to those who issue oppressive decrees
to deprive the poor of their rights
and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people."
---- Isaiah 10:1-2
34,600,000 - Number of Americans living below the poverty line (1 in 8)
6,800,000 - Number of Americans in the workforce but still classified as poor
$300,000,000 - Amount cut from the federal program that provides subsidies to poor US families so they can heat their homes
40 - Percentage of wealth in the US held by the richest 1 percent of citizens
18 - Percentage of wealth in Britian held by the richest 1 percent of citizens
9,300,000 - Number of US unemployed in April 2004
2,300,000 - Number of American who lost their jobs, net of job gains, in the 1st 3 years of the Bush administration
22,000,000 - Number of Americans jobs gained, net of job losses, during Clinton's 8 years in office
39 - Percentage of tax cuts that will go to the top 1 percent of wealthy Americans, when cuts are fully phased in.
49 - Percentage of Americans in April 2004 who found out that their taxes had actually gone up since Bush took office.
$30,858 - Amount Bush himself saved on taxes in 2003.
$42,000 - Average savings members of Bush's cabinet received in 2003 as a result of tax cuts in capital gains and dividend taxes.
43,600,000 - Number of Americans without health insurance by the end of 2002 (more than 15 percent of the US population)
2,400,000 - Number of Americans who lost their health insurance during Bush's first year in office
--- Courtesy of Graydon Carter, editor-in-chief for the past 2 years of Vanity Fair magazine, from his book What We Lost, which is being published this week.