Talking Points: September 16, 2019

September 16, 2019

The average price of a concert ticket has quadrupled over the past two decades, rising from $25.81 in 1996 to $91.89 in the first half of 2019. Over that period, concert tickets rose 254% compared to 106% for movie tickets and just 55% for the U.S. consumer price index. Bloomberg, September 10, 2019

The U.S. poverty rate fell to 11.8%, its lowest level since 2001. U.S. News, September 10, 2019

In 1986 there were approximately 70,300 nuclear warheads in the world; in early 2019, it was estimated there were 13,890. Federation of American Scientists, May 2019

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to be.” Rosalynn Carter

U.S. household net worth—the value of all assets such as stocks and real estate minus liabilities like mortgage and credit-card debt—rose to a record $100.768 trillion in 2018. The Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2019

The pharmaceutical industry is now the most poorly regarded industry in Americans’ eyes, ranking last on a list of 25 industries that Gallup tests annually. Americans are more than twice as likely to rate the pharmaceutical industry negatively (58%) as positively (27%), giving it a net-positive score of -31. The restaurant industry is rated most positively. Gallup, Sept 3, 2019

“If you don’t like to argue, you’re not a good American.” George Will

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