stream of anti-Israel rhetoric even-handed reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, then perhaps Al Jazeera is not biased ( "Al Jazeera will give America a balanced view of the Middle East," Aug. 7). Certainly neither source can be considered to be accurate in reporting on the continuing problem caused by the failure of the Palestinian Arabs to even acknowledge the existence of a Jewish state. The writer, while painting the Palestinian Arabs as innocent victims, whether led by the late Yasser Arafat or by Mahmoud Abbas, ignores the numerous attempts by Arab nations in coordination with the Palestinian Arabs not only to destroy the Jewish state but to exterminate its inhabitants - be it during the 1948 war, where Arabs massacred the inhabitants of Jewish towns and cities, or during the intifadas.
NEWS
By Boston Globe | October 23, 1992
The average American family suffered a 5.3 percent, or $893, drop in take-home pay this year, because health care costs have outstripped general economic growth by 50 percent, according to a "damage report" released yesterday by the Service Employees International Union.The lost wages would add up to more than $4,000 since 1980, the assessment said.Health care costs are to blame for a 4.4 percent decline in the average American's hourly wage since 1980, the analysis said. If the costs had grown no faster than the economy generally during the past 12 years, wage-earners' income would have held steady since 1980.
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By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 12, 1996
SAN DIEGO -- Two thirds of them are men. Almost 90 percent of them are white. They earn more money than most Americans.Meet the delegates to the 1996 Republican National Convention.The profile of the delegates convening in San Diego does little to help the GOP as it tries to convince American voters that it is not a party of the elite, that it does not alienate women and minorities, and that it is not pushed to extremes by religious conservatives.The 1,990 delegates gathered here include fewer women and minorities than the group that gathered four years ago in Houston, a survey by the Associated Press found.
NEWS
August 10, 2013
If the letter writer Ray Gordon considers his stream of anti-Israel rhetoric even-handed reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, then perhaps Al Jazeera is not biased ( "Al Jazeera will give America a balanced view of the Middle East," Aug. 7). Certainly neither source can be considered to be accurate in reporting on the continuing problem caused by the failure of the Palestinian Arabs to even acknowledge the existence of a Jewish state. The writer, while painting the Palestinian Arabs as innocent victims, whether led by the late Yasser Arafat or by Mahmoud Abbas, ignores the numerous attempts by Arab nations in coordination with the Palestinian Arabs not only to destroy the Jewish state but to exterminate its inhabitants - be it during the 1948 war, where Arabs massacred the inhabitants of Jewish towns and cities, or during the intifadas.
NEWS
March 13, 1995
FROM the critic Michael Medved, writing in the Heritage Foundation's Policy Review (Winter, 1995):Even if through some miracle TV could be instantly cleansed of all the violence and the smut, would you, then, feel very comfortable about the idea of your children spending 28 hours a week watching TV? Of course not.The problem in the country isn't too much violence on TV, and it isn't too much promiscuous sexuality in popular culture. It's too much television, period. . . .Years ago, when the surgeon general announced to the public that smoking might not be the best thing for all Americans, you know the first thing that people did?
NEWS
By John Judis | February 16, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Before Democrats get too complacent about Republican bloodletting, they should look at Stan Greenberg's report on white working-class voters.Mr. Greenberg, Bill Clinton's pollster in 1992, has actually done his best work explaining why Democrats lose elections. In 1984, he revealed the racial calculus that underlay the Democrats' defeat, showing how blue-collar voters in Macomb County, Michigan, had come to identify Democratic promises of fairness with favoritism toward blacks.
NEWS
By George F. Will | June 4, 2000
WASHINGTON - What year will Al Gore inhabit today? When discussing Social Security, he is a man of 1935: Nothing has happened, economically or demographically, since that year of enactment to justify any significant recasting of the system, such as George W. Bush's proposal for allowing Americans to invest a small portion of their payroll taxes in personal retirement accounts. When discussing ballistic missile defense, Mr. Gore is a man of 1972: Nothing has happened, geopolitically or technologically, in the 28 years since the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty was signed with the Soviet Union that has changed, to justify anything more than a minimal system.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | April 23, 2012
Today - April 23 rd - is Tax Freedom Day for Marylanders, according to a survey by the Tax Foundation. That means we've earned enough money to pay this year's federal, state and local taxes. But on a national average, Tax Freedom Day for Americans occurred last week, April 17 th . So we have to work six extra days to pay off our tax bills. Other findings from the Tax Foundation: Marylanders aren't paying the highest taxes. Tax Freedom Day is May 5 th in Connecticut, May 1 in New Jersey and New York.
