The Bush Years: A Study in Failure

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

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MSNBC has compiled a devastating comparison of what the United States looked like when George Bush was installed in the White House back in 2001 and what the country looks like now. For comparison purposes, “Then,” is 2001 and “Now,” is the most current figures available.

-UNEMPLOYMENT RATE-

Then: 4.2%  (Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 2001)
Now: 6.7%  (Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2008)

-DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE-

Then: 10,587  (close of Friday, Jan. 19, 2001)
Now: 9,015  (close of Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009)

-BUSH FAVORABILITY RATING-

Then: 50%  (1/01 NBC/WSJ poll)
Now: 31% (12/08 NBC/WSJ poll)

-CHENEY FAVORABILITY RATING-

Then: 49%  (1/01 NBC/WSJ poll)
Now: 21% (12/08 NBC/WSJ poll)

-CONGRESS APPROVAL RATING-

Then: 48%  (1/01 NBC/WSJ poll)
Now: 21%  (12/08 NBC/WSJ poll)

-SATISFIED WITH THE NATION’S DIRECTION-

Then: 45%  (1/01 NBC/WSJ poll)
Now: 26%  (12/08 NBC/WSJ poll)

-CONSUMER CONFIDENCE (1985=100)-

Then: 115.7  (Conference Board, January 2001)
Now: 38.0  (all-time low Conference Board, December 2008)

-FAMILIES LIVING IN POVERTY-

Then: 6.4 million  (Census numbers for 2000)
Now: 7.6 million  (Census numbers for 2007 — most recent numbers available)

-AMERICANS WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE-

Then: 39.8 million  (Census numbers for 2000)
Now: 45.7 million  (Census numbers for 2007 — most recent available)

-U.S. BUDGET-

Then: +236.2 billion  (2000, Congressional Budget Office)
Now: -$1.2 trillion  (projected figure for 2009, Congressional Budget Office)

George W. Bush: Worst President Ever.

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11 Responses to The Bush Years: A Study in Failure

  1. dguzman says:

    Of all those pieces of evidence, the budget one is the one that really enrages me. That’s a more than threefold increase. And most of it is just going into the military-industrial complex, where business is just fucking BOOMING. It’s disgusting.

  2. feminazi says:

    Numbers don’t lie. Bush’s revisionist handlers can try all they want to repackage him as a liberator of millions in Iraq but the fact remains, our nation has never known such an utter catastrophe as George Bush. It’s a miracle we survived to see him depart.

  3. Massagatto says:

    It is virtually impossible for the United States to ever dig itself out from under the national debt. To do so would require an economic expansion not seem since the end of the Great Depression and the global indicators suggest this will not happen in our lifetime. As a nation, we must get free of this notion we are the dominant military and economic power on earth. This simply isn’t true now. It’s time for us to pay our bills and reduce the debt. Otherwise, I fear we may not survive to greet 2100.

  4. Estacada says:

    31% approval for Bush? When? In 2006?

    I’m sure I’ve seen polls with him in the low 20′s as recently as last fall. People simply hate George Bush.

  5. epyon311 says:

    I agree, the budget figure is the most enraging. I read a story today about Dwight Eisenhower and his prescient words about fearing the “military industrial complex”, and that can definitely be seen today considering massive spending cuts are needed, yet the defense budget will likely go through untouched, even though we spend more each year than most of the rest of the world.

  6. MacDaddy says:

    The number don’t lie. Amazing… The increase of more than a million in poverty combined with an increase of about 6 million in the loss of healthcare really shows how bad things are for families on an everyday basis.

    And we haven’t even said anything about the increase in unemployment

  7. VicoDANIEL says:

    Sometimes I wonder how the members of the U.S. Supreme Court live with themselves?

    Had it not been for them, we would not have these breathtaking numbers to marvel at.

    Is it too late to ask for a rewind?

    vicodaniel1987@yahoo.com

  8. Bel Ami says:

    You should publish a poll that asks how long until the Republicans in Congress start to blame Obama for running up the national debt? I bet they begin within Obama’s first month.

  9. retahyajyajav says:

    I just hope Obama and his economic team know what they’re doing.

    His plan to jump start the economy is expected to add an additional $2 trillion to the $10 trillion dollar debt. Obama says it’s essential.

    Paulson and Bernanke said it was essential we spend $700 billion to bailout the banks and Wall Street. Familiar words and few results.

  10. JollyRoger says:

    I hosted a “Christmas Tard-O-Rama” after a ‘tard I attacked on his blog went and got his inbred buddies (like cao, for instance) to come after me.

    I was dumbstruck that in 2008, they were saying exactly what they were saying in 2001. It’s like the 7 years of hard evidence that they are all idiots just never happened.

  11. Mauigirl says:

    Great summary – a real portrait of a failed presidency indeed.

    I agree with Bel Ami they will try to brand Obama as the cause of the woe no matter how ridiculous it is. As soon as he takes office it will be his problem.

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