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The Real State of the Union 

Culled from a list on Independent News UK:

Today the President gives his annual address. As the election battle begins, how does his first term add up?

501: Number of American servicemen to die in Iraq from the beginning of the war - so far

0: Number of funerals or memorials that President Bush has attended for soldiers killed in Iraq

100: Number of fund-raisers attended by Bush or Vice-President Dick Cheney in 2003

2: Number of nations that Bush has attacked and taken over since coming into the White House

$100 billion: Estimated cost of the war in Iraq to American citizens by the end of 2003

40%: Percentage of the world's military spending for which the US is responsible

9: Number of members of Bush's defence policy board who also sit on the corporate board of, or advise, at least one defence contractor

1983: The year in which Donald Rumsfeld gave Saddam Hussein a pair of golden spurs

1st: George W Bush became the first American president to ignore the Geneva Conventions by refusing to allow inspectors access to US-held prisoners of war

$374 billion: Amount of US budget deficit in the fiscal year for 2003

$23,920: Amount of each US citizen's share of the national debt as of 19 January 2004

13: Number of vacation days the average American worker receives each year

9 million: Number of US workers unemployed in September 2003

43.6 million: Number of Americans without health insurance in 2002

88%: Percentage of American citizens who will save less than $100 on their 2006 federal taxes as a result of 2003 cut in capital gains and dividends taxes

44%: Percentage of Americans who believe the President's economic growth plan will mostly benefit the wealthy

+6%: Percentage change since 2001 in the number of US families in poverty

$300 million: Amount cut from the federal programme that provides subsidies to poor families so they can heat their homes

3: Number of children convicted of capital offences executed in the US in 2002. America is only country openly to acknowledge executing children

1st: As Governor of Texas, George Bush executed more prisoners (152) than any governor in modern US history

58 million: Number of acres of public lands Bush has opened to road building, logging and drilling

200: Number of public-health and environmental laws Bush has attempted to downgrade or weaken

1st: Rank of the US worldwide in terms of greenhouse gas emissions per capita

54%: Percentage of US citizens who believe Bush was legitimately elected to his post

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