NEWS
January 5, 2012
President Barack Obama owes congressional Republicans at least a thank-you card for their efforts to block Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. That GOP leaders continue to howl over Mr. Obama's decision on Wednesday to elevate Mr. Cordray to the post as a recess appointment shows theirs is the gift that keeps on giving. Only in the Bizarro World that is Washington these days is the fight over the Cordray appointment understandable. Republicans claim to be holding it up because they want to see the 18-month-old consumer watchdog agency reorganized (that is, weakened)
NEWS
December 27, 2007
New figures from the Congressional Budget Office suggest that the gap between wealthy Americans and their fellow citizens has now become a chasm - reaching its widest point since the Roaring '20s. The CBO examined data for 2005, which turned out to be a very good year if you happened to be wealthy. Those at the top of the heap - incomes in the highest 1 percent of Americans - saw their after-tax earnings rise by an average of $180,000. Think about that: Just the increase in income for the lucky 1 percent equaled more than three times the entire annual take-home pay for the median American family.
NEWS
By Steve Chapman | October 19, 2004
CHICAGO - Congress has just passed one of the most important pieces of legislation of the year, dealing with corporate taxes, and, as a concerned citizen, you may feel slightly uninformed for not knowing what's in it. But don't be too hard on yourself: Your representatives don't know either. How could they? At 633 pages, the measure is longer and heavier than a Swedish film festival - and about as intelligible to the average American. Unless, that is, the average American has an advanced degree in accounting, allowing sense to be made of provisions relating to, say, "look-thru rules to apply to dividends from non-controlled 902 corporations."
SPORTS
By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF | May 6, 2003
Djamila El-Frih, In many ways, Djamila, Fatiha and Wahiba El-Frih appear to be typical American teenagers. The living room of their Waverly home reverberates with MTV. Jeans or sweats are the uniform of the day. Scattered soccer trophies reveal a passion for sports. Last fall, Wahiba, a freshman, scored the winning goal as City beat Western, 1-0, for the Baltimore City soccer championship. A year ago, Djamila and Fatiha, both seniors now, won a city tennis title in doubles. No matter how ordinary these sisters seem, appearances can be deceiving.
BUSINESS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 9, 2003
Average American house size: down 4 square feet. Average American front door size: up 7 square feet. The new American home, which has billowed by 50 percent since 1970 to 2,320 square feet, deflated gently in 2002 for the first time in seven years, according to a Department of Commerce report. Contributing to the cool-down in big houses, builders say, was a wave of first-time owners, spurred by low interest rates, buying small starter homes, and high-end homeowners staying put and not trading up because of economic and homeland security issues.
NEWS
December 27, 2007
New figures from the Congressional Budget Office suggest that the gap between wealthy Americans and their fellow citizens has now become a chasm - reaching its widest point since the Roaring '20s. The CBO examined data for 2005, which turned out to be a very good year if you happened to be wealthy. Those at the top of the heap - incomes in the highest 1 percent of Americans - saw their after-tax earnings rise by an average of $180,000. Think about that: Just the increase in income for the lucky 1 percent equaled more than three times the entire annual take-home pay for the median American family.
NEWS
By Ronald Brownstein | July 13, 1999
AMERICA's September-to-June, seven-hour school day was designed a century ago for a nation where few mothers worked outside the home and farm families needed their sons and daughters for the summer harvest. That's not the way America lives anymore. But few schools have adapted.When Social Security was created during the Depression, an average American could expect to live to 61. So President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Congress, exhibiting a healthy sense of fiscal prudence, set the age for access to benefits at 65. Today, the life expectancy for an average American is 76. But Washington, fearful of the ever-growing gray lobby, has been too slow to raise the eligibility age in response.
NEWS
By Mona Charen | September 2, 2002
WASHINGTON -- Most Americans can provide a list of threats facing the United States. They might begin with nuclear terrorism, pause to mention smallpox and anthrax and end with car bombs. Most Americans -- I'll go out on a limb here -- are probably utterly unconfused about the identity and nature of our enemies. But liberals are out to change all that. They want, above all, to prevent Americans from feeling any sense of righteous fury. How dare we, when we were responsible for slavery, imperialism, racism and an inadequate minimum wage?
NEWS
By George F. Will | June 4, 2000
WASHINGTON - What year will Al Gore inhabit today? When discussing Social Security, he is a man of 1935: Nothing has happened, economically or demographically, since that year of enactment to justify any significant recasting of the system, such as George W. Bush's proposal for allowing Americans to invest a small portion of their payroll taxes in personal retirement accounts. When discussing ballistic missile defense, Mr. Gore is a man of 1972: Nothing has happened, geopolitically or technologically, in the 28 years since the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty was signed with the Soviet Union that has changed, to justify anything more than a minimal system.
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