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Sunday, October 31, 2004

By the Numbers

posted by Jazz at 10/31/2004 08:48:00 AM


Stolen in whole cloth from Mary Pat Hyland.

Here are a few things to recall before you vote for president on Tuesday:

* Aug. 6, 2001: The date the president received his daily brief memo (titled "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike US") that said "F.B.I. information ... indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York."

* 30 days: The length of the president's vacation that summer, begun Aug. 4 -- around 6 1/2 months after he took office.

* 3,000: The approximate number of people killed Sept. 11 -- a week after his vacation ended.

* 0: The amount of "credible evidence" that Saddam Hussein helped al-Qaida target the United States found by the 9/11 Commission.

* 16 words: "The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." -- spoken by President Bush, 2003 State of the Union Address to drum up support for war with Iraq.

* 8: The number of days between Joseph Wilson's Op-Ed in the New York Times that questioned those 16 words (the CIA sent him to Niger to investigate on behalf of Vice President Cheney's staff -- he found no such evidence) and Robert Novak's column outing Wilson's wife as a CIA operative. (Novak says he was tipped off by a "senior administration official" who is "no partisan gunslinger.")

* 0: How many senior administration officials (or "gunslingers" like Novak) have been charged with treason.

* More than $11 billion: The value of no-bid contracts Halliburton (the company formerly headed by Dick Cheney) and its subsidiaries were given in Iraq.

* 85 percent: The percent of U.S. troops in the Coalition of the Willing that invaded Iraq.

* 972: As of Oct. 28, the U.S. casualties in Iraq since May 1, 2003 -- the date President Bush appeared on the USS Abraham Lincoln under a "Mission Accomplished" sign. There have been 1,111 since the war began.

* 5: How many months after the war started before the Department of Defense sought cuts in combat pay.

* More than $142 billion: The cost to date of the war in Iraq (According to the National Priorities Project).

* More than 85 million: How many children NPP says could receive health insurance with that money.

* 2,931,000: How many jobs the Bureau of Labor Statistics (March 2004) says were lost in the private sector under Bush's first term.

* 2,447,000: How many people it also says became unemployed since January 2001.

* $8,000 less: What the U.S. Conference of Mayors says the average new job created during 2004-2005 will pay (a salary of $35,091) compared to those lost between 2001-2003.

* 53 percent: How much of Bush's tax cuts went to the highest-earning 10 percent of individuals and families.

* $413 billion: The federal deficit for 2004.

* $135 billion: The amount over what Congress was told ($400 billion) that the Medicare package rushed through by the Bush administration would cost.

* 45 million: The number of Americans without health care coverage.

* 50 percent: How much average out-of-pocket health care costs have risen for workers under Bush.

* $1.63/$2.16: The average prices per gallon New Yorkers paid for regular gasoline in September 2000/last week.

* 5 percent: The percent of the 20,000 shipping containers inspected that come into U.S. ports each day.

* 1: How many votes George Bush won by in 2000 (as in the 5-4 Supreme Court decision).

* 60.9 percent: A survey of voting records by Catholic senators was done to see whose votes most reflected priorities framed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Senators were ranked on how they voted on issues from low-income housing to worker's rights to war and abortion. This was the highest score -- given to Sen. John Kerry.

* Osama bin Laden: Still free.