Results Matter

The Bush/Cheney campaign has taken to using the new slogan “Results Matter,” apparently “Mission Accomplished” wasn’t working. Anyway, the goal of this slogan is to draw attention to the pResident’s supposed accomplishments over the past four years. Someone needs to remind Karl Rove that the idea is to draw attention AWAY from your candidate’s shortcomings: lost jobs, higher health care costs, and record deficits. Here are the Bush/Cheney results they don’t want you to focus on:

THE BUSH RESULTS ON JOBS: JOBS LOST, LOWER PAY

  • 1.8 Million Lost Jobs. Since George Bush took office, the economy has lost 1.8 million private sector jobs. [Bureau of Labor Statistics]
  • 7 Million Jobs Short Of President Bush’s Prediction. After 9/11, the tech bubble, and the recession, the Bush Administration predicted nearly 6 million new jobs would be created between January 2001 and May 2004. Instead, we lost more than 1 million jobs – seven million jobs short. [Bureau of Labor Statistics; Economic Report of the President, 2002]
  • Jobs Are Shifting To Lower-Paying Industries Paying $9,160 Less. On average, jobs in growing industries pay $9,160 less – or 21 percent less – than jobs in contracting industries. [Economic Policy Institute, “Jobs Shift From Higher Paying to Lower Paying Industries,” January 21, 2004]
  • THE BUSH RESULTS ON HEALTH CARE: MORE UNINSURED, HIGHER COSTS

  • Family Premiums Increase by Over $2,600. In the United States, the total family premium for health insurance has increased by $2,630 to $9,068. [Kaiser/HRET Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Benefits, 2003]
  • 3.7 Million Americans Have Lost Their Health Insurance. Since George Bush took office 3.7 million more Americans without health insurance. There are now over 43 million Americans without health insurance coverage. [US Census, Current Population Survey, Health Insurance Tables]
  • THE BUSH RESULTS ON THE BUDGET: HIGHER DEFICITS

  • Record Deficits. This year the budget deficit will reach an estimated $422 billion, that is more than $50 billion higher than last year’s deficit. [CBO]
  • The Largest Fiscal Deterioration in American History. In January 2001, CBO projected that America would have a $397 billion surplus in FY 2004. Instead, we’re on track for a $422 billion deficit. That is a fiscal deterioration of more than $800 billion in one year alone. [CBO]
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