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January 14, 2009

THE LIST: REMEMBERING THE BUSH YEARS

From Harper's Index

Percentage of Bush's first 189 appointees who also served in his father's administration: 42

Minimum number of Bush appointees who have regulated industries they used to represent as lobbyists: 98

Number of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and North African men detained in the U.S. in the eight weeks after 9/11: 1,182

Number of them ever charged with a terrorism-related crime: 0

Number charged with an immigration violation: 762

Days since the federal government first placed the nation under an "elevated terror alert" that the level has been relaxed: 0

Number of box cutters taken from U.S. airline passengers since January 2002: 105,075

Percentage of the amendments in the Bill of Rights that are violated by the USA PATRIOT Act, according to the ACLU: 50

Minimum number of laws that Bush signing statements have exempted his administration from following: 1,069

Portion of Baghdad residents in 2007 who had a family member or friend wounded or killed since 2003: 3/4

Percentage of U.S. veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who have filed for disability with the VA: 35

Chance that an Iraq war veteran who has served two or more tours now has post-traumatic stress disorder: 1 in 4

Number of all U.S. war veterans who have been denied Veterans Administration health care since 2003: 452,677

Estimated number of juveniles whom the United States has detained as enemy combatants since 2002: 2,500

Number of incidents of torture on prime-time network TV shows from 2002 to 2007: 897

Number on shows during the previous seven years: 110

Seconds it took a Maryland consultant in 2004 to pick a Diebold voting machine's lock and remove its memory card: 10

Portion of all U.S. income gains during the Bush Administration that have gone to the top 1 percent of earners: 3/4

Number of Republican officials who have been investigated by the Justice Department since 2001: 196

Number of Democratic officials who have been: 890

Number of U.S. cities and towns that have passed resolutions calling for the impeachment of President Bush: 92

Minimum amount that religious groups received in congressional earmarks from 2003 to 2006: $209,000,000

Amount such groups received during the previous fourteen years: $107,000,000

Ratio of the entire U.S. federal budget in 1957, adjusted for inflation, to the amount spent so far on the Iraq war: 1:1

Number of the five directors of the No Child Left Behind reading program with financial ties to a curriculum they developed: 4

Amount by which the federal government has underfunded its estimated cost to implement NCLB: $71,000,000,000

Estimated value of Henry Paulson's Goldman Sachs stock when he became Treasury Secretary and sold it: $575,000,000

Estimated value of that stock today: $238,000,000

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