7 NUMBERS

that tell the story of 5 years of the Bush Administration's arrogance and incompetence. (I received this in the mail yesterday..you may have too)

1. $319 billion....earmarked for the Iraq war with no plan for success and no end in sight

2. $10 billion....value of no-bid contracts Halliburton received in Iraq

3. 1 in 5....the number of American children below the poverty line....an increase of 12% since George Bush took office

4. $300 billion....the projected 2006 deficit under George Bush

5. $40 billion....how much the Bush Administration reneged on the No Child Left Behind Act

6. 6 million....the number of working Americans who have lost their health insurance since George Bush took office

And the most unbelievable number of all:

7. 0....the number of mistakes George Bush admits to making in his first term.

Sent by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

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Those numbers recast in terms of the NC per capita income

The average North Carolinian earned $30,553 in 2005 (source). With that in mind, here are those numbers again in terms of how many North Carolinians it would take to pay those bills.

1. It would take 10,440,873 North Carolinians one year to earn enough money to provide the amount earmarked for the Iraq war with no plan for success and no end in sight

2. It would take 327,000 North Carolinians one year to earn enough money to provide the value of no-bid contracts Halliburton received in Iraq

3. N/A

4. It would take 9,819,003 North Carolinians one year to earn enough money to provide the projected 2006 deficit under George Bush

5. It would take 1,309,200 North Carolinians one year to earn enough money to provide how much the Bush Administration reneged on the No Child Left Behind Act

6. N/A

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7. N/A

That's 21,896,076 North Carolinians working and paying no taxes and keeping nothing for themselves or their families for one year to pay these costs. Of course, there were only 8,683,242 North Carolinians living in 2005 (source), so some of the other states would have to pitch in. If you'd prefer to take these amounts and divide them equally among every man, woman, and child in the US, that's $2,262 each—just for the amounts described above. Get out your checkbook; tell junior to get out his (and junior better pay up, because I'm sure as hell not paying his!).

Lovex7, you're on the money!

Thanks for posting that list.

It's perfect for a round-robin spamarama email to all my "I-vote-in-Presidential-elections-but-not-in-off-year-elections" buddies ... with instructions to "forward this if you love America", of course.

I haven't done that to my friends in months! A few of them will forward it, too. :)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."