Thirty years ago, ten percent of California ’s general fund went to higher education and three percent to prisons. Today, nearly eleven percent goes to prisons and eight percent to higher education.
In 2009, 51 percent of United States patents were awarded to non-United States companies.
The World Economic Forum ranks the United States 48th in quality of mathematics and science education.
Of Wal-Mart’s 6,000 suppliers, 5,000 are in China .
There are sixteen energy companies in the world with larger reserves than the largest United States company.
IBM’s once promising PC business is now owned by a Chinese company.
The legendary Bell Laboratories is now owned by a French company.
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (computer manufacturing) employs more people than the worldwide employment of Apple, Dell, Microsoft, Intel and Sony combined.
No new nuclear plants and no new petroleum refineries have been built in the United States in a third of a century, a period characterized by intermittent energy-related crises.
United States consumers spend significantly more on potato chips than the government devotes to energy R&D.
The world’s largest airport is now in China.
In 2000 the number of foreign students studying the physical sciences and engineering in United States graduate schools for the first time surpassed the number of United States students.
Federal funding of research in the physical sciences as a fraction of GDP fell by 54 percent in the 25 years after 1970. The decline in engineering funding was 51 percent.
GE has now located the majority of its R&D personnel outside the United States. Cowboys Comment - yeah, probably most of them in Iran.
Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is now lower than when the first personal computer was built in 1975.
In the 2009 rankings of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation the U.S. was in sixth place in global innovation-based competitiveness, but ranked 40th in the rate of change over the past decade.
China has now replaced the United States as the world’s number one high-technology exporter.
In a survey of global firms planning to build new R&D facilities, 77 per-cent say they will build in China or India .
China has a $196 billion positive trade balance. The United States’ balance is negative $379 billion.
Sixty-nine percent of United States public school students in fifth through eighth grade are taught mathematics by a teacher without a degree or certificate in mathematics.
Ninety-three percent of United States public school students in fifth through eighth grade are taught the physical sciences by a teacher without a degree or certificate in the physical sciences.
Of the Big Three American automakers, one is now owned by a firm in Italy (after having been previously sold by a German firm), and another is 60 percent owned by the United States government.
The United States ranks 27th among developed nations in the proportion of college students receiving undergraduate degrees in science or engineering.
Forty-nine percent of United States adults do not know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun.Cowboy's Comment: Yeah, and most of them are Democrats.
The total annual federal investment in research in mathematics, the physical sciences and engineering is now equal to the increase in United States healthcare costs every nine weeks.Cowboy's Comment: Wait until Obamacare fully kicks in and that period will be reduced to 3 days.
Bethlehem Steel marked its 100th birthday by declaring bankruptcy.
The United States ranks 20th in high school completion rate among industrialized nations and 16th in college completion rate.
In less than 15 years, China has moved from 14th place to second place in published research articles (behind the United States).
China’s real annual GDP growth over the past thirty years has been 10 percent.
According to OECD data the United States ranks 24th among thirty wealthy countries in life expectancy at birth.Cowboy's Comment: With the crap we eat and drive for self destruction, high obesity and Type II diabetes rate,..you could wonder?
The average American K-12 student spends four hours a day in front of a TV.
China’s Tsinghua and Peking Universities are the two largest suppliers of students who receive PhD’s—in the United States .
Sixty-eight percent of U.S. state prison inmates are high school drop-outs or otherwise did not qualify for a diploma.
Six of the ten best-selling vehicles in the United States are now foreign models.
Since 1995 the United States share of world shipments of photovoltaics has fallen from over 40 percent to well under 10 percent—while the overall market has grown by nearly a factor of one hundred.
Among manufacturers of photovoltaics, wind turbines and advanced batteries, the top ten global firms by market capitalization include two, one and one United States firms, respectively. The other firms are from China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Spain, Taiwan and the U.K.
By 2008, public spending in the United States on energy R&D had declined to less than half what it was three decades ago in real purchasing power. By 2005, private investment had declined to less than one-third of the total.
A single Japanese automobile model constitutes about half of the U.S. hybrid market.
Last year Mitsubishi introduced the world’s first mass-produced all-electric car.
A Japanese company produces over 75 percent of the world’s nickel-metal hydride batteries used in vehicles.
Japan has 1524 miles of high speed rail; France has 1163; and China just passed 742 miles. The United States has 225. China has 5612 miles now under construction and one plant produces 200 trains each year capable of operating at 217 mph. The United States has none under construction.
Roughly half of America ’s outstanding public debt is now foreign-owned—with China the largest holder.
The increase in cost of higher education in America has substantially surpassed the growth in family income in recent decades. United States current and former students have amassed $633 billion in student loan debt.
There are 60 new nuclear power plants currently being built in the world. One of these is in the United States.
All the National Academies Gathering Storm committee’s recommendations could have been fully implemented with the sum America spends on cigarettes each year—with $60 billion left over.
Youths between the ages of 8 and 18 average seven-and-a-half hours a day in front of video games, television and computers—often multi-tasking.
Almost one-third of U.S. manufacturing companies responding to a recent survey say they are suffering from some level of skills shortages.
According to the ACT College Readiness report, 78 percent of high school graduates did not meet the readiness benchmark levels for one or more entry-level college courses in mathematics, science, reading and English.