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Some numbers regarding Bush's presidency. This I think puts in clear view why I have issues with Mr. Bush. I've boldfaced the ones I consider particularly appalling or noteworthy.



George W Bush and the Real State of the Union

Today the President gives his annual address. As the election battle
begins, how does his first term add up?

232: Number of American combat deaths in Iraq between May 2003 and
January 2004


501: Number of American servicemen to die in Iraq from the beginning of
the war - so far


0: Number of American combat deaths in Germany after the Nazi surrender
to the Allies in May 1945


0: Number of coffins of dead soldiers returning home from Iraq that the
Bush administration has allowed to be photographed


0: Number of funerals or memorials that President Bush has attended for
soldiers killed in Iraq


100: Number of fund-raisers attended by Bush or Vice-President Dick
Cheney in 2003

Much more important to raise money for the rich oil companies and campaign isn't it?

13: Number of meetings between Bush and Tony Blair since he became
President

10 million: Estimated number of people worldwide who took to the streets in
opposition to the invasion of Iraq, setting an all-time record for
simultaneous protest

2: Number of nations that Bush has attacked and taken over since coming
into the White House

9.2: Average number of American soldiers wounded in Iraq each day since
the invasion in March last year

Never hear about this?

1.6: Average number of American soldiers killed in Iraq per day since
hostilities began

That's almost two soldiers a day not coming home to their families alive...

16,000: Approximate number of Iraqis killed since the start of war

10,000: Approximate number of Iraqi civilians killed since the beginning of
the conflict

$100 billion: Estimated cost of the war in Iraq to American citizens by the
end of 2003

Interesting how he thinks we're paying off a deficit when we just create more....

$13 billion: Amount other countries have committed towards rebuilding Iraq
(much of it in loans) as of 24 October

Can you blame them?

36%: Increase in the number of desertions from the US army since 1999

92%: Percentage of Iraq's urban areas that had access to drinkable water a
year ago

60%: Percentage of Iraq's urban areas that have access to drinkable water
today

32%: Percentage of the bombs dropped on Iraq this year that were not
precision-guided

1983: The year in which Donald Rumsfeld gave Saddam Hussein a pair of
golden spurs

45%: Percentage of Americans who believed in early March 2003 that
Saddam Hussein was involved in the 11 September attacks on the US

$127 billion: Amount of US budget surplus in the year that Bush became
President in 2001


$374 billion: Amount of US budget deficit in the fiscal year for 2003

1st: This year's deficit is on course to be the biggest in United States history

$1.58 billion: Average amount by which the US national debt increases
each day

$23,920: Amount of each US citizen's share of the national debt as of 19
January 2004

1st: The record for the most bankruptcies filed in a single year (1.57 million)
was set in 2002

10: Number of solo press conferences that Bush has held since beginning
his term. His father had managed 61 at this point in his administration, and
Bill Clinton 33

Notice how most of these are during the day!

1st: Rank of the US worldwide in terms of greenhouse gas emissions per
capita

$113 million: Total sum raised by the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign, setting
a record in American electoral history

$130 million: Amount raised for Bush's re-election campaign so far

$200m: Amount that the Bush-Cheney campaign is expected to raise in
2004

$40m: Amount that Howard Dean, the top fund-raiser among the nine
Democratic presidential hopefuls, amassed in 2003

28: Number of days holiday that Bush took last August, the second longest
holiday of any president in US history (Record holder: Richard Nixon)


13: Number of vacation days the average American worker receives each
year

I get 12 including floater days...I'm not saying that he doesn't have a stressful job but at the same time I think that's a bit much....in the history of presidents only one other took longer?

3: Number of children convicted of capital offences executed in the US in
2002. America is only country openly to acknowledge executing children

1st: As Governor of Texas, George Bush executed more prisoners (152)
than any governor in modern US history

2.4 million: Number of Americans who have lost their jobs during the three
years of the Bush administration


221,000: Number of jobs per month created since Bush's tax cuts took
effect. He promised the measure would add 306,000

1,000: Number of new jobs created in the entire country in December.
Analysts had expected a gain of 130,000


That's unbelievable. 1000 is pretty much no gain!

1st: This administration is on its way to becoming the first since 1929
(Herbert Hoover) to preside over an overall loss of jobs during its complete
term in office

Not something to be proud of here!

9 million: Number of US workers unemployed in September 2003

80%: Percentage of the Iraqi workforce now unemployed

55%: Percentage of the Iraqi workforce unemployed before the war

43.6 million: Number of Americans without health insurance in 2002

130: Number of countries (out of total of 191 recognized by the United
Nations) with an American military presence


40%: Percentage of the world's military spending for which the US is
responsible


$10.9 million: Average wealth of the members of Bush's original 16-person
cabinet

88%: Percentage of American citizens who will save less than $100 on their
2006 federal taxes as a result of 2003 cut in capital gains and dividends
taxes

$42,000: Average savings members of Bush's cabinet are expected to
enjoy this year as a result in the cuts in capital gains and dividends taxes



$42,228: Median household income in the US in 2001



$116,000: Amount Vice-President Cheney is expected to save each year in
taxes


44%: Percentage of Americans who believe the President's economic
growth plan will mostly benefit the wealthy

700: Number of people from around the world the US has incarcerated in
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

1st: George W Bush became the first American president to ignore the
Geneva Conventions by refusing to allow inspectors access to US-held
prisoners of war

+6%: Percentage change since 2001 in the number of US families in poverty

1951: Last year in which a quarterly rise in US military spending was
greater than the one the previous spring

54%: Percentage of US citizens who believe Bush was legitimately elected
to his post

1st: First president to execute a federal prisoner in the past 40 years.
Executions are typically ordered by separate states and not at federal level

9: Number of members of Bush's defense policy board who also sit on the
corporate board of, or advise, at least one defense contractor

35: Number of countries to which US has suspended military assistance
after they failed to sign agreements giving Americans immunity from
prosecution before the International Criminal Court

$300 million: Amount cut from the federal program that provides subsidies
to poor families so they can heat their homes

$1 billion: Amount of new US military aid promised Israel in April 2003 to
offset the "burdens" of the US war on Iraq

58 million: Number of acres of public lands Bush has opened to road
building, logging and drilling

200: Number of public-health and environmental laws Bush has attempted
to downgrade or weaken

29,000: Number of American troops - which is close to the total of a whole
army division - to have either been killed, wounded, injured or become so ill
as to require evacuation from Iraq, according to the Pentagon

90%: Percentage of American citizens who said they approved of the way
George Bush was handling his job as president when asked on 26
September, 2001

53%: Percentage of American citizens who approved of the way Bush was
handling his job as president when asked on 16 January, 2004

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