The American Enterprise

Sidelights.

The Pentagon spends $2.5 million per year to feed those held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, or $12.68 daily per prisoner. It costs $8.85 a day to feed a U.S. soldier serving in the Middle East, and $2.78 a day to feed a convict in a U.S. federal prison. * The number of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. has more than doubled since 2000, from 16,342 to 34,785 today. The money spent on lobbying by corporations and interest groups increased from $1.6 billion to $2.1 billion between 2000 and 2004. * Americans with dial-up Internet connections spend an average of $868 a year on on-line purchases. Those with broadband connections spend an average of $1,244 per year. * Adjusted for inflation, houses in the 1980s cost about as much as they did in 1900. …

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