Bill Quigley's been at it again (along with Sam Schmitt)!!! They're asking the tough questions that have some really sobering answers should we be paying attention. These questions demand not only our attention, but our action. After all, that's what social justice is all about, isn't it??? So take the test class, and just so there won't be any cheating I'll give you the answers in the next post. You may begin NOW!
Social Justice Quiz 2012: Thirteen Questions
By Bill Quigley and Sam Schmitt. Bill teaches law at Loyola University New Orleans and works with the Center for Constitutional Rights. Sam is a law student at University of Montana School of Law. A version of this with full sources is available. You can reach Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Question One. The combined pay of the 299 highest paid CEOs in the US is enough to support how many median salary jobs?
45,000? 83,000? 102,325?
Two. The median net worth of black households in the US is $2,200. What is the median net worth of white households in the US?
$4,400? $44,000? $97,000?
Three. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development issues a national survey every year listing fair market rents for every county in the US. HUD also suggests renters should pay no more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs. In how many of the USA’s 3068 counties can someone who works full-time and earns the federal minimum wage pay 30% of their income and find a one-bedroom apartment at the fair market rental amount?
19? 368? 1974?
Four. How much must the typical U.S. worker earn per hour to rent a two-bedroom apartment if that worker dedicates thirty percent of his income, as HUD suggests, to rent and utilities?
$9.39? $14.63? $18.46?
Five. The wealthiest 1 percent of the US has a net worth which is how many times greater than the median or typical household’s net worth?
50? 150? 225?
Six. Which of these countries puts the highest percentage of their people in jails and prisons?
China? Iran? Iraq? Germany? Russia? USA?
Seven. In 2012, the US will pay out about $620 million for old age Social Security benefits to 45 million families. How much is budgeted for military spending by the US in 2012?
$310 billion? $620 billion? $836 billion?
Eight. The US is number one in the world in military spending. How much more does the US spend compared to the top 15 countries in the world in military spending?
More than any 2 other countries combined? More than any 5 other countries combined? More than all the rest of the 15 top military spending countries combined?
Nine. How many people in the world live on less than $1.25 a day?
150 million? 500 million? Over 1 billion?
Ten. How many people in the world live without electricity?
500 million? One billion? One and half billion?
Eleven. The US government donates over $30 billion a year in official development assistance (foreign aid) to poor countries. Where does that rank the US government in percentage of giving among the richest 23 countries?
First? Tenth? Nineteenth?
Twelve. The US government donates over $30 billion a year to poor countries. How much do US consumers spend on pets and pet supplies each year?
$10 billion? $30 billion? $67 billion?
Thirteen. The poverty rate among children in the US is over 20 percent. How does US compare with the rest of the 30 nations surveyed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development?
First? Tenth? Twenty-sixth?