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- Bush's tax cuts overwhelmingly favor the wealthy. The top 1% will save more than $30,000 per year while 31% save nothing at all. Source: Citizens for Tax Justice and AFL/CIO
- The nation faces a record $500 billion deficit. The biggest cause of the deficit is Bush's tax cuts. Source: www.govexec.com
- The Bush Administration is systematically turning back 30 years of environmental progress. Source: Sierra Club
- President Bush is under-funding education with the smallest percentage increase in funding in eight years. Source: Committee on Education and the Workforce
- 2.9 million jobs have been lost under the Bush Administration. Source: New York Times
- Bush misled the public about the reasons for going to war with Iraq. No weapons of mass destruction have been found. Source: The Guardian
- Bush's Medicare bill helps corporations, not the elderly. 43.6 million U.S. citizens do not have health care. Source: www.misleader.org
- Halliburton, the company where Vice President Dick Cheney was CEO, was given multi-billion dollar contracts in Iraq without competitive bidding. Source: New York Review of Books
- Pentagon officials found that Halliburton overcharged the U.S. government by $61 million for gasoline in Iraq. Source: Associated Press
- Bush has tried to roll back more than 200 of America 's environmental laws. The United States emits more greenhouse gases than any other country. Source: Rolling Stone
Click on the categories below for more Bush facts:
Bush: The Warrior
- 2 Number of nations George W. Bush has attacked and taken over since coming into office.
- 130 Approximate number of countries (out of a total of 191 recognized by the United Nations) with a U.S. military presence.
- 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.
Estimated cost of the war in Iraq to U.S. citizens. Source: http://costofwar.com.
- 104 Number of American combat deaths in Iraq between May 2003 (when Bush landed on an aircraft carrier and declared an end to the open conflict and the middle of October 2003.
- 1007 Number of U.S. deaths in Iraq as of September 11, 2004. Source: http://icasualties.org/oif/.
- 37 Percentage of Americans who approve of Bush's handling of the situation with Iraq. Source: NY Times
- 95 - Percentage of Army Reserve Soldiers in Iraq and other Middle East bases experiencing significant pay problems. Source: GAO report.
- 36%: Increase in the number of desertions from the US army since 1999 (as of January 20, 2004). Source: The Independent, UK, reprinted: here.
- What the bipartisan 9/11 commission said on the link between Iraq and Al Qaeda: "We have no credible evidence that Iraq and Al Qaeda cooperated on attacks against the United States."
Bush: Money Manager
- $28 billion - Amount of proposed cuts to veterans' benefits in the congressional Republicans' budget resolution for fiscal year 2004.
- $127 billion - Amount of U.S. budget surplus in fiscal year 2001, the last year Clinton was president.
- $374 billion - Amount of U.S. budget deficit in fiscal year 2003.
- #1 - This year's deficit will be the biggest in U.S. history.
- $7.29 trillion - Current national debt.
- $1.98 billion - Amount on average the national debt increases each day.
- $23,396 Amount of each citizen's share of the national debt as of October 21, 2003.
- #1 Record for most bankruptcies filed in a single year (1.57 million) set in 2002.
- #1 Set record in 2003, for most residential real-estate foreclosures in a one-quarter period.
- 1.6 Percentage increase in economic growth since Bush took office, the slowest rate of increase over an equivalent period for any administration in 50 years.
Bush: Has Lots of Friends
- $11.5 million Amount of hard money Bush raised through the controversial Pioneer program. Pioneers pledged to raise at least $100,000 by bundling together checks from friends and family.
- 212 Total number of Pioneers identified by the Bush 2000 campaign.
- 524 Total number of Pioneers later revealed through court documents.
- 61 Number of Pioneers subsequently named to government posts.
- 19 Number of Pioneers subsequently appointed as U.S. ambassadors.
- 2 Number of Pioneers subsequently appointed to the Cabinet .
- $5.3 million Amount Bush raised this past September 30 toward his re-election campaign, breaking the one-day record he himself set.
Bush: The Environment
- 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 worked to downgrade or weaken since taking office.
- #1: Rank of the US worldwide in terms of greenhouse gas emissions per capita. Source: The Independent, UK, reprinted: here.
Bush: More Like the French Than He Would Care to Admit
- 28 - Number of vacation days Bush took in August this year, the second-longest vacation of any president in U.S. history (Record holder: Richard M. Nixon.)
- 13 - Number of vacation days the average American receives each year.
Bush: Loves to Travel
- 65 Approximate number of fund-raisers attended in 2002.
- 0 Number of trips taken to Afghanistan before waging war against that country.
- 0 Number of trips taken to Iraq before waging war against that country.
- 0 Number of funerals or memorials Bush has attended for soldiers killed in Iraq.
Bush: Tough On Crime
- #1 First president to execute a federal prisoner in the last 40 years.
- 8 Number of days after that first execution that a second federal prisoner was executed.
- #1 As governor of Texas , executed more prisoners (152) than any governor in modern U.S. history.
Bush: Employment Record
- 2.4 million Number of Americans who lost their jobs during the first two and half years of the Bush administration.
- 9 million Number of workers unemployed as of September 2003.
- #1 The administration is well on its way to being the first since Herbert Hoover's to preside over an overall loss of jobs during its complete term in office.
- +6%: Percentage change since 2001 in the number of US families in poverty (as of January 20, 2004). Source: The Independent, UK, reprinted: here.
Bush: Helping the Rich
- #1 Has assembled the wealthiest Cabinet in U.S. history.
- $10.9 million Average wealth of the members of Bush's original 16-person Cabinet.
- 75 Percentage of Americans unaffected by Bush's 2003 cuts in the capital-gains and dividend taxes.
- $42,000 Average savings members of Bush's Cabinet are expected to receive this year as a result of cuts in capital-gains and dividends taxes.
- $42,228 Median household income in the U.S. in 2001.
- $116,000 Amount Vice President Dick Cheney is expected to save each year in taxes.
- 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.
Bush: Helping the Poor
- 43.6 million Number of Americans without health insurance as of 2002.
- $300 million Amount cut in December 2002 from the federal program that provides subsidies to poor families so they can heat their homes during the winter.
Bush: Foreign Relationships
- 35 Number of countries to which U.S. has suspended military assistance after they failed to sign agreements giving Americans immunity from prosecution before the International Criminal Court.
- #1 First American president to ignore the Geneva Convention on warfare (by refusing to allow inspectors access to U.S.-held prisoners of war).
Bush: Public Opinion
- 90 Percentage of Americans who approved of the way Bush was handling his job as president on September 26th , 2001.
- 67 Percentage of Americans who approved of the way Bush was handling his job as president on September 26th , 2002.
- 54 Percentage of Americans who approved of the way Bush was handling his job as president on September 30th , 2003.
- 50 Percentage of Americans who approved of the way Bush was handling his job as president on October 15th , 2003.
- 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. Source: The Independent, UK, reprinted: here.
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Many of these facts were taken from the Dec. 2003 Vanity Fair Editor's Letter by Graydon Carter. Others have been found or updated from other sources.
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