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Reading Between the Lines of Bush's Address 

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Below are quotes from President Bush's State of the Union Address last week,followed by numbers that tell a different story:

"In the last two and a half years, America has created 4.6 million new jobs, more than Japan and the European Union combined."

American manufacturing jobs in 2001:


American manufacturing jobs in 2005:


Nonmilitary-related, private-sector jobs created since 2001:


"Our government has a responsibility to help provide health care for the poor and the elderly, and we are meeting that responsibility."

Americans living without health insurance in 2000:

39.8 million

Americans living without health insurance in 2005:

46 million

Cuts to federal entitlement programs made one day after Bush's speech:

$40 billion

Percentage of those cuts borne by Medicaid and Medicare:


Percentage of companies that provided health insurance to employees in 2000:


Percentage of companies that provided health insurance to employees in 2005:


"The American people have turned in an economic performance that is the envy of the world."

Inflation-adjusted median household income in 2000:


Inflation-adjusted median household income in 2004:


Increase in the price of a gallon of gasoline since 2000:

51 percent

Increase in the price of home heating oil since 2000:

94 percent

"Our economy grows when Americans have more of their own money to spend, save and invest."

National savings rate in 1994:

5 percent

National savings rate in 2004:

1.8 percent

Percent of Americans in private sector who can rely on a defined pension as of 2004:


Percent of baby boomers who say they're prepared for retirement in 2005:


Number of times President Bush mentioned "Iraq" or "Iraqi":


Number of times he mentioned "Katrina," "New Orleans" or "rebuild":


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Ken Picard has been a Seven Days staff writer since 2002. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Vermont Press Association's 2005 Mavis Doyle award, a general excellence prize for reporters.


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