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Bush’s legacy by the numbers.

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4.9 million more
in poverty

2.5 million more
unemployed

8.6 million more
uninsured

Unemployed, Uninsured, Povery

household income 2000-2006

Household Income

historical job growth

Historical Growth


spending: clinton v. bush ($ billions)

Spending: Clinton V. Bush

projected surpluses turn into large deficits ($ billions)

Projected Surpluses Turn Into Large Deficits


Sources: US Congress, Joint Economic Committee, majority staff; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Figures in income and spending charts adjusted for inflation.

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