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July 3, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
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July 3, 2008

Q: Can a freight train really move a ton of freight 436 miles on a gallon of fuel?
A: Yes, and some do even better. The figure used in the rail industry's advertising is a national average.

Q: What's the percentage breakdown of the government's tax revenue stream?
A: Nearly half of federal revenue came from income taxes on individuals last year, and another one-third came from social insurance taxes, mainly for Social Security.

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