Numbers Aren't My Strength ...
I managed to avoid college math by taking a course in logic. Like Maureen Dowd says of Condoleezza Rice, numbers aren't my strength. Dowd concludes:
It is puzzling that if you add X (no exit strategy) to Y (Why are we there?) you get W²: George Bush's second inauguration.I do better with history. But even I understand that these numbers, cited by Numeralist, are troubling:
At Condi's hearing, she justified the Bush administration's misadventures by saying history would prove it right."I know enough about history to stand back and to recognize that you judge decisions not at the moment, but in how it all adds up," she told a skeptical Senator Biden.
Problem is, she's calculating, but she can't add. For now, Sam Cooke is right about the Bushies. They don't know much about history.
By the Numbers: The U.S. After 4 Years of BushThanks to Eric Alterman at Altercation for the tip.
2000: 11.3% or 31.6 million Americans
2003: 12.5% or 35.9 million Americans
Dow Jones Industrial Average
Value of the Dollar
1/19/01: 1 Dollar = 1.06 Euros
1/19/05: 1 Dollar = 0.77 Euros
2000 budget surplus $236.4 billion
2004 budget deficit $412.6 billion
That's a shift of $649 billion and doesn't include the cost of the Iraq war.
Cost of the war in Iraq
American Casualties in Iraq
End of 2000: $5.7 trillion
Today: $7.6 trillion
That's a 4 year increase of 33%.
On some other numbers, Oliver Willis suggests that you watch this clip of Vanity Fair's Judy Bachrach trying to tell FOX News's Bridgitte Quinn how an appropriate Inaugural celebration in wartime might look.
Richard Henry Morgan - 1/22/2005
The poverty rate figures could use some thorough unpacking. They are extraordinarily sensitive to fertility changes and to the changing relative size of cohorts at the youngest and lowest age groups. It would be interesting to see if the 2003 figures remain stable, increase, or decrease when normalized for such effects. Moreover, the poverty line is a shifting convential stipulative definition, and involves, like Social Security increases, the invocation of market baskets that don't actually reflect purchase patterns of the poorest, or don't actually reflect welfare measures. The 2003 figures could be significantly better or worse than the underlying reality.
Pete Anderson - 1/22/2005
As a Canadian I don't know all the complexities of the American governing system, especially not the contemporary version of it, so this question may seem a bit naive. How much is the government in control of the economy and can it really be held responisibility for the lurching of the dollar and stock market?
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