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THE LEGACY OF GEORGE W. BUSH'S PRESIDENCY
The Country He Inherited, The Country He Leaves Behind
 
THE ECONOMY
JANUARY 20, 2001
TODAY UNDER BUSH
REAL GDP GROWTH1
4.09% Over Prior 8 Years
2.65% Over Prior 7 Years
NATIONAL DEBT2
$5.7 Trillion
$9.2 Trillion
BUDGET DEFICIT/SURPLUS3
$431 Billion Surplus over the Previous Three Budget Years
$734 Billion Deficit over the
Previous Three Budget Years
NEW PRIVATE SECTOR
JOBS CREATED4
1.76 Million Jobs Per Year
Over Previous 8 Years
369,000 Jobs Per Year
Over Previous 7 Years
AMERICANS IN POVERTY 5
31.6 Million
36.5 Million
QUALITY OF LIFE
JANUARY 20, 2001
TODAY UNDER BUSH
AMERICANS UNINSURED &
CHANGE IN UNINSURED LEVEL6
38 Million Uninsured
4.5 Million Less in 2 Years
47 Million Uninsured
8.5 Million More in 6 Years
ANNUAL TOTAL PREMIUM COST7
$6,230 for Family Premium
$12,106 for Family Premium
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME &
CHANGE IN MEDIAN INCOME8
$49,163
$6,000 Increase in 8 Years
$48,023
$1,100 Decrease in 6 Years
PRICE OF GAS9
$1.39/Gallon
$3.07/Gallon
COST OF COLLEGE10
$3,164 per year
$5,192 per year
PERSONAL SAVINGS RATE11
+2.3%
-0.5%
CONSUMER CREDIT DEBT12
$7.65 Trillion
$12.8 Trillion
UNITED STATES & THE WORLD
JANUARY 20, 2001
TODAY UNDER BUSH
U.S. TRADE DEFICIT13
$380 Billion
$759 Billion
STRENGTH OF U.S. DOLLAR14
1.07 Euros per Dollar
0.68 Euros Per Dollar
COMBAT READINESS15
All Active Duty Army Divisions Were Rated At The Highest Readiness Levels
Not A Single Active Duty Or Reserve Brigade In The U.S. Considered "Fully Combat Ready."
FOREIGN OIL DEPENDENCY16
52.75% of U.S. Liquid Fuel Consumption is Imported
60.38% of U.S. Liquid Fuel Consumption is Imported
VIEW OF AMERICA ABROAD17
PEW POLL OF TEN NATIONS
58.3% Viewed
America Favorably
39.2% Viewed
America Favorably
GREAT BRITAIN'S VIEW OF U.S.
83% Favorable
56% Favorable
INDONESIA'S VIEW OF U.S.
75% Favorable
30% Favorable
TURKEY'S VIEW OF U.S.
52% Favorable
12% Favorable
GERMANY'S VIEW OF U.S.
78% Favorable
37% Favorable


 

1 Bureau of Economic Analysis
2 Department of Treasury
3 Congressional Budget Office
4 Bureau of Labor Statistics
5 United States Census Bureau
6 United States Census Bureau
7 Kaiser Study of Employer Health Care Benefits
8 United States Census Bureau
9 Energy Information Administration
10 Higher Education Coordinating Board of Washington State
11 Bureau of Economic Analysis
12 Insurance Information Institute
13 United States Census Bureau
14 OANDA.com: The Currency Website
15 Speaker of the House Fact Sheet, 11/29/07
16 Energy Information Administration
17 Testimony of Andrew Kohut; President, Pew
Research Center; 3/17/07

